Employee Testimonials

Tara:

Meet Tara Bryant, Machinery Group Office Supervisor for our Machinery branch based out of Lynchburg, VA. In the last 19 years with Handy, she has touched every aspect of the Machinery Group’s administration, from field service and outside sales support to inside sales and operations. Tara is currently working in a technology and growth-focused role, onboarding new service tracking and proposal generation software systems, as well as a lead-generation and tracking system. She also works with the media marketing partner on the Machinery website development and is creating a comprehensive digital product showcase platform for use by the sales team. “NB Handy has given me the opportunity to grow in my job with my changing personal interests. When I developed an interest in graphics design, Andy Shivell was open to expanding my role to incorporate design in my daily work. I also enjoy the wide variety of situations we run into. Every day and every call are different in its own unique challenge.” In her spare time, she enjoys playing guitar, working on writing a Sci-Fi/Fantasy series, and volunteering extensively with local wildlife rescue and feral cat TNR groups. In addition, she is very involved in Scouting with her husband, Chris and two sons, Wyatt and Evan. Tara also designs American Indian regalia and loves traveling with her family to powwows all over the U.S. Thank you for your commitment and dedication to Handy, Tara!

Will:

Meet Will Tull, our Warehouse & Logistics Manager at our Richmond branch! Will first came to Handy in 2017, and was introduced by a friend who recommended it as a great place of employment. Overall, he enjoys the family atmosphere of his work environment. His favorite aspect of his position is problem solving to exercise his brain. Outside of work, he spends time playing music with his wife and playing with his two daughters in the garden. Thank you for the support you provide to the NB Handy family, Will!

Forrest:

Meet Forrest Powell, our Account Manager out of both our Charleston and Columbia branches! Forrest started with us at the beginning of 2020 as a Future Leader and chose the Account Manager role as his career path. Prior to Handy, he served as the Director of Sales & Marketing for a charter business, ran fly fishing trips on the weekends, and filmed weddings for a local videography business. A close friend connected him with Justin Houze, GM of the Charleston/Columbia market. After learning more about Handy, he was very intrigued by the company values and Justin’s strong sense of leadership and professionalism. Forrest states, “I love working at Handy because of the awesome teams that we have in both Charleston and Columbia. Our teams at other branches and our leadership team are phenomenal. I’m blessed to work at Handy and feel like we’re one big family!” His favorite part of his job is creating relationships with his customers, supporting their organizational growth, and being an extension of their business. He loves how each day brings new opportunities and goals to achieve. Outside of work, he loves boat days with his pup and spending time with his wife doing fun outdoor activities. Thank you, Forrest for your hard work & dedication to Handy!

Serena:

Meet Serena, Roofing Product Manager for Architectural Metals based out of the Norfolk, VA Branch. Serena started her career journey with NB Handy in 1999 and has progressed ever since. She began as an HVAC Inside Sales Rep, then transitioned to an HVAC Account Manager. Later, she expanded her knowledge to the roofing side of the business and is now in her fourth year as a Product Manager. When asked what her favorite aspect of working for Handy is, she stated it is the people. “From my time spent working in the branch and now working with all locations, our employees are passionate about our customers and their book of business.” Outside of work, Serena enjoys spending time with her family, reading books, being outside and going camping. Thank you for your contribution to NB Handy, Serena!

Sam:

Meet Sam, Branch Manager at our Baltimore, MD location! Sam began his career with NB Handy three years ago and says, "This is one of my first employment opportunities where I enjoy and am excited to get up in the morning to come to work." Before starting his journey with NB Handy, he was a floor supervisor at a wholesale supply house which serviced apartment & rental property maintenance personnel in the DMV area. Prior to that, he was a night manager for the largest produce & dairy supplier on the East Coast. Sam came to Handy as a novice, and learn the daily operations and absorb every bit of knowledge he could to further grow into his role today. He states, "NB Handy is a company that cares about their employees and listens to ideas. They never turn a head when ideas are brought about." When he is home, he enjoys spending time with his wife, three children and granddaughter. By far, his favorite hobby is cooking. Thank you for all you contribute to our NB Handy family, Sam!

Mike:

Meet Mike, our Senior Staff Accountant from our Corporate Office in Lynchburg, VA! Mike came to NB Handy nearly 15 years ago. When a position with Handy presented itself, he believed that NBH sounded like a perfect opportunity, and hasn’t looked back since. When it comes to his favorite aspect of his job, he enjoys creating financial analysis for management that leaves them fully informed with no further questions. He also truly appreciates the people he works with inside and outside of his department. Mike stated, “I’ve found everyone at NBH to be helpful, accommodating, and approachable regardless of their position within the company. When people say NBH is a family-oriented company, they are not kidding. I couldn’t have chosen a better company to work for and feel blessed to have landed here.” Outside of work, his family means a lot to him and spending time with them is his top priority. He also enjoys attending local beer and wine festivals, rating the Garlic Festival being his favorite. Traveling is one of his favorite hobbies, especially when it’s a new place. Thank you for all you do for Handy, Mike!

Case:

Meet Case, our Future Leader from our Greenville, SC branch. Before Handy, Case was a student at Virginia Tech where he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in management. When asked to describe the Future Leader program, he stated, “The flexibility and ability to choose your own path is something I haven’t experienced previously and has allowed me to pursue what I’m passionate in.” His favorite aspect about the Future Leader program has been the get-togethers and the employee programs where he has had the opportunity to connect with other Future Leaders from various branches. Outside of work, he enjoys playing bluegrass music on guitar and mandolin, visiting historic sites, and rooting for his beloved Virginia Tech Hokies. Thank you for all you contribute to our NB Handy, Case!

Crystal:

Meet Crystal, our very own “Wonder Woman” and HVAC Inside Sales Representative in our Hanover, MD branch. Crystal came to NB Handy nearly six years ago. At that time, she started as an Inside Sales Specialist in Commercial Roofing before moving into a Counter Sales Rep position, and then onto a Superintendent role. When asked what she enjoys most about her job, she didn’t hesitate to say that it’s the team that she works with. She considers the Hanover branch to be the “Dream Team,” capable of tackling any challenge they face. When not using her superpowers at the branch to take care of customers’ needs, she’s putting on a different cape and acting as a super-mom to make sure her five kids get to sporting games, practices, and events. She takes pride in finding neat and unique adventures to take her family on, and spending as much time with them as she can. Thank you for all you contribute to our NB Handy family, Crystal!

Greg:

Meet Greg, our HVAC Account Manager based in Richmond, VA! Greg started at Handy in 2017 and recently graduated from the Masters of Distribution program offered through the American Supply Association. This 2-year program consists of over 60 hours of training, nearly a dozen books to read, participation at the University of Innovative Distribution conference, and a final cumulative assessment. The last step in the program is an intense capstone project where trainees are required to develop, implement, and present a final presentation to a Review Board consisting of executives and leaders throughout the industry. The Review Board then meets to determine whether the trainee has mastered and demonstrated the learned skills through his/her project and whether they agree to certify the trainee. Greg received a unanimous vote to certify his completion of the program and received extremely high praise for his project and presentation. Thank you for all you do, Greg!

David:

Meet David, our Roofing Inside Sales Representative from our Richmond, VA branch! David started with NB Handy in 1985 and has been a valuable asset ever since. He says, “I was fortunate enough at NB Handy to have worked with some of the most charismatic salespeople and business minds not just in our industry, but in business period.” When he first started, he and his team handwrote every ticket and backorder, then mailed them each evening to be typed into invoices. He also states, “I feel NB Handy outshines may of its competitors simply because of the quality of people they hire, and the freedom they grant the sales force to pursue every individual opportunity for success with our customer base, utilizing marketing knowledge, teamwork, and imagination.” Thank you for all you do for Handy, David!

Geneva:

Meet Geneva, our Controller from our Corporate Office in Lynchburg, VA! Geneva started her career journey in accounting nearly 16 years ago. She moved to Virginia in 2004 in search of a job that challenged her professionally and provided flexibility to care for her daughter who was 16 months old. She states, “Working for NB Handy is definitely one of the best career and life decisions that I’ve ever made.” Her favorite aspect of her job is the interaction with other team members out in the field and helping them solve whatever challenges they’re dealing with. She says, “It’s moments like these when I get to witness my own strong accounting team pull together to figure out how to make everything work.” Thanks for all you do for Handy, Geneva!

Alex:

Meet Alex, a Roofing Account Manager out of our Raleigh branch. Alex joined NB Handy nearly 5 years ago as a Future Leader and has really taken off in his career here.
The Future Leader development program helped Alex learn the business from the ground up, understand our product lines, and develop into a successful Account Manager.

When asked what excites him the most about his job, he quickly responded that it’s the freedom his job gives him to travel and meet with customers every day.
Outside of building relationships with our customers, Alex can be found spending time with his new fiancé, golfing, hiking, and hanging out on the lake. We appreciate all you do, Alex, and can’t wait to see what all you will accomplish in your career here!

Dale:

Meet Dale, one of our incredible Class A drivers out of our Greensboro branch. Dale started with NB Handy in our Norfolk branch as a Class A driver in 1993 before starting his own business a few years later. Eventually Dale came back to NB Handy, but this time based in our Greensboro branch. Before coming to NB Handy Dale was a fuel handler with the US army and served for 8 years where he attributes much of his discipline and work ethic.

When asked what he loves most about his almost 12 years at NB Handy, he said that in both the Norfolk and Greensboro branches, he has worked with managers who have inspired him to work harder through their own work ethic and drive. He also values the strong relationships he’s built with each customer while making his deliveries over the years. Dale, thank you for your service to both our country and NB Handy!

Tosha:

Meet Tosha, one of our incredible staff accountants. Since joining NB Handy in 2018, Tosha consistently showcases her analytical ability, attention to detail, and organization skills as she works to prepare many of the company’s financial reports and perform other daily duties.
When asked what makes her excited to come to work every day, Tosha mentioned without hesitation leadership’s constant drive for improvement and growth while maintaining a caring, open, and inclusive team atmosphere.

She loves feeling like she’s part of a family--not only with the Accounting team, but with everyone across the company. After crunching numbers during the day, Tosha enjoys relaxing evenings where she can dive into a good book on her back porch. She also loves spending time with her son and family. It’s valuable team members like Tosha who have kept NB Handy going strong for 129 years and counting!

Gary:

Meet Gary, one of our expert drivers responsible for delivering products to our customers on time and in good order. Gary is a long time NB Handy family member, having been with the company for nearly the last 19 years.
When asked what he enjoys most about his job, Gary was quick to say it is working with the Atlanta branch team and customers.

Having had the same route for over 15 years, Gary considers many of his customers to also be close friends. When not delivering NB Handy products around the Atlanta area, Gary enjoys serving as a Deacon at his church, spending time outdoors with his family and relaxing near a lake or ocean. Gary feels a special part of his job is knowing that he’s the face of NB Handy and has a responsibility to uphold the positive reputation of NB Handy to our customers. Thanks for going the extra mile Gary!

Joe:

Meet Joe, one of our Machine Shop Technicians and who has been part of the NB Handy family for nearly 16 years. When it comes to HVAC or Roofing machinery, not many people have the expertise of Joe. “My favorite part of the job is fabrication like welding, bending metal, and fabricating parts. There are so many different types of machines that you never end up getting bored with them.
My favorite thing about working at NB Handy is meeting the people that I get to meet. NB Handy has been good to me and I’ve really enjoyed working here.” When not fabricating one-off machine parts, welding, or diagnosing issues with broken machines, Joe enjoys spending time building birdhouses, watching racing, or showing off his ’87 Mustang at the local car show. We appreciate you Joe!

Glenn:

Meet Glenn, General Manager of our Greenville, SC branch. Glenn joined the NB Handy family over 18 years ago and has served at two Handy branches. He started as a Roofing Inside Sales Rep at our original Orlando branch before moving into the Operation’s Manager role there. After 6 years with the Orlando branch, Glenn transferred to a Roofing Account Manager role in Greenville. He was promoted to General Manager last year. He says he enjoys the GM role because he has the opportunity to lead a team that encompasses both the operations and sales sides of the business, since he has a passion for and experience in both areas. When asked what makes the Greenville branch unique, he noted the team’s work ethic and the amount of effort that each person on the team contributes. In his spare time, Glenn enjoys grilling and smoking meats on one of his three grills/smokers, religiously making wings for his Friday Night Wing Night, hiking with his wife, and spending time with his kids. Thank you for all you do, Glenn!

Brian:

Meet Brian, one of our Regional Credit Managers in our Corporate Office in Lynchburg, VA. Brian came from a background in banking before joining Handy in 2017. Day-to-day Brian and the credit team are responsible for managing credit lines extended to customers, keeping them up to date, and helping with the cash flow from the branches. The one aspect of the job that Brian enjoys the most is being able to interact with customers and branches across the Handy footprint daily. He attributed much of what he loves about his job to the credit team that he works with and finds it an honor to learn from other more experienced team members. At the end of the day, Brian is fulfilled knowing he is ultimately helping drive the customers’ success! When not in the office, Brian may be found on his Can-Am trike, gardening, woodworking, and spending time with his family as he watches his girls grow up. Thank you Brian for being part of the NB Handy family!

Jerry:

Meet Jerry, our warehouse superintendent in our Roanoke branch. Since joining NB Handy 5 years ago, Jerry has helped lead the Roanoke warehouse team in ensuring our customers have the products they need when they need them. Having come from a large transportation company prior to joining Handy, Jerry brought with him a strong logistics background. When asked what he enjoys most about working at NB Handy, he had a hard time choosing just one thing, but mentioned that he really enjoys jumping on a forklift and picking orders. If it wasn’t a forklift Jerry was driving, his dream job would be a NASCAR driver. When not filling customers’ orders, Jerry can be found mountain biking, hiking with his family, or competing in simulation racing events. Thank you Jerry for representing NB Handy to our Roanoke customers!

Misty:

Meet Misty, our Senior Buyer/Product Specialist for our Architectural Metals products. Misty has been part of the NB Handy family for nearly 5 years and is an integral part of our Sentrigard Metal Roofing program. Between ensuring branches are stocked properly to helping with the steel center processing and logistics, Misty loves the challenging and fast-paced atmosphere that this position provides. When not at the office juggling the many hats that Misty wears, she enjoys gardening, spending time with her family, and cooking. Thank you Misty for all you do for Handy!