Kevin Hancock is the Chairman + CEO of Hancock Lumber Company, one of the oldest family businesses in America. Kevin has worked at the company since 1991 and is part of the sixth generation of his family to help lead the organization. Established in 1848, Hancock lumber grows trees and manufactures lumber for global distribution. Locally, in Maine and New Hampshire, the company sells a full line of building materials from its stores and truss plant. A six-time recipient of the Best Places to Work in Maine Award, the company is led by its 525 employees.
Throughout his career, Kevin has received the Ed Muskie ‘Access to Justice’ Award, the Habitat for Humanity ‘Spirit of Humanity’ Award, the Boy Scouts of America ‘Distinguished Citizen’ Award, and Timber Processing Magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ Award. He is also a past chairman of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association.
An award-winning author and public speaker, Kevin’s first book, Not For Sale: Finding Center in the Land of Crazy Horse, won three national book awards. His second book, The Seventh Power: One CEO’s Journey into the Business of Shared Leadership, will release on February 25th, 2020 and is being distributed by Simon & Schuster.
Kevin is a frequent visitor to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota and an advocate of strengthening the voices of all individuals—within a company or a community —through listening, empowering, and shared leadership.
Kevin is a graduate of Lake Region High School and Bowdoin College. He lives in Maine with his wife, Alison. Together they have two adult children, Abby and Sydney.
“An organization’s true value is not defined by revenue growth or profitability. Those are important metrics for our business, but they are outcomes of a higher purpose. The real mission is to enhance the lives of the people who work here.”