KOMA Building Products has become the sponsor of ProSales’ new “Four Under 40” program recognizing America’s next great leaders in building materials supply, ProSales announced today. As a result, the winners of this year’s competition will be identified as the “ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2015.”

ProSales also announced that it has decided to extend the deadline for nominations by one week. All nominations now must be submitted by Thursday, Oct. 23.

The ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2015 will consist of four people under age 40 who have shown the potential to lead America’s premier building material supply companies in future years. The four selected will receive a free trip to the ProSales 100 Conference in New Orleans on Feb. 25-27, 2015, where they’ll get an opportunity to hear from and meet with many of the nation’s LBM leaders. The four will speak as part of a panel on next-generation leaders and will be profiled in ProSales’ January issue.

KOMA produces PVC building products using a Celuka extrusion process that the company says produces the hardest, most durable PVC products on the market.

“A frequent and important industry topic is: Who will effectively lead our industry for the next several decades?" said Troy Sinks, national sales manager at KOMA Building Products. “Because many building professionals are beginning to consider retirement, my colleagues at KOMA Building Products and I believe it is critical to share valuable experience, knowledge, and insight with young professionals who will be responsible for the continued growth and direction of our industry. We are very pleased for the opportunity to help do so through the ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 Program.”

“We’re thrilled that KOMA is joining ProSales in this program,” said Craig Webb, ProSales’ editor-in-chief. Identifying and training future leaders has never been so important. An enormous generational shift is taking place at building material dealers and distributors across America. Baby boomers are retiring, and with their departure will go a lot of older ideas about how best to operate an LBM facility. Who will succeed them? That’s a key question. We hope the ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2015 will help provide an answer.

Any building material dealer, distributor, or consultant is invited to nominate candidates to be selected for the ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2015. Here’s the process:

  1. Part 1

    The candidate must work at a lumberyard, specialty building material dealer, or a distributor. There's no limit on the number of candidates from a company that can be nominated, but if all are selected, all must be able to attend the ProSales 100 conference.

  2. In the nomination letter (an email to cwebb@hanleywood.com will do), give us the candidate’s name, current title, work location, and and birth date. All candidates for the Four Under 40 Class of 2015 must have been born in January 1975 or later.
  3. Tell us why, in your opinion, this candidate has the potential to be an executive within the LBM industry. Give examples of leadership potential.
  4. Indicate the potential career path you see for this candidate. This path need not always be at your company.
  5. If you nominate this candidate, it is assumed that your company will allow this person to attend the ProSales 100 Conference. Do not nominate a candidate who wouldn’t be able to attend.
  6. Email the application by Oct. 23, 2014, to ProSales editor Craig Webb at cwebb@hanleywood.com
  1. Part 2

    ProSales staff will inform each nominee that he or she has been suggested as a Four Under 40 candidate.

  2. Nominees who wish to pursue this honor will be asked to write an essay of no more than 400 words. The candidates’ essay must detail what they’ve learned in LBM to date, what their career goals are, and what they’d most like to get from attending the PS100 Conference.
  3. The essay must be emailed by Nov. 1, 2014, to ProSales editor Craig Webb at cwebb@hanleywood.com

ProSales staff will select and inform the winners by Nov. 10.