Akre Named First Female WBMA President
Kimberly Akre of Pacific Building Center in Blaine, Wash. was elected the first woman President of Western Building Material Association at its 114th Annual Convention and Building Products Showcase held November 8-10, 2016 in Portland. Western Building Material Association is a regional trade association serving the building material industry in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.
Akre is co-owner of Pacific Building Center, a family business spanning three generations. Akre and her family took over Pacific Building Center in Blaine, Wash. in 1997.
In March of 2000, the family purchased an old tavern with the idea of cleaning it up and turning it in to a lumberyard. It took 8 months of serious remodeling and cleanup but they were able to move into the new 5,000 square foot location in November, 2000. The Christianson’s again decided to add on, this time adding another 5,000 square feet of retail space to the store which expanded the lawn and garden department and added a full rental department.
Aside from the business, the family is very active in their community, supporting the Blaine Community Chamber of Commerce, the City of Blaine, Blaine Boys & Girls Club, the Pacific Arts Association, as well as coaching youth sports.
Akre served as YWC’s 2006 President and her family received the Distinguished Dealer of the Year Award in 2006. Akre has served on WBMA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee and we are thrilled to welcome her as WBMA’s first female President.
Others elected to office in the Western Building Material Association were:
Vice President: Trent Withers, Withers Lumber Company, Woodburn, Ore.
Vice President: Brett LaMar, Lake Chelan Building Supply, Manson, Wash.
Executive Committee: Rick Jensen, Bayview Building Materials, Elma, Wash.
David Stordahl, Triple S Building Center, Butte, Mont.
Directors: Matt Bettilyon, Boise Cascade, Woodinville, Wash.; Dana Cowart, Tum-A-Lum Lumber, Hood River, Ore.;
Rod Hughes, Building Material Construction & Services, Boise, Idaho; Bill Kraut, Hadlock Building Supply, Port Hadlock, Wash.;
Scott Munson, ProBuild, Tacoma, Wash.; Tad VanderGriend, Vander Griend Lumber, Lynden, Wash.
Special Awards and recognition were given:
Distinguished Dealer Award: Rick Jensen – Bayview Building Materials – Elma, Wash.
This award is for outstanding and distinguished service to the building material industry.
Rick Jensen serves on WBMA’s Board of Directors and just stepped up his commitment to the association by becoming a member of the Executive Committee. He has been an avid supporter of WBMA’s training programs, regularly sending attendees to sessions.
Jensen and his partner Jim DePretto, purchased Bayview Building Materials of Elma in 2003 from Rick Bush. The store was originally part of the family of Bayview Building Materials operations started by company founder Robert E Bush, a Congressional Medal of Honor recipient.
Jensen has dedicated Bayview’s annual customer appreciation golf event The Robert E. Bush Memorial Golf Tournament, in honor of Robert Bush and his service to our country.
In 2013, Jensen updated his facilities by adding over 5,000 sf to the store and showroom. Additionally, they upgraded the exteriors, giving their store a fresh new appearance.
They not only provide lumber and building materials for new construction, but also a full line of hardware, plumbing, electrical, lawn & garden, plus a rental department. They are a full-service home center providing a wide variety of products and an outstanding level of service to support their small community.
They annually host a special ladies-only night, featuring special pricing, how to seminars and door prizes with food and fun for all. This year their event drew over 300 customers to their store.
Jensen has twice served as President of the Elma Chamber of Commerce. Bayview is a gold member sponsor of the county fair, supporting 4H and the Future Farmers Educational Fund.Additionally, they sponsor kids sports programs and donate to Senior Night at Elma High School.
Jensen is joined in the business by his son Jared.
Supplier of the Year Award: Disdero Lumber Company – Clackamas, Oregon
In 1953, Al Disdero founded the Disdero Lumber Company, in a small, tin-covered building in southeast Portland.
Al was an enthusiastic promoter of lumber for both commercial and residential construction, and he was often referred to as “Mr. Lumber” by the local press. Al believed that quality building products provided great value to his customers because they lasted indefinitely and seldom had to be replaced. He said often, “Top quality costs less—to build the best, buy the best!”