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Retailers, Wholesalers, and Manufacturers of Hardware, Building Supplies, Kitchen & Bath, Paint & Decorating, Lawn & Garden, and Other Allied Products.


December People

AccuTec Blades

Larry Baab is vice-president, sales and marketing with AccuTec Blades. He brings extensive experience in sales management, marketing, new product development, customer service, and general management with durable-goods companies that are both public and private-equity owned.


Tony Conant is executive vice-president/CEO of the American Rental Association (ARA. He most recently served as chief operating officer at the Institute for Supply Management (ISM). The ARA is the international non-profit trade association for equipment rental businesses and manufacturers and suppliers of rental equipment. It has members in every U.S. state, every Canadian province, and more than 30 countries worldwide.

Boise Cascade

Tom Hoffmann is vice-president of operations for building materials distribution with Boise Cascade Company. He has been with the company since 1981, most recently as division operations manager.


Mike O’Neil is adhesive specialist with Bona US. He brings a 30-year tenure in the hardwood flooring industry and holds a wide array of experience and skills working with distribution, contractors, builders, retailers, architects, and designers. Blake Reynolds is a territory manager. Previously, he worked with a variety of flooring substrates and in customer training on application best practices, daily and interim maintenance procedures, machines, and safety. He will also spearhead its regional training centre in Addison, TX.


Dave Pirwitz is sales manager, northwest region, with Deceuninck North America. His territory includes western Canada. He has 19 years of experience in the fenestration industry, most recently at Urban Machinery. Scott Ricke re-joins the fenestration side of the company as customer experience manager. He has been part of the Deceuninck team for more than 25 years, most recently as product manager for the decking and railing business.

Dimplex NA

Hutch Johnson is interim CEO of Dimplex North America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Glen Dimplex Group. He has also been appointed to serve as CEO of Vancouver, WA-based Cadet Manufacturing, which was recently acquired by the group. He has 40 years of experience, previously as president of Cadet since 1998. 


Tim Berman, president of Fluxwerx Illumination Inc., has received the ‘EY Entrepreneur Of The Year Pacific 2016’ award in the emerging technology category. Fluxwerx was founded in 2011 by Berman, Lance Howitt, and Scott Santoro to offer LED lighting products that would deliver the right balance of optical performance, energy efficiency, and great design. The company joined the Lumenpulse Group in March.


Jill Albanese is chief human resources officer for Lixil Water Technology Americas, the parent company of American Standard and Grohe. She brings more than 25 years of experience to the role and has been with Lixil since 2014. Troy Benavidez is vice-president, public affairs. Previously, he served in various corporate and global public affairs roles for the pharmaceutical industry at Pfizer and AstraZeneca.


Michael P. McDermott is chief customer officer with Lowe’s Companies, Inc. Previously, he was chief merchandising officer, a position he has held since 2014. He joined Lowe's in 2013 from General Electric.


Brad Southern is chief operating officer (COO) of Louisiana-Pacific Corporation (LP). He joined LP in 1999 as controller for the specialty business and has held a number of positions with increasing responsibility. Most recently he was executive vice-president of the oriented strand board segment. The newly-created position of COO is part of LP’s -management succession plan.

Lumber Liquidators

Dennis Knowles is chief executive officer of Lumber Liquidators. He joined the company in March 2016 as chief operating officer. Prior to that he served in store operations leadership roles at Lowe’s Companies, Inc.


Clare Doyle has been appointed senior vice-president and business leader of the components business with Masonite International Corporation. Previously, she was vice-president of marketing for Elementis Specialties.


Wayne Moloughney is president of Manderley Turf Products. Previously, he was vice-president, finance, with the company. He takes over from Greg Skotnicky, who is now president of Manderley’s parent company, Market Maker Agriculture Inc. Stocknicky will also remain as CEO of Manderley.

National Nail

Greg Palmer is marketing director with National Nail where he will oversee the company’s proprietary brands: CAMO, PRO-FIT, and STINGER. Previously, he was senior vice-president of marketing for Positive Promotions and director of marketing for Essentra Components.


Mark Eliasson is sales director for key accounts with Novik, the parent company of Novik and Exteria brands of building products. He will focus on home improvement retailers in the U.S. Most recently, he was president of MDE Sales LLC.


Jason Hollar is CFO with Sears Holdings Corporations. He has been with the company since October 2014 and has served as senior vice-president, finance. Robert Riecker, vice-president and controller since 2011, will now also be responsible for internal audit, treasury, and capital markets finance functions.


John Fluke is a commodity trader for TIMBER MART’s Atlantic Canada lumber-trading team. Most recently, he was Atlantic commodities manager for Lighthouse Lumber/AFA Forest Products. Doug Lemieux, a TIMBER MART member and president of L.B.H. Building Centre Inc., has received the Western Retail Lumber Association’s (WRLA) ‘2016 Industry Achievement Award.’ He was recognized for his years of dedication to the lumber and building material (LBM) industry, the development of his local community, and the support of various not-for-profit organizations, including the WRLA.


Liz Kovach is president of the Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA). She has 10 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, most recently as executive director of the Manitoba Camping Association and Sunshine Fund.