Since its founding in 1917, a man has always chaired the board at the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA). Until now: Cally Coleman Fromme, executive vice president of Zarsky Lumber in Victoria, Texas, took over Oct. 26. She succeeds Joe Collings of Ferguson Lumber in Rockville, Ind.
"I am extremely proud to be carrying on the legacy of my predecessors working to make our industry stronger, while dealing with the many challenges we are currently facing in this difficult economic climate," Fromme said in a statement. "The housing and building industry is particularly challenged by the current political climate, and we will be promoting this industry, educating and assisting legislators, and being at the table when legislation and regulations are being formulated."
Chuck Bankston of Barnesville, Ga.-based Bankston Lumber will serve as chair-elect. First vice chair is Chris Yenrick of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, N.C., while J.D. Saunders, of Economy Lumber in Campbell, Calif., is second vice chair. Manufacturers and Services Council chair is Bob Harden of Dow Building Solutions in Jenkintown, Pa. Jim Moody, head of the Construction Suppliers Association, based in Tyrone, Ga., was named federated association executives chair. Collings became immediate past chair, and Michael O'Brien will remain president.