Jennifer (Fox) Johnson was 15 when she began her career at what is now Ace Home & Hardware in Marshall, Minnesota.

“One evening, my father, Ray Fox, told me I was going to the store with him the next day and to be ready to learn the hardware business,” she explains.

Her first responsibilities included stocking shelves and using the pricing gun, a tool long since replaced by UPCs to be scanned at the register. On Saturdays, she cashiered, which helped her overcomechildhood shyness.

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