West Coast lumber dealers elect Fogarty
Sean Fogarty is stepping into the role of president of the West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association.
Fogarty is VP of Osborne Lumber in Newark, California, where he represents the third generation of the family business that opened in 1950.
During the organization’s annul convention last week in Indian Wells, California, Fogarty encouraged the industry to stick together and stay involved.
“This year I plan to focus on growing — improving our dealer participation, and strengthening our collective voice,” he said. “We’re going to do this by introducing new events, and continuing to add value to our members through Government Affairs monitoring and Industry education.”
Fogarty will take the association’s reins from Mark Ganahal of Anaheim, California-based Ganahl Lumber.
The West Coast Lumber & Building Material Association is a regional industry trade organization with roots going back to the early 1900s in California. It is one of the largest regional lumber and building materials organization in the country. The association is active in government affairs at the local, state and national levels, offers a wide range of educational and member services, and administers a number of member benefits programs.
Although the majority of members are in California, WCLBMA has members in 26 states and Canada. WCLBMA has approximately 330 member firms in lumber and building material dealer and associate categories.
WCLBMA is one of 17 regional trade organizations affiliated with the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association, headquartered in Washington DC. It represents more than 6,000 lumber and building materials dealers nationwide.
Gordon Lumber names new president
Freemont, Ohio-based Gordon Lumber has selected Erin Leonard to become the company’s new president.
The company employs 132 people in nine locations and was founded in 1868.
Leonard, who started with Gordon Lumber in 2011 and most recently served as chief operating officer, was chosen to fill the role of president after an extensive nationwide search.
"Erin exhibits the talent, skills and enthusiasm to lead us forward," says Gary Kohli, chairman of the board for Gordon Lumber. "We have confidence he will incorporate the great traditions and history of our company with its new challenges and opportunities to help grow Gordon Lumber."
A graduate of Ohio University, Leonard resides in Perrysburg, Ohio with his family. He has more than 18 years experience in the building products industry with positions previously held at Carter Lumber, 84 Lumber Company, United Building Centers and Stock Building Supply.
"I’m honored to have this opportunity to lead Gordon Lumber toward an even more successful future," says Leonard. "This dedicated team has great potential for continuing to grow our 146-year old company and serve the changing needs of our builder, remodeler and homeowner customers throughout the Western Lake Erie Basin.
"I look forward to leveraging our talented employees, outstanding reputation and the historic nature of the Gordon Lumber brand toward becoming the most agile and customer-focused company in our industry."
Gordon Lumber operates seven lumberyards in northwest Ohio (in Bellevue, Bowling Green, Fremont, Genoa, Findlay, Huron and Port Clinton.) The company also has a components and truss plant in Findlay along with a design and window gallery in Perrysburg. Annual sales are approximately $40 million.
The NLBMDA’s pre-election scoreboard
With Congressional elections on the calendar for Tuesday and the power of the Senate at a possible tipping point, the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association offered its take on political matchups here at the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit.
Ben Gann, the NLBMDA’s VP legislative and political affairs, pointed to top lumberyard industry issues for 2015 and spelled out where the various elections stand.
In the Senate, currently controlled by the Democratic Party with 53 senators (and two independents), there are 10 races that are too close to call. For the Republicans to gain control of the Senate, they need to pick up at least six seats, Gann said. And at least 10 races are “too close to call,” he said.
Among the 10 tight races, there are several extra tight. Based on the latest forecasts in Kansa, the Independent candidate Greg Orman has a one-point lead over the Republican Pat Roberts.
In Louisiana, Democrat Mary Landrieu has a one-point lead over her Republican opponents — a race this is likely heading to a runoff in December. And in New Hampshire, Democratic incumbent Jeanne Shaheen is ahead of Republican challenger Scott Brown by 2 points.
In the House of Representatives, there are 233 Republicans and 183 Democrats, and by all accounts very little chance the election will alter the current balance of partisan power there.
Gann also described the five key legislative priorities for the incoming Congress, whoever they are. The NLBMDA will look to push legislation, including the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act, the Marketplace Fairness Act and reform of the EPA Lead Rule.
Legislation affecting the mortgage interest deduction may also enter the conversation. "There is a lot of talk about reform of Fanny and Freddy,” Gann said. “We haven’t taken a position on specific legislation, but generally we would support that the 30-year fixed rate mortgages will continue to be available."