Board of Directors

Shân Atkins

M. Shan Atkins

Outside Director

Shân Atkins joined the board in 2010. She currently chairs the audit committee, in addition to serving on the compensation committee. Atkins began her career at PwC (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) and later spent 14 years with Bain & Company, a leading global management consultancy, where her clients included a broad range of consumer and retail organizations in North America. In her most recent corporate role, she held executive positions at Sears, Roebuck & Co., including executive vice president of strategy, head of import sourcing, and vice president/general merchandise manager of the lawn and garden, seasonal and sporting goods businesses. With over 30 years of business experience, Atkins now sits on several corporate boards, including Darden Restaurants, SpartanNash Company, SunOpta and LSC Communications. She also volunteers her time with the Dean’s advisory board for the School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Corporate Directors. Atkins holds a bachelor of commerce degree from Queen’s University and a master’s degree in business administration from Harvard Business School. She is also a certified public accountant and a chartered accountant.


Contact M. Shân Atkins at shanatkins@earthlink.net
Alan Bryant

Alan Bryant

True Value Homecenter, Oakhurst, Calif.

Alan Bryant joined the board in 2012 and currently serves on the corporate governance committee. With more than 25 years of experience in the hardware business, Bryant is president of Bryant Homecenters, Inc., where he and his brother Paul co-own and operate three True Value stores in the neighboring communities of Coarsegold, Mariposa and Oakhurst. Growing up in the hardware business, Bryant has worked in the family business since 1985, when his father purchased H&L Lumber. Bryant’s board experience includes serving on the board of directors of the Oakhurst Area Chamber of Commerce from 2005–11. Currently, he serves on the board of Pacific Pectin, Inc. He has also served on a variety of True Value advisory boards, including the OPE Advisory Council, the Marketing Council and the Learning Resource Center redesign team. Under his leadership, the Oakhurst store received the distinguished True Value “Best Hardware Store in Town” award in 2007 and the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) “Retail Innovator of the Year” award in 2010. In addition, Bryant was recognized in 1999 as NRHA’s “Young Retailer of the Year.”

Contact Alan Bryant at alanbryant@truevalue.net
Brent A. Burger

Brent Burger (Chairman)

Campbell's True Value, Madison, Maine

Brent Burger joined the board in 2007 and became board chair in 2013. He currently serves on the executive committee and is also president of the True Value Foundation. Burger owns and operates five Maine-based True Value stores located in Farmingdale, Madison, Skowhegan and Winslow. Before joining the co-op in 1999, Burger worked for Starbucks Corporation in San Francisco. Previously, he served as vice president of West Coast operations for TCBY Enterprises Inc., where he oversaw franchise operations and led a team of eight division managers. Burger began his retail career in 1985 as the youngest TCBY franchisee in the company’s history. His board experience includes service on the board of directors for the Greater Blacksburg Virginia Chamber of Commerce as well as positions on advisory boards for Agway Dealer Stores and TCBY franchisees. In addition, he serves as chairman on the not-for-profit board of The Alfond Youth Center YMCA/Boys & Girls Club of America and serves as investment committee director for Mount Merici Academy. He is a recipient of “Hardware Retailing” magazine’s 2014 Top Gun award. Burger holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Virginia Tech University.

Richard E. George

Richard E. George, Jr.

Outside Director

Richard George joined the board in 2005 and serves on the executive, audit and compensation committees. In 1962, he began his career at Jewel Companies, Inc. and rose to the position of executive vice president of finance, where he was responsible for the company’s accounting, treasury and informational systems. From 1979–88, he served as president and CEO of Osco Drug, Inc., a subsidiary that operated 680 stores in 1988, with more than $3 billion in sales. In 1989, he co-founded Ulta Beauty and served as chairman and CEO until 1994. Most recently, George has been an active member of Alpha Capital’s CEO advisor group. He serves as president and CEO for RG Trends, Inc. as well as serving as chairman of the board of Factory Connection. George holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Illinois and is a certified public accountant.

Contact Richard George at reg021@aol.com

Kathleen Guion

Kathleen Guion

Outside Director

Guion joined the board in 2012 and is currently the chair of the corporate governance committee in addition to serving on the compensation committee. In more than 13 years of C-level experience, she has played pivotal roles in corporate turnarounds, leveraged buyouts and an initial public offering. Before retiring from Dollar General Corporation, Guion served as president for store operations and company growth, and played a leading role in the company's sales growth from $6.8 billion in 2003 to more than $13 billion in 2010. She chairs the compensation committee of B&M European Value Retail and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow.

Contact Kathleen Guion at kcguion@gmail.com

John Hartmann

John Hartmann

President and Chief Executive Officer

John Hartmann is President and CEO of True Value Company. He joined the board in 2013 and serves on the executive committee. Hartmann has 20 years of corporate experience at the senior executive level, in distribution and the home improvement hardware retail sector. Previously he served as chief executive officer for Mitre 10, the New Zealand market-leading home improvement company, where he led the execution of a strategic plan that increased profitable sales over 25 percent in a four-year period. Prior to Mitre 10, Hartmann spent eight years at The Home Depot and HD Supply in a variety of roles, including long-range planning, strategic business development, operations and sourcing. He finished his tenure as chief operating officer for the electrical and plumbing divisions of then private equity-owned HD Supply. For more than four years, Hartmann served as vice president of corporate services for the Fortune 25 company Cardinal Health. Upon graduating from law school, Hartmann spent 10 years as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He holds a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Rochester Institute of Technology. He also received a certificate in accelerated leadership from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. In addition, Hartmann currently serves on the Board of Directors of AmeriGas (NYSE: APU) and is a member of the Audit Committee. He also serves as a National Trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Gregory Josefowicz

Gregory Josefowicz

Outside Director

Gregory Josefowicz joined the board in 2010 and became board vice-chair in 2013. He currently serves on the executive committee. Josefowicz retired from Borders Group, Inc. in 2006, where he had served as chairman, president and CEO since 1999. During his tenure, he oversaw the global and domestic growth of the company and developed Borders’ first customer loyalty program, which at one time boasted membership of more than 30 million. Josefowicz began his career at Jewel-Osco, where he spent more than three decades. After joining the company in 1968 as a high school student, he ascended the ranks to become president of Jewel-Osco in 1997. He currently sits on the board of directors for United States Cellular Corporation and Empire Company, Ltd. His previous board positions include PetSmart, Roundy’s, Tops Markets, the Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Ryerson, Inc. and Spartan Stores, Inc. A graduate of Michigan State University, Josefowicz holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He served 10 years on the Kellogg Dean’s advisory board.

Contact Gregory Josefowicz at greg.josefowicz@gmail.com
Jared S. Littman

Jared S. Littman

K&B True Value, in Annapolis, Md.

Jared Littmann joined the board in 2013 and currently serves on the audit and corporate governance committees. He owns and operates K&B True Value in Annapolis, Maryland. Before joining the hardware business, Littmann worked as associate county attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland. His board experience includes service on the Annapolis City Council as alderman, chair of the Environmental Matters Committee, member of the Housing and Human Welfare Committee, and as a founding member of the South Forest Drive Business Association. His service also includes civic involvement with Main Street Annapolis, a public-private partnership to support local businesses; Annapolis Green, a private partnership focused on raising environmental awareness; and the Annapolis Executive Forum, a networking group for Annapolis business owners. Under his leadership, Littmann’s store has received the “Environmental Steward” award from the City of Annapolis, and was named the “Best Hardware Store” by Bay Weekly twice and the “Best Local Hardware Store” by The Capital four times. Hardware + Building Supply Dealer also named K&B True Value as a 2015 All Star. Littmann holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering and public policy from Washington University in St. Louis and a JD from the University of Maryland’s School of Law.

Contact Jared Littmann at jared@kbtruevalue.com
Thomas E. Markert

Thomas E. Markert

Outside Director

Thomas Markert joined the board in 2013 and currently serves on the corporate governance committee. He has more than 30 years of business and marketing experience. Markert began his career at ACNielsen in 1983 and rose to the position of global chief marketing, client service officer and president. He was responsible for leading global strategy and policy across all ACNielsen businesses. From 2007–08 he served as CEO at IPSOS Loyalty Worldwide, where he developed a five-year strategic plan and was credited with turning around the U.S. business and restoring profitability. From 2008–12, he held executive leadership positions at Office Depot, Inc., an $11-billion global supplier of office products and services. In 2012, Markert co-founded Digital Tailwind, LLC, a full-service digital marketing agency. He recently served as the EVP of Sales for Research Now, the world leader in online consumer panels and digital media measurement. He currently is the CEO and Global Product Development Lead for ORC International, a market research company in New York. Markert serves on the board of directors for State Auto Financial Corporation. His previous board experience includes the Sydney Kings (National Basketball League of Australia) and the American Chamber of Commerce in New South Wales, Australia. Markert is also the author of the bestseller, “You Can’t Win a Fight with Your Boss.” He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from St. Lawrence University.

Contact Thomas Markert at thomasemarkert@gmail.com
James R. Waters

James R. Waters

Waters True Value, Kansas

James Waters joined the board in 2011, and serves on the audit and compensation committees. He owns and operates seven True Value hardware stores in Dodge City, Emporia, Great Bend, Junction City, Manhattan, Salina and Wamego. The Waters family has run hardware stores for more than 100 years, and they became a member of True Value in 1962. Waters is a fifth-generation hardware store owner. True Value recognized Waters’ Salina store as a “Best Hardware Store in Town” in 2008. All stores have been converted to the DTV format. For the past 32 years, Waters has been a board member of the Central National Bank, where he has held various positions. His board experience also includes past chairman of Member Insurance, Salina Regional Medical Center and past president of the Coronado Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. Waters holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.

Contact James Waters at jwaters@waters-ks.com
Brian A. Webb

Brian A. Webb

Krueger's True Value, Neenah, Wis.

Brian Webb joined the board in 2004 and currently chairs the compensation committee. He previously chaired the corporate governance committee in 2014, was board chair from 2005–13 and vice-chair in 2005. Webb also serves as a member of the board of directors for the True Value Foundation. He owns and operates two family businesses in Wisconsin: Krueger True Value in Neenah and Grand Rental Station in Appleton. Webb’s family joined the co-op in 1951. In the retail hardware business for more than 40 years, Webb recently was a member of the board of directors for Future Neenah, Inc. and is a founding member and past president of the Neenah West Community Alliance. He served two terms as president of the Midwest Hardware Association and served on its audit committee. He has also participated in True Value’s Lumber and Building Materials Marketing Ad Council. Webb attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Contact Brian Webb at brianwebb@new.rr.com