The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) recently honored John Bates for his dedication to the association and industry at the NLBMDA Installation Dinner, held October 17 in Chicago.

Bates has been in the industry for 45 years, with Barnes Building Materials in Cedar Falls, Iowa. He began his employment with Barnes while in college, and eventually purchased the company in 1992, serving as president until 2014.

Bates has been an active member of the Northwestern Lumber Association (NLA) and the Iowa Lumber Association, serving on many boards and committees. He has been chairmen of both associations’ boards, and is currently the NLA dealer representative for the NLBMDA, and a member on the Legislative Committee and the Regulatory and Codes Committee for NLBMDA.

“John has morphed from dealer, to valued board member to Ambassador and more importantly to friend,” says NLA president, Cody Nuernberg. “John is a pioneer in the LBM association world as numerous associations including one in our region heard about his Ambassador Program and not only liked it but they copied it. The industry and more importantly, the world needs more John Bates’.”


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