The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) honored two of its members for their contributions to the association and the lumber and building materials industry during the NLBMDA Installation Dinner event in conjunction with the ProDealer Industry Summit being held in Colorado Springs, CO, October 28-30.
2014-2015 NLBMDA Chairman JD Saunders selected Woodie Acord, of Acord’s Home Center in Arkansas, and John Somerville, President and CEO of Lumbermen’s Merchandising Corporation, for this honor. Both were recognized during the NLBMDA Installation and ProDealer of the Year Dinner on Wednesday night.
Acord started his business in downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas in 1979 and served on the Mid-America Lumbermen’s Association (MLA) Board of Directors for many years, serving as President in 2000. After that, he transitioned to NLBMDA representative for MLA, and then served as an At-Large Director for NLBMDA. “During his tenure on the NLBMDA board, Woodie’s thoughtful contributions to many conversations and decisions were always softly submitted for consideration but with great weight and clarity,” states Saunders.
Somerville, with over 37 years of experience in the building and construction industry, serves on the NLBMDA Executive Committee, Board of Directors and the Pro Dealer Advisory Board. In the past, he shared his expertise on the Policy Advisory Board of the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. During a time engaged with Habitat for Humanity, on both a national and local level, he developed Habitat for Humanity’s first national corporate agreement. Of Somerville’s commitment to service, Saunders notes that, “Following his tradition of years of industry service, John has more recently championed efforts to foster increased participation by our next generation by joining efforts at NLBMDA and LMC events. It is exactly this kind of collaboration across our many industry organizations that will keep us relevant and strong.”
Congratulations to Woodie Acord and John Somerville on this achievement, and thank you to both for many years of service.