Meet 20 more up-and-coming industry leaders. Young talents continue to make an impact in our industry. From counter sales to marketing to management, up-and-coming leaders are growing by the day. Supply House Times once again asked our industry partners to identify some of these rising stars. The result is the second annual Supply House Times Young Execs 20. Compiled by Nadia Askar. Name: Steven Adams Age: 33 Company: MKS Pipe & Valve Co. Location: Kansas City, Kan. Position: Executive Vice President Experience: 4 years Steven’s thoughts: “I love this industry because it truly is a relationship business with success predicated on having sound internal standard operating procedures to support those relationships. Training is critically important to our success here and we will make it our largest focus.” Name: Rogers Earl Jr. Age: 35 Company: Valley Supply Co. Location: Elkins, W. Va. Position: President/CEO Experience: 8 years Rogers’ thoughts: “I am blessed to be part of such an excellent company. For 109 years, we have placed customers’ needs in the forefront of our decisionmaking process. Each team’s attitudes and actions of service to others makes the true difference.” Name: Michael Hoopingarner Age: 27 Company: Solco Plumbing Supply Location: Brooklyn, N.Y. Position: Purchasing Agent Experience: 4 years Michael’s thoughts: “I am very fortunate to work for a company that constantly provides me with opportunities to grow and learn. Having worked in multiple departments throughout my young career has provided me with invaluable knowledge.” Name: Audrey Loder Age: 33 Company: Wilkinson Supply Co. Location: Raleigh, N.C. Position: Director of Showrooms Experience: 8 years Audrey’s thoughts: “I am excited about leading the third generation of our company to a successful future.I enjoy taking on new challenges and learning different areas of our business.” Name: Pat McCormack Age: 31 Company: F.W. Webb Co. Location: Newburgh, N.Y. Position: Regional Account Manager Experience: 8 years Pat’s thoughts: “The most rewarding aspect of this fastpaced industry is not only working with great people but providing key products that are in demand. We have a management-training program here that has provided me with the opportunity to learn the industry from the ground up.” Name: Doug Drendel Age: 28 Company: Capitol Group Location: Springfield, Ill. Position: President Experience: 7 years Doug’s thoughts: “The best part about working in this industry is the ability to form lasting relationships with great people. Capitol Group is very fortunate to have long-term employees and customers that have contributed to our continued success.” Name: Cara Highfield Age: 29 Company: Kenny & Co. (Kenny Pipe & Supply) Location: Nashville, Tenn. Position: Showroom Manager Experience: 3 1/2 years Cara’s thoughts: “Kenny Pipe & Supply provides a strong support structure for each employee and the company as a whole. I appreciate how the Kenny’s value the individuality of our showroom, allowing it to operate in its own unique fashion to best provide for our clients’ needs.” Name: Keith R. Jones Age: 32 Company: WinWholesale Location: Central Oklahoma Winnelson Position: President Experience: 8 years Keith’s thoughts: “I love the challenge of the hunt. I like coming to work every day to see what sales we can take down and close the door on. The challenge is not selling, but being profitable doing it. Battling the competition for sales is what makes me want to achieve.” Name: Kara Macias Age: 32 Company: Chown Hardware Location: Bellevue, Wash. Position: Assistant Showroom Manager Experience: 10 year Kara’s thoughts: “Decorative plumbing and hardware is such an exciting and creative market. I love that every day is different and I am able to work with so many fun and talented people on some amazing projects.” Name: Grant Millikan Age: 27 Company: C&L Supply Location: Vinita, Okla. Position: Assistant Division Manager Experience: 4 years Grant’s thoughts: “I am very fortunate to be part of the C&L Supply family. We have an excellent management staff that always is willing to share its knowledge and help you grow. I look forward to coming to work every day.” Name: Larry Mirson Age: 29 Company: Independent Pipe and Supply Corp. Location: Canton, Mass. Position: Inside Sales Manager Experience: 6 years Larry’s thoughts: “At Independent Pipe we encourage growth in our employees and have a strong focus on customer service. These customer relationships have been a driving factor in our success and growth over the years.” Name: David Neil Pena Age: 32 Company: Central Plumbing and Electric Supply Location: Weslaco, Texas Position: Purchasing Manager Experience: 12 years David’s thoughts: “Having worked at Central since I was young, I understand that employees are the driving force behind any successful company. I have gained a greater appreciation for the business and the relationships you build in this industry.” Name: Ryan Pruitt Age: 31 Company: Energy Metals Inc. Location: Houston, Texas Position: Regional Sales Manager Experience: 7 years Ryan’s thoughts: “The sales and support staffs at Energy Metals are second to none in the industry, which makes work and overall quality of life more enjoyable. I appreciate the knowledge being shown to me by the veterans in our organization and their acceptance toward me as I grow and learn.” Name: Ian Raeburn Age: 34 Company: Ferguson Enterprises Location: Newport News, Va. Position: Director of Finance Experience: 12 years Ian’s thoughts: “I really enjoy that success in this industry is founded on developing relationships and partnering with vendors and customers. I love that our associates are not only talented, but passionate about the role they play in Ferguson’s success.” Name: Henry Swager Age: 31 Company: B.M. Kramer and Co. Location: Pittsburgh, Pa. Position: Sales Manager Experience: 10 years Henry’s thoughts: “As a third-generation family business, I pride myself on continuing the traditions and values of those who came before me. Every day brings new challenges and opportunities in this fast-paced industry. Working with great people and developing relationships is the most gratifying aspect.” Name: Andrew Myers Age: 23 Company: Mayfield Plumbing & Electric Location: Mayfield, Ky. Position: Manager Experience: 2 years Andrew’s thoughts: “My family has been in business for more than 80 years and I am proud to carry on the family tradition. I see great potential in the plumbing industry and look forward to what the future has to offer.” Name: Jeff Peterson Age: 33 Company: Penco Corp. Location: Seaford, Del. Position: Secretary/Treasurer Experience: 20 years (overall); 11 (full-time) Jeff’s thoughts: “I like the fact we can work hard, provide exceptional customer service and have a friendly atmosphere at Penco. This industry is built upon strong working relationships from vendors to customers. It’s those relationships that provide the base for a strong future.” Name: Michael Edward Pscenicka III Age: 33 Company: General Mill Supplies Location: Jefferson, La. Position: IT Director & Purchasing Experience: 8 years Michael’s thoughts: “I have the opportunity to work in an industry that many people in my generation have possibly never heard or thought of. Luckily, I am given the autonomy to make decisions knowing that we, as a company, are nimble and capable of seeing those decisions become reality.” Name: Heath Robertson Age: 33 Company: Southern Pipe and Supply Location: Meridian, Miss. Position: Corporate Inventory Manager Experience: 10 years Heath’s thoughts: “I love working for a company that strives to be the most profitable and the most enjoyable place to work in the industry. I truly believe Southern Pipe and Supply’s culture is the best in the industry and is one of the key areas that set us apart from our competition.” Name: Jennie Wunderlich Age: 32 Company: Plumbers Supply Co. Location: Iowa City, Iowa Position: Showroom Manager Experience: 6 years Jennie’s thoughts: “I love helping people find the perfect items for their home while providing the best service to our contractors. I’m thankful for outstanding employees and the challenge to help shape the future of our company.”
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