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Summer 2007

John Wiggins - From Citizen Leader to Business Leader

John Wiggins

Melinda Fowlkes
Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics

What does it take to be selected to spend a week in an international leadership training program in Hampshire, England?

Ask John Wiggins. He was one of only 19 associates selected to participate in the intensive one-week international program with Wolseley PLC, parent company of Stock Building Supply. This new program is designed to develop organizational leaders for various international opportunities. Selection for this training identifies John and his associates among the prospective leaders with Wolseley.

Even while at Longwood, John was a leader. After four years serving the Longwood community, John was selected as the 2002 Outstanding Senior in the College of Business and Economics and received the Sharon Gingras Academic Excellence Award in Economics for two years. He was awarded the Joan of Arc Award for Visionary Leadership
and named to Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities. John, along with Peter Moon, ’02, studied business for a semester at the Ecole de Gestion et de Commerce in Saint Nazaire, France.

When asked to share his thoughts about Longwood’s
impact on his career, John commented, "The academic and professional opportunities during my Longwood career have enabled me to develop an understanding of cultural diversity in the business environment and respect the significance of strong relationships. It is the people that make universities and companies great; I feel quite fortunate to be an associate of Wolseley, an innovative and resilient company that remains a leader in our industry."

After graduating from Longwood with a B.A. in international economics, John entered the Management in Training (MIT) program with Stock Building Supply, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, N.C. Stock is the largest supplier of lumber and building materials to the professional contractor market in the United States. Its MIT program is a three-phase, year-long training course that prepares candidates for various low-to mid-level management positions in the company. Over the past four years, the MIT program has grown significantly from annual classes of 12-20 associates to more than 120. Stock operates and recruits in over 30 states.

Following graduation from the MIT program in Winston Salem, John held management positions with Stock Building in Gastonia, and Charlottesville. He is currently a location manager in Warrenton, which is part of Stock’s Washington, D.C. market. John’s ultimate career goal is to attain an inter-national leadership position within Wolseley and live abroad.

On a personal note, John married Kristy Familar, a 2002 graduate of Appalachian State University in December
2004. Kristy teaches second grade in Fauquier County.

John continues his involvement with Longwood serving on the College of Business and Economics Alumni Advisory Board, recruiting for Stock Building Supply, and contributing to the Sharon Gingras Academic Excellence Award Fund.