The leadership at B&D Industrial and its divisions includes members of the founding Nations family, as well as veteran managers and a new generation of go-getters. We believe the foundational mix of seasoned expertise and innovative ideology embodies the balance of visionary spirit and traditional values that has been the hallmark of B&D since 1947.
“The most rewarding part of the job is building relationships. It is great to see a person grow professionally and reach his or her full potential.”
From working in the shipping department to sitting in the CEO’s chair, Andy has spent a lifetime serving the company founded by his father, John D. Nations. Sharing the same vision and drive B&D was built on, Andy has led the company through exceptional growth in the last 20 years with a combination of profitable acquisitions, strategic expansion and fiscal savvy. He has also guided the company in achieving industry recognition, including earning the distinguished Distributor of the Century Award.
Andy holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia. He says golf is his “primary hobby outside of work since age 9,” and holds a keen interest in astronomy. A devoted husband, father and grandfather, Andy also serves on the Board of Trustees at Wesleyan College in Macon. Additionally, he is a longtime supporter of the United Methodist Children’s Home and remains active in his family’s church, Vineville United Methodist.
“Helping our employees serve their customers, satisfy their needs and exceed their expectations is what excites me about our business.”
Lauren has been in and out of the corporate boardroom for most her life. She returned full-time to the family business in 2008 as a Corporate Project Analyst, advanced to Finance Director and then to Chief Financial Officer in 2015. Lauren oversees financial strategic planning and reporting for the company and its divisions, and has been instrumental in guiding B&D Industrial’s fiscal growth, including reaching a $100 million milestone in annual sales in 2015.
Lauren holds a B.B.A. in Finance from the University of Georgia and enjoys spending time with her family. She is an active member of Vineville United Methodist Church. In her spare time, Lauren is a running and workout enthusiast and a passionate follower of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team. She serves as a fundraising committee member for Macon’s Museum of Arts and Sciences.
Vice President, Information Technologies
“We have the best employees! And in the last 40 years, I’ve seen a lot of growth for the company—it’s nice to feel like I’ve been a part of that.”
Linda has served as an integral management team member at B&D for more than 4 decades. Her numerous company contributions have earned her the prestigious John D. Nations award. Today, she oversees IT. She describes B&D as a company that truly cares for its employees, and an environment that offers the opportunity to be proud of what you do and advance in your career.
Linda attended Hinds College in Raymond, Mississippi and trained at the IBM Education Center in Atlanta. Linda is a past president of the Bearing Specialists Association (BSA) and a past board member for Goodworks, a Goodwill company that helps displaced and underserved workers train for in-demand labor markets. Currently, she supports B&D’s outreach efforts with the United Methodist Children’s Home. When not working, Linda can be found kayaking on Lake Nantahala, spending time with her 6 grandchildren, gardening and traveling to the mountains and the coast. She is also a skilled pianist and enjoys cooking.
“B&D is a great family-owned company—the most rewarding part of my job has always been helping the employees.”
First joining B&D through the Savannah branch in 1967, Harold has served B&D for nearly 50 years in varying positions, including Operations Coordinator, Director of Corporate Services and other leadership roles for B&D Service. Today, he oversees corporate properties and assets.
Causes Harold supports include the Wounded Warrior Project and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Married for 46 years, Harold enjoys spending time with his children and grandchildren, is an active member of Southside Church in Peachtree City and is an avid fan of the Crimson Tide football team and the “Ramblin’ Wrecks from Georgia Tech.”
“We are a 3rd generation, family- and employee-owned business. We empower employees closest to the customer so they are set up for success.”
From outside sales to service technician to customer service representative, Ben has worked in multiple positions across divisions since 2004. As the Vice President of B&D Technologies, Ben has overseen the division’s strong growth since 2014 and takes pride in “continuing to diversify our service and product offerings in order to better serve our customers.” Ben represents B&D as a committee and board member for several leading trade groups, including the BSA, Power Transmission Distributors Association (PTDA), and Affiliated Distributors.
Ben holds a history degree from the University of Alabama, where he also minored in political science. During his leisure time, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife, son and daughter, cooking and trout fishing in the mountains.
“It’s fun to watch something that begins as a theory become a real solution that helps the company, employees and customers have success.”
As a strong, results-driven leader in the company, Brian’s vision for B&D Service echoes that of his grandfather, John D. Nations. In a 1973 letter to employees, Mr. Nations wrote, “Our company offers each of you the opportunity to progress to the limit of your capability. There are no preset limits on any person. Choose your goal and demonstrate your capability of achieving that goal. You will be recognized.” Investing in employees through training and support is a significant part of the strategy that has driven Brian to grow his division, adding new branches, more people and increasing overall revenues. Brian is also an acknowledged leader of our industry, serving on the boards of both the BSA and PTDA.
Brian holds an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Georgia. Brian, his wife and their 3 children are active members of Perimeter Church in Johns Creek. He currently serves on the board of The LUKE Project in Atlanta, a faith-based organization that intercedes with at-risk urban youth through athletics, summer camps and other outreach programs. In his free time, Brian enjoys running, reading and serving as the family pitmaster on his Big Green Egg.