Owner/Managing Partner, Building Remodeling Warehouse,
Vice President, Skaff Development
South Charleston, 36
For seven years, South Charleston native Douglas Skaff Jr., had a position with Owens Corning that took him across the country working in numerous cities.
When company officials said there was an open district manager position covering Southern West Virginia, Skaff returned home to take over the responsibility of running the sales, distribution, marketing and management operation for a building material distribution company.
Now, Skaff, along with his father, owns and manages Building Remodeling Warehouse.
The Nitro-based company distributes building material products to contractors, those looking to remodel and do-it-yourself homeowners with a focus on selling those products made in the Mountain State. Skaff Development's focus is commercial and residential development.
In addition to his day-to-day business activities, Skaff currently is a member of the House of Delegates, serving his sixth year representing the 35th District.
During the 60-day legislative session, things get pretty busy and the days are long, he said.
However, Skaff said he enjoys staying busy and has developed a routine to combat the 60-day session, along with his everyday business. Making sure he stays organized also helps beat any potential snags that may arise from a busy schedule.
"I workout in the morning, go to committee meetings, meet with my constituents, go to legislative receptions, do business work and usually conclude about 9 o'clock at night," he said.
The key is to make sure family stays a priority along with focusing and surrounding oneself with good people, Skaff said.
Despite his busy schedule, Skaff makes sure to give back to those in the community. Skaff participates in non-profit work and projects such as West Virginia Kids Cancer Crusaders, which allows dreams of children with cancer to be fulfilled.
"I like to help people," he said. "It makes you feel good. ... it's worth it."
Also important in achieving personal and business success is making sure to take time to enjoy the journey toward success.
"You have to make sure you enjoy yourself," Skaff said.
Skaff earned his bachelor's degree in marketing and master's degree in industrial labor relations and business management from West Virginia University.