84 Lumber announced yesterday it promoted Billy Ball to the role of vice president of store operations, a role the company hasn't filled since Bill Myrick's departure to ProBuild in 2008.

In his new role, Ball will oversee more than 249 stores, component plants, and manufacturing facilities across 30 states.

Could the revived position mean 84 Lumber is again on the upswing? Some signs point to yes. In our most recent ProSales 100 list, the company ranked as the nation's fifth-largest dealer, and reported it grew its overall sales by 27% between 2013 and 2014.

"As we continue to rebound from the housing depression with three consecutive years of sales and profit growth, and increasing employment, I believe it's time to have an experienced professional in place whose sole focus will be the needs of the stores and associates in the field," said Maggie Magerko, president and owner of 84 Lumber. "Billy has been a tremendous leader in our Southeast Division, is highly experienced and has the respect of everyone in the company."

Ball previously served as vice president of the company's Southeast division. Mark Ingersoll, formerly 84's Florida area manager, will take Ball's old job.

"Mark has a proven track record of success wherever he has gone with 84 Lumber and has developed a broad and deep level of experience that will be of great benefit to our stores and other operations in the Southeast Division," said Magerko.