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The 2020 Top Guns On Their First Jobs

Will Aubuchon
W.E. Aubuchon Co. Inc.
First Job: Aubuchon Hardware Warehouse Shop, age 13

“I learned a lot from the shop manager, Eric Berlo, as a person, a leader, a boss. His genuine kindness and care kept me focused as a 13-year-old kid, taking the time to teach me how to fix a paint shaker or a key machine. He was very patient, and that stays with me today. “


Patrick Goebel
Star Lumber
First Job: Star Lumber, 9th grade

My boss once sent me home because there wasn’t much for me to do. My dad came home for lunch and said, ‘What are you doing here?’ I told him why and he told me to go back to the store. I learned not to wait for someone to tell you what to do, but to look for where you can add value.”


Kevin Hancock
Hancock Lumber
First Job: Yellowstone Hotel Room Attendant, college

“I was so happy that summer because I was somewhere I wanted to be. That job served my life in that moment in time. It’s not always the function of the job, it’s the right place, the right culture. It’s important that jobs serve a higher, broader purpose.”


Kirby Scales
Russell Do It Center
First Job: Taco Bell, High School

 I was proud to work at Taco Bell. It instilled a work ethic and pride in me. I was able to buy a vehicle with that job. What I really gained is to respect everyone no matter what they’re doing in their life. At the same time, a job is what you make it, so it’s about becoming the best in your craft. 

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About Melanie Moul

Melanie is the communications and content manager for the North American Hardware and Paint Association. She joined the NHPA team in 2016 as an editor for Hardware Retailing and now helps lead the communications team to deliver relevant, timely content to the industry.

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