Lynne serves on the Longwood College Foundation Board
and Dot, honored last year as one of 54 who have been named distinguished
alumni, served on the advisory board that built the Rawls Library
in Courtland, and on the Rawls Library Board of Directors. Dot is
also a past member of the Longwood College Alumni Board and a founding
member of the Southampton Memorial Hospital Board of Directors.
At 55, Dot (now 72), developed serious allergies that
required her to give up management of the company. Her husband and
Lynne took over. After 10 years, H. J. retired and Lynne became president.
The sisters bring different skills to the business and
have pressed forward to modernize the company. Sandra, as executive
vice president, brought the company into the computer age after working
as a business analyst with a Richmond bank. The company now operates
with 40 computer terminals. When she started, the company did not
take credit cards. "Our customers were so thrilled when we started,
Marketing, advertising and product management are under
Lynne. "We have never used an outside marketing agency,
The strength of HUBS is the quality. "We've been in business
45 years. Our product is quite good," Sandra says of the peanuts
that practically sell themselves despite stiff competition that has
developed since the Hubbards started their company. People who receive
HUBS as gifts often write for more but the company never sends catalogs
to its gift list. They consider that a "no no" which their
customers appreciate. Nor do they sell their mailing list or buy lists.