L&W Supply promotes two new branch managers

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CHICAGO — L&W Supply has recently promoted two employees to branch manager roles at locations in Chicago and Mechanicsville, Maryland.

Nick Makar has accepted the role of branch manager for Chicago. Makar is set to replace Thomas Schramm, who is retiring after 35 years of service to L&W Supply.

Makar began his career with L&W Supply in November 2019, graduating from their Accelerated Management Trainee program, a training designed to provide associates with the skills they need to be successful branch managers. Prior to this, he spent some time in the heating and cooling industry.

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“Nick is an incredibly talented employee, having already proven himself capable of taking on the task of leading our Chicago branch,” says Charles Collins, Central Region vice president. “With Tom’s retirement, Nick has big shoes to fill in Chicago. I’m confident that he has what it takes to lead the team to success.”

As branch manager of the Chicago location, Makar will be responsible for many of the key functions of the branch, including maintaining customer relationships, managing deliveries and ensuring safety priorities are followed across all branch operations.

Kevin Nicholas has been promoted to the role of branch manager for Mechanicsville, Maryland. Nicholas has been with L&W Supply for over 25 years, first joining the company as a stocker/helper. After serving in various roles throughout his career, such as CDL driver, boom operator and inside and outside sales representative, Nicholas graduated from L&W Supply’s Branch Manager Training (BMT) course in 2019. His promotion is a recognition of his leadership and customer service capabilities.

“We’re very pleased to see another BMT graduate rise through the ranks to take on the task of leading one of our branch teams,” says John McLaughlin, Northeast Region vice president. “With Kevin leading the Mechanicsville branch, I’m excited to see the new improvements he can bring to our ability to service customers and get them the products they need.”

L&W Supply branch managers are responsible for leading L&W Supply’s branch associates, delivery drivers, and warehouse personnel.

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