Maggie’s energetic approach and aggressive goals have been critical success factors in 84 Lumber’s operation and growth. Under Maggie’s leadership, 84 Lumber refocused concentration on its original niche – the professional market – helping the company top $1 billion in sales for the first time in 1994 and $2 billion in 2004.
A $2.86 billion company in 2016, Maggie has made a number of strategic moves for 84 Lumber, navigating through difficult times to strengthen the company’s position as the leader in professional contractor sales. She strikes a delicate balance between maintaining 84 Lumber’s traditional approach to doing business, and adapting to meet the ever-changing needs of the customer.
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 even a board meeting. Her and her father had a unique bond that continues to this day.
Passionate, dedicated and fearlessly committed to success. That’s Maggie Hardy. She took over the leadership of 84 Lumber in 1992 from her father and company founder, Joseph A. Hardy III, at an age when most women are just starting their career. At 26 she was showing her business smarts and proving her toughness.
Leadership and growing the business is only one side of Maggie. Her family is the other side. Mention her son P.J. and it’s clear how proud she is of him and his achievements. P.J. is a graduate of the Tisch School of the Arts and has written and directed the film Beyond the Backyard. P.J.’s first foray into film was indeed a family affair. Not only did he write and direct it, he convinced his parents and grandfather to star in it! And now he’s hitting the festival circuit to showcase this immensely personal film.
Under Maggie’s leadership, 84 Lumber is a nationally certified Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) company and was named on Forbes’ 2016 List of America’s 250 Best Mid-Size Employers.