Jason Hammel is a hometown boy from Durant who graduated Durant High School in 1995.
He’s left Durant and seen other places, but he is here now, happy to be here and prospering with his company.
Those who know Hammel credit his attitude with his success.
His little local store is very successful also.
Little, it’s not really. It’s a huge big-box store with thousands of items of inventory.
Durant’s Lowe’s store wins prestigious awards because of its manager and its employees, led by that manager, Hammel.
He recently brought home the The Red Vest Leadership Award Region for 5 which makes his store, the Durant store, the best one in 108 stores scattered around.
Hammel said, “It signifies performance of the store. It is given out on the engagement of the store, it’s financial performance, leadership index for managers of the store. It’s basically this well-rounded deal. It encompasses so much.”
Hammel’s story is one of service learned over a 10-year period watching his elders handle customers and friends at the business they worked at.
He cut his teeth selling every car part known to man, usually while the customer was in full melt-down mode.
People needed help when they had a car problem. That was his job to help and helping became a part of who he is.
He wants to help those who come to him for his help.
His role models, his dad Rick and uncle Gary, at a local auto parts store, taught him to serve the customer and before they are sent away, they’ll be a success doing what they do when they get home.
This transfers well to building materials and people’s homes. He said, “I’m third-generation family business. I think that helps me take care of the customer.”
He is proud of his nomination for the store, too. Durant’s Lowe’s is nominated for “Store of the Year.”
“It’s for our 108-store region. Frisco, Allen, Flower Mound. Durant, Oklahoma, beat all of them. It’s because of the people who work for me. It’s because of the people who shop with me.”
For Hammel, it just seems to get better and better.
He said, “It’s a big award for a local business. I want our customers to share in this with us. We wouldn’t be achieving this if they weren’t partnering with us, being loyal customers to the business.”
He’s married to his love Melissa, and so Jason knows he’s very blessed.
His four daughters add to his blessings every day.
Macie, Amelie, Madison, and Kaylee all look up to dad.
He knows he lives in a great town that he loves and he’s loved back.
This isn’t Dallas, Ft. Worth or a big city. This is an award won by small-town Durant and its manager from small-town Durant.
Hammel is very humble about his win, but credits it to his early training in the workforce. He worked at his family business and learned that you take care of the customer.
He remembers his dad going to unlock the store when it was closed so a customer, a friend, could get what they needed to help them out of their emergency.
“It’s about engaging the employees. They say it’s like being part of a family and I come from a family business so it’s a natural way for me to lead the building,” he said.
Hammel is making his goals come true. He said, “Essentially at Lowe’s, I’ve been here for 3 years. I spent 10 years helping my family run a business. One of my goals was to run a mom and pop retail store, one with a heart.”
One of his employees was asked if he’s a good boss and if so, what makes him different?
Vickie Weaver said, “He’s awesome. He’s caring and he’s real active with his community and employees. We are sorta like one big family.”
For the party, for the award, he said, “I get a personal bonus but they match that 100% with funds I can throw a party for my employees. We are going to have a store celebration.” He’s excited his employees will be just as much a part of the award as he as manager is.
The company will pay for the party and Hammel likes that. He said, “I think it’s huge that all the employees get to participate. It’s part time employees and full time. I’m going to bring in some other stores employees so our employees can have fun at their party they’ve earned.”
It will always be about customers. Without customers there is no business.
Hammel said, “My customers will always get taken care of on a one-on-one basis.”
He said he likes what his company stands for. He said, “Our company motto and vision statement is ‘helping people love where they live.’”
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