Two veteran House-Hasson Hardware department heads retire

When Larry Fennell, House-Hasson's retiring information systems director, came to the Knoxville, Tenn.-based distributor 26 years ago, there were five computer terminals in the entire business. "Today we have 85 hand-held computers just in the warehouse," he said. "Technology drives every facet of the business."

House-Hasson announced that Fennell and 30-year veteran Tim Lawson, the company's VP of operations, are retiring. Fennell is being replaced by Dennis Quilliams, who has nearly 30 years experience in computers and information technology. In operations, Don Phillips, who has worked in logistics and management for several companies, will take over for Lawson.

“Our company is truly fortunate in that we’ve had professionals in leadership positions who have been with us for decades,” said Don Hasson, company president. “Now we have outstanding people ready to step in to continue House-Hasson’s momentum and growth.” 

Lawson also said operations changed dramatically during his tenure. “When I started it was 100% paper,” he said. “The speed and efficiency of what we can do now would have been science fiction not too many years ago.”

The independent regional distributor serves 17 states and the Caribbean region. Its annual sales top $200 million, the company said.