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Maggie Hardy Knox Bio

As president of 84 Lumber, Maggie Hardy Knox oversees day-to-day operations of the company and its nearly 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops and engineered wood product centers nationwide.
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Maggie’s energetic approach and aggressive goals have been critical success factors in 84 Lumber’s operation and growth. After taking over the business from her father — company founder Joe Hardy — in 1992, she refocused concentration on the professional market. Her decision helped 84 Lumber top $1 billion in sales for the first time in 1993 and $2 billion in 2002. Today, the company is the leading privately held building materials supplier in the U.S. and is also a certified women’s business enterprise.

Maggie strikes a delicate balance between maintaining the company’s traditional approach to doing business and adapting to meet ever-changing customer needs. Her real training began at an early age when she accompanied her father on countless business outings. It wasn’t unusual to find a seven-year-old Maggie with her father at the lumberyard, a store grand opening or a board meeting. She and her father had a unique bond that continues to this day.

Maggie assumed leadership of 84 Lumber when she was just 26, an age when most people are just starting a career. Even then, she was showing her business smarts and proving her toughness. She maintains those qualities today and continues to find new ways to make the company an industry stand-out. In 2018, 84 Lumber reached $3.86 billion in sales, its second-highest annual revenue to date.

In her personal time, Maggie enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, and spending time with her husband Shawn and son P.J.

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