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07/18/2022

Kodiak promotes Gardner to president in Pacific Northwest

Veteran Wade Gardner will oversee Builders Alliance and Frontier Building Supply.
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Wade Gardner Kodiak
Wade Gardner

Kodiak Building Partners has promoted Wade Gardner to president of Builders Alliance and Frontier Building Supply.

Gardner replaces Kelly Fox who was promoted to senior vice president of General Lumber at Kodiak in January 2022. 

Gardner will be responsible for overseeing all operations at Builders Alliance and Frontier.

In all my years working with leaders, I have rarely come across one so willing to invest the time and energy required to be better personally and professionally,” Fox said. “Wade’s leadership style is a willingness to learn—he actively seeks out the lessons in the good and the bad to be better next time. Our teams at Builders Alliance and Frontier are in very capable hands with Wade.”

In his previous position as general manager, Gardner was instrumental in internal team discussions and supplier partner relations to position regional programs and strategy for Builders Alliance and Frontier.

As Gardner progressed in his role, he helped lead the way to manage and work with other managers as a teacher and mentor to grow their locations, Kodiak said.

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“I am consistently motivated by our teams’ dedication to excellence and continual improvement. I see the Builders Alliance and Frontier branches as leaders in both our industry and our markets, and I see our culture continuing to attract the best available talent to our team,” Gardner said. “As a member of the Kodiak family, we have the ability to make decisions quickly that are important and impactful to our local community of customers, vendors, and employees.”

Gardner brings 20 years of industry experience with a well-rounded knowledge of sales and operations along with management roles in the LBM industry with Lumbermens, ProBuild, and Builders First Source.

Kodiak Building Partners operates more than 100 locations in over 20 states.

Builders Alliance serves professional builders and custom home builders in Washington with lumber, doors, windows, and millwork, and other home renovation products and materials. 

Frontier Building Supply was founded in Anacortes, Wash. in 1975 and operates six locations.