The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) recently honored those companies that have gone above and beyond to support America’s lumber and building material dealers. The three Chairman Awards were presented by outgoing Chair Cally Coleman Fromme, executive vice president at Zarsky Lumber in Victoria, Texas, at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Savannah, Ga. The awards were presented to:

• 2008 NLBMDA Chairman Harold Baalmann of B&B Lumber Company in Wichita, Ks., for his work representing the industry on the American Lumber Standard Committee over the past year during the contentious discussions on Southern Pine design values;

• Outgoing NLBMDA Manufacturers and Services Council Chair Carlos Guilherme of the Weyerhaeuser Corporation in Federal Way, Washington for stepping back into the MSC chairmanship and leading it to its best membership growth in years; and

• The Oklahoma Lumbermen’s Association for its efforts to promote reform of the EPA Lead Rule resulting in its entire Congressional delegation supporting NLBMDA-promoted legislation.

“These members have worked so hard to advance the business interests of our lumber dealers and the entire industry; they deserve the special recognition of a Chairman’s Award. The selfless service and volunteerism of Harold, Carlos, and the Oklahoma members set true examples and high standards for me and the industry,” said Fromme. “The drive of the award recipients reminds me why I hope to spend my life with the hardworking people who provide the construction supplies that have built this great country.”



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