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Cassidy and Smith join Kodiak Building Partners

BY HBSDealer Staff

Kodiak Building Partners named Michael Cassidy as chief operating officer for the Denver-based portfolio of LBM industry companies.

Also joining the Kodiak team is Jeff Smith, who will take on the role of chief financial officer.

Both executives are alumni of ProBuild Holdings. The Denver-based LBM dealer that employed many of the original founders of Kodiak.

Cassidy also served seven years as the CEO of TW Perry, the Mid-Atlantic lumberyard company that received the 2011 HBSDealer Pro Dealer of the Year award. At ProBuid, Cassidy held roles of increasing responsibility and its predecessor company, Strober. During a four year tenure with ProBuild/Strober, Michael held the titles of vice president of strategy, mergers and acquisitions and senior VP of manufacturing. Cassidy has also held positions with United Technologies (Carrier), Booz Allen & Hamilton and Kimberly Clark. Michael also served several years in the Marine Corps as a Captain and is a graduate of the MBA program at Harvard Business School.

Cassidy parted ways with TW Perry in July of 2015. Most recently, Cassidy served as the COO of a commercial construction company.

Jeff Smith most recently served as VP and treasurer with ProBuild, where he was responsible for refinancing the company’s senior and subordinated debt, and where he consolidated the credit and insurance risk management functions. Prior to that, he was VP and corporate controller at ProBuild where he implemented new consolidation and financial reporting tools, and standardized the accounts payable and general ledger functions.

Smith is a CPA and has extensive experience in accounting, financial reporting, treasury and capital formation, in senior roles at Dex Media, TCI Communications and Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers).

“I’m thrilled to have Michael and Jeff join our team here at Kodiak,” said President and CEO Steve Swinney, in the announcement. “Their experience and leadership in the building materials distribution industry will be a valuable addition as Kodiak continues to grow and evolve in the coming years."

Swinney added that the two new executives will work alongside Chief Information Officer Brad Becker, who joined the company in 2013, to support field leadership teams “to create a high performing, locally driven culture of excellence across Kodiak Building Partners.”

Kodiak’s holdings include a variety of building material companies including Jones Heartz Building Supply in Denver, New England Building Supply in Massachusetts and Zarsky Lumber in Texas.

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People of the Year: Eric Ziedrich

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A lot of dealers are involved in their community. But not all run for mayor, and win. Twice.

Healdsburg Lumber president Eric Ziedrich is a two-time mayor of Healdsburg, Calif., and serves on the city council, as well as president of the North Coast Builders Exchange.
He’s also found the time to lead a lumberyard to HBSDealer Independent Pro Dealer of the Year status, owing largely to the dealer’s exceptional community involvement in Sonoma County.

“I formally joined this industry over 33 years ago, though it has been part of my gene pool for my entire life,” he said. “A significant number of our staff have been part of the Healdsburg Lumber family for a quarter-century and longer. To be selected as the recipient of this award, representing an industry that so many of us have dedicated our lives to, makes it all the more precious.”

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People of the Year: Jonathan Kennedy

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The T.H. Rogers Lumber Company CEO is a big believer in supporting those on the front lines.

Edmond, Oklahoma-based T.H. Rogers Lumber Company, which just received the honor of 2016 Pro Dealer of the Year from HBSDealer, makes a point to place the emphasis on its people with an Employee Stock Ownership plan. The employees own roughly 40% of the company, creating an atmosphere of motivation and teamwork.

“Our company’s success is directly and solely tied to the hard work and commitment of our employees,” Kennedy said. “Anyone who has been in our industry for any length of time knows that any sustained success is tied directly to hard work. It is truly inspiring to be able to work with people who bring an unmatched work ethic to our company each and every day.”

The sense of shared responsibility doesn’t end there for Kennedy. Also high on his list: being a good corporate citizen and community member.

“The majority of store members and employees were born and raised in their store’s communities, so we really do have a hometown feel to our operations,” he said.

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