Doyle joined the family business as a nine-year-old lad, working in the warehouse on Saturdays and during the summers (there must have been no child labor laws in those days).Doyle graduated from Carson-Newman College in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
In 1975, Mr. Wallace sent Doyle to Memphis, Tennessee where he joined the newly acquired farm equipment division of the Company, King Wallace, Inc.He worked as a salesperson in south Arkansas before moving to Chattanooga in 1977 to join another sister farm equipment company, Southeastern-Wallace, Inc.
Doyle moved back to Morristown in 1984 to become the PRO Program Director at Wallace Hardware.Over the next few years, he worked as a buyer and manager of the Industrial Division.
In the mid 90s, Doyle dealt with medical issues that necessitated a bone marrow transplant. He was away from the company for three years before returning in the late 90s to the Industrial Division.
In 2003, Doyle became the manager of the family’s Holiday Inn Conference Center Hotel.During his tenure, the hotel won numerous awards under his leadership.
When his father passed away on Thanksgiving Day in 2008, Doyle assumed the role of President and CEO of Wallace Hardware.He maintains that role today.
Doyle and his wife, Deanna, have four children and three grandchildren.
Ed McKinney attended Roan State Community College before transferring to the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1979.He graduated with a business administration degree in 1981.He began working in retail as an intern while still in college in 1979 and continued on in that industry until 1993.Along the way, Ed was promoted several times and served as store manager for several discount retail chains.
In 1993, Ed began his career with Wallace Hardware in the sales department as a territory manager.In 1994, he transitioned over to purchasing.In January 2015, Ed was promoted to Director of Purchasing and Customer Service and then to Vice President of Purchasing in August 2018.
Since 2017, Ed has served as the chairman of The PRO Group, Inc. merchandising committee.He has also served as a United Way Loaned Executive for Hamblen County since 2018.Ed has been married to his wife, Karen, since 1980 and together, they have a son, Eric.
Richard first met John D. Wallace while selling high school annual ads.He joined the company in 1962 while attending the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.He worked through their training program for the next four years.
After graduation, Richard served in the Marine Corps and worked as an industrial sales representative upon his return in 1967.He also served as industrial sales supervisor.In 1982, he was appointed assistant sales manager for the hardware division and in January of 1984, Richard was promoted to sales manager of the hardware division. In 1985, he was promoted to Vice President & Sales Manager, Hardware Division and in 2009, he became Senior Vice President of Marketing.
Richard’s responsibilities have included managing the PRO and Farm Mart stores program, store design and merchandising programs, show design, marketing funds management, and working with the sales team on program implementation.Currently, he is heading up the newly revised industrial division of Wallace hardware.2018 marks his 56th year with Wallace Hardware.
Richard serves as lay minister and elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.He has served on various Presbytery and Synodical Boards and Agencies.He has two children, Scott and Deanna, and three grandchildren.He and his wife, Denzel, spend their “fun-time” on the farm where they have a cow-calf beef operation.
Eddie Flynn is the Vice President of Sales at Wallace.He joined the company in August of 1982 to take over one-third of an established Industrial territory.Eddie left to pursue other interests in 1987 with another company but returned in 1990 to take over an existing industrial territory and grew it substantially.
In 1996, Eddie was promoted to manage the industrial division and, because of good business and team work, the division grew by great amounts.In 2001, Eddie was moved to assistant sales manager of the hardware division and in 2008, he was promoted to Vice President of Sales.
Eddie really enjoys his job and strives to help Wallace be the best distributor it can be.Because of his competitive personality, he thrives on the challenge of the hard work.The Good Lord has richly blessed Eddie in all his work.