Mr. Byron Logan, Recipient of the Legacy Award

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 5.41.23 PMIn 1950, Hickory was a booming manufacturing town, and new businesses were beginning regularly. The post war years were good for the city, and a young navy veteran began his long lasting and lucrative sales career. Mr. Byron Logan never met a stranger, and was a natural fit for the sales world. He developed relationships with businesses throughout the community, and was known for his jovial nature. Business blossomed, and for more than half a century, he has continued to sell his products and build relationships. From office furniture and copy machines to printed invitations, his store meets the many needs of modern shoppers.

Carolina Office Equipment now employs 17 people, in addition to Byron and his sons Kim, Rance, and Joey. The team is quick to answer questions with a smile. The staff interior designer makes the process of furnishing a new office much less daunting, and throughout the store there is hometown charm. A staple in its current location since 1981, the 32,000 square foot store sits on Second Avenue Northwest, near Downtown Hickory.

ByronLoganMr. Logan’s office is filled to the brim with memorabilia of a life well lived. He has an enduring love of the Old West, and has many authentic outfits that he wears while riding his horse in parades and other events. Art depicting the American West adorns the walls, many signed and numbered by the artists. Rare trout and family photos are hanging next to trophies, ribbons and medals by the hundreds. 

Mr. Logan is a runner. At 89, he still participates in marathons and spends much of his leisure time visiting the western states, camping and riding his horses. Trout fishing and snow skiing keep him captivated and active.

“I’m a doer. Always have been,” he says, and it’s obvious by the piles of newspaper articles, photographs and awards.

“Hickory has been good to me. People here like to have strong relationships. I go in places and see desks we sold 50 years ago, and they are still using them, and they’ve been buying from me ever since. We have community here, and that’s dying in lots of places.”


  1. Byron is a most unique individual and It has been my good fortune to travel with him to Alaska and for some 30 years to the west each September. What great memories we shared together and it is fitting that Hickory honor this outstanding man, husband, father and loving husband. I’m proud to have been associated with him over the years and look forward to many more.

  2. I met Byron and his lovely wife in Blowing Rock at a concert in the park. They both danced, wonderful and inspirational