The Lumbermen’s Association of Texas (LAT) named Bart Graves, vice president and general manager at John E. Quarles, as the organization's 2020 Dealer of the Year and Aaron Elliot, president at DW Distribution, as the LAT 2020 Associate of the Year.

The dealer award is based on dedication to LAT and the industry, service to customers, participation in civic and community affairs, and developing camaraderie among LAT members, according to the non-profit trade association. Graves served as the president of LAT’s board of directors in 2007 and continues to engage as an ex-officio director.

“LAT membership has been a dependable source of inspiration and support throughout my career,” Graves said in a prepared statement. “I deeply value the friendships and the opportunities to collaborate with my peers to advocate in Austin on behalf of our industry and to bring others along to support our mission. This recognition is a profound honor.”

The associate award is based on level of service to LAT’s dealer members and dedication to and engagement with LAT for the betterment of the industry, according to LAT. Elliott currently serves on the LAT board of directors.

“Bart and Aaron are industry leaders who generously give of their time and expertise to serve the LAT membership,” Harley “Bubba” Finnell, president of the LAT board of directors and president at Oldham Lumber Company, said. “We look forward to bestowing on these leaders our association’s most prestigious honor as it is well deserved.”

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