What do we buy? The better question is, “what do we sell?” In short: we sell anything we don’t have to feed! Our buyers search the country to find the best deals in order to pass along the savings to our customers!
As the youngest of five Marden’s kids, Ham knew from an early age that he wanted to be a part of the family business and hasn’t stopped since his earliest jobs working at the Waterville store and driving company trucks. After graduating from Thomas College with a degree in Business Administration, Ham took to running select Marden’s locations and learning the ins and outs of surplus and salvage buying from his father – the man who started it all. Today, Ham is based out of Lewiston as a primary buyer for Clothing and General Merchandise. He loves few things more than the thrill of a good deal.
John has been with Marden’s for the majority of his career, contributing to nearly every aspect of the company in positions including truck driver, manager, and buyer. After receiving a degree in Civil Engineering Technology from the University of Maine, John returned back to support the family business. Today as a primary Furniture Buyer, John regularly attends furniture shows in North Carolina and Mississippi and travels the country in search of amazing salvage savings. As a private pilot, John has been known to take flight from Waterville for the best deals at just a moment’s notice.
Jon joined the Marden’s sales team in 2003 and over the years became an integral part of all things buying and merchandising for furniture, mattresses, and flooring. With plenty of hands-on experience and close family mentorship, Jon has become an expert in the complexities and demands of buying surplus and salvage. Today as a Furniture and Mattress Buyer based out of Brewer, Jon knows exactly what makes a great Marden’s deal.
As a third generation Marden’s family member, Jake grew up surrounded by and fascinated with the family business. Jake has his father John (Marden’s Furniture Buyer) to thank for passing on the love–and tips–for sourcing a great deal. After graduating St. Michael’s College with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing, Jake returned to work as Marden’s Food Buyer. Jake is based out of the Waterville store where he is dedicated to finding the best deals on foods and snacks.
As part of the Marden family’s third generation, Andrew has always had aspirations to work for the business. Andrew grew up in Marden’s stores, following his father Ham around from a young age, before working several different company jobs throughout high school and college. After graduating from Saint Anselm College with a degree in Financial Economics and Public Policy, Andrew returned to become the Clothing Buyer for Marden’s. Today Andrew works closely with all thirteen locations to secure the very best clothing bargains
The youngest of the third generation of Marden’s, Sara, is proud to be a part of the Marden’s buying team. Growing up listening to her Dad, Ham, making deals, and witnessing his excitement and passion, she knew that she wanted to be a part of the family business. Sara worked in the stores and warehouse during her summers while she attended Saint Anselm College. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and minor in Human Relations and Work. Sara is now the Shoe Buyer and Merchandiser for all 13 Marden’s locations.
Terry, known by many as “T”, started at Marden’s in 1984 as a cashier and service desk associate. Over the years Terry has been involved in many aspects of the business, including management, administrative work, and accounting. Terry learned the unique business of buying goods for Marden’s as Ham’s personal assistant before becoming the primary Fabric Buyer. In this role, Terry has become a fan-favorite for sourcing some of the best-loved deals from Marden’s fabric devotees.
Ken joined the Marden’s team in 2003 and has worked exclusively in the flooring department as a sales manager, merchandiser, and eventually buyer. Over the years, Ken developed specialized expertise in flooring overstocks, closeouts, surplus, and salvage. As the primary Flooring Buyer, Ken knows exactly what it takes to get the very best selection and deals for Marden’s flooring customers.
Tim has been a part of the Marden’s team since 1989, working his way up from Lewiston’s store manager, to distribution manager, merchandise manager, and eventually a buyer. Today as the Sporting Goods and Housewares Buyer, Tim knows a little bit of everything about a wide range of Marden’s favorite products. Between sourcing the country for the best surplus and salvage deals, Tim has his eye on the best products at the annual housewares show in Chicago and sporting goods show in Las Vegas. Tim is based out of the Lewiston store and always excited by a new, great find.
Charley began working for Marden’s in 2006. Starting as a warehouse team member and serving in many unique roles since, Charley is a jack of all trades with a true business sense. His exposure to many aspects of the business helped him develop a unique acumen for surplus and salvage. In addition to buying, he leads the advertising team as the Marketing Manager. As the primary Hardware Buyer, Charley sources all the industrial goods and automotive supplies that save Marden’s customer’s big bucks.
Dave, known as “Hutch”, is an integral part of the Marden’s team based in separate buying office in the Midwest. After a career as a wholesaler selling goods to Marden’s, Dave hopped the fence to source the goods himself for our 13 unique locations. Dave travels to the annual Hardware, Houseware, Candy, Pet, and Golf trade shows and builds connections with manufactures directly. This helps keep the costs of buying goods to a minimum, saving Marden’s customers big money every day.
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