Lumbermen's Association of Texas

The Lumbermen’s Association of Texas (LAT), a non-profit trade association representing LBM dealers, announced Peyton Ritter has been elected as president of the LAT board of directors. Additionally, Chris Rivers, president at Parker’s Building Supply, and Cason Shrode, CEO at Cassity Jones Building Materials, have joined LAT’s executive committee as second vice president and sergeant at arms.

“The LAT membership leads the Texas lumber and building materials industry,” Ritter, president at Ritter Lumber Company in Nederland, Texas, said in a news release. “As your president, I am focused on positioning our industry for success during the upcoming session of the Texas legislature as the decisions made will impact every single one of our businesses.”

The LAT board of directors also approved three new directors: Meagan McCoy Jones, president and CEO of McCoy’s Building Supply; Taylor Gross, president at Gross-Yowell; and Phillip Steffy, president at Zarsky Lumber.

Lumbermen's Association of Texas

“Serving as a LAT director continues to be a valuable investment of time and I look forward to working with the executive committee to support Mireya and to help lead our association,” Rivers said. “It is also the time for the next generations of leaders to get engaged in our work so that we can protect and grow the Texas economy.”

Mireya Zapata, executive vice president at LAT, said Ritter’s experience in Austin will be “critical” during what is expected to be a consequential session of the Texas Legislature. Zapata said the additions of Rivers and Shrode to the executive committee guarantees “leadership succession and strength.”

Lumbermen's Association of Texas

“LAT continues to be at the forefront of creating a future that is supportive of Texas dealers and we need the LBM industry to engage and invest in our work,” Shrode said. “Our trade association uniquely provides a way for us to collaborate to grow our industry while respecting our individuality and competitiveness.”

Founded in 1886, the LAT is a non-profit trade association based in Austin, Texas, that represents lumber and building material dealers.