Bender Lumber Co., Bloomington, Ind., has promoted Blake Wheeler to general manager and Scott Bender to area operations manager. ...The Associated General Contractors of Alaska named Collette Bennett, an inside sales rep at Spenard Builders Supply in Anchorage, as its supplier of the year. ...The Lumber Association of California and Nevada has named Steve Patterson of Central Valley Building Supply as its president, and Laurie Vance of The Mill Yard as first vice president. ...Joe Mazzola, who 50 years ago co-founded Raymond Building Supply in Fort Myers, Fla., is retiring. ...Don Zeman, known as "America's Home Improvement Expert," died Dec. 31. He was host of "Homefront with Don Zeman," a nationally syndicated home improvement radio show heard in more than 300 markets. He was 55.

1 in 4

The number of baby boomer generation households that expects to move eventually from their current homes. Most are looking for a single-level home that is more comfortable or convenient. SOURCE: AARP

$2 Trillion

The collective decrease in U.S. home value by the end of 2008, according to a Dec. 15 report. SOURCE:,


Number of people who have earned LEED professional accreditation since the program was launched in 2001. The program distinguishes building professionals with the knowledge and skills to steward the LEED certification process. SOURCE: U.S. Green Building Council