Board of Directors

Shan Atkins

M. Shan Atkins

Outside Director

Atkins joined the board in 2010. She currently chairs the audit committee and serves on the compensation committee. Atkins is the Managing Director of Chetrum Capital LLC, a private investment firm she founded in 2001. She began her career at PwC (formerly Price Waterhouse) before moving on to Bain & Company and Sears. With nearly 30 years of business experience, Atkins also sits on several corporate boards including Darden Restaurants, SpartanNash Company and SunOpta. 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.

Contact M. Shân Atkins at shanatkins@earthlink.net

Alan Bryant

Alan Bryant

True Value Homecenter, Oakhurst, Calif.

Bryant joined the board in October 2012, and serves on the corporate governance committee. With more than 25 years’ experience in the hardware business, Bryant is President of Bryant Homecenters, Inc., where he co-owns and operates four California-based stores in the communities of Oakhurst, Coarsegold and Mariposa. Bryant also serves as the Director of Pacific Pectin, Inc., as well as a variety of True Value advisory boards. Under his leadership, Bryant's store received the "Best Hardware Store in Town" award in 2008 and the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) "Retail Innovator of the Year" award in 2010. In addition, he 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. Mr. Burger owns and operates five Maine-based True Value stores located in Farmingdale, Madison, Winslow and Skowhegan, and a Just Ask Rental store in Skowhegan. 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.

Mr. Burger's board experience includes service on the board of directors for the Greater Blacksburg Virginia Chamber of Commerce, and positions on advisory boards for Agway Dealer Stores and TCBY franchisees. He also 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. Mr. Burger 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

George joined the board in 2005, and serves on the executive, audit and compensation committees. George began his career with Jewel Companies, Inc. in 1962 and rose to the position of executive vice president finance, where he was responsible for the company's accounting, treasury and informational systems. From 1979 to 1988, he served as president and CEO of Osco Drug, Inc., a subsidiary which operated 680 stores in 1988, with more than $3 billion in sales. In 1989, he co-found 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 on the board of Factory Connection.

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 has more than 15 years of corporate experience at the senior executive level, including 11 years in the home improvement/hardware retail sector. Most recently, Hartmann served as chief executive officer for Mitre 10, a New Zealand-based cooperative where he built and executed a strategic plan that increased members’ 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 Cardinal Health. Upon graduating from law school, Hartmann spent 10 years as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Hartmann 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 the Accelerated Leadership Program from Emory University, Goizueta Business School.

In addition, Hartmann currently serves on the board of directors for AmeriGas and is a National Trustee for Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Gregory Josefowicz

Gregory Josefowicz

Outside Director

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 served as chairman, president and CEO since 1999. During his tenure, he oversaw 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, a Midwestern food and drug store chain, where he spent more than three decades. He currently sits on the board of directors for United States Cellular Corporation and has served on the board of Kehe Distributors since 2006.

Contact Gregory Josefowicz at greg.josefowicz@gmail.com

Jared S. Littman

Jared S. Littman

K&B True Value, in Annapolis, Md.

Littmann joined the board in 2013 and currently serves on the audit and corporate governance committees. He co-owns and operates K&B True Value in Annapolis, Md. Under his leadership, Littmann's store has received the Environmental Steward award from the City of Annapolis from 2010 through the present, was named the "Best Hardware Store" by Bay Weekly in 2012 and 2015, and the "Best Local Hardware Store" by The Capital from 2010 through 2013. Before joining the hardware business, he worked as an Associate County Attorney for Montgomery County, Md. Littmann's board experience includes service on the Annapolis City Council as alderman, chair of the Environmental Matters Committee and 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, Annapolis Green and the Annapolis Executive Forum.

Contact Jared Littmann at jared@kbtruevalue.com

Thomas E. Markert

Thomas E. Markert

Outside Director

Markert joined the board in April 2013 and serves on the corporate governance committee. Markert 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 and client service officer and president. From 2007 to 2008, 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 to 2012, Markert held executive leadership positions at Office Depot, Inc., an $11 billion global supplier of office products and services. In 2012, he co-founded Digital Tailwind, LLC, a full service digital marketing agency. He currently serves on the board of directors for State Auto Financial Corporation.

Contact Thomas Markert at thomasemarkert@gmail.com

James R. Waters

James R. Waters

Waters True Value, Kansas

Waters joined the board in 2011, and currently serves on the audit and compensation committees. He owns and operates seven Kansas-based hardware stores in Junction City, Salina, Emporia, Great Bend, Dodge City, Wamego and Manhattan. Waters True Value joined the co-op in 1962. True Value recognized Waters' Salina store as a "Best Hardware Store in Town" in 2008, and his Manhattan-area store was the second Destination True Value format store in the United States. For the past 30 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 president of the Coronado Area Council of Boy Scouts of America.

Contact James Waters at jwaters@waters-ks.com

Brian A. Webb

Brian A. Webb

Krueger's True Value, Neenah, Wis.

Webb joined the board in 2004, and currently serves on the compensation committee. He previously chaired the corporate governance committee in 2014, and was board chair from 2005-13 and vice-chair in 2005. He also serves as a member of the board of directors for the True Value Foundation. Webb owns and operates two family-owned businesses in Wisconsin. His family joined the co-op in 1951. In the retail hardware business for more than 40 years, Webb 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. Webb also participated in True Value’s Lumber and Building Materials Marketing Ad Council.

Contact Brian Webb at brianwebb@new.rr.com