Hardware Retailing

MAR 2017

Hardware Retailing magazine is the pre-eminent how-to management magazine for small business owners and managers in the home improvement retailing industry.

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March 2017 | HARDWARE RETAILING 91 He coaches multiple children's sports teams and is active in his local chamber of commerce. He has also poured money and volunteer time into organizations, including Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and sports program for injured military veterans and special needs athletes. In addition, Jon works with local police departments to build relationships with urban teens and teach them basic skills to help them find jobs. He conducts practice job interviews with the teens and reinforces the importance of simple things like a firm handshake and eye contact. He also takes the children's sports teams he coaches out volunteering, encouraging them to help with Special Olympics events and run the bases with special needs baseball teams. The Next Generation Jon thinks each of his five children may end up bringing unique skillsets back to the business, after they have first gone out into the world to try other careers. His kids range in age from 8 to 21. All them have shown interest in Phillips Hardware, but Jon isn't pushing any of them to commit to taking over when he's ready to retire. "If you don't push things, it's more natural," he says. "I don't want to make them be me. I wasn't my father. I grew the company because I had a community mindset. I want to open my kids up to other avenues. If they bring back other things to our business, it will help us stay around for another generation." Jon Phillips (far right) and his wife Amy (far left) unload supplies for Hurricane Sandy victims with their children Tyler, Connor, Morgan, Lindsey and Dylan.

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