The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) elected the organizations new leadership team for 2018-2019 at the ProDealer Industry Summit in Chicago. The NLBMDA board of directors elected Robert P. Sanford as the new Chair of the association. Sanford, president of Connecticut-based Sanford and Hawley, replaces Rick Lierz, president and CEO of Franklin Building Supply in Boise, Idaho.

“I am honored and humbled to be the next chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association,” says Sanford. “Housing, and by extension, the lumberyards and building material dealers that supply the industry, are integral to a vital economy and to our nation’s continued success. With the ever-changing legislative landscape in Washington, it is more important than ever that we continue to represent our collective interests in our nation’s capital so that we may all thrive in the years ahead. With an ear to the legislative machinations in Washington, and an eye to the technical advancements that keep our industry relevant, I am proud to work with and for building supply retailers as we face the increasingly competitive environment that marks our next century as a trade association.”

“Bob has been an active NLBMDA and NRLA member for decades and has a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise in the LBM industry. He has consistently shown a passion for serving others. I am truly honored to have the opportunity to continue to work with Bob as we are both committed to moving the association forward as he becomes NLBMDA Chair,” says NLBMDA president & CEO Jonathan Paine. “I also want to thank Rick Lierz for his tremendous leadership this past year. Together Rick and Bob have gone above and beyond and it has been an invaluable experience working with them.”

The other newly elect for the NLBMDA Executive Committee include:

  • Chair-Elect: Russ Kathrein, Alexander Lumber, Bloomington, IL
  • First Vice Chair: Jim Bishop, Vesta Lee Lumber, Bonner Springs, KS
  • Immediate Past Chair: Rick Lierz, Franklin Building Supply, Boise, ID
  • MSC Chair: Clarence Wilkerson, Weyerhaeuser, Federal Way, WA
  • FAE Chair: Cody Nuernberg, Northwestern Lumber Association, Dakota, Wisconsin
  • Treasurer: Scott Engquist, Engquist Lumber, Harcourt, IA

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