Carrie White
Carrie White

When Carrie White was 17, she took an administrative job at TW Perry to get some work experience before she went to college. But what began as a job to fill her gap year between high school and college has become a 17-year career in LBM. “I saw how fast-paced [TW Perry] was, the need for a level of engagement from all the employees, and how being able to think critically was important,” she says.

In her time at TW Perry, White has worked in all facets of LBM. Now, she serves as the Virginia director of sales, coaching 40 employees and managing the company’s Virginia clients. She’s also a part of TW Perry’s senior management group, which allows her to “have input as to where we’re going as a company.”

White feels part of the direction for TW Perry, and LBM at large, is to stay relevant and keep up with technology. She has found that customers are texting or emailing orders to the company, whereas pros used to come in with orders “scribbled on 2x4s.” Says White, “We have to continue not to resist change. We can’t get complacent. … We will have a frustrated customer base if we don’t move forward and give them information at the touch of a finger.”

White is excited to see more women participating in LBM, but admits that since she’s only worked at TW Perry, her views might be a little biased. “I am proud to say that I oversee 11 female outside and inside sales people, just in Virginia,” she says. “I learned that there is a real place in LBM for those who are smart, relationship-driven, and willing to work hard. … [Women] have a lot to say, and different perspectives on the same problems, and that’s a good thing.”