Rolling out its ERP system, ProBuild hires Mohawk exec

Don Riley

Don Riley, the former chief information officer of carpet manufacturer Mohawk, has been selected as the new executive VP supply chain and technology for ProBuild. This surprise appointment, announced Nov. 23, reached outside the LBM industry to fill a role overseeing the largest pro dealer’s supply chain, information technology and manufacturing organizations.

Reporting to Riley will be Paul Dodge, senior VP supply chain; Lonnie Bernardoni, senior VP manufacturing and business process improvement lead; and John Huber, chief information officer.

According to the announcement, Riley’s job will be to integrate the company’s IT, supply chain and manufacturing divisions. “Riley’s duties will also include the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems in support of business operations in order to improve cost-effectiveness and service quality. Additionally, Riley will direct and manage ProBuild’s technology infrastructure and environment, including the design and development of business-focused application solutions to support ProBuild’s business operations.”

 A tall order, given the scope of the company’s attempt to integrate all its lumberyard acquisitions into one Oracle-based ERP system. An initial rollout of the “ProEdge” platform on the East Coast to former Strober units did not go smoothly, and a series of snags and cost overruns have followed as the company has tried to make it work on both the front and back end at other ProBuild  locations. But ProBuild is determined to move forward with ProEdge and has scheduled more rollouts for next year.  Jennifer Thurman, a spokeswoman for ProBuild, would not disclose the exact number of lumberyards or their locations, but she called the ProEdge rollout “a top priority” for the Denver-based company.

“We have already begun additional deployment efforts [this year],” Thurman said. “In 2012, we will continue to focus on deploying ProEdge and driving new and enhanced capabilities and technology, delivering competitive advantage into the marketplace.”

Leading the charge will be Riley, who has a strong background in both information technology and logistics. As the senior VP and CIO at Mohawk, the 49-year-old executive was responsible for the carpet manufacturer’s global information systems and strategies and its logistic functions in North America. The company operates 50 distribution centers and 250 wholesale outlet stores and operates its own trucking fleet.

Prior to Mohawk, Riley worked for Kellwood Co., a privately held, $2.4 billion women’s apparel firm. During his six years there, Riley implemented a new ERP and warehouse management system as the company’s chief information officer.

Riley also has 13 years of sales experience earlier in his career, when he worked for information technology and services firm EDS.

“Don brings significant experience to ProBuild, having led the successful implementation and extension of enterprise systems in previous roles,” said Fred Marino, president and CEO of ProBuild. “A critical element of our vision is the successful integration of technology into all areas of our business. We believe that technology will transform the home-building industry, and it is our goal to take a significant leadership role in that transformation. We look forward to the expertise and leadership Don brings to help us achieve our vision.”

ProBuild is the nation’s largest LBM chain, with more than 435 locations serving 45 U.S. states.

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