During the course of the selection process for the class of 2022 Top Women in Hardware and Building Supply, the official nomination forms received by HBSDealer told the highly abbreviated stories and shared pertinent career highlights of well over a hundred talented professionals whose best years in the business remain in the future.
The pool of candidates for the honorary title of “Rising Star,” included account reps, sales trainees, marketers, merchants, managers and even presidents. But more important than their titles, these women were making a difference in the day-to-day operations of their companies, and making positive contributions to the industry.
The nomination forms included specific phrases such as:
• “Always eager to help customers.”
• “People like her will bring the building materials industry to the next level.”
• “A champion of continuous improvement … she plays a significant role in driving a positive culture.”
• “Excels at seeking out what more could be done — and how we could do it better.”
The Rising Star 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.
And in general, the sheer volume of submissions left no doubt that the talent in the industry is rising, along with these future stars.
The Chicago event featured the voices of many of the Rising Star honorees. Here’s some of what we heard:
Inside Sales Manager, Brand Vaughan
“One thing I want to share is from Philippians 4:13: ‘I can do all things through He who strengthens me.’ Stay true to yourself, believe in yourself and learn from others.”
Special Project Coordinator, Lumbermen's, Inc.
“We’ve all heard the saying: ‘It’s a marathon, not a sprint.’ But I’ve had a mentor who has shown me that it’s really a series of sprints. So for someone like him and for someone like me, and for many others, being told to slow down can almost take the wind out of your sails. So for us, thinking about goals as a series of sprints allows us to feel comfortable when we’re checking things off our lists while achieving our personal goals and company initiatives. My best advice is to find out what motivates you, and motivates others around you, and that will lead to success and a better company culture.”
Assistant Fleet Manager, Alliance Lumber
“What I love about my job, even though I am a minority as a woman in a lumber company, is that I have always felt accepted, respected and appreciated. And I have also felt support for my personal growth from my colleagues. And they are the reason I’m here today. So thank you.”