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.

Lori Ables
President/CEO, Three Sons True Value Hardware

Lea Allah
Senior Director Human Resources HQ Human Resources, Builders FirstSource

Alison Bahry
Buyer - Hardware Dept, LMC

Justine Bayer
Controller, Decks Direct 

Elizabeth Civiletti
General Manager, Mazzone Ace Hardware

Brenda Crevier
Inside Sales Specialist, Cameron Ashley Building Products

Alison Dannehower
Vice President/CFO, Shore True Value Hardware

Jodie Disbrow
Owner, McLean’s Hardware

Michelle Downey
Director National Accounts, Metrie

Carlene Dyer
Chief Product Officer, H2 Brands Group

Lea Eastman
National Accounts Manager, Hampton Lumber

Janet Elias
Regional Sales Manager, Blish-Mize

Kim Fish
Owner, Taylor’s Building Supply

Tina Fox
Manager Purchasing General Administrative, Builders FirstSource

Diane Frazee
National Account Manager, National Gypsum

Amy Garner
Assistant General Manager General Administrative, Spenard Builders Supply

Lorraine Gifford
Director of Sales, ITW Global Brands

Donna Glisson
Direct Manager, Beacon

Marilyn Haney
Owner, Haney Lumber & Supply Inc.

Mary Jo Hassett
CFO, Gillman Home Center

Liz Haun Pharas
Owner, Nyssa Mercantile True Value, LLC

Amy Hemelgarn
Market Finance Manager, US LBM

Kim Holloway 
Outside Sales Representative II, Builders FirstSource

Laura James
Inside Sales Manager, Huttig Building Products a Woodgrain Company

Deanna Jenkins
President, Thomas Lumber Company

Traci Johnson
Assistant General Manager, Spenard Builders Supply 

Nerida Jones
Inside Sales Representative III, Builders FirstSource

Shari Kalbach
President, Hardlines Distribution Alliance

Annie Kao
Vice President/Engineering, Simpson Strong-Tie

Tracy Kappenberg
Vice President, Riverhead Building Supply

Renee Kraft
Operations Manager, Knudson Lumber

Kristy Labrecque
Office Manager, Caron Building Center / Nations Best

Kate Land
GM of Exacor, Huber Engineered Woods

Christine Lavoie
US1 Continuous Improvement Manager, US LBM

Olivia Layhue
Inventory Control Specialist I, Builders FirstSource

Evelyn Lizarraga
Manager Office Administration, Dixieline Lumber

Brenda MacKay 
Co-Owner, Vassar Building Supply

Geralyn McCarthy
Director of Operations, OMG Inc

Anna Motschall
CFO, Mans Lumber & Millwork 

Jenna Myers
Divisional Merchandise Manager, Do it Best Corp.

Elena Nelson 
Partner/Co-Owner, Nicollet Ace Hardware 

Diana Newton 
Vice President, Bay Hardware

Giana Noonan
Sr. Director of Digital Marketing & Demand Generation, Builders FirstSource

Linda Nussbaum
CFO, Kleet Lumber

Desiree Oakley
Owner, Willard Oakley Lumber

Brenda Parker
Owner, Naples Hardware & Supplies

Rebecca Partee
VP Sales Administration, Orgill, Inc. 

Vicki Pignetti
Commodities Manager, LBM Advantage

Christi Powell
Market Manager Women’s Business Enterprise, 84 Lumber

Jennifer Renaud
Chief Marketing Officer, Masonite

Karena Reusser
Owner, Modern Home & Hardware

Tianna Roberts
Commodity Product Manager, Boise Cascade Company

April Roberts
Manager, Broken Bow Ace Hardware

Nora Rubio
General Manager, Mead Lumber-Liberal, KS

Joan Saunders
Store Manager, Hagan Ace Hardware

Fiona Smith
Operations Manager, Rocklin, Homewood

Carrie White
General Manager General Administrative, TW Perry

Lisa Williams
Owner, Leeper Hardware Co. LLC

Jennifer Wilson
SVP Brand & Customer Marketing, Lowe’s Home Improvement

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.

Nikki Adams
Manager Installation Installed Support, Builders FirstSource

Rose Aurora
Sales Manager, East Haven Builders Supply

Loreen Batinic
District Manager, Beacon

Grace Bilbrough
Category Marketing Manager, UFP Retail Solutions

Jennifer Coleman
Manager, Dunkirk Hardware & Home Center

Miranda Copeland
Inside Sales Representative I, Builders FirstSource

Katie Crowther
Gen. Manager & Sr. VP of Lillian Lumber Co., Owner of Lilian’s She Shed, Lilian Lumber Company and Home Center

Sheli Derato
Wood Products Strategic Marketing Director, Weyerhaeuser

Sharona Eiserer
Owner/Operator, Wood Shed Hardware and Lumber in Carrollton, Concordia and Richmond, MO

Hilary Ervin
Sales, Teague Lumber Company 

Emily Farmer
Office Manager, Ridout Lumber Company

Deirdre Garland
Department Manager, LMC

Jill Gaylor
President, Healdsburg Lumber Company

Sadie Hammond
Director of Organizational Development, Hammond Lumber Company

Cherie Jacobs
Store Development Manager, Do it Best Corp.

Barbie Jones
Inside Sales Manager, Brand Vaughan

Jailynne Jones
Account Rep, Metrie

Kathleen Karr
Accounting Manager, JP Hart

Alison Kelley
Co-Owner, Kelley Hardware

Kassi Lamon
ERP Conversion Specialist, Nations Best Holdings

Malin LaPlace
Senior Learning Designer, 84 Lumber

Leigh Levinson
Buyer / Merchant, ACE Hardware Corporation

Stasha MacDougall
General Manager, Hancock Lumber

Corinne Malo
Digital Content Manager, H2 Brands Group 

Olivia Martinelli 
Special Project Coordinator, Lumbermen’s Inc.

Tina McEachin
Division Vice President of Sales, Jennings Builders Supply

Margo Mitchell
Field Service Rep I, Builders FirstSource

Brittany Napier
Manager, Specialty Windows & Doors, Maner Builders Supply

Tamara Padgett
Market Controller, US LBM

Shannon Patterson
General Merchandiser, Big R

Lisa Prestifilippo 
National Account Manager, Metal Sales Manufacturing Corporation

Jessica Regan
Territory Sales Manager, Cameron Ashley Building Products

Gabriela Sanchez
Asst. Fleet Manager, Alliance Lumber / Builders FirstSource

Lindsay Snyder
Merchant, Lowe’s Companies Inc. 

Michelle Stern
Assistant Manager, Apply Valley, Lampert Lumber

Emily Stiles
Manager Inside Sales, Builders FirstSource

Lauren Stout
Logistics Department Manager, Lumbermans Merchandising Corp.