Thrifty Building Supply to Change Ownership on Retired CEO – The Oxford Eagle
Mark Evans, President and CEO of Thrifty Building Supply, a primary supplier to home builders in western Tennessee and northern Mississippi, retired at the end of 2021, after 31 years of contributing to the growth of the company, his father started 37 years ago. Richard Cooper, Vice-president and partner, took over the ownership of the company on January 1, 2022.
Thrifty Building Supply was started in 1984 in Collierville, Tennessee, by Mark’s father, Farrell Evans, who had previously worked for a distributor of construction products. At this time, Collierville was a rural farming area, and Farrell sold off commercial grade materials for sheds and similar structures. Today, almost four decades later, the company has grown exponentially, offering quality buildings materials to some of the area’s top home builders. It also holds the designation of being one of the oldest family businesses still in operation in Collierville.
During the early years of the business, Mark worked part-time alongside his father and eventually janointed the company full-time in 1990. Over the years he has held various positions ranging from from delivery and sales to warehouse services and operations. Mark began overseeing the management when Farrell retired in 2004 and continued to lead the organization since that time.
âMy leadership philosophy is that the company exists not only to be profitable financially, but to providing employees with a quality work culture that helps our clients be successful, âsaid Mark. “My focus has always been to honor God in the way the business is run and to maintain the same level of commitment to community and service my father instilled when starting the business 37 years old There are.”
According to Mark, the company’s core values ââof Faith, Integrity, Reliability, Service and Family were influenced by Farrell, who died on April 27, 2018, after a battle with cancer. “I was lucky to work alongside my father for so many years to help develop the business, âhe said. “Even after my father retired, he was still interested in how the business was changing, new industry trends and our support for the local community.
In 2015, Mark brought in Richard Cooper, a longtime Memphian with over 20 years of construction industry experience as a managing partner. The same year, Thrifty Building Supply opened its Door Shop in Olive Branch, MS, making Mark and Farrell’s longtime dream of expanding the the company’s offerings to include personalized doors. Since then, Richard has been running the Door Shop, in addition to overseeing sales and working closely with Mark on business development.
Under the combined leadership of Mark and Richard, the business has flourished over the past six year. Thrifty Building Supply now has nearly 100 employees and serves builders across the west Tennessee and northern Mississippi from its three locations in Collierville, TN, Olive Branch, MS, and Oxford, MS.
According to Mark, Richard has been a critical asset to the organization and is well positioned to take back his direction.
âI know I am leaving the business in good hands with Richard,â said Mark. âWe share the same values ââand beliefs, as well as the philosophy that when you provide excellent service, sales will follow.
Recently, at the company’s annual Christmas party, Farrell Evans’ wife Barbie Evans took to the opportunity to thank employees for their dedication and commitment to customer service.
“It’s just a blessing to look around and see all of you who work for our company. We thank you for everything the hard work and the way you treat our customers, âsaid Barbie. “It’s hard to believe that a little A small business with just one employee has also become important. We know the hand of God was in there. God has blessed us.
The company hosted a retirement party and open house on Wednesday, December 29 and Thursday, December 30 for customers and friends to stop by and celebrate with Mark and his family.