In her words Helen Skinner was as green as they come when she first started off in the building supply industry in 1992 for Southern Building Products. Who would have thought that a favor for a friend would start a lifelong career? In only a couple of years Helen worked her way up to manager of the Monroeville store. She gives all the credit to the owner of the company for teaching her everything she needed to succeed in this line of work. She learned to ask questions of not only her fellow employees but also the contractors and the sales representatives that came into the store on a weekly basis. She would spend many of her lunch breaks going to jobsites asking questions and learning how the material that she sold was used. Doing all this she was able to gain trust and establish relationships with most of the local contractors around the area. She was able to prove herself in a man’s world.
After leaving Southern Building Products in 1995 she came to Swift Supply working under the late Rickey Hughes. After 4 years of gaining more experience she became manager of the Monroeville store. She is very appreciative of the opportunity that the Swift family has given to her and hopes that she has achieved some of the goals that were set for the Monroeville store in her 17 years at Swift Supply.
Now in her later years she is working hard with her employees for them to strive to reach their full potential. Her goal is to keep Monroeville headed for success. She is proud to be a part of such a good family orientated company. Her employees appreciate her guidance and think she is the best.
Helen has been married to Gerald Skinner for 44 years. They have 2 children together, Jerrald (Melanie) Skinner of Excel and Minthea (Randal) Vaughn of Millbrook. She also has 6 grandchildren, Cody 14, Lydia 12, Makenna 11, Emily 8, Kadence 6, and Ashton 5. She stay’s involved with her grandchildren’s sports and activities. It brings her back to when she was young and involved with her own children’s activities. She says one of the most important things a parent can do is stay active in the lives of their children.
She is also active in her community and has served several times on the board for the Chamber of Commerce. She is now starting her second year on the advisory board for the Monroe County Vocational Tech School.
We are proud that Helen is a part of our company and we are proud of her involvement in the community. Thanks Helen for all that you do.