Business Excellence

The 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.

Lita Abele
CEO, U.S. Lumber
Carmen Arguelles
Vice President, Marjam Supply Co
Shannon Bearman
IT Project Manager / PSM, Do it Best Corp.
Molly Bellm
Inventory Analyst, RP Lumber Co
Sunny Bowman
Owner, Dakota County Lumber
Courtney Bynum
Director of Customer Experience, Cameron Ashley Building Products
Gina Cashner
Branch Manager,  Beacon Building Products
Shavonne Clark
Senior manager, marketing, The Home Depot Rental
Nina DeMarie
Vice President, IT, Cameron Ashley Building Products
Lawanna Dendy
Director, HRBP, Southeast Region and DEI Champion, US LBM
Judy Dinelle
Building Ambassador, 84 Lumber
Bethany Doss
Business Manager, Capital Lumber
Sara Eller
Vice President of Marketing, Cameron Ashley Building Products
Carolyn Epstein
CFO, Dr. Ike’s Home Centers
Jean Fahy
Building materials division manager, Do it Best Corp.
Maria Ford
President, North America Commercial & Industrial Sales, Stanley Black & Decker
Jeanine Froke
VP of Marketing, Buillders FirstSource
Sue Fusek
CEO, Ron's Home and Hardware
Margi Harney
VP, IT, Beacon Building Products

Tim Hawkins
Director of Sales, Metabo HPT

Renee Heuser

Owner, Heuser Ace Hardware
Julie Jensen
Outside Sales Account Manager, White Cap Construction Supply
Melissa Karlovitch
Group Vice President, GreatStar Tools USA
Susan Kasko
Director Talent Development, 84 Lumber
Susan Kunkel
Big Johns Building
Holly Kutcher
Director- National DIY Sales, UFP Industries
Alexandria Lavaroni
Treat's General Store
Nikki Long
Business Unit Director, Structural Products, FastenMaster
Sue Lords
Chief Human Capital Officer, Kodiak Building Partners
Allison Low
Senior Strategic Sourcing Manager for Direct Raw Materials, LP Building Solutions

Penney Luhrs
Owner, Luhrs True Value
Jaime Maloney
President, Costello's Ace Hardware
Kelley McFadden
Buyer, Power Tools & Accessories, LMC
Wendy Minichiello
EWP Sales Director - North America, Weyerhaeuser Co
Jean Niemi
Sr. VP Marketing and Communications, True Value
Tina Pape
Operations Leader , Nation's Best Holdings LLC
Christine Pepitone
Director of Financial Planning & Analysis, H2 Brands Group
Katrina Ralston
President, Feeney Inc.
Tammy Rubin
VP and CFO, Hughes Lumber Co.
Evionne Silver
Vice President Install Business, Builders FirstSource
Donna Souligne
Owner, Remington True Value
Alison Steckowski
Millwork Specialist, Buidlers FirstSource

Debby Stinebaugh
Sr. Account Manager, Epicor Software

Susan Thorne
Owner, Thorne Lumber Co.

Wendy Whiteash
CHRO & EVP Culture, US LBM

Rising Stars

The 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.

Stacy Andersen-Bivona
VP, Nebraska Builders Warehouse, Inc.
Lisa Barrett
Director, Merchandising, McCoy's Building Supply
Stephanie Barrios
Sales, Ganahl Lumber
Margaret Clark
Edward T. Clark & Sons
Corinne Courtney
Owner, Nailed It! Hardware
Narcisa Cuatlatl
Inventory Manager, Ashby Lumber
Lindsey DiGangi
Corporate Marketing Manager, PLM Mutual Insurance Co.
Sarah Dodd
SVP Merchandising and Private Brands, Lowes
Alison Dowell 
President and General Manager, Emery Jensen Distribution
Ashley Gray
Outside Sales Representative, Builders FirstSource
Lauren Melancon Guidry
Co-owner, Melaco Sisters Hardwar & Supplies

Mackenzie Hare
National Account Manager , Milwaukee Tool
Rachel Hoops
Trader - Components Sales, LMC

Leigh Hudspeth

Director Specialty Products, BlueLinx Corporation

Jaclyn Kueny
Merchandising Manager, DecksDirect
Keirstan Kure
Digital Channel Manager, Parksite
Allyssa Lett
National Account Manager, UFP
Jackie Marable
Director of Retail Services, Orgill, Inc.
Julie Moser
General Manager, Ridout Lumber Company

Sally Paul

Manager, Frontier Building Supply
Sherry Pearson
Manufacturing Lead Lyman Companies, Carpentry Contractors Co.
Vanessa Pierce
Co-owner, Melaco Sisters Hardware & Supplies
Wendy Stine
President, Stine Lumber
Tara Tansky
Regional Sales Vice President, Stanley Black & Decker

Shanna West

Manager / Owner, H & H Home & Hardware

Heather Young
Components Plant Manager Shelly’s Building Supply