Builders FirstSource adds ninth director
Builders FirstSouce, the Dallas-based pro dealer that sits atop the HBSDealer Top 200 ProDealer list, increased the number of its directors to nine.
The company reported that on April 10, the board appointed David A. Barr to fill the newly created directorship as an independent director.
Barr, age 53, was previously a director of the corporation from February 2006 to July 2016. He has served as a managing director of Warburg Pincus, LLC since January 2001. Barr was a managing director at Butler Capital and focused on leveraged buy-out transactions for more than 10 years prior to joining Warburg Pincus in 2000. He also previously worked at Goldman Sachs.
Barr received a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has served on the boards of numerous companies and currently serves on the boards of directors of Consolidated Precision Products, TriMark, and Universal Services of America.
In a rare move, an OSHA rule is repealed
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association applauded the repeal of a five-year look-back for recordkeeping violations.
The association shared the following background in a recent alert to members:
On April 3, President Donald Trump signed a congressional resolution repealing an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) rule that extended the statute of limitations from six months to five years regarding the length of time the agency could issue a citation for an employer's failure to record an injury or illness. NLBMDA worked with its industry partners, including the National Association of Manufacturers, to roll back the requirement.
The Obama Administration had claimed that OSHA's "Volks Rule", which took effect on Jan. 18, 2017, two days before Donald Trump was sworn-in as President, clarified an employer's continuing obligation to record employee injuries and illnesses. On March 1, under the authority of the Congressional Review Act (CRA), the House of Representatives approved a resolution (H.J. Res 83) repealing the "Volks Rule" in a vote largely along Party lines. The Senate followed suit on March 22 in approving the resolution, setting the stage for the President to sign the resolution.
Under the CRA, Congress has 60 legislative days to overrule a regulation. The resolution must be approved by the House and Senate and then signed by President Trump before the regulation can be repealed. This instance represents only the second time in history that an OSHA rule has been repealed under the CRA.
OSHA moved forward with the "Volks Rule" last year despite the 2012 D.C. Circuit Court decision in AKM LLC d/b/a Volks Constructors v. Secretary of Labor, that held that the agency could not issue citations against an employer for alleged recordkeeping violations that occurred more than six months ago.
"Worker safety is top priority to NLBMDA members, but a balanced approach is needed for OSHA enforcement," said NLBMDA President and CEO Jonathan Paine. "This is a victory for NLBMDA and its members and we will continue to work to reduce the regulatory burden on small businesses."
84 Lumber’s high-tech new hire
Anticipating growth in a transforming industry, 84 Lumber appointed industry veteran Paul Yater as chief information officer.
Yater, who is based out of 84 Lumber’s headquarters in Eighty Four, Pa., is responsible for advancing 84 Lumber’s technology infrastructure. He is tasked with optimizing the company’s network to support 84 Lumber’s planned growth and expansion. As CIO, Yater will be accountable for all facets of 84 Lumber’s information technology operations while also serving as a key member of the company’s executive leadership team.
“The evolution of technology in the building materials industry is reshaping how we do business,” said 84 Lumber president and owner Maggie Hardy Magerko. “Paul’s vast experience with global organizations will allow us to redesign our digital and technology offerings to operate at an even higher level.”
Yater most recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer at GNC. His prior experience spans nearly 25 years and includes roles such as vice president of application development at Dick’s Sporting Goods, business systems manager at Heinz and consultant at IBM. He is a graduate of the Joseph M. Katz School of Business, where he earned his MBA in strategy and information systems, and earned his undergraduate degree from Dickinson College.
Yater’s hiring comes on the heels of Mike McCrobie's appointment to chief procurement officer.