Category : Editors Note

Editor’s Note: The LBM Community

February 8, 2018

“The LBM business isn’t like other industries…” That’s a common comment I hear when talking with someone with extensive business experience, but who has only recently joined our world. When … Read More

Editor’s Note: Three action items for 2018

January 4, 2018

As a new year gets up and running, there’s no shortage of predictions and forecasts for what’s in store for the residential construction industry in 2018. There will always be … Read More

Editor’s Note: Fresh perspectives

November 21, 2017

“You need to get out of the rat race. You need to get some big picture thinking going on.” That was Rufus Duncan, when asked why he attends the annual … Read More

Editor’s Note: The law of attraction

October 13, 2017

It often takes a situation to reach crisis status before we’re forced to find a solution. At this point, I think it’s safe to say that the residential construction industry—LBM … Read More

Editor’s Note: Run your race

September 1, 2017

Ben Franklin famously said, “In this world, nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” For those who make their living in the LBM industry, I’d like … Read More

Editor’s Note: Knowledge as a Service

August 9, 2017

“I don’t make mistakes.” That’s what my 9-year-old son insisted as I drove him to camp yesterday. He was frustrated that his coach didn’t count a crucial goal during a … Read More

Editor’s Note: Desperately Seeking Good People

July 11, 2017

When I first joined the LBM industry back in 1990, the major threat was the explosion of big box stores—and the prematurely projected demise of the independent lumber dealer. Later … Read More

Editor’s Note: The Time is Now

June 14, 2017

No question about it: change is scary. It’s also a primary element of reality, so we’d better get used to it. Beyond merely accepting change, I’m convinced that we and … Read More

Editor’s Note: Lessons Learned

May 22, 2017

Our third-grade son begins each month with an ever-larger reading assignment. This month, the goal was 222 pages. For a sports-and-Nerfgun obsessed kid, let’s just say that reading doesn’t top … Read More

Editor’s Note: True Stories

April 11, 2017

Yesterday, I stopped by the local trophy shop to see about getting a part for my son’s soccer trophy. The tiny “showroom,” if you could call it that, was packed … Read More