Senior Vice President of Specialty Sales & Store Operations Support, Lowe's
Wagner, a native of Mocksville, earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Catawba and began his career with Lowe's in 1977 as an office credit manager in a store. Thereafter, he worked as a store manager, district manager and regional vice president for Lowe's stores in the Pacific Northwest region, helping lead the company's expansion to the West Coast in 2000. He has served a senior vice president for operations for the West Division and for the South Central Division. Wagner was named to his current position in September 2009. In this new role, he is responsible for store delivery, fleet operations and credit.
The North Carolina-based Lowe's was founded in 1946, after Carl Buchan, part owner of the North Wilkesboro Hardware Company, envisioned creating a chain of hardware stores. Buchan later bought-out his brother-in-law and partner, James Lowe, and began concentrating on selling only hardware, appliances and hard-to-find building materials in a post-World War II market. It was during this time that Lowe's established its reputation for low prices by eliminating wholesalers and dealing directly with manufacturers. As sales grew, additional Lowe's stores opened in neighboring towns in western North Carolina.
Today, Lowe's is the second largest home improvement retailer worldwide and the seventh largest retailer in the United States. The company went public in 1961 and began trading on the New York Stock Exchange in 1979 (NYSE: LOW). In 2008, Lowe's was ranked 47th on the Fortune 500 list. It opened its first stores in Canada in December 2007 and opened its first stores in Mexico in February 2010. For more information on the company, visit Lowes.com or Lowes.ca.
Wagner makes his home in Mooresville with his wife, Marilyn. The couple has two adult sons, Franklin and Aaron.