84 Lumber Co. promoted Frank Cicero to chief operating officer, Dan Wallach to executive vice president/strategic initiatives, and Paul Lentz to chief financial officer … We spoke too soon: Last issue, we said Cerberus, the investment firm that owns 55% of BlueLinx, had won in its campaign to buy out the rest of the company. But shareholders didn't get the message. Cerberus announced last month that it failed to persuade enough of the other shareholders to let it buy the rest of the Atlanta-based distributor, even after it had sweetened its offer and won the recommendation of an independent committee of the BlueLinx board. … Joseph Collings, CEO of Ferguson Lumber, Rockville, Ind., became the 92nd chairman of theNational Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association. His successor will be chair-elect Cally Coleman Fromme of Zarsky Lumber Co., Victoria, Texas. NLBMDA also split its vice-chair position in two, naming Chuck Bankston of Bankston Lumber Co., Barnesville, Ga., as first vice chair and Chris Yenrick of Smith-Phillips Building Supply, Winston-Salem, N.C. as second vice chair. Linda Nussbaumof Kleet Lumber Co., Huntington, N.Y., was named treasurer. …The Lumber Association of California and Nevada selected J.D. Saunders of Economy Lumber as the group's new president. The group also gave its President's Award to Jim Taft of Ganahl Lumber, Anaheim, Calif., and its Associate of the Year Award to Bob Maurer of Swanson Group Sales. Joining Saunders on LACN's board are Richard McArthur of Ojai (Calif.) Lumber, first vice president; Augie Venezia of Fairfax (Calif.) Lumber and Hardware, second vice president; and Bobby Senften of Friedman's Home Improvement, Santa Rosa, Calif., treasurer. … Do it Best Corp.'s gross sales slipped 3.2% in the fiscal year ended in June to reach $2.38 billion, the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op reported. It delivered the news during its Fall Market in Indianapolis, where it also announced that that city's Pat Sullivan of Sullivan Hardware was taking over as chairman. … Sanford and Hawley of Unionville, Conn., reports that the revamp of its main retail store–built in 1800 as a woolen mill–and adjacent properties has won a HOBI award from the Connecticut Home Builders Association for best commercial rehab/adaptive reuse. ... The merger of the Northwestern Lumber Association and the Wisconsin Retail Lumber Association will be finalized Jan. 1, at which time the WRLA corporation will be dissolved. ... Spending on major remodeling projects nationwide should increase substantively in 2011 after three years of declines, the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University forecasts. The center's Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) indicates spending in the four quarters ending March 31, 2011, will total $128.2 billion, up 11.8% from the previous four quarters.