David Green

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Hobby Lobby

David Green earned his credentials in the retail business through many years of employment with various retail chains, thirteen of which were spent with T.G.&Y stores, where he served as Store Manager and Area Supervisor.  His modest beginning, now called Hobby Lobby, totals over 700 stores.  Hobby Lobby sales totaled more than 4.2 billion in 2016.

Hobby Lobby is the largest privately owned arts and crafts retailer in the world. The headquarters are located in a 9.2 million square foot manufacturing, distribution and office complex in Oklahoma City.

Affiliated companies include nine Hemispheres Fine Furnishing stores, located in Oklahoma and Texas, as well as Mardel, a popular Christian office and educational supply chain found in seven states. Hobby Lobby also has offices in Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China. David remains chairman of the affiliate companies, the CEO of Hobby Lobby and a buyer of merchandise.

David & his wife Barbara are the proud parents of two sons and one daughter: Mart Green, Chief Strategy Officer of Hobby Lobby, Steve Green, President of Hobby Lobby and Darsee Lett, Vice President of Art/Creative. Son-in-law Stan Lett, is Executive Vice President of Hobby Lobby. Together they enjoy ten grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

Currently David serves on the Board of Reference for Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In 2013, he was honored by receiving the World Changer award, and is also a past Ernst & Young national retail/consumer Entrepreneur of the Year Award recipient, (and lifetime member of the The Entrepreneur of the Year Hall of Fame, which is part of the Entrepreneur of the Year Academy). Green is also dedicated to a myriad of ministry projects.  Cites Green, “We believe it is by God’s grace and provision that Hobby Lobby has endured.  He has been faithful in the past, we trust Him for our future”.

To learn more about David Green and Hobby Lobby, please visit hobbylobby.com, or pick up a copy of his book More Than a Hobby, now available at Hobby Lobby, your local book store or on our website.

BREAKOUT SESSION TOPIC: Business and Family Legacy