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Live and in-person

There's no question about it: our reality is far more “wired” than ever before. The internet is a formidable tool that has transformed virtually...

Beyond the money

Each month, when we read over the business challenges that readers share as part of our “Real Issues” surveys, there’s one issue that consistently...

Introducing LBM Journal’s Dealers of the Year

Back in 2005, we launched our Entrepreneur of the Year program. Al Bavry of Kimal Lumber in Florida was our inaugural winner, and Al...
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Winding down and ramping up

By virtually all accounts, 2018 has been a solid year for most companies in the construction supply industry. I’ve talked with many dealers who’ve...
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Editor’s Note: Hearing voices

Just back in the office after the LBM Strategies Conference 2018, there is so much that I want to share—but I’ve managed to pare...

Editor’s Note: Never stop learning

A lot has changed since I joined this industry back in 1990. Back then, it was estimated that there were more than 6,000 separate...

Fresh perspectives and hat tricks

A few weeks ago, my son’s first season of traveling soccer was nearing its end, and he had yet to score a goal. That’s...

Editor’s Note: Leadership

By virtually any metric, it’s a very good time to be in the LBM industry. Builder confidence hit a very strong 70 in May...

Editor’s Note: To our stakeholders—Thank you

The first issue of LBM Journal was published in July 2003. So this issue marks the final issue of our 15th complete year. As...

Editor’s Note: The law of attraction

In the 28 years that I’ve been immersed in this great industry, we’ve gone through booms, busts, and everything in between. Regardless of where...

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