House-Hasson Hardware, America’s largest independent regional hardware distributor, has named Bill Hauge as senior vice president in addition to his role as chief financial officer, company President and CEO Steve Henry has announced.
“Bill has proven himself a professional in every sense of the word,” Henry said. “His management style and attention to detail are great assets as we support the profitability of the independent hardware store and lumberyard dealers who count on House-Hasson.”
Hauge has served for five years as House-Hasson’s chief financial officer. The company supplies more than 55,000 items to about 2,500 dealers in 23 states and the Caribbean Basin.
“I’m humbled and honored to be in this role for a company of House-Hasson’s 116-year history, its traditions and size,” Hauge said. “It’s an honorable company doing important work for dealers and their customers, and I’m privileged to be part of it.”
Of his management style, Hauge said, “I like to let employees be in charge of their roles, so I don’t interfere with their choices as long as the objectives are being met. Employees know more about their specific jobs than I do, so I listen and provide guidance only when needed.”
A Chicago native, Hauge earned his bachelor of science degree with an accounting major from the Indiana University School of Business. He is also a certified public accountant.
Among his professional roles, Hauge has served as senior financial reporting manager for General Electric, a business unit controller for Alstom Power Inc., and plant controller, American Safety Razor Company.
“Bill takes this role at an important time for us,” said Henry. “Our sales have doubled in the last five years, and he’s been at the forefront of enabling us to absorb this increase. He’ll be a leader in his new position in fashioning our human resource policies to retain and attract employees and in cost-control efforts.”
Hauge and his wife, Teresa, live in Knoxville and have three adult children.