The WRLA Industry Achievement Award is celebrating its 48th Anniversary in 2018. This award recognizes a member (past or present) of the WRLA who has contributed to their business, the building supply industry, the WRLA, and the communities in which they live.
Who's that one person who helped you in your career? Who's your greatest supporter, teacher, and mentor?
The WRLA is now collecting nominations for the annual Industry Achievement Award. Say thank you to someone who has guided your career or who has been a leader in your community and nominate them today. The LBM industry is full of strong leaders - and we want to celebrate them! Deadline for nominations is end of day on October 31, 2018.
The 2018 Industry Achievement Award will be awarded on January 17, 2019 during the Evening Networking Event held during the WRLA Buying Show.
Any WRLA member including former members, current members, and their employees.
Nomination forms must be completed and submitted to the WRLA Office by end of day on October 31, 2018. The nominee should be interviewed by the nominator in the process of completing this form. In addition, all nominees are interviewed by the President of the WRLA using a standard set of questions.
The WRLA Board of Directors will carefully evaluate all nominations and select the recipient at the following WRLA Board meeting.
The recipient will be notified as the selected winner prior to the award reception. They will be asked to attend a pre-award reception on Thursday January 17th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. The award recipient will be announced to all WRLA members at the January 17th Networking and Awards event.
The veteran of 43 years credits his father and uncle for an early introduction to the Retail Lumber Industry.
“I grew up in the industry. We had a family-run business that was built on service, respect and honesty.
Early in my life, my father and uncle instilled a strong work ethic and a passion for the industry.”
“I was fortunate to take my years of experience in the industry and translate that into a training position with the WRLA and other associations in Canada.
My job takes me on the road for about 120 days of the year. In my position, I lead several industry related courses across Canada.
As a subcontractor, I have been fortunate to train many people who make up the building material industry work force.”
Burkholder’s interactions with past WRLA Industry Achievement Award winners makes the award that much more special.
“In this industry, I have been fortunate to work alongside very talented folks. Several of whom have won the award.
I see firsthand how passionate they are and how important the industry is to them and their respective families.
This is what makes winning so special to me and my family.”
|2018||Brian Kusisto||CEO of Sexton||Regina, SK|
|2017||Stan Burkholder||Industry Trainer & Advocate||Bluesky, AB|
|2016||Doug Lemieux||L.B.H Building Centres Inc./ Onoway TIMBER Mart||St. Albert|
|2015||Vic Lemieux||Econo Lumber Mart||Prince Albert|
|2014||Martha Konantz||North American Lumber||Winnipeg|
|2013||Grant Wilson||Wood Country Building Supply||McLean|
|2012||Rod Mancini||DomTek Building Products||Selkirk|
|2011||Ernie Penner||EG Penner Building Centres||Steinbach|
|2010||Matt Stayner||TimberTown Building Centre Ltd.||Calgary|
|2009||Frank Perra||Lancashire Distribution||Regina|
|2008||Gord Wiebe||All Weather Windows Ltd.||Edmonton|
|2007||David Holst||Warman Home Centre||Warman|
|2006||Provan Wylie||Castle Building Centres Group||Ontario|
|2005||Merv Weiss||Merv Weiss Consulting||Saskatoon|
|2004||Harold Tiemstra||Can-Cell Industries Inc.||Edmonton|
|2003||Jim Thorogood||Totem Building Supplies Ltd.||Calgary|
|Kenroc Building Materials Ltd.
Taiga Forest Products
|2000||Chuck Fisher||C.A. Fisher Lumber Co. Ltd.||Edmonton|
|1999||Raymond Nelson||Nelson Lumber||Lloydminster|