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New president for Novik Sales Corp.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Ralph Bruno has been named president of Novik Sales Corp., the division of Novik Inc. responsible for marketing Novik products throughout the United States.

Bruno brings more than 25 years of success in the building products industry to his new position. Of note are the years he spent with Trex and as president of AZEK Building Products. Bruno will be responsible for designing and implementing the U.S. going-to-market strategy for Novik and will lead the U.S. sales team. 

“I am excited to help lead such a dynamic and innovative company,” he said. “The foundation has been built for significant growth in the market.” In his new role, Bruno will report to Novik president and CEO François Giroux.

“We are thrilled to have Ralph again become an active, successful contributor in a Clearview-backed company,” said James G. Andersen, co-founder and co-managing partner of Clearview Capital and chairman of the board of Novik. “Ralph was instrumental in the development of the AZEK brand from its inception (while Clearview was the lead investor in that company), and we are confident that, with his leadership, Novik will experience similar success.” 

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PLM and ILM launch new website

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Pennsylvania and Indiana Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Companies have launched a new website: plmilm.com.

The new site includes navigation and information improvements, and also reflects the affiliation of PLM and ILM, which occurred in the fall of 2013.

According to Steve Firko, PLM/ILM senior VP marketing and field operations: “PLM and ILM have consistently maintained longstanding relationships with customers, striving to remain ahead of changes in the industries we serve and provide the most up-to-date information needed to protect our customers. The new website reflects this goal and once again proves why ‘together, we’re better’.”

When entering the website, visitors are greeted by a scrolling banner that highlights current company initiatives and pertinent customer information. The new layout provides for easier navigation through both old and new information.

According to Firko, the website more closely aligns with the company’s mission to be recognized as the premier insurance provider serving the lumber, woodworking and building material industries. The information previously available to customers has been combined and enhanced to create a more interactive and resourceful place for current and prospective customers, along with their insurance agents and brokers. 

“The new website focuses on providing customer service the way our customers want it,” Firko said.

The website offers mobile device compatibility, easier navigation, updated information and improved resources all meant to improve the user experience.

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Do it Best LBM exec to retire

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Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. announced the retirement of one of its senior leaders while also transitioning another proven executive into a new position.   

Effective Oct. 24, Do it Best VP of Lumber and Building Materials Quent Ondricek will retire his position, while Gary Nackers, currently director of program development for LBM, will move into that role, effective Sept. 15. 

Nackers joined the co-op in 1999, and has served in a number of roles of growing responsibility and geographic scope. After starting as a territory manager on the sales and business development team, a series of promotions within the department led to his position as national sales manager in 2008, which he served at until assuming his current role in early 2012. Overall, he has more than 30 years of experience in the home improvement and hardware retail industries. 

“While it won’t be easy following the example Quent has set in his career, I could not be more excited about the opportunities ahead for independent entrepreneurs in the home improvement industry,” said Nackers. “I look forward to working with our incredible LBM team and, most importantly, continuing to help our members grow and succeed.”

Ondricek had a lengthy career at Our Own Hardware, before joining the Do it Best Corp. team when those two co-ops combined in 1998. He came on board as a regional sales manager for a newly created territory, serving in that role for three years before a promotion to national sales manager in 2001. He was named VP lumber and building materials in 2002. Overall, he has more than 40 years of experience in the hardware and LBM industries.

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