Leadership Change at MSLBMDA

Dena Cordova Jack, left, and Geri Adams. Adams says, “I was presented with the tiara and the title of “Lumber Chick of the Century” by our awesome board and membership at our 125th anniversary gala at Wings Over the Rockies.”

Geri Adams is retiring as executive vice president of the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (MSLBMDA). As of March 1, Dena Codova Jack will step into the role.

Adams shared the following email with MSLBMDA members:

“I am emailing you to let you know that after 32 years with the Mountain States Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association, I will be retiring from my job as Executive VP of the MSLBMDA. In spite of the challenges that the association has faced over the years, I have absolutely cherished my role here and will truly miss all of the amazing people I have met and was privileged to represent.

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I couldn’t leave without letting each of you know how much I have enjoyed working with you through the years!  The time has gone so quickly and we have together been through the best and the worst of times as an industry.  It is really phenomenal when you think of how the industry, and our world in general, has changed in three decades.  It has been an honor to represent the MSLBMDA since 1984, and my absolute pleasure to have been able to work alongside a group of people that I not only consider colleagues, but friends.  I have so much respect for each of you and have learned so much from all of you.” 

Looking back on our 125-year history, we have seen the association grow through tumultuous time to an organization that had little legislative presence to one that is respected both locally and nationally.  Advocacy is still one of the most important roles the association provides on behalf of our members, and one we will continue developing as the association moves forward.”

Adams said that following some tumultuous times and the collapse of the MSLBMDA’s Insurance Trust staff, she was named Association Manager in October of 1992. A graduate of the University of Colorado, Admas first came to the MSLBMDA in 1984 as an entry level associate, was named Association Manager in 1992, and named the Executive Vice President of the MSLBMDA in 1996, a role she said she has cherished.

Adams also announced to members that former MSLBMDA President Dena Cordova-Jack will step into the Executive Vice President role. Cordova Jack has served in various positions on the MSLBMDA board including President from 2009-2011. She is active in the industry, serving as chair of the Manufacturers Services Council board of the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealers Association (NLBMDA).

Cordova Jack began her career in the LBM industry in 1989 at Georgia-Pacific after college, and eventually moved to Boise Cascade, where she held various positions as a market manager and as a commodities trader. After 12 years on the wholesale and distribution side of the industry, she moved to the dealer side, working for Foxworth-Galbraith Lumber Co. for nearly a decade as the regional sales director for the Rocky Mountain Region. She then joined Blue Tarp Financial in 2013 as its national corporate sales manager, where her focus was education and advocacy for the industry need of credit management programs for lumber dealers.

“Dena is saavy, creative, and articulate and has a passion for the industry,” Adams said in her email to members. “We are fortunate to have her taking the helm and know the association will continue to thrive under the direction of Dena and our MSLBMDA leadership.”