The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's (NLBMDA) Board of Directors appointed Jonathan Paine as the new president and CEO of the organization at its annual meeting at the ProDealer Industry Summit in San Diego, California. Paine has been serving as the association's executive vice president since 2012 and replaces outgoing president, Michael O'Brien, who is assuming other responsibilities with NLBMDA's management firm.
As president and CEO, Paine will take charge of a Washington, D.C. office and implement board initiatives through the legislative, regulatory, educational, communications, and events staff that will report to him. He will continue to work closely with NLBMDA leaders, member volunteers and the state and regional building material associations that comprise the NLBMDA federation. Jonathan Paine already has a proven record of success with NLBMDA. In 2014 alone, he oversaw the introduction of a brand new website, 100% member retention for associate members in the Manufactures and Services Council, the development of a new three-year strategic plan, and the launch of an online learning management system for the industry's favorite Forklift & You operator training program.
"The LBM industry has come a long way since the housing crash and economic recession of the late 2000's, and in Jonathan the industry will find a great champion that will continue our aggressive agenda of promoting, advancing, and protecting the interests of the LBM industry in Washington. I have every confidence that Jonathan will help take NLBMDA to the next level," said O'Brien.
"I have had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Jonathan during my time on the board of directors, and I'm so glad that he will start work right away with our new volunteer leadership team that we announced yesterday. We are very grateful for the work of Mike O'Brien, and the combination of Jonathan's great work record and Mike's personal recommendation leave us with no doubt about the quality leadership NLBMDA will continue to enjoy," said NLBMDA Immediate Past Chair Chris Yenrick of Smith Phillips Building Supply in Winston-Salem, N.C.
"I am delighted to take over the reins of this great association and I'm excited to bring this next strategic plan to fruition. In light of the great success of the last three year plan, I know expectations are even higher, so the NLBMDA staff and I will continue to develop innovative solutions to dealer problems and boost the standing of this industry in Washington DC and through cooperation with the state and regional associations around the U.S.," said Paine. "I have seen first-hand the benefits dealers get from coming together, and I can't wait to help push our causes forward and achieve even greater success with our advocacy efforts."
Mr. Paine is an active member of American Society of Association Executives (ASAE), an Eagle Scout, and a Boston native that roots for all New England teams. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from Suffolk University in Boston, MA.