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Carolina dealer recognized for grassroots leadership

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Washington, D.C. — Chris Yenrick of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Smith Phillips Building Supply was honored Tuesday as the "Grassroots Dealer of the Year."

The award from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) recognized Yenrick for his participation in legislative matters. The presentation was made Tuesday morning here in Washington, D.C., during the NLBMDA Legislative Conference.

In addition to playing an instrumental role in the successful national effort to promote practical boom truck and crane regulations, Yenrick was active at the state level guiding legislation, said NLBMDA chairman Joe Collings.

The award reads: "In recognition and deep appreciation for advancing the legislative priorities of the lumber and building materials industry through leadership in grassroots political involvement."

Smith Phillips is a member of Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.

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At NLBMDA’s LegCon, advice from a Hoosier congressman

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Washington, D.C. — Indiana Congressman Mike Pence told lumberyard owners gathered here that it is time to "pick a fight" for fiscal responsibility in Washington.

Pence, from Indiana’s 6th congressional district, received the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s (NLBMDA) Legislator of the Year award. The presentation was part of the 2011 NLBMDA Legislative Conference.

Pence was introduced by NLBMDA Chairman Joe Collings as a fellow Hoosier and lifelong advocate for fiscal responsibility. Collings added that Pence was known as a passionate conservative with a calm demeanor.

At the podium, Pence went on a calm, conservative offensive. "We need to turn the ship of state back to fiscal responsibility and limited government," he said. He cast himself as an enthusiastic opponent of those who support, in his words, "federal funding for the Cowboy Poetry Institute."

He said the current crisis facing the nation is not just economic or political, but it’s also moral in nature. "People in authority have been walking away from honesty and integrity — an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay," he said. "Truth is we have to get back to basics."

Asked for his views on government’s role in supporting housing and the mortgage interest deduction, Pence responded by describing his commitment to fundamental tax reform. He encouraged the audience to think of the bigger picture — as opposed to a special-case approach, as represented by the mortgage interest deduction. A simple flat tax, he said, would better lead to the kind of certainty that leads to investment, he said.

Pence closed his remarks with a dose of optimism supplemented by a quote from Winston Churchill: "A careful study of American history shows that after the American people have exhausted every other possibility, they always do the right thing."

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Employee arrested for embezzlement at lumberyard

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A man who worked at a Raleigh, N.C., lumberyard was arrested and jailed on March 9 for allegedly using a credit card belonging to his employer, according to an article in the News and Observer

Kendryl Direlle Garner, 42, was accused of making $797.40 in unauthorized purchases in April using the credit card of his employer, American Woodyards, a supplier of custom, cut and specialty lumber. 

Garner was taken into custody on a $3,000 bond.

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