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The Wangler Team

Matt Minor
PJ Minor
Mike Minor
Steve Schmitz
Marilyn Vogel
Jim Homan
Mike Laux
Jama Pensinger
Pauline Faller
Kim Shannon


Wangler Ace Hardware Team

Meet The Team

Matt Minor

Matt MinorSpecialty
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Manager, Customer Service, Industrial Division Sales, Milwaukee Tools specialist

How long have you worked at Wangler Hardware?
I began working in the hardware store when I was 14 years old. I continued to help part-time through high school and during the summers while in college. After graduating from BGSU with a business degree, I began my career in the lift truck business. I spent 11 years working in sales and management roles for Crown and Caterpillar at locations in Ohio, Louisiana, Mississippi and Kentucky. In June of 2015 I moved back to the Fort and bought into the family the business.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy the unique opportunity to work with family and interact daily with friends, neighbors and members of our community. Ace is the place with the helpful hardware folks, and at our store we live that jingle each and every day. We truly enjoy providing customers with the supplies and advice to get the job done.

Something about you that most people may not know:
I lived in downtown New Orleans for 5 years while my wife was attending law school at Tulane University. The ‘Big Easy’ is still our favorite city and a place we try to visit each year.

Hobbies / Interests:
Spending time with my wife and our son Marshal.


PJ Minor

PJ MinorSpecialty
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Customer Service, Paint/Framing, Finance and accounting

How long have you worked at Wangler Hardware?
This business has been in my family for 4 generations. As recent college graduates, Mike and I were just 26 when we took over the business.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love the challenges that arise when people have a difficult plumbing or painting project. Seeing them through a job from start to finish is always rewarding. Plus, the great people here make for a friendly atmosphere.

Hobbies / Interests:
Spoiling my grandchildren!

Favorite style of music:
Classical and opera. My grandfather was a concert violinist and I was always surrounded by music. My daughter sings opera, and I play the saxophone.

Words of wisdom / Words to live by:
Do what you love.


Mike Minor

Mike MinorSpecialty:
Customer Service / the go-to guy for everything

How long have you owned Wangler Hardware?

PJ and I had only been married a year when we bought her family business. From then on, it became a 24/7 relationship and we’ve been owners since 1977.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

That’s hard to pinpoint, because I like everything about this hardware store. I’ve never woken up and thought, “I wish I didn’t have to go to work today,” and that’s a true sign you’re where you’re supposed to be.

Something about you that most people may not know:
I graduated from Ohio State in agriculture. I lived with a friend who was an OSU football player, and Woody Hayes would come around regularly to make sure he was home for curfew, etc. Sometimes he’d come in and hang out with us.

Hobbies/interests?
I love to snow ski and ride my motorcycle.

Favorite TV show?
You can never go wrong with the History Channel.

Steve Shmitz

Steve ShmitzSpecialty:
Partner/Manager, Milwaukee Tools buyer, customer service, Business to Business contact

How long have you worked at Wangler Hardware?

Since 1988, and I’ve been an owner since 1993. I started working here as a sophomore in high school—when I had to ride my bike to work until I turned 16—and have continued ever since.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy our customers, and know most by name. I get to spend every day with my ‘work family’ so each day is enjoyable. We provide products to other businesses and industrial customers and it’s interesting to learn what they do.

Personal note:
My wife Amy and I live in town and are active in our church. We support local organizations and school activities. We have 3 children.

Favorite song?

An oldie but goodie: Blue Suede Shoes by Elvis.

Marilyn Vogel

Marilyn VogelSpecialty:
Paint Consultant & Customer Service

How long have you worked at Wangler Hardware?
Since 2001.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy getting to know our customers personally and the friendliness of Wangler staff.

Hobbies/interests?
I love spending time with my family and grandchildren.

Favorite book?
The Notebook

Words of wisdom/words to live by:
Be kind to everyone you meet.

Jim Homan

Jim HomanSpecialty:
I’m a jack of all trades…General Customer Service.

How long have you worked at Wangler Hardware?

Since 1997.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I enjoy my fellow associates. Working at Wangler Hardware always keeps me busy—I’m the hound making sure we are organized and on track.

Something about you that most people may not know:

I’ve been all over—you could call me a world traveler.

Hobbies/interests?
Reading, gardening, canning/cooking

Favorite movie or song?
I still enjoy the Sound of Music!

Words of wisdom/words to live by:
Do unto other as you would have them do unto you.

Mike Laux

Mike LauxSpecialty:
General Customer Service, Assembly, Plumbing and Repairs, Practical Joker

How long have you worked at Wangler Hardware?

Since 2008, after retiring from my position at FR Schools.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I love interacting with our customers and helping them find exactly what they need for a do-it-yourself project.

Something about you that most people may not know:

Served 25 years with the fire department and 25 years as an EMT/first responder volunteer. 2012 Recipient of the Fort Recovery Hall of Fame award/recognition.

Hobbies/interests?
Camping, fishing, golfing, and spending time with my family (especially the grandkids) and friends.

Favorite book, movie or song?
I get into Louie Lamour books.

Words of wisdom/words to live by:
Live each day to its fullest.

Jama Pensinger

Jama PensingerSpecialty:
Paint consultant, customer service and merchandising.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I love helping customers and enjoy coming to work in the morning.

Hobbies/interests?
I like to golf with my husband and spend time with my daughter and grandchildren.

Pauline Faller

Pauline FallerSpecialty:
Customer service

Hobbies/interests?

I enjoy working out, walking, sports, travel, and most importantly spending time with our family.

What do you enjoy most about your job?
I like the fact that good customer service is a top priority. Getting to know the customers and working with the staff is a pleasure.

What would you like to share about yourself, or something people may not know?
My husband, John & I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren. We enjoy travelling and sharing a good bottle of wine with friends.

Kim Shannon

Kim ShannonSpecialty:
Framing assembly and design specialist.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My favorite job here is framing. It’s amazing how the right frame and mat can enhance a beautiful piece. It’s also fun to see the designs that happen from a colorful can of paint—like a kid in art class.

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