BIOGRAPHY – DAVID GREEN, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Hobby Lobby began operation August 3, 1972 with six hundred square feet of retail space in Oklahoma City. It is now the largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer in the world, employing approximately 35,000 team members at over 800 stores spread across forty-seven states. Hobby Lobby is foremost an arts & crafts store, but includes many departments such as hobbies, picture framing, jewelry making, fashion fabrics, floral, cards & party, baskets, wearable art, home accents and holiday merchandise. Their headquarters are located in just over 10 million square feet of manufacturing, distribution and office space 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 is the author of two books, More than a Hobby, and his most recent book Giving it All Away… And Getting It All Back Again: The Way of Living Generously. This book shares some of Hobby Lobby’s Supreme Court battle involving the Affordable Care Act but the larger story of family legacy and the power of generosity.

To learn more about David Green and Hobby Lobby, please visit, 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.