The new NLBMDA officers were announced during the NLBMDA's annual meeting at the ProDealer Industry Summit in October. The board of directors elected Paul Hylbert, CEO of ProBuild, as the association's next chairman, replacing outgoing chair Harold Baalmann of B&B Lumber Company, Wichita, Kan.

"I am honored to serve as chairman of NLBMDA," said Hylbert. "I want to thank my colleague and friend, Harold Baalmann, for generously giving his time and resources to the NLBMDA in the last year, and I realize he has given me big shoes to fill."

Outlining his priorities for the coming year, Hylbert said, "We have done significant listening and work to understand what is most important to serve the industry going forward. Our focus will be on doing a few things well: on legislation and regulation, on growing NLBMDA's voice of the industry to advance our policy agenda, and on bringing dealers, manufacturers and suppliers together for top-quality business and networking meetings."

Hylbert is CEO ProBuild, the nation's largest pro dealer. He also serves on the advisory board at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and is on the boards of Denison University, The City of Hope, and The Homebuilding Community Foundation.

Also elected to the executive committee for 2008-2009 were the following:

Chair-Elect: Dan Fesler, Lamperts, St. Paul, Minn. Vice Chair: Joe Collings, Ferguson Lumber Corp., Rockville, Ind. Treasurer: Linda Nussbaum, Kleet Lumber Co., Huntington, N.Y. Manufacturers & Services Council Chair: John Somerville, Dow Chemical Co., Marietta, Ga. Federated Association Executives Chair: Rick Seely, Michigan Lumber & Building Materials Association, Lansing, Mich. Immediate Past Chair: Harold Baalmann, B&B Lumber Co., Wichita, Kan. President Michael O'Brien, NLBMDA, Washington, D.C.

The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association represents more than 8,000 lumber and building material companies with more than 400,000 employees, 20 state and regional associations, and the industry's leading manufacturers and service providers. NLBMDA is the voice of America's building suppliers.