The Western Building Material Association (WBMA) named Lake Chelan (Wash.) Building Supply as its Dealer of the Year, gave Huttig Building Products its Supplier of the Year award, and selected Ed Waite of ProBuild as the group's new president.
The awards and recognition took place Feb. 10 in Marysville, Wash., during the WBMA's annnual convention.
Lake Chelan Building Supply, located near Manson in eastern Washington state, was founded in 1979 by Edd and Sharon LaMar. Son Brett grew up in the company, joined it fulltime in 1992 and now serves as general manager. A year later, the company added a second store.
WBMA's award presentation noted Lake Chelan Building Supply's extensive support of its community. The company donated the first Habitat for Humanity home in Lake Chelan, and in 2003 it provided free of charge all the building materials used in the renovation and expansion of the home of a Lake Chelan deputy sheriff who was killed while on duty.
WBMA's award to Huttig coincided with the company's 125th anniversary. Huttig has an extensive operation in Auburn, Wash., and has been active in the association for many years.
Waite, the WBMA's new leader for 2011, is president of ProBuild's northwestern operations. He previously spent eight years as president of Spenard Builders Supply, ProBuild's Alaska operation. Before that he was vice president, chief financial officer, and treasurer of both Spenard Builders Supply and Lacey, Wash.-based Lumbermen's Building Centers, which later became one of the foundation stones for the creation of ProBuild.
Joining Waite as WBMA's officers as Randy Stemper, Astoria (Ore.) Builders Supply, first vice president; Bill Mackie, Madison Lumber, Ketchikan, Alaska, second vice president; and Eric Fritch, Chinook Lumber, Snohomish, Wash., past president.