Ham Marden – Salvage, Clothing & General Merchandise
John Marden – Furniture
John has been with Marden’s for most of his working life. He has worked in all capacities of the business, including that of truck driver during high school and college. John studied civil engineering technology at the University of Maine, however, after school, he opted to dedicate himself to the family business. John managed the buying and merchandising of footwear for many years, and for a while simultaneously managed both footwear and carpet department.
John now focuses on buying the furniture and some sporting goods for the company. He regularly attends furniture shows in North Carolina, and Mississippi . John also travels to inspect and buy salvage deals. As a private pilot, with a plane at his disposal, John can travel to find these deals, often on a “ moment’s notice”.
Along with flying, John enjoys many outdoor sports, including downhill skiing, scuba diving, hunting, fishing, and spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren in the outdoors . He resides in the greater Waterville area.
David Marden – Flooring
Jake Marden – Food
Jake Marden is proud to be a third generation Marden’s family member working full time for the company. Jake grew up surrounded by the family business and has been learning about it his entire life. Jake’s father John buys Furniture for Marden’s, and has passed the love of the business on to his son.
Jake attended Saint Michael’s College in Burlington, VT, graduating with a degree in Business Administration, focused on Marketing. He has worked full time for Marden’s since graduating in 2003.
Jake is the food buyer for the company, locating closeout deals on the delicious food and snacks you find at your local Marden’s.
Jake also manages marketing for Marden’s, overseeing both the advertising budget and production for radio and television advertising.
Doug Staples – Footwear
Doug Staples began his career with Marden’s in 1983. While learning the retail business, Doug sold furniture and appliances in the Bangor area store, later managing the department. Soon after Doug began overseeing overall store operations as Assistant Manager.
In 1988 Doug began managing stores in the Bangor/Brewer region, becoming not only the Store Manager, but also serving as the mentor for most of the Store Managers hired in the company during his tenure.
In 2007 Doug was tapped for the Footwear and Clothing Merchandising position and Footwear buying position. When not visiting our stores to advise in merchandising, Doug is searching for deals on Footwear for Marden’s.
Terry “T” Labonte – Fabric
Terry Labonte, known by co-workers and friends as “T”, has been with the company for twenty-five years. In May, 1984 she started out with Marden’s as a cashier and service desk associate. After just a few months she had moved up to help supervise a shoe department and not long after she took her skill set on to supervise an office for the company, watching over various administrative and accounting positions.
In 1991 Terry moved over to the buying office and became Ham Marden’s assistant. Throughout the years she worked with Ham, “T” learned the business of buying goods for Marden’s, and developing a feel and nuance for how to make the deals that bring our customers the sort of bargains they crave.
In early 2009, “T” became our fabric buyer. By combining previous experience with fabrics and sewing from both within and outside the company, a solid grasp on the Marden’s philosophy, and an understanding of what legions of Marden’s customers are looking for, Terry Labonte has proven she has what it takes to take the reigns and guide Marden’s Fabric Departments into the future.
Marden’s has nine fabric departments statewide. Located in Sanford, Lewiston, Waterville, Ellsworth, Rumford, Brewer, Calais, Presque Isle and Madawaska.
Tim Jordan -Housewares & Sporting Goods
Mike Begin – Hardware
Dave Hutchinson – General Buyer
Dave Hutchinson, otherwise known as Hutch, has been with the company for eight years. Dave’s connection with Marden’s actually began well over a decade ago, when he used to work for Universal International, a wholesaler that sold goods to Marden’s through Ham. Eventually, Dave was invited to work for Marden’s and set up a separate buying office in the mid-west. Dave travels to annual trade shows in an attempt to meet with and establish connections with the manufacturers directly. This eliminates the ‘middle-man’ and helps to keep the costs of buying goods down. Among the trade shows that Dave attends are the annual Hardware, Houseware, Candy, Pet and Golf shows. Dave lives in Burnsville, Minnesota, which is a suburb of Minneapolis, and can be reached at 1-952-890-8449