The Lumbermen’s Association of Texas’ (LAT) 2020 Emerging Leaders program will take place virtually with a three-session training series “Meet Up, Connect & Thrive.” The virtual program is designed to support, develop, and connect emerging leaders in Texas’ building materials industry, according to a news release.

“Especially in these unprecedented times, we have seen the power and value of the collective sharing best-practices,” Greg Evans, president of the LAT board of directors and the owner at Redwoods, Inc., in Waco, Texas. “This is a key member benefit and the topics and discussions will give participants tools that they can use today and in their leadership journey.”

The first session, set to take place on July 22, will focus on the coronavirus (COVID-19). A panel of Emerging Leaders at LAT member companies will participate in a discussion about the realities of operating in this unprecedented time with the goal of creating a community of expertise and a network that participants can tap into. Panelists will include president and COO at McCoy’s Building Supply Meagan McCoy, marketing director at The Detering Company Cassie Milam, and president at Cassity Jones Building Materials Cason Shrode. Participants will also hear from Rick Lierz, CEO at Franklin Building Supply in Boise, Idaho, who will share leadership lessons in communication learned as his organization confronted COVID-19. Craig Webb, president at Webb Analytics, will provide an online training on communication tools for the changing environment leaders are facing in interactions with employees, customers, and communities.

The LAT Emerging Leaders program is designed to develop and expand the leadership capacity of rising leaders. The second and third sessions are scheduled for September 16 and November 18.

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