Millard Lumber named Independent ProDealer of the Year
HBSDealer, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., has named Omaha, Nebraska-based Millard Lumber as the 2017 Independent Pro Dealer of the Year.
The annual award, selected by editors of HBSDealer in concert with the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, is designed to recognize a high-performance independent lumberyard with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.
“We are humbled and honored to be chosen for such a prestigious award and join an outstanding list of prior recipients. This honor is a direct reflection of the hard work of our entire team who deserve all of the credit for their outstanding customer focus,” said Joel Russell, chief operating officer of Millard Lumber.
With the slogan “More than Lumber,” Millard Lumber serves its communities in Omaha and Waverly, Nebraska, with drive-thru warehouses, design centers, hardware stores and a truss and wall manufacturing plant. The company, now in its third generation of family ownership, also operates a cabinet division in Spring Hill, Kansas.
In addition to embracing the traditional values of service to community and customer, the company is a recognized leader and innovator of lumberyard technology. It continuously strives for a paperless system and metrics-based decision making.
Millard Lumber is also no stranger to awards. The Northwestern Lumber Association has recognized Millard Lumber as the 2017 Nebraska Lumber Dealer of the Year. And for 11 of the past 12 years, Millard Lumber has been recognized by the National Safety Council’s Greater Omaha Chapter as one of the Safest Companies in the area.
Millard Lumber will accept the award at the 2017 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Phoenix, Arizona, Oct. 17-19. The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer.
Philanthropy is par for the course
Eighty Four, Pennsylvania-based 84 Lumber and its vendor partners donated more than $130,000 to the Westmoreland / Fayette Boy Scout Council after hosting the Joe Hardy 84 Lumber Golf Invitational.
The event was held at Neacolin Woodlands Resort, and it has been raising funds for the Boy Scouts of America since 1989.
“The Joe Hardy 84 Lumber Golf Invitational is an important event for us each year,” said 84 Lumber president and owner Maggie Hardy Magerko. “Together with the Boy Scouts, and our partners, we can make a difference in communities throughout the region.”
The event was held Monday Aug. 21-22, with more than 200 attendees participating. The participants and attendees included sponsors from across the country, associates from 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands, and troop leaders and boy scouts from the Westmoreland / Fayette Boy Scout Council.
The Joe Hardy 84 Lumber Golf Invitational is one of 84 Lumber’s largest philanthropic endeavors each year, the company said.
E.C. Barton names new CEO
Jonesboro, Arkansas-based E.C. Barton & Company, a building materials retailer with more than 100 locations in 17 states, named former Kmart and Dollar General executive Steven Brimner as president and CEO.
Brimner will officially join the company on Sept. 5, and will work with current President and CEO Niel Crowson until Jan. 1, 2018. Thereafter, Brimner will assume all duties and responsibilities as president and CEO.
“Steve has a high commitment to the values we all share as a company,” Chairman of the Board of Directors Chris Gardner said. “He is a high energy guy who sets high expectations for others and demonstrates the kind of strategic and visionary thinking needed to lead a 21st century company.”
Brimner professional career began with Kmart in 1989 as an apparel trainee. He went to Dollar General as a senior director of store operations in 2008. He was promoted to vice president/officer in 2011, supervising 2,000 stores from Tennessee to Ohio to parts of West Virginia and North & South Carolina.
In 2016, Brimner took on a new role with Dollar General as vice president/officer of Direct Store Delivery operations, where he oversaw more than 100 vendors for items such as food and beverage for 7,000 stores in four divisions. This position was designed to improve operational and merchandising efficiencies and strategies at all internal levels, as well as vendor levels, resulting in improved customer shopping experiences and company results.
Brimner played four years of college basketball at Montana State University.
E.C. Barton’s executive search process included more than 100 candidates, and consisted of hundreds of hours of interviews, assessments, meetings and deliberations, the company said.