Top Women: the Class of 2021 announced

Here’s the first glimpse of the 2021 Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply.
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Throughout 2021, HBSDealer has been soliciting nominations for rising stars and established pros to be recognized in a distinguished group: Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply.

The selection of honorees is part of a year-round program to promote  the role of women in the industry. The program will culminate in the first-ever, live, Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply networking event in Chicago, Nov. 10-11.

“Our class of  2021 Top Women includes some fantastic leaders and role models,” said HBSDealer’s Amy Grant, who is spearheading the program. “We were thrilled with the quantity and high quality of nominations for the awards ceremony, as well as the enthusiasm that the industry is bringing to this year-round project.”

Honorees were selected in two categories: “Rising Stars,” and “Business Excellence.” Here are the Top Women by category:

Business excellence: Award recognizes a leader who has demonstrated achievement, growth and success in the hardware and home improvement industry; embraced education and community service, and inspired others to follow a similar path.”

Judy Dinelle, Building Ambassador, 84 Lumber
Margi Harney, VP, IT, Beacon Building Products
Gina Cashner, Branch Manager,  Beacon Building Products
Susan Kunkel, Big Johns Building
Alison Steckowski, Millwork Specialist, Builders FirstSource
Jeanine Froke  VP of Marketing, Builders FirstSource
Courtney Bynum, Director of Customer Experience, Cameron Ashley Building Products
Nina DeMarie, Vice President, IT, Cameron Ashley Building Products
Bethany Doss, Business Manager, Capital Lumber
Jaime Maloney, President, Costello's Ace Hardware
Sunny Bowman, Owner, Dakota County Lumber
Shannon Bearman, IT Project Manager / PSM, Do it Best Corp.
Carolyn Epstein, CFO, Dr. Ike’s Home Centers
Debby Stinebaugh, Sr. Account Manager, Epicor Software
Nikki Long, Business Unit Director, Structural Products, FastenMaster
Katrina Ralston, President, Feeney Inc.
Abby Levy, Sr. Manager Marketing, Metabo HPT
Christine Pepitone, Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, H2 Brands Group
Renee Heuser, Owner, Heuser Ace Hardware
Tammy Rubin, VP and CFO, Hughes Lumber Co.
Sue Lords, Chief Human Capital Officer, Kodiak Building Partners
Allison Low, Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager, LP Building Solutions
Penney Luhrs, Owner, Luhrs True Value
Kelley McFadden, Buyer, Power Tools & Accessories, LMC
Carmen Arguelles, Vice President, Marjam Supply Co
Tina Pape, Operations Leader , Nation's Best Holdings LLC
Donna Souligne, Owner, Remington True Value
Sue Fusek, CEO, Ron's Home and Hardware
Molly Bellm, Inventory Analyst, RP Lumber Co
Melissa Karlovitch, Group Vice President, GreatStar Tools USA
Maria Ford, President, North America Commercial & Industrial Sales, Stanley Black & Decker
Jean Fahy, Building materials division manager, Do it Best Corp.
Shavonne Clark, Senior manager, marketing, The Home Depot Rental
Susan Thorne, Owner, Thorne Lumber Co.
Alexandria Lavaroni, Treat's General Store
Holly Kutcher, Director- National DIY Sales, UFP Industries
Wendy Whiteash, CHRO & EVP Culture, US LBM
Lawanna Dendy, Director, HRBP, Southeast Region and DEI Champion, US LBM
Wendy Minichiello, EWP Sales Director - North America, Weyerhaeuser Co
Julie Jensen, Outside Sales Account Manager, White Cap Construction Supply
Evionne Silver Vice President Install Business, Builders FirstSource
Sara Eller, Vice President of Marketing, Cameron Ashley Building Products
Jean Niemi, sr. VP marketing and communications, True Value
Susan Kasko, director talent development, 84 Lumber
Lita Abele, CEO, U.S. Lumber

We encourage everyone – men and women – who are committed to growth and diversity to join us in Chicago
Amy Grant

Rising stars: “Award recognizes a talented professional with the potential to make a significant positive difference within her company and within the industry for years to come.”

Narcisa Cuatlatl, Inventory Manager, Ashby Lumber
Leigh Hudspeth, Director Specialty Products, BlueLinx Corporation
Ashley Gray, Outside Sales Representative, Builders FirstSource
Stacy Andersen-Bivona, VP, Nebraska Builders Warehouse, Inc.,
Jaclyn Kueny, Merchandising Manager, DecksDirect
Margaret Clark, Edward T. Clark & Sons
Alison Dowell  President and General Manager, Emery Jensen Distribution
Sally Paul, Manager, Frontier Building Supply
Stephanie Barrios, Sales, Ganahl Lumber
Shanna West, Manager / Owner, H & H Home & Hardware
Rachel Hoops, Trader - Components Sales, LMC
Sarah Dodd, SVP Merchandising and Private Brands, Lowes
Sherry  Pearson, Manufacturing Lead Lyman Companies, Carpentry Contractors Co.
Lisa Barrett, Director, Merchandising, McCoy's Building Supply
Lauren Melancon Guidry, co-owner, Melaco Sisters Hardware & Supplies
Vanessa Pierce, co owner, Melaco Sisters Hardware & Supplies
Mackenzie Hare, National Account Manager, Milwaukee Tool
Corinne Courtney, Owner, Nailed It! Hardware
Jackie Marable, Director of Retail Services, Orgill, Inc.
Lindsey DiGangi, Corporate Marketing Manager, PLM Mutual Insurance Co.
Julie Moser. General Manager, Ridout Lumber Company
Heather Young, Components Plant Manager Shelly’s Building Supply
Tara Tansky, Regional Sales Vice President, Stanley Black & Decker
Wendy Stine, President, Stine Lumber
Allyssa Lett, national account manager, UFP
Keirstan Kure, Digital channel manager, Parksite

Awards will be presented officially during the Top Women in Hardware & Building Supply Awards celebration and networking event at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown Chicago, Nov. 10-11.

“We expect our event to bring out the best of the industry,” said Grant. “We’re planning a half day of educational panels with a full slate of networking. We encourage everyone – men and women – who are committed to growth and diversity to join us in Chicago.”

Learn more about the event here.


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