During his Home Channel Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Robert Strickland stuck to his ABCs. The former chairman of Lowe’s and major architect of the retailer ’s modern home center format, pointed to “appreciation,” “belief” and “congratulations” to sum up his career in the home channel.
Strickland retired as chairman of the board of directors for Lowe’s in 1998, after spending 41 years with the home improvement giant, witnessing tremendous growth and leaving an indelible mark on one of the nation’s most recognizable home improvement names.
“In 1957, 50 years ago almost to this month, my wife Betty moved with me to North Wilkesboro, N.C., so I could begin a job with a small six-store company named Lowe’s,” Strickland said. “So this is a golden and shared award.”
Strickland is credited not only with leading the company to its position as a premier large-format home improvement specialty store, but also for fashioning a successful corporate culture. Lowe’s executive vp Greg Bridgeford introduced Strickland as a retailer who “helped craft the human face of Lowe’s. He showed us by example how to treat each other as teammates and valuable contributors.”
Strickland called his selection to the Home Channel Hall of Fame “absolutely surprising” and pointed to Golden Hammer-winning competitors Northern Tool and Tractor Supply, as innovators deserving of notice and praise. Strickland also t h a n ked Lowe’s attendees, including Bridgeford and president and COO Larry Stone, as well as the Hall of Fame selection committee—“Thank you for this deeply touching recognition,” he said.