Volume 12, Issue 9 - November/December 2011

Ones To Watch

NLBMDA Announces New Leadership Team Including First Woman President
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) installed its new leadership team during its ProDealer Industry Summit held in San Antonio, Texas. Cally Coleman Fromme, executive vice president of Zarsky Lumber Company in Victoria, Texas, will serve as the new chair, replacing outgoing chair Joe Collings of Ferguson Lumber in Rockville, Ind. Fromme becomes the first woman to lead the association in its 94-year history.

Additional members of the 2011-2012 NLBMDA executive committee include:
• Chair-elect: Chuck Bankston, Bankston Lumber, Barnesville, Ga.;
• First vice chair: Chris Yenrick, Smith-Phillips Building Supply, Winston-Salem, N.C.;
• Second vice chair: J.D. Saunders, Economy Lumber, Campbell, Calif.;
• Treasurer: Linda Nussbaum, Kleet Lumber Co., Huntington, N.Y.;
• Manufacturers & Services Council chair: Bob Harden, Dow Building Solutions, Jenkintown, Pa.;
• Federated Association Executives chair: Jim Moody, Construction Suppliers Association, Tyrone, Ga.;
• Immediate past chair: Joe Collings, Ferguson Lumber, Rockville, Ind.; and
• President: Michael O’Brien, NLBMDA, Washington, D.C.

Associated Materials Names President and CEO
Associated Materials announced the appointment of Jerry W. Burris as president and CEO. Burris also will serve as a member of the company’s board of directors. He previously served as president of Barnes Precision Components, and has more than 20 years of experience in management and executive positions at manufacturing and logistical services companies. He takes over for interim CEO Dana Snyder, who will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors.

ProVia Makes Changes in Sales Department
ProVia has hired Lee Shaw as director of sales for residential doors and windows and has promoted Andy Iamaio to regional sales manager for its newly redefined Southern region.

In Shaw’s new role, he is responsible for the coordination of customer service activities and the direction of all sales activities for residential doors and windows for the Eastern, Southern and Midwest territories. He most recently served as the chief sales officer for Craftsmen Restoration in Akron, Ohio.

Iamaio now directs all sales activities in the Southern region. He previously served as the company’s account manager in Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland.

Andersen Adds VP of Marketing Position
Salvatore Abbate has joined Andersen Corp. to fill the newly created position of senior vice president of sales and marketing. Abbate will be responsible for leading the development of sales and marketing strategies, initiatives and programs that result in revenue growth and competitive advantage within channels and customer segments. He reports to chief sales and marketing officer Craig Evanich.

Abbate has more than 20 years of experience in building and consumer products manufacturing, including 16 years with Armstrong. He most recently served as vice president of global sales and marketing of the performance films division within Solutia Inc.

Brio USA Inc. Hires Peter Taft
Brio USA Inc. announced that Peter Taft is its new operations manager. His initial responsibilities will be to set up operations at the new Rochester, N.Y., facility.

Taft joins Brio USA Inc. with 25 years of experience in operations- and sales-related positions and his duties will include purchasing, customer service, quality control, manufacturing and logistics.

Quanex Adds to Board of Directors
Quanex Building Products Corp. has elected Robert R. “Bob” Buck to serve on its board of directors. Buck, 63, is executive chairman and retired chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Beacon Roofing Supply Inc. Along with roofing products, Beacon distributes other building related products including siding, windows and waterproofing systems.

Prior to his eight years with Beacon, Buck spent 21 years holding various leadership positions at Cintas Corp. and six years at Borden Inc.

“We are very pleased that Bob Buck will be joining the Quanex board of directors,” says David Petratis, Quanex chairman and CEO. “Bob has experience in the building products space and has worked on [more than] 50 acquisitions. His knowledge and insights in running a complex business will make a significant contribution.”

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