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Leadership night for NLBMDA

Bob Sanford steps into role as chairman of the national association of dealers.

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Chicago — Lumberyard companies together are stronger than lumberyard companies divided.

That’s one of the messages from Bob Sanford, incoming chair of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. The president of Connecticut-based Sanford & Hawley encouraged dealers to take part in efforts that promote the well-being of the LBM industry.

“I’m going to listen to the stakeholders, I’m going to learn, and I’m going to build consensus — that’s my goal,” said Sanford.

Sanford replaces outgoing NLBMDA chair Rick Lierz of Boise, Idaho-based Franklin Building Supply.

Sanford was installed as chairman of the NLBMDA on opening night of the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit, which concludes Oct. 19.

Other highlights of the three-day conference include a keynote address from Commander Mark Nutsch, the Green Beret whose experiences in Afghanistan were portrayed in the Hollywood film “12 Strong.” The event also includes presentations on competing against Amazon; and best practices for succession planning and attracting talent.

Rick Lierz, left, and Bob Sanford exchange the gavel at the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit.

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Happy Labor Day from HBSDealer

HBSDealer offices will be closed on Sept. 3.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The offices of HBSDealer will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3 as we observe Labor Day.

We will not publish the daily HBSDealer Newsletter on Sept. 3 and will resume a full, regular schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 4.

A safe and happy Labor Day to you, your families, and friends.

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Honors for CHIC Lumber Co.

CHIC Lumber named 2018 “Independent Pro Dealer of the Year."

BY HBSDealer Staff

Missouri-based CHIC Lumber Co. has been named the 2018 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.

The three-unit dealer operates a diverse lineup of services to serve the St. Louis and St. Charles markets. And its “Get it Done Right” program ensures quality in three steps – the right contractor, making the contact, and getting it done.

Operations of the 31-year-old business are guided by the slogan: “Our Specialty is Our Service.” And according to President Adam Hendrix, the team takes pride in its prominent role in the community. The offerings range from “our 7,000 square-foot design and conference center that offers 24 hour access to our customers and community groups, to our complete category offerings to our pro builders and remodelers,” Hendrix said.

The company operates a Wentzville, Mo., millwork facility, as well as a Design Center in O’Fallon, Mo.

“From building materials to custom millwork and kitchen cabinets, we are so much more than lumber,” Hendrix said.

Past honorees of the Independent Pro Dealer of the Year award include Millard Lumber of Nebraska (2017), Healdsburg Lumber of California (2016); and Holmes Building Materials of Louisiana (2015).

The company is a member of the Do it Best Corp. co-op., where VP of LBM Gary Nackers says he’s proud to have CHIC Lumber as a member. “Adam Hendrix and his team demonstrate what it means to be a successful lumber dealer, operating a great family business that adapts well to change and leverages the power of independence to compete and win in their marketplace,” Nackers said. “They are rightfully included in this elite group of honored pro dealers.”

CHIC Lumber will accept the award at the 2018 ProDealer Industry Summit, slated for Chicago, Oct. 17-19. The summit is hosted jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and HBSDealer. The event will also recognize the 2018 Pro Dealer of the Year Drexel Lumber, of Campbellsport, Wis.

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