It's been nearly 10 years since Bob Spangler accepted the role of chief sales officer at C.H. Briggs--one of the country's largest independent distribution companies--and, boy, was that a challenging time. The year was 2008, smack in the middle of a rough patch for the building materials industry.
Fresh from NBMDA's fall conference, Al Harrison of Intermountain Wood Products describes the mood at the event as electric. In the midst of all the energy and excitement, however, he couldn't help but notice the limited discussion about emerging opportunities in the industry.
As kids, Don Plunkett and his brother Jeff spent summers working in the family's Arkansas-based business. Plunkett Distributing Inc. was established in 1948 by their grandfather, who in time handed the reins over to their father. And when he retired, the siblings assumed command.
Rick Montoya, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Timber Products Company, has come full circle. After nearly two decades with another firm in the wood-products industry, he departed the business in 2008.