Hobby Lobby began operation August 3, 1972, with three hundred square feet of retail space located in north Oklahoma City. This was a retail outgrowth of Greco Products, a miniature picture frame company founded in 1970 by Steve’s father, David Green, when he borrowed $600.00 to buy a molding chopper, set up shop in his garage at home, and started making miniature wooden picture frames.
Steve graduated from high school in 1981 and began working full time as the store operations supervisor. In 2000, he was promoted to executive vice president, and was named president of Hobby Lobby in December of 2004.
Hobby Lobby is the largest privately-owned arts and crafts retailer in the world, employing 32,000 people and operating more than 750 stores in 47 states. Sales for 2016 totalled more than $4.4 billion. Affiliated companies include Hemispheres, a fine furnishings store, and Mardel, a popular Christian office and educational supply chain operating in six states.
In 2009, Steve’s family purchased its first biblical artifact and has since acquired tens of thousands of items that now comprise the Green Collection, one of the world’s newest and largest private collections of rare biblical texts and artifacts, currently on loan to Museum of the Bible. Steve is devoted to supporting this endeavor and its related projects, including the Museum of the Bible Scholars Initiative, education, traveling exhibits and research.
Steve has authored two books: Faith in America, published in 2011, and The Bible in America, published in 2013.