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Meet the Team

Bobby Killingsworth

Bobby Killingsworth, Owner & President of Navarre Lumber29+ years of lumber and building materials distribution experience. Bobby founded Navarre in 1990 and has served as President since that time. Bobby and his family have also been active in property development and management in the Pensacola, FL area for over 50 years. He graduated from the University of West Florida in 1984.

Jay Pugh

Jay Pugh, Owner/Purchasing/Sales of South Bay LumberJay started his professional career in the dental sector, but changed direction in 1988 when he went to work for Louisiana Pacific at their Athens, GA OSB plant as a purchasing agent. Continuing in the building supply industry, in 1996 he accepted a position with Great Southern Wood Preserve doing inside treated lumber sales for the southern territory. In April 2000, Jay purchased South Bay Ace Hardware, Lumber & Paint with his brother, John Pugh.

John Pugh

John Pugh, Owner & President of South Bay Lumber – John brings over 29 years of building products experience to the group. John and his brother, Jay Pugh, acquired South Bay Ace Hardware, Lumber & Paint in April 2000. Since the acquisition, sales have increased four-fold. Prior to acquiring South Bay, John was sales manager for T.R. Miller Mill Co., Brewton, AL, a regional lumber mill, from 1996-2000. Previous to that position John worked for Louisiana Pacific Corp. from 1989 to 1996 in various roles including sawmill operator, shipping & logistics supervisor, lumber sales, and operations manager for six sawmills. John graduated from Auburn University in 1989 with BA in Speech Communications.

Keith Wesley

Keith Wesley, Vice President of Ford Lumber – Keith has been with Ford Lumber for 13+ years. Prior he was with Georgia Pacific for 20+ years, where he served in several roles on the Gulf Coast to include territory manager and branch manager.

Craig Cowert

Craig Cowart, CEO – Craig Cowart has a wide range of home improvement industry experience ranging from regional retail, wholesale distribution, and big box retailers over his 25+ year career. Starting at Marvin's Building Materials on the retail floor in the early '90s while attending college, Craig worked in store operations before being promoted to a buyer at Marvin's corporate. He was hired by Lowe's in 1998 as a global merchant, working there before accepting an offer to return to Marvin's to help with their new store expansion strategy and managing LBM departments as a merchant. Craig was eventually promoted to VP of merchandising/marketing, and in 2011, President of Marvin's. Most recently, Craig has worked in wholesale distribution as GM for Home Depot subsidiary Your Other Warehouse in Atlanta, and as President of Handy Hardware in Houston. Craig joined Tyndale Advisors in August 2017, and currently serves as Vice President.

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