Donald “Don” Maloney, president of Beaumont, Texas-based Coburn Supply Co., recently celebrated his 50th anniversary at his family-owned and operated wholesale distribution company. During his time in the industry, he has served as a mentor, inspired countless, and volunteered his time and talent to innovate and make positive changes. We celebrate him as The Wholesaler’s 2019 Person of The Year. Read how this change-maker has left a legacy.
When we look at individuals for consideration as The Wholesaler’s Person of The Year, we focus on leaders, change-makers and those behind the scene who have made a positive impact on the industry. We look for that special something a person has that helps innovate the wholesale distribution sector.
Ferguson is the largest wholesale distributor of residential and commercial plumbing supplies and pipe, valves and fittings in the U.S. The company is also a major distributor of HVAC equipment, fire protection systems, waterworks and industrial products and services.
Long known as “The Service People” in the company’s respective markets, Dan Sherman, vice president of Seattle-based Pacific Plumbing Supply, says his grandfather Maurice Sherman knew the key to his new business was his relationships with customers and employees alike.
The PVF Roundtable experienced another year of exceptional growth in 2019 — in membership, sponsors and event attendees. We are supported by an all-volunteer board of directors and dozens of individual volunteers at each of our events.
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, we begin to focus on what to expect in the year 2020. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an increase in the construction industry’s jobless rate. It rose to 4 percent at the end of the third quarter, despite a gain of 10,000 jobs.
As we enter 2020, we hope you will forgive a little walk down memory lane for us. As we write this, almost exactly 15 years ago, Rich and his dad (Grandpa Joe Schmitt) were writing their last column together.
Renewable energy sources cannot fully replace oil and gas, which fuels 80 percent of this country’s energy consumption.
November 29, 2019
With The Squad — U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan — leading the way, most Democrat presidential candidates are committed to fossil-fuel elimination by 2050.