Billy has been in the industry since March 1989. He began his career as a Receiver for a small family-owned company called Smitty’s Building Supply. It was from his time spent at Smitty’s that he credits all of his institutional knowledge of the Building Industry. Billy started from the ground and worked his way up in the company. He began as a Stock Receiver, Yard Helper, Warehouse and Dispatch Manager, then eventually into Sales. In 2010, Smitty’s made the decision to close their doors, but with all of his knowledge in the industry, The Lester Group swiped him up, and here he has been ever since. Billy started at Jim Carpenter Company in February 2010 in Sales, then eventually was promoted to Sales Manager a few years later. In October 2015, The Lester Group opened Building Supply of Manassas, and asked Billy to be the General Manager of the store. Billy loves what he does, and especially loves his customers, some of whom are life-long customers. In his free-time, Billy enjoys spending time with his 2 girls, and attending baseball games, especially the Washington Nationals.
Billy brings enthusiasm, knowledge, and care to this company and our customers. We could not be in better hands, and as a team we are blessed to be led by Billy!
Jesse has been in the industry since 1995, beginning his career at Smitty’s in Northern Virginia. There he started as Yard Help, and worked his way up the chain into the position of Dispatch Manager. Jesse then expanded his career as Building Materials Manager, to Windows and Doors Manager at Lowe’s for four years. Jesse joined The Lester Group in 2015. He leads our warehouse team, and our team of drivers. He and his team are the “backbone” of our company’s success. Jesse is happily married to Angie, his wife of 20 years. They have two girls, Hope and Emma. Jesse enjoys collecting comic books, playing video games, and above all, spending time with his family.
Along with his excellent leadership skills, Jesse brings to our company dedication and loyalty. We are proud that he chose to join our team!
Ben has over 20 years of professional experience in residential and commercial lumber, building supply sales, and leading successful sales teams. His experience includes in depth knowledge of building supply products, customer service, marketing, profitable sales analysis, and new business acquisitions. He consistently meets the needs of residential, commercial, and custom builders, home owners, contractors, and architects. Ben has a demonstrated track record of success in leading sales teams in a fast-paced environment and driving continuous improvement and change to support organizational growth. He has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in the building industry. In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family. Go Nats!
With all of his accrued knowledge of the industry over the years, we are happy to have Ben leading our sales team!
Bernadette is a “rookie” in the Building Supply Industry. Having worked previously in the dental field for 10 years, she joined The Lester Group team 2019, eager to learn something new. Bernadette is grateful for the opportunity to acquire new skills, and she strives to become a specialist in her field, most particularly by absorbing the knowledge and advice of her expert coworkers and mangers; veterans in the industry. Bernadette enjoys DIY projects, and you can usually find her in the midst of a few at a time.
With her enthusiasm and eagerness to learn everything she can about this industry, we are delighted to have Bernadette on our team!
Jamie started her career in the business when she was 16, and now has 44 years of experience under her belt. She began working in the industry just outside of Pittsburgh, at a small home improvement store called Clabers. 44 years later, we are so happy she found us! Jamie began her career with The Lester Group over 15 years ago, with about a one year absence while she pursued other interests. She has been married to her husband, Rick, since 1993, and has one surviving daughter, Harmony, who will be 40 years old this July. Jamie has 4 grandsons aging from 22 years old to 16 years old. Her greatest joy, other than her family, are her 6 dachshunds, 1 lab, and 2 cats. Gardening is her happy place.
Jami offers our customers first class service with over four decades of intuitional knowledge. We are blessed to have her on our team!
Dave is an experienced salesman with over 25 years of knowledge in the Building Supply Industry. He spent the first two years of his career learning every aspect of the business, from building loads, to unloading lumber trucks, and receiving special order trucks. For the past 23 years, Dave has been in Outside Sales. Dave joined The Lester Group in 2015. He is happily married to Angela, and together, they have four children, ranging from the ages of 25 to 13. Dave is a huge fan of all DC sports teams.
Dave not only offers our customers great service, but he also carries a hearty laugh, and a big smile along with him. He is a joy to have on our team!
Chris has been supplying building materials to local builders since 1987. He has worked with many top builders and architects from commencement to completion of their projects. Chris specializes in windows and interior trim work take-offs, and most especially, all new products. Chris joined The Lester Group in 2012.
Chris was born and raised in Northern Virginia, so he brings to our customers a wealth of local building knowledge. We are proud to have his expertise on our team!
Jason has been in the Building Industry for over 20 years. He grew up helping his dad, who is a builder and Master Plumber. Jason joined The Lester Group in 2012. Currently, he works with the sales team as a “problem solver”, fixing window and door issues for both Building Supply of Manassas and Jim Carpenter Company. Jason is an Andersen Certified Service Person (Andersen DSN), but he can service most window brands. Jason enjoys being able to look at something, diagnosing the issue, and resolving it. Jason is our “Swiss Utility Knife”, and often you may find him assisting the team with running small orders to customers, ordering material, and takeoffs for Jamie, Chris, and Dave.
With all of his “fix-it” experience, we are grateful to have such a “handy man” on our team!
Ervin began his career in the Building Industry at A&A Homes as a subcontractor over 10 years ago. In 2017 he joined The Lester Group, first as Yard Helper/Load Puller, then moved his way inside to Sales Coordinator. As a coordinator, he assists, KC, Chip and Debbie in their customer sales. Ervin’s willingness to support the team every day is inspiring. Aside from work, Ervin is an avid soccer fan.
We appreciate Ervin’s readiness to contribute in all aspects of the business, and are thrilled to have him on our team!
Kelly “KC” Lynch
KC has been partnering with licensed contractors since 1993 to build and remodel dream homes exclusively in the DMV area. He has worked with Custom Builders, Track Builders and Remodelers, even supplying the 2×8 Marine Grade TREX behind the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria, VA. If you get the chance, you should check it out. KC joined The Lester Group in 2014, and has been providing excellent customer service to his customers for over 2 decades. KC says: “Give us the opportunity at Building Supply of Manassas. We have a great team!”
We are grateful to have such an enthusiastic team-player on our side!
Chip began his career in the Building Industry in the 80s. Specializing in Andersen Windows for over 35 years, Chip came to The Lester Group in 2016. His jolly self can always be found making every effort to assist his life-long customers with the best of service. Chip has 9 grandchildren, whom he loves dearly, and attempts to spoil them every chance he gets.
We are proud to have Chip’s decades of expertise on our team!
Debbie started her career in the industry at Lowe’s in the late 80s, as cashier first, then in the Credit Department, working her way into Delivery/Receiving up to the Department Manager. In 1999, Debbie joined The Home Depot as Contractor Sales Manager and Delivery Manager, and also, in 1999, after going part time with The Home Depot, Debbie moved onto BFS in a Sales Coordinator position. She joined The Lester Group in 2009, and has been with us for over a decade! Debbie sells anywhere from Maryland, to DC, and all over Virginia. She is 100% customer oriented, and cares deeply about all of her customers. She always considers, their needs, budgets, and timelines. Debbie has many long-term customers from back in the early 90s, with whom she still works. She believes “If it is important you will find a way! If not, you will find an excuse. I like to think I always find a way”.
With her servitude attitude and life-long customers, Debbie has proven her worth! We are humbled to have her on our team!
Steven has been in the industry for 11 years. He joined The Lester Group in 2013. From Receiving to Inside Sales, Steven is now one of the “faces of our showroom” and greets our customers with a smile and a willing attitude. He goes out of his way to give our customers the full scope and detail of their projects. He believes it is important for all of us at Building Supply of Manassas, and The Lester Group to be good stewards and neighbors within the local community. Steven’s greatest loves are baseball, jazz, punk, his wife, and a good steak!
Steven’s willingness to serve his customers and his community is admirable, and we could not be happier that he joined our team!
Gregg brings to us 25 years of experience in the Building Material Industry. His career has been expansive, and impressive. Serving two major metropolitan areas, Chicago, and the DMV, Gregg brings to our customers, a wealth of knowledge and expertise. He joined The Lester Group in 2017. Gregg is known for his attention to detail in every aspect of his work, most especially he focuses on sales completion, and in ensuring contractors are satisfied and able to complete their projects, before deadlines. Gregg’s customer service includes New Home Builders, Custom Home Builders, Commercial, Deck Builders, and Remodelers. Gregg is a fan of NIU Huskies football, and enjoys kayaking and hiking.
Gregg enjoys assisting our customers in all components of their projects, and his attention to detail and experience are traits we are amazed to have on our team!
Elton has been in the industry for 20 years, and both of those decades have been with The Lester Group! He came to us in 2000 as a Van Helper at our sister store, Jim Carpenter Company, he then took an absence from our company to pursue other interests. He returned to us in 2001 with his commercial driver’s license, and has been driving our trucks ever since. In 2015, when we opened Building Supply of Manassas, Elton followed his truck to the NOVA area. Elton’s favorite part about his job is that he gets to see all the beautiful scenery the DMV area has to offer. It’s like taking a Sunday drive during the week! On the weekends, Elton enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
We are blessed that Elton returned to us, and that he offers our customers quality in his expert handling of their materials!
Jerry W. “Smiley” Herndon, Jr.
Smiley is our “local baby”. Born in 1959, in Manassas, Smiley is a graduate of Brentsville District High School. He has a wealth of knowledge of the local area. Smiley is also our token Veteran. He served in the USN (1980-1984), in the Persian Gulf (1983), with an honorable discharge (E-5 MM2). Another of Smiley’s great successes in life is his 30 year marriage to Teresa. Together, they have 2 step-children, 3 children, and 4 grandchildren. Smiley joined The Lester Group in 2019. He and his wife reside in Catlett, VA.
We thank Smiley for his service to our great nation, and now to our customers. We are proud to have him on our team!
Forklift Operator/Load Puller
Donnie has a long and impressive history in the Building Supply Industry. He began his career as a mechanic before being hired by Smitty’s in NOVA. From Smitty’s he moved onto GDC Contractors, and then to BMC before joining The Lester Group in 2019. Donnie enjoys working, and he especially enjoys that his work allows him to be surrounded by good people. In his free time, Donnie’s hobby is working on small engine repairs. In the warmer months, you may find him tinkering away on engine repairs in the store parking lot by his home.
Donnie is our most skilled Forklift Operator, and we are impressed, daily by his talent. We are blessed to have him on our team!
Rigoberto “Rigo” Lopez
Rigo comes to us with 15 years of experience in the Building Material Industry. Beginning his career as box truck helper, then moved into EWP, an area in which he now has extensive experience. Rigo has had his CDL since 2009, and his Class A since 2017. He joined The Lester Group in 2019. Rigo enjoys the daily challenges of his job, especially when he successfully delivers to difficult jobsites with the tractor. In his free-time, Rigo enjoys fishing and Frisbee Golf.
We are happy to have Rigo and his tractor-driving skills on our team!
Forklift Operator/Load Puller
Patrick is new to the Building Supply Industry, and originally hails from New York. He began his “freshman year” in the industry in the fall of 2019 with The Lester Group. Prior to working with us, Patrick had extensive experience in shipping and receiving for a medical supply company and an electronic supply company. Patrick enjoys the camaraderie and the “unexpected” atmosphere his job brings on a daily basis. His days are always full of good surprises. He has already gained extensive amounts of knowledge of materials in his short time with us. He appreciates the training and advice received, most especially from industry veterans, Jesse and Billy. In his free time, Patrick enjoys participating in Boys Scouts with his kids, and spending time with his family.
We are glad that Patrick decided to say good-bye to snowy New York and join our team in Virginia!
Fredy comes to us with over 15years of experience as a driver in the Building Material Industry. He worked for TW Perry from 2001 to 2015, beginning his career as a box truck driver, then moving up to Flatbed Truck Driver. He joined The Lester Group in 2015 as a Flatbed Driver. Fredy loves that his job allows him to be outdoors, and it also allows him to get to know our customers. Fredy takes pride in serving our customers well. He loves spending his free-time with his family, especially when they are all cooking together. When he gets the opportunity, he enjoys a visit with his extended family back home in Guatemala.
We love Fredy for his willingness to treat our customers with the very best of service. He is a treasure to have on our team!
Prior to his career at The Lester Group, Brian was an Assistant Manager at Wal-Mart where he managed Receiving and Electronics from 2003 to 2014. He then spent a year working for Aaron’s Towing. Brian joined the team at The Lester Group in 2015. He started with our company as a box truck driver at Jim Carpenter Company, then very shortly moved to Building Supply of Manassas, at the time of our October 2015 opening. Brian appreciates that his job brings something different to him every day. He most especially understand the importance of excelling in his job. Brian loves spending time with his 4 children, and four grandchildren, and he is a hot rod enthusiast in his free-time.
We appreciate Brian’s dedication to his work, and the good results of his efforts. He is a pleasure to have on our team!
Oscar has been in the Building Industry ever since he was old enough to work. He has always worked the manual labor side of the industry. In 2019, Oscar joined The Lester Group team. He assists Brian in delivering orders to jobsites, and unloading them by hand. Oscar appreciates the physical nature of his job, and also the fact that every day brings new and interesting challenges. In his free time, Oscar enjoys spending time with his large family, both immediate and extended. He especially loves playing “American football” with his family-not to be confused with “football” (our form of soccer).
We are thankful to have Oscar’s strength and cheerful attitude on our team!