Do it Best taps new talent for LBM team

Deep experience in the roles of sales, operations, lumber and panels.

Heft, left, and Ratcliff.

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. added two industry pros to its lumber and building materials team. Josh Ratcliff joins Do it Best as lumber sales and operations manager. Gary Heft will take on the position of lumber/panels specialist.

Previously with Carter Lumber, Ratcliff will lead the coordination and expansion of the co-op’s reload management team, while building and growing key vendor relationships, managing member group buys. He brings nearly 20 years of industry experience to the position.

Gary Heft brings nearly 30 years of industry experience, strong relationships with primary mills and a proven track record of great service to the independent lumber dealer market, the co-op said. Most recently, he served as forest products and panels trader at LMC. Heft is tasked with building on his previous experience to grow key strategic relationships with both suppliers and members.

“It’s rare to find industry veterans with the combination of experience, expertise and enthusiasm that both Josh and Gary possess, which is why we are incredibly excited to welcome them to our LBM team,” said Gary Nackers, VP of LBM for Do it Best Corp.

Both additions reinforce the co-op’s position as the driving force in the LBM industry as it continues to increase lumber and building materials sales opportunities for existing dealers while attracting new ones.

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