Our Management Team, while relatively young and energetic, collectively possess over 100 years of experience specifically in the building supply business. This same group has had direct responsibility for the management and oversight of more than 25 individual building supply operations, including 6 different individuals who have managed a location for a national building material supplier.
Professional Builders Supply was Van’s brainchild born out of a desire to be closer to home, a burning entrepreneurial instinct and a frustration with the lack of focus on the customer and the employee at a big company. Van saw a unique opportunity in a market where the local, custom builder was quickly being overlooked by most suppliers. He put together a team of highly qualified employees and a team of investors who were not only highly regarded businessmen but also personal friends. Van grew up in Burlington, North Carolina where his father was a custom home builder. He attended East Carolina University and graduated with a B.S. in Accounting.
He became a Certified Public Accountant while working in Raleigh with Price Waterhouse. After 8 years in public accounting, Van decided he wanted to do something different and he signed on with a national building material dealer in their management training program. After opening and managing a location in Greenville, SC, he spent 5 years managing a large operation in the Atlanta area. He then returned to Raleigh as a Regional Manager responsible for 15 locations in North and South Carolina. With 10 years of building material experience under his belt, Van launched Professional Builders Supply. Today he leads our strategic planning efforts and maps the vision and future growth of the company. Van is a member of the Board of Directors of the Raleigh/Wake County Home Builders Association. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Southern Building Materials Association and the College of Business Advisory Council at East Carolina University. Van, his wife Jennifer and their sons Jake and Johnny reside in Raleigh.
Vice President Finance & Administration
Steve came to the Company with over 27 years experience as CFO, Controller, Consultant and Certified Public Accountant. His background includes experience in Finance, Treasury, Information Systems, Human Resource and Administrative management, which makes him a perfect fit for leading our administrative services team.
Steve began his professional career in the Raleigh office of Price Waterhouse, which is where he first met Van Isley. After 8 years in public accounting, Steve left to spend 18 years with Morganite / Energy Conversion Systems, a global manufacturer of electric motor components for the consumer product and automotive markets. Steve’s strong quality and six sigma background has provided fresh insight and ideas for our business. He clearly shares our passion for customer service and leads our administrative team in adherence to our Customer Commitment – the backbone of our success. Steve, his wife Cindy and their four children, Katherine, Marshall, Christian and Richard reside in Raleigh.
Executive Assistant/Human Resources
Beth has been with us since 2010 and handles many of our Human Resources functions in addition to being Van’s Executive Assistant. Beth has 12 years of experience in the industry, including administration, human resources, sales/customer service, location management and Incentive Travel planning. Beth resides in Wake Forest.
Earlene comes to Professional Builders Supply with over 25 years accounting experience which includes industries such as information technology and professional services to textile manufacturing. Though the building supply industry is new, Earlene welcomes the challenge. She attended East Carolina University earning a B.S. in Accounting. She and her husband, Allen and dog Maggie, reside in Fuquay Varina.
Kathy comes to Professional Builders Supply with over 25 years of accounting and administration experience in the manufacturing, resale, and banking industries. Record keeping, reconciling, and re-engineering are three of the strengths she brings to the team. Kathy has a B.S. in Accounting from Clemson University and an M.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Albany. She and her husband live in Cary.
Lora has been with us since 2009 and handles all of our accounts payable processes. Through her career, she held positions in accounting, customer support, project management, and inventory control supporting several industries including manufacturing, retail, construction and pension plan management. Lora and her husband Ron reside in Holly Springs.
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