Tell us about your job.
My responsibilities include calling on new and existing customers to promote and sell our products and services. No two days on the job are ever the same. You never know what to expect and that’s one of the aspects I enjoy most. Some days are spent in the field visiting customers at their office or jobsite and others are spent in the office working on blueprints, quotes, orders, etc.
How did you get into the industry?
I started working for Hines in high school because my dad was running a yard and they needed some part-time help. I worked out in the yard, learned a lot and swore I’d never be back to work in this industry. After graduating from college, I found myself back at Hines and have been here ever since.
What do you like most about your work?
I like the variety. I’m not stuck behind a desk all day, every day. I’m constantly interacting with customers and spending time in the field. Seeing projects from pre-construction through completion always provides opportunities to learn about our industry and products.
How have you grown as a professional since you joined your company?
I started my professional career at Hines as an inside sales representative. Shortly after I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in US LBM’s leadership program, PULSE. This program allowed me to interact with other professionals across US LBM and gain experience I otherwise would not have been exposed to. I then moved to a project manager role where I worked with our VP of Sales on sales and marketing projects before moving into my current position as an outside sales representative.
How would you describe the culture at US LBM?
Even though US LBM’s operations are spread throughout the country, they do a great job of creating a small business feel. Each location has its own strengths and the sharing of best practices between divisions helps us all work toward the goal of continuous improvement to better serve our customers.
What would you say makes US LBM unique?
The culture. For such a large organization with operations and employees in all parts of the country, it still feels like you’re working for a small, family-owned company.