West Hartford, CT – A.H. Harris, a leading distributor of construction supplies and equipment, announced Brendan Deely as President & CEO effective May 5, 2017.
Brendan Deely is a seasoned Construction Supply executive with 28 years of experience driving sales, marketing and operational efficiency in the industrial distribution sector. Since 2016 Brendan has been a key member on the A.H. Harris Board of Directors. Prior to joining the board, Brendan was CEO of L&W Supply for 10 years. While at L&W Supply, he grew the business from $800 million to $2.5 billion at 250 locations in 40 states through a combination of strong organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
According to Joe Eichelberger, A.H. Harris Chairman of the board, “Brendan Deely will do an outstanding job in leading the company as we enter our next chapter.” Brendan has a unique ability to translate strategy into implementation by bringing teams together to drive strong results. His track record of success combined with his construction supply distribution background knowledge make him uniquely qualified.
“It is a distinct privilege and honor to lead the A.H. Harris team into our next phase of growth and prosperity. I am inspired by all of our associates and their steadfast commitment to serving our customers, living our values and culture and partnering with our strategic vendor partners to maximize our mutual success” said President & CEO Brendan Deely. Brendan’s past ventures and experiences combined with the Harris mission to serve customers to the full capacity will provide a bright future for A.H. Harris.
About A.H. Harris
A.H. Harris was founded in 1916 as a small, family-owned and operated trucking company in Connecticut. Over the decades, the company has evolved into the leading construction supply company on the East Coast today. A.H. Harris distributes building products to the heavy & highway, commercial, industrial and residential markets with the same goal in mind as its founding fathers: To provide “the highest quality products and professional services” to its customers. The company has a large delivery fleet, but today’s customers include state DOT’s, contractors, large construction companies, municipalities, and homeowners. With 50 locations from Maine to North Carolina, it is rapidly growing and has earned a leadership role in its industry by providing quality construction solutions, while maintaining its historical values of service and integrity. For more information, please visit: www.ahharris.com
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