William Marvy was employed part-time by Western Barber Supply (St. Paul, Minn.) from age 12 through high school and trade school, and full-time in barber equipment sales. He started his own company in 1936, which became the largest barber supply dealer in the northwestern U.S. The William Marvy Company branched into manufacturing, and became the only barber pole manufacturer in the country. His family continues the business today. He was inducted into the Barber Hall of Fame in 1982.