Top Women rally in Chicago

HBSDealer's Top Women in Hardware and Building Supply celebrates rising stars, and more.

Chicago—Rising Stars and Business Excellence honorees generated applause and enthusiasm during opening night of the 2022 Top Women in Hardware and Building Supply event.

HBSDealer Associate Publisher Amy Grant helped kick off the event by welcoming honorees and all attendees who “are here to help celebrate this industry and the amazing women that are a part of it.”

Tuesday marked the opening night of the two-day event that features awards festivities combined with deep dives into topics at the center of the mission to support and promote the role of women in a male dominated industry, including a S.W.O.T. analysis of diversity and insights into strategies to build allies and advance through the ranks.


The following executives accepted the Rising Stars award in Chicago:  

  • Nikki Adams, Builders FirstSource
  • Rose Aurora, East Haven Builders Supply
  • Loreen Batinic, Beacon
  • Jennifer Coleman, Dunkirk Hardware and Home Center
  • Miranda Copeland, Builders FirstSource
  • Katie Crowther, Lilian Lumber Company and Home Center
  • Sheli Derato,  Weyerhaeuser
  • Sharona Eiserer, Wood Shed Hardware and Lumber
  • Emily Farmer, Ridout Lumber Company
  • Sadie Hammond, Hammond Lumber Company
  • Cherié Jacobs, Do it Best Corp.
  • Barbie Jones, Brand Vaughan 
  • Jailynne Jones, Metrie
  • Kathleen Karr, JP Hart
  • Kassi Lamon, Nations Best Holdings
  • Malin LaPlace, 84 Lumber
  • Leigh Levinson, ACE Hardware Corporation
  • Stasha MacDougall, Hancock Lumber
  • Olivia Martinelli, Lumbermen's, Inc.
  • Tina McEachin, Jennings Builders Supply
  • Margo Mitchell, Builders FirstSource
  • Brittany Napier, Maner Builders Supply
  • Tamara Padgett, US LBM
  • Shannon Patterson, Big R West 
  • Lisa Prestifilippo, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation
  • Jessica Regan, Cameron Ashley Building Products
  • Gabriela Sanchez, Builders First Source
  • Michelle Stern, Lampert Lumber
  • Lauren Stout, Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.

The following honorees received the award for Business Excellence:

  • Lori Ables, Three Sons True Value Hardware
  • Lea Allah, Builders FirstSource
  • Alison Bahry, LMC
  • Justine Bayer, DecksDirect
  • Elizabeth Civiletti, Mazzone Ace Hardware
  • Brenda Crevier, Cameron Ashley Building Products
  • Alison Dannehower, Shore True Value Hardware
  • Jodie Disbrow, McLean’s Hardware
  • Michelle Downey, Metrie
  • Carlene Dyer, H2 Brands Group
  • Lea Eastman, Hampton Lumber
  • Janet Elias, Blish-Mize
  • Kim Fish, Taylor’s Building Supply
  • Tina Fox, Builders FirstSource
  • Diane Frazee, National Gypsum
  • Amy Garner, Spenard Builders Supply
  • Lorraine Gifford, ITW Global Brands
  • Donna Glisson, Beacon
  • Marilyn Haney, Haney Lumber & Supply Inc
  • Mary Jo Hassett, Gillman Home Center
  • Liz Haun Pharas, Nyssa Mercantile True Value
  • Amy Hemelgarn, US LBM
  • Kim Holloway, Builders FirstSource
  • Laura James, Huttig Building Products 
  • Deanna Jenkins, Thomas Lumber Company
  • Traci Johnson, Spenard Builders Supply
  • Nerida Jones, Builders FirstSource
  • Shari Kalbach, Hardlines Distribution Alliance
  • Annie Kao, Simpson Strong-Tie
  • Tracy Kappenberg,Riverhead Building Supply
  • Renee Kraft, Knudson Lumber
  • Kristy Labrecque, Caron Building Center / Nations Best
  • Kate Land, Huber Engineered Woods
  • Christine Lavoie, US LBM
  • Olivia Layhue, Builders FirstSource
  • Evelyn Lizarraga, Dixieline Lumber
  • Brenda MacKay, Vassar Building Supply
  • Geralyn McCarthy, OMG Inc
  • Anna Motschall, Mans Lumber & Millwork
  • Jenna Myers, Do it Best Corp.
  • Elena Nelson, Nicollet Ace Hardware
  • Diana Newton, Bay Hardware
  • Giana Noonan, Builders FirstSource
  • Linda Nussbaum, Kleet Lumber
  • Desiree Oakley, Willard Oakley Lumber
  • Brenda Parker, Naples Hardware & Supplies
  • Rebecca Partee, Orgill, Inc.
  • Vicki Pignetti, LBM Advantage
  • Christi Powell, 84 Lumber
  • Jennifer Renaud, Masonite
  • Karena Reusser, Modern Home & Hardware
  • Tianna Roberts, Boise Cascade Company
  • April Roberts, Broken Bow Ace Hardware
  • Nora Rubio, Mead Lumber
  • Joan Saunders, Hagan Ace Hardware
  • Fiona Smith, Homewood
  • Carrie White,TW Perry
  • Lisa Williams, Leeper Hardware Co
  • Jennifer Wilson, Lowe’s Home Improvement

The event draws to a close Wednesday afternoon, but the mission will continue. The Top Women in Hardware and Building Supply program consists of a year-round effort to promote the role of women in the industry in the print and digital pages of HBSDealer.

Looking ahead: The 2023 event is slated for Nov. 15-16, back in downtown Chicago at the Sheraton Grand Chicago.