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Cedar Creek expands in Richmond, Va.

BY Ken Clark

Oklahoma City-based Cedar Creek is expanding into the Mid-Atlantic with a new location in Richmond, Va., describing the market as a high-growth area.

“This expansion is further evidence of our commitment to growing the footprint of Cedar Creek and opening new markets,” said Bill Adams, CEO of Cedar Creek. “We view this as a great opportunity to increase our presence outside of our traditional mid-South markets and enter what’s forecasted to be one of the best growth areas in the country.” 

D. Wayne Trousdale, COO of Cedar Creek, added: “We found a great physical location and have assembled an excellent team of experienced employees from our industry who know the customers and the local market.”

Cedar Creek is a wholesale building material distribution company with 14 locations covering 20 states in the mid-South and Midwest. In May 2010, it was recapitalized by Boston-based Charlesbank Capital Partners, with the goal of providing flexible capital for the company to grow beyond its current trade areas.

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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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