Combs & Associates, Inc.
Manufacturers’ Representatives Serving North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota & Western Wisconsin Since 1980
Combs & Associates is a second-generation manufacturers’ representative agency serving the contract hardware, architectural and end-user needs for the products we represent in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Western Wisconsin.
The agency was started by Bill Combs, Sr. in 1980 not long after he left the Hager Hinge Co. where Bill Sr. began his career as the original Hager Hinge factory salesman for said territory in 1956.
It was from Bill Sr. that we learned the importance of relationships with customers and manufacturers and how those business relationships would become the foundation of our over 50 years of industry experience.
Bill Combs, Jr. – Principal
Bill began his career in the Door Hardware and public restroom industry as a manufacturers’ representative with his father, Bill Combs Sr., in 1986. Throughout his journey, Bill has amassed knowledge of everything from building relationships with customers, which he values so much, to installing the products he sells. As time passed, Bill became the principal of Combs & Associates and began the journey of administrative and management duties along with company sales goals and requirements. Bill is married to Laural and together they have two sons. He is a proud grandfather. Bill spends his other life with private baseball lessons, playing guitar, woodworking, enjoying the outdoors with his Labrador Midas, and enjoys being with his family and granddaughter as much as possible.
Rebecca Hrobak – Division 10 Manager
Rebecca started in contract hardware as a locksmith with a Division 8 supplier in 2002. She joined Combs & Associates as an inside salesperson in 2006 supporting 15 manufacturers of commercial doors, door hardware, toilet partitions, accessories, and lockers with customers across four states in the upper Midwest. In 2019, her role at Combs & Associates transitioned to supporting Division 10 products exclusively.
Over the course of 20 years of customer service and consulting Rebecca has never turned down a training seminar or factory tour. She prides herself on her diverse product knowledge, is always looking to learn more and is genuinely excited to share that knowledge with the distributors and architects she works with.
Mark Foss – Division 10 Specification Consultant
Prior to landing in the Construction industry, Mark was an independent salesman and youth baseball coach, with a side gig of building decks for friends and family. Realizing that working with his hands was more fulfilling, he went to work as an estimator at the recommendation of one of his assistant coaches. It seemed to be a good fit, as the last 25 years he has been spent sifting through plans and specs as a D6, D10, D11, and D12 estimator in the Twins Cities market. Solving puzzles in construction has always been its own reward, and he hopes to bring that experience to the Combs team. When not found on a golf course, he enjoys travelling with his wife, woodworking, baseball and his 12 grandkids.
Shannon Combs – Data Manager / Inside Sales Rep
Shannon made Minnesota her home after marrying Bill’s oldest son. Originally from Kansas, she moved to Chicago for university to study history and secondary education. With a background in middle school education and in administrative/secretarial roles, Shannon eagerly joined Combs to work in a new industry. She prioritizes organization and consistency in her role and is always looking for ways to streamline processes and operational procedures. In her free time, she can be found chasing her toddler, exploring historical sites, and antiquing with her husband.