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Bill Tucker joins Schaffer Associates

BY Ken Clark

Bill Tucker, the former president of the Florida Building Material Association (FBMA), has joined the Schaffer Associates team. Located in Charlotte, N.C., Schaffer Associates specializes in building human resource infrastructure through acquisition, retention and development.

“When I retired from FBMA I knew I wanted to do something different but within the building supply industry,” said Tucker in a prepared statement. “Working with the industry’s leading executive recruiting firm provides an opportunity to work with and assist people I know and like.”

He added: “Over my years in business I’ve hired and unfortunately have had to terminate a lot of people. I know what a ‘good’ hire can mean for a company and how costly and destructive a ‘bad’ hire can be.” 

After graduating from Florida State University, Tucker went to work for his father, a commercial roofing, sheet metal and air-conditioning contractor. In 1984 he became the marketing director of a workers compensation self-insurance fund and later the executive director of the fund’s parent association. In 1992 he was hired by FBMA to manage the Florida Wood Council, and in 1999 he was named the president of the Association. In January 2012, he took an early retirement from FBMA.

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84 Lumber executive perishes in boating accident

BY Brae Canlen

Joe Gardiner, 84 Lumber VP national sales, lost his life in a boating accident Saturday, July 7. He was 43 years old.

Gardiner joined 84 Lumber as an area manager in 2001, and moved to the national sales team in 2006. He was named VP national sales in 2010, where he oversaw the company’s sales and service initiatives with large national and regional builders.

Gardiner was also an avid boater, having grown up working in family-owned marinas in the Ocean City, Md., area from a young age.

“Joe was not only a valued and trusted associate but a friend and dedicated family man,” said 84 Lumber president and owner Maggie Hardy Magerko. “He was a genuinely wonderful person, a true example of how to balance work and family and was highly respected by co-workers, customers and competitors. We will miss Joe deeply.”

Joe is survived by his wife of 20 years, Susan, and daughters Meagan, 15, and Mallory, 13.

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Weyerhaeuser chooses ATFS for preferred supplier

BY Brae Canlen

Weyerhaeuser Co. has announced its official preference for purchasing wood that is certified under the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), a program of the American Forest Foundation. More than 89,000 family forest owners managing 27 million acres of forestland are part of the American Tree Farm System.

“Weyerhaeuser’s announcement is just what certified tree farmers have been waiting for," said Tom Martin, president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation. "Healthy forests need healthy markets because protecting your trees against insects, disease and catastrophic fire can be expensive. These landowners are hardworking people who want to keep their forests as forests, and keep them in their family."

All the timberlands Weyerhaeuser owns or manages in North America are certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) system. In addition, all the company’s manufacturing facilities in North America are certified to the SFI Certified Sourcing Standard.

"Buyers want to know their wood comes from sustainably managed forests," Fulton added. "To give our customers what they want, we need more wood from certified Tree Farms."

The preference for American Tree Farm System-certified wood will be implemented at Weyerhaeuser through a number of measures, including:

 Incentives: The company will maintain a priority market for material from certified Tree Farms, especially when suppliers are put on quotas.

• Procurement decisions: Where a Vendor Management Plan is used (which scores wood suppliers on a number of metrics) Tree Farm certification will be a positive attribute.

• Policies and Tracking: The company will declare support for the American Tree Farm System in its wood procurement policy and it will track its use of wood from certified Tree Farms.

• Support expansion of the American Tree Farm System: The company will offer landowner assistance to encourage Tree Farm certification and the management of forests to American Tree Farm System Standards of Sustainability.

"Most of our customers want certified wood and paper products," said Dan Fulton, president and CEO of Weyerhaeuser. "There is widespread understanding of the value of certification, and encouraging best practices remains by far the most important role for certification.

"Buyers want to know their wood comes from sustainably managed forests," Fulton added. "To give our customers what they want, we need more wood from certified tree farms."

Based in Federal Way, Wash., Weyerhaeuser is one of the world’s largest forest products companies, with $6.2 billion in sales last year from continuing operations.

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