New leadership for LAT
The Lumbermen’s Association of Texas and Louisiana (LAT), announced today that it has selected Mireya Zapata to lead the organization. The LAT advocates for lumber and building material dealers.
Zapata succeeds Barbara Douglas, who in June retired from LAT after 30 years at the helm of the organization.
"Mireya has already, in her short time as director, made huge strides in connecting LAT with current dealers and prospective members in the Texas market,” said Chris Miller, president of the LAT board of directors and VP of operations South & West for U.S. LBM Holdings, LLC. “We are so excited to have such a professional and hardworking director leading the charge for independent lumber dealers."
“LAT has been so key to McCoy’s keeping up with our industry and the special people in the business,” said Brian McCoy, LAT director and president and CEO of McCoy’s Building Supply. “I’m excited for our association to have Mireya’s leadership to guide our future.”
Miller and McCoy, as members of LAT’s executive committee, led the search process. Zapata was most recently with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, a health care non-profit and the world’s largest funder of MS research, where she served as executive VP. During her 6-year tenure she led the organization’s government affairs, marketing and volunteer engagement functions in a 5-state region. She has 18 years of government affairs experience that includes passing legislation in Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, representing interest groups in the U.S. Congress and 8 years as Chief of Staff for a member of the Texas House of Representatives.
“I’m very pleased to have this opportunity to lead LAT in building a stronger network of dealers and to move forward our mission of advancing an economy where lumber dealers and builders thrive,” said Zapata, who takes on the title of executive VP for the Austin, Texas-based association. “LAT is also well-positioned to support and connect the next generation of industry leaders.”
Drexel’s expanding culture of happiness
With a mission of simply supplying happiness — “Supply. Happiness.” is the actual slogan — Drexel Building Supply is expanding to Columbus, Wisconsin, where it will soon break ground on its seventh location.
The company plans to open the facility in the spring of 2018, supplying building materials and home design services which include lumber, trusses, cabinets, windows, doors, millwork, decking, roofing, & siding. It will serve the Greater Madison region, and operate with a 60-mile delivery radius.
Drexel was awarded the Milwaukee Journal Top Work Places Award seven years in a row 2011-17, and is known for their unique culture, and for their focus on family approach when it comes to their team.
Drexel owner Joel Fleischman states, “building a new home, or tackling a remodeling project is an important time, for some it’s a once in a lifetime investment, it’s Drexel’s mission to supply happiness throughout each project making it a unique, enjoyable, and exciting experience for our clients.”
Based in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, Drexel serves builders and remodelers, as well as homeowners and DIYers.
The Drexel team is rooted in their team culture, which revolves around their mission to supply happiness and 10 Core Values: Ethics, Respect, Balance, Winning Attitude, Communication, Development, Team Work, Change, Have Fun, and Accountability.
The Columbus location will be led by Team Leader Keith Batenhorst. “We strive to have fun every day, work very hard, and take care of our clients,” he said. “We pride ourselves on our relationships and the happiness we supply to contractors and homeowners.”
Ridgefield Supply welcomes the road show
Architect & Design professionals hammered away at Ridgefield, Connecticut-based Ridgefield Supply this week as they gathered for the Katz Roadshow. For the second year in a row, Ridgefield Supply hosted the hands-on event. This year the construction program focused on continuing education for architects with an AIA Better Building Clinic.
The program is led by Gary Katz and Mike Sloggatt, two carpentry experts, nationally recognized authors and teachers. The Katz Roadshow is a partnership of leading manufacturers and installation specialists who provide hands-on training clinics for professional and DIYers at lumberyards across America. The goal of the event is to improve the bottom line, hone skills and increase productivity.
Glen Albee, president of Ridgefield Supply, said participation at the event brok a Katz Roadshow record for most architect attendees. “Continuing education is one of the key elements in business,” he said. “Building technology and materials are ever-changing.”
This year’s clinic was developed with architects in mind and the AIA Better Building Events are clinics devoted to better building practices — from the jobsite to the architect. The day featured courses that cover traditional installation techniques and evolving construction technologies with modern materials.
A networking reception was held in Ridgefield Supply's new showroom and retail store.