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W.R. Meadows promotes Weber

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Builiding products manufacturer W.R. Meadows promoted Brent J. Weber to VP sales. Weber was appointed to this position after the retirement of Dave Duewel, a 49-year veteran with the company. 

Weber joined Hampshire, Ill.-based W.R. Meadows as a full-time employee in 1970 after graduating from Judson College with a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1983, he was named sales manager of the Elgin branch and later became regional sales manager in 1993, where his responsibilities included sales support for Atlanta, Elgin, York, Hampshire and Canada branch operations.

“I am very happy to continue fostering my career with W. R. Meadows,” said Weber. “I look forward to representing the company as VP sales.”

W.R. Meadows makes specialty construction materials, with a specialty in concrete. 

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Kevin Braun named PPG’s VP industrial coatings

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PPG Industries has appointed Kevin Braun to its post of VP industrial coatings, a horizontal shift from his previous role as VP global raw materials and Americas purchasing.

“Kevin is a superb leader, who combines excellent product and manufacturing experience with a keen awareness of the industry and market trends,” said Viktor Sekmakas, executive VP, PPG.

Braun’s new post, effective immediately, was enacted to replace Richard Zoulek, who left the company.

Braun has been with the company since 1991 and has served in several roles, including general manager of silica products and general manager of architectural coatings in Australia/New Zealand. Previous to his time with PPG, Braun worked with industrial coatings, fiber glass and architectural coatings.

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HCN names US LBM Holdings ‘Pro Dealer of the Year’

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New York — HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected US LBM Holdings as the 2013 Pro Dealer of the Year.

Green Bay, Wis.-based US LBM Holdings was founded in 2009 as a federation of independent lumberyards with highly autonomous local operators building their businesses with services tailored to local markets. Among the company’s original lumberyard players are Wisconsin Building Supply in Green Bay, Wis.; Bellevue Builders Supply in Schenectady, N.Y.; and East Haven Builders Supply in East Haven, Conn. 

US LBM Holdings has enjoyed impressive success since its formation, as it has built a culture of constant improvement, open communication and local knowledge in the markets it serves.

The company is also one of the fastest-growing companies on the HCN Pro Dealer Industry Scoreboard. In less than five years, the company has grown into a 55-unit pro dealer ranked 14th in sales, with year-over-year sales growth of 15.7% in 2012. 

US LBM Holdings CEO L.T. Gibson will accept the Pro Dealer of the Year Award during the 2013 ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 23-25 in Nashville, Tenn. The Summit is sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN

"I am very humbled and excited for our team to be recognized by HCN as Pro Dealer of the Year,” Gibson said. “Many of our associates have devoted their entire careers to our industry. And they have made US LBM Holdings what it is today. Being selected as Pro Dealer of the Year recognizes their efforts toward our goal of building one of the best companies in this industry. We’re proud of what we’ve achieved so far and excited for what the future holds."

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