LMC dealers head back to school
LMC’s Executive Education Program recently took on an Ivy League setting — quite literally.
The Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania played host to more than 40 dealers from 22 states. Held Jan. 14–19, the event provided an opportunity for dealers to learn and grow under the guidance of Wharton professors, LMC said.
“The partnership with Wharton and the ability to offer this kind of program, not seen elsewhere in the industry, is part of the reason LMC dealers stand out,” LMC president John Somerville said. “Since its inception in 2015, there has been high demand to be in attendance for this unique executive education experience.”
For participants in this year's program, a new case study was offered around the topic of driving growth.
“The program gave us an opportunity to step outside our companies and hear other people’s points of view,” said Mike Heim, inside sales manager of Tague Lumber in Media, Pa.
Cory Jameson, CEO of Guy C. Lee in Smithfield, N.C., was a return attendee of the Wharton program. “It’s a whole other experience being here for a second time,” he said. “It reinforces what you learned the first time and it really makes you appreciate the people that are in this room.”
Based in Wayne, Pa., LMC (Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation) is a buying group with more than 1,400 dealer locations in the United States and the Bahamas.
Management appointments at Roseburg Forest Products
Roseburg Forest Products has made a series of management appointments in the early stages of 2018.
Phil Odom has been named business manager for Roseburg’s plywood and lumber business. The newly created role consolidates the reporting structure of the company’s plywood and lumber sales organization.
James Taylor, Kevin Smith and Kelly Robertson — sales managers for lumber, softwood plywood and hardwood plywood — will report to Odom. In addition, central planning manager Patrick Schleisman and the plywood field sales team, including John Biedermann, Bob Clark, Gary Hayes and Robin Long, will report to Odom.
Phil has held several roles at BlueLinx Corp., where he most recently served as VP of national business development. During his time at BlueLinx, and earlier at Georgia-Pacific, he managed sales, distribution, manufacturing and operations teams. He has developed national sales strategies and built out new channels, markets and product lines, Roseburg said.
Roseburg has also appointed Steve Courtney as the director of solid wood resource procurement, effective Jan. 22. In this newly created role, Courtney will be responsible for planning, sourcing and managing the log supply requirements for the solid wood business and will report directly to Steve Killgore, senior VP of solid wood.
As a member of the solid wood operations leadership team, Courtney will work closely with Roseburg’s Resource Group and will coordinate log supply planning and procurement with Gabe Crane, who will transition out of the log procurement role to assume expanded responsibilities within the resource group. Crane will continue to report to Scott Folk, senior VP of resources.
“The creation of this new role and organizational structure reflects Roseburg’s ongoing efforts to optimize value within the company’s manufacturing and resource businesses,” Killgore said. “We are excited to bring Steve on board.”
Courtney served most recently as the general manager of wood procurement for the northwest operations of Interfor Corp. He brings more than 25 years of industry experience and has been active in industry affairs. He currently serves as chairman of the American Forest Resources Council and will work from the Roseburg’s western regional office in Dillard, Ore.
Also, Tony Ramm has been promoted to general manager of plywood, effective Feb. 1. Tate Muir will replace him as plant manager at Roseburg’s plywood plant in Riddle, Ore.
As general manager for plywood operations, Ramm will be responsible for managing Roseburg’s plywood facilities in Dillard, Riddle and Coquille, Ore. He will report to Bob Jewell, director of solid wood manufacturing.
Ramm was named Riddle plywood plant manager in May 2014. He joined Roseburg from Weyerhaeuser, where he held increasingly responsible positions for 10 years. He also worked for Boise Cascade for 11 years.
Tate Muir has worked for Roseburg for the past 21 years. He has served as Riddle plywood’s manufacturing superintendent since June 2013, overseeing all manufacturing processes at the plant.
Based in Roseburg, Ore., Roseburg Forest Products is one of the nation’s largest privately held forest products companies.
McCoy’s names trio of new location managers
McCoy’s Building Supply has appointed three new managers to locations in Texas and New Mexico.
Robert Aranda has been named store manager of McCoy’s Southeast San Antonio, Texas location. Aranda began his career with McCoy’s 14 years ago working at his hometown store in Harlingen when he was only 16. The San Marcos-based pro dealer and ranch supplier said Aranda has thrived in various sales roles, eventually joining the company’s Management Development Program (MDP) and serving as assistant manager of McCoy’s Building Supply in Pharr before coming to San Antonio.
“I'm looking forward to using everything I've learned in the last 14 years to manage this great team. I can see such growth potential in this crew and in the store,” said Aranda. “I’m excited for what's ahead.”
When asked what customers can expect from Aranda and his team, the product knowledge of McCoy’s employees and their level of customer service was a top focus. “I want our customers to know that when they come into the store, our staff is going to give them accurate information and good suggestions for their specific building projects,” said Aranda.
McCoy’s also appointed of Shaun Chidester as store manager of the Universal City, Texas location. Chidester joined McCoy’s two years ago as a part of the MDP and served as assistant manager at stores in Pearland and Richwood, Texas.
“I’m excited to lead this great team in Universal City and build our business,” said Chidester who most recently was store manager of the Southeast San Antonio McCoy’s store. “We’re a family-oriented store and want all of our customers to have a top-notch experience shopping at McCoy’s.”
Tyler Louis has been named store manager of McCoy’s Hobbs, New Mexico location. He joined McCoy’s just over a year ago after graduating from the McCoy’s School of Business at Texas State University and also participated in MDP. Most recently, he served as co-store Manager of McCoy’s Aransas Pass, Texas, location following Hurricane Harvey.
“During my time in Aransas Pass, I learned how to adapt to any type of situation, whether it be filling in for various roles within the store or finding solutions for customer inquiries,” said Louis. “It was a valuable learning experience.”
Louis said he is focused on customer service in his new role with McCoy’s. “I’m excited to get to know the customers and employees in Hobbs. I look forward to this store being a place where anybody can walk in and feel confident that they are going to receive the best customer service possible, from beginning to end.”
McCoy’s is one of the largest privately-held building supply retailers in the nation and serves builders, contractors, ranchers, and serious do-it-yourselfers. The company employs more than 2,000 people and operates 87 stores and two millwork facilities in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi and New Mexico.