2014 LDAC Lumber Person of the Year
Sanford & Hawley, Unionville, Conn.
Larry Laureno began his 50-year career in the lumber and building material industry at Homestead Lumber in Stamford, Conn. Working summers while he was earning a B.A. from Boston College, he started off as an office clerk, then graduated to warehouse and lumberyard duty, first loading and unloading trucks, then making deliveries. His first full-time job was as a salesperson for Maher-Homestead in Greenwich, Conn., with his father as location manager—and his direct supervisor. Larry recalls fondly that “he was a man of few words in our family home, and as a boss, he was also a man of few words, letting his veteran salesmen guide me instead. But after a couple of years, he told me that ‘you will be a good salesman because of your perseverance if nothing else.’”
Working his way up the ladder of the industry, Larry also held positions at Batter Lumber in Suffield, Conn., where he worked with his brother Mike; Laureno Lumber & Millwork in Suffield, where he was co-owner and vice-president; and at Stevenson Lumber & Millwork in Suffield. He is now looking forward to retiring from Sanford & Hawley Inc. in Unionville at the end of 2014. Larry says, “Growing up, I didn’t know my brother Mike, who’s six years older than me, that well. I got to know him so much better working for him for seven years as a commissioned salesman at Batter Lumber. Finding ourselves out of jobs when the parent company, Triangle Pacific, reorganized, we formed a partnership to purchase the business and property of the lumberyard. With $205,000 of borrowed money from our families and with two brothers in the railroad re-load business, Mike and I went to Connecticut Bank & Trust and were successful in getting a revolving line of credit—contingent on putting up our homes as collateral! We launched Laureno Lumber & Millwork, Inc., on Sept. 7, 1977.” ” Our partner relationship went well because we both worked hard and had great respect for each other. ”
A deeply-rooted faith in God has guided Larry throughout his family life, education, and career. A graduate of not only BC but of the Archdiocese of Hartford Lay Ministry Formation program, he counts among his guiding principles a commitment to be a good husband, father, and grandfather; to be someone who makes a difference in the lives of youth in his parish; and to be honest with his customers. This commitment to his parish community is demonstrated by being a recipient of the God & Youth Award from the Archdiocese of Hartford.
Larry met his wife, Mary, at Stamford Catholic High School. They parted for a time after graduation, but reunited six years later and have now been married for 46 years. Larry counts Mary as his greatest blessing and looks forward to a continually growing relationship in retirement. Their family includes two sons, Larry Jr. and Michael, a daughter, Amy, and three grandchildren, Anthony, Marco, and Joseph.
A lifelong sports fan, from playing baseball as a kid to co-captaining his high school football team, Larry enjoys BC football, UConn women’s basketball, and New York Yankees baseball games. He plans to catch up on his leisure reading in retirement, with murder mysteries and espionage novels on the top of his book list.
Some final words of wisdom from our LDAC Lumber Person of the Year for 2014: .” It’s easy to understand why Laurence’s motto is, “If you want to achieve humility, measure a lot of millwork and trim!” “There’s a lot of stress in the retail building materials supply business, so I always love sharing a laugh with my customers and colleagues. We have to have some fun in this business!”