27 Mar FOUNDER’S MONTH: HONORING A SWELL GUY AND A LIVING LEGEND
If you get Mark Magstadt started reminiscing about the early days of the company—then called HUB City Industrial Supply—You will marvel at how HUB went from such humble beginnings to the vibrant and growing company it is today.
Mark started out in business as a salesman for a fastener company. When he went off on his own in 1990, his office was his bedroom and his workforce were those of his own household. They rented some warehouse space, relying on
the tenant next to them whenever they needed a forklift to receive a shipment. If the forklift was unavailable, the goodnatured delivery driver would offload drums of hardware by rolling them off the back of the truck, letting them spill onto the parking lot.
But Mark was good at what he did, and, with the assistance of his hardworking wife and kids, the company consistently grew year after year. He surrounded himself with young, ambitious employees and soon growth was happening at a pace beyond what he had ever envisioned. It felt like a good time to turn the management of the business over to his protégé, Gabriel Curry.
After selling his stake in 2005, Mark left HUB to give the new president a chance to establish his leadership. He devoted his time to helping launch a mortgage company that one of his sons was involved in. Eventually, he made his way back to HUB, and for the last few years, he has come back inside as a client service specialist.
Clients and staff alike are grateful that he’s here. He has a depth of experience unmatched by any in the business. His caring approach to solving problems has been celebrated by a lot of people, including client Krista Springer of KT
Galvanizing. It was Krista who suggested—insisted, really—that it was high time we give honor where it is due. She suggested setting aside a month in recognition of Mark’s contribution to our wonderful company. Since Krista—like every other client we have—is really our boss, we had to take the matter under serious consideration.
So we decided to declare this month, February 2014, Founder’s Month in honor of Mark Magstadt. We have brought in a supply of shipping cartons with his face on the side to commemorate the event.