Hisarlik Hardware will be managed by Hector Priamson on a day-to-day basis. He will devote 100% of his time to this venture. There are two key employees joining Hector in this venture, Penthesilea Thracian and Glaucus Sarpedon.
Hisarlik expects that there will be up to 17 employees in total, some full time and others part time.
7.1 Organizational Structure
Hisarlik Hardware will be managed, organized, and run by Hector Priamson. The company will have three key employees, Hector, Penthesilea (Penthe) Thracian, and Glaucus (Glus) Sarpedon. These three all know each other very well, Penthe and Glus having worked for Hector in the past in the oarsports industry. They bring a unique set of skills to this venture which will prove invaluable in the future.
The company will be organized with Hector Priamson as its president. He will be responsible for all of the financial affairs, inventory management, cash management, manage the cashier staff, advertising, marketing, as well as the day-to-day contact with Building Blocks. Hector will also have relationships with attorneys and accountants to stay on top of all business matters. Additionally, he will also manage the day-to-day operation of the rental business. While this seems like a lot, these are routine tasks Hector has performed for many different companies for many years. As good as Hector is, he can't do it all. He will rely on two former employees from his.
Penthesilea Thracian has been in the oarsports business for the better part of 30 years. She is looking for a change and Hisarlik Hardware is just what she had in mind. Penthe has managed teams, and developed and run programs from the ground up. Her experience led her to winning the 1981 Salamis 500 as the crew chief of Al Cibiades' trireme at Dardanelles Racing. Working with large companies and manufacturers that wanted absolute accountability in their programs, Penthe was the gal that was brought in to handle it. Over the past 5 years, she has added another unique skill that will nicely complement her mechanical skills; hospitality. Penthe managed the hospitality program for Corinth Racing. That job really entailed looking after people and providing great service, a skill that will be invaluable for Hisarlik Hardware.
Glaucus Sarpedon is an extremely driven young man who graduated from Hattusili University. Glus decided he wanted to work in oarsports. When he put his mind to it, that is exactly where he ended up. He joined Dardanelles Racing where he worked in the hospitality area, also gaining the valuable service quality that will be necessary for this new role. He also had the responsibility of moving, setting up, and servicing the complete hospitality fleet. He has mechanical skills that he will bring with him as well. Glus also filled the role of Team Coordinator, this role is the "quarterback" of the organization. He was responsible for anticipating what the team was going to need, when they would need it, and how much they would need. Glus will be a huge asset to the company.
Each of these folks have departments that will be assigned to them and a staff that will help them manage the departments. They will be responsible for hiring the staff that will report directly to them. Hisarlik Hardware will also develop an incentive plan rewarding successful departments and department sales growth. The experience and trust Hector Priamson has in these two individuals will allow him to focus on managing the business.
7.2 Management Team Gaps
A review of potential gaps in the experience or know-how of this venture does not show any glaring weaknesses. Hisarlik Hardware's Achilles heel is the lack of actual hardware store business experience. While the three key individuals do not have that direct experience, they will draw heavily upon the instruction, training, and specialist support available from the Building Blocks co-op organization. Building Blocks is in the business of passing on their experience and knowledge to assist their members to be be successful.
7.3 Personnel Plan
The personnel plan was developed in conjunction with Building Blocks and some consulting with the folks at Konya Building Blocks Hardware in Catalhoyuk.
The plan was developed so there are at least 2 managers, 1 cashier, and 2 specialists on duty at all times. The average number of people working at any one time is between 5.5 and 7.1 on busy Saturdays. All employees will have the ability and knowledge to run the cash registers.
Hector Priamson, Penthesilea Thracian and Glaucus Sarpedon will start with base pay as laid out in the following table. The cashiers will be paid $7-$8 per hour. Full-time specialist staff will be paid between $9 and $10 per hour. Other part-time help will be paid $6 per hour.
It is felt there is a pool of retired "handy men" that can fill many of these roles. The $6 per hour employees are thought to be high school or college kids.
Employee hiring will start in January, training will begin in February and work in March.