Sue Lords retires from Kodiak Building Partners

Lords joined the company as vice president of human resources in 2018 and was promoted to chief human capital officer in 2020.
Sue Lords Kodiak
Sue Lords

Kodiak Building Partners announced today that Sue Lords, Kodiak’s Chief Human Capital Officer, has retired from the company.

Lords joined the company as vice president of human resources in 2018 and was promoted to chief human capital officer in 2020. 

She also served as a founding board member of the Kodiak Building Partners Foundation for two years.

During Lords’ tenure as chief human capital officer, she led Kodiak’s people strategy and was responsible for planning, developing, and administering the human resources practices and programs in accordance with the goals and objectives of Kodiak with company leadership. 

Lords’ retires with over 30 years of industry experience including roles at ProBuild Holdings, the Strober Organization, and the Colorado Governor’s Office of Information and Technology.

“Sue’s extensive experience in human resources in the building products distribution industry has helped guide our growing business and expanded our national footprint,” said Steve Swinney, Kodiak CEO. “We relied on Sue’s deep human resources expertise throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and to form internal initiatives for both our operating companies and corporate office, and we have valued her leadership and insights in shaping and building Kodiak’s HR function.” 

“I am thankful for Sue’s service to Kodiak and her friendship and wish her and her family all the best following her retirement,” Swinney added.


Mark Garboski, chief operations officer at Kodiak, said, “For almost five years, Sue has played an instrumental role in our Human Resources Department, and has helped guide our transformation into the national acquisition firm we are today. We have all benefited from her track record of strategic thinking and focus on execution. Sue’s leadership and collaboration at Kodiak will be greatly missed, and I am deeply grateful for the significant contributions she has made.”

“I was thrilled to get back into the industry when I joined Kodiak in 2018 and to be a part of a growing, phenomenally successful, and family-oriented organization,” Lords said. “I have always had sawdust in my blood and genuinely enjoyed the business, but I have especially enjoyed the people that I had the pleasure of working with and mentoring.”

Kodiak said that it is actively looking for a replacement for chief human capital officer following Lords’ retirement.

The retirement of Lords follows the previous July announcement that Cally Fromme has retired from her position as vice president of communications and culture. Fromme had held the position at Kodiak since 2015.

Based in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Kodiak Building Partners operates more than 100 locations in over 20 states.