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Industry Folks - Kevin Gunther, Morrison Supply Company

image Kevin Gunther, Branch Manager, Morrison Supply Company, San Antonio, TX

SAN ANTONIO - In 1930, the Hondo Lions Club erected a sign that is somewhat famous. The sign reads, “This is God’s Country. Don’t Drive Thru It Like Hell.” This is where Kevin Gunther grew up. This is where he made all his childhood memories, and this is where he went to school.





    Gunther graduated from Hondo High School in 1990. After graduation, he continued his education attending two years in the Alamo College system before transferring to Southwest Texas State University.
    After graduating from Southwest Texas State University with a business/marketing degree, Gunther went to work for Coca Cola. He worked for the popular cola company for nine months before a friend introduced him to the plumbing supply business.
    Gunther began working for Ferguson Plumbing Supply in 1996 where he stayed for seven years. “I knew I didn’t want an outside sales position. I worked inside sales. I worked for them for seven years. I was working inside sales, but I wanted something more along operations and was looking for something else. My old boss, Darren Mueller, knew I was looking for something else and contacted me. I came to work here in 2003.”
    Again, Gunther worked inside sales, but after two years, he was able to move into the operational side of the business. “I knew at some point in time, the owner of Morrison Supply’s son would be joining his dad in the corporate office. After a couple of years in inside sales, I got my chance when the owner’s son told me I was moving into operations and he was going to train me.”
    Today, Gunther is San Antonio’s Branch Manager where he enjoys overseeing 30 employees with 30 different personalities. He says it’s a challenge, but he enjoys every moment of it. 
    Gunther has two children from his first marriage, a 19-year-old son who just finished his first year at Texas A&M and a daughter who is a senior at Medina Valley High School. He and his second wife are the proud parents of a five-month old baby boy.
    Growing up in Hondo, it is easy to say that Gunther is an avid hunter and fisherman. “I do love to hunt and fish. We have a ranch that has been in our family for a long time between Hondo and Bandera. We have whitetail and some audad.
    “Every year we go with a group of friends to a place out in New Mexico. It’s about 100,000 acres where we hunt mule deer. I usually walk on average eight to 12 miles a day while there looking for them. I like going out and trying to find them. It’s more challenging spotting them, stalking them and trying to get up on them. Don’t get me wrong, I like sitting in a blind, too.”  -cmw

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