NextGen Leadership Conference

Growth & Education

NextGen is focused on developing the LBM leaders of tomorrow. Our conference is packed with seminars and education that fosters career growth.

Community

Students are part of the LBM community and NextGen offers the opportunity to connect with other members. The camaraderie is often cited as the highlight for students.

In-Depth Case Studies

Each conference includes an in-depth mill tour where you’ll see how other are innovating and meet with the owners and staff to understand how their role adds to the operation.

Fun & Relaxation

We always find time to relax and have fun. It might be a historical tour, a riverboat ride, cocktail party, whatever! It’s an opportunity to let loose and network.

Show Highlights

The NextGen conference is in its fourth year and has become a popular program for our members. This past year’s event was a big success. We had two great Weyerhaeuser mill tours with in-depth reviews of the innovation and operations of the mills. The educational seminars included business training, sales and marketing and management. The students also gave rave reviews of the networking events and camaraderie developed during the conference.

Advantage Leadership Conference

September 14-18, 2020

The Advantage Leadership Conference

We’re pleased to offer a new virtual event this year! The Advantage Leadership Conference is available to all Advantage members and is free to attend.

DAY 1: Strategies to Grow Sales and Keep Sales Teams Effective and Happy

DAY 2: Managing Credit and Collections

DAY 3: Smart Purchasing and Inventory Strategies

DAY 4: Streamlining Operations and Cultivating a Performance Culture

DAY 5: Management, Leadership and Setting a Vision for Your Business

Our in-person NextGen Conference has been postponed this year, but we still want to offer our members an educational opportunity of the same caliber and quality. We gathered leaders from within the LBM Advantage family to focus on five key areas of running your business. We encourage you and other members of your staff to sign up for any or all of the portions of the program that will be most beneficial.

NextGen participant feedback..

I was able to make connections with numerous dealers my age who surprisingly are also in the fourth generation of their family business.
Jamie Gross
Gross Lumber Co., Carlisle OH
My son was very enthusiastic upon returning from the NextGen Conference. He was excited about the opportunities in the LBM industry, enjoyed collaborating with others of his generation, and gained a better understanding of the dynamics of the industry. I sense the NextGen program helped him reinforce his choice to come back to the family business.
Bill Newman
Oxford Lumber Co., Oxford AL
I found this experience to be very educational, and I was able to get many different perspectives from the group.
Manny Pina
National Lumber Company, Manchester MA
Nowhere else except NextGen events can I find others just like me to share challenges and ideas. It's a great program.
Kobly Dukes
Dukes Lumber, Laurel DE

2021 NextGen
Leadership Conference

When: April 18-21, 2021

Where: Hyatt Centric Arlington | Arlington, VA

Why: The NextGen program provides value to Advantage members through the education and professional development of their next generation of owners and key leaders.

Attend or Exhibit: Contact Kaitlyn Ramos at kramos@lbmadvantage.com

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Covid-19 Response

June 25, 2020 – Update

The impact of COVID-19 continues to be felt by individuals and communities around the country. We hope our industry partners are faring well. In accordance with state and local requirements, Advantage has taken steps to protect the safety of its employees. 

Currently no more than 40% of staff is working in our offices at one time, with the rest working remotely. Additionally, if outside visits are necessary, they will be scheduled by appointment only.

General employee business travel has been suspended, but limited essential travel is permitted for our Member Sales team.

There continues to be no disruption to daily business activity, and communication to traders and support staff remains seamless. We will continue to post updates as this situation continues to evolve.


Stephen Sallah

Stephen J. Sallah is President & CEO of LBM Advantage. Sallah joined ENAP in 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and has been serving in his current role since January, 2011. Prior to ENAP, Sallah worked at IBM for sixteen years. He began at IBM as an engineer and worked in various operational roles in Poughkeepsie, NY and Burlington, VT. After spending five years in semiconductor pricing and program management, Sallah spent ten years as division controller for the Software Group in Somers, NY. His last assignment was as program manager for the IBM Software Group supporting the group general manager in Mergers and Acquisitions. Sallah began his career in the U.S. Navy. He served as a Nuclear Engineer and Submarine Officer on the USS Norfolk out of Norfolk, VA; a fast attack Los Angeles Class Submarine. He served a total of seven years of active duty and completed his service in the Naval Reserves, retiring in 2004 as a Commander. Sallah received a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and his M.B.A. from Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.

Tom Molloy

Tom Molloy is Executive Vice President of Products & Programs for LBM Advantage. With over 30 years of experience in the lumber and building materials cooperative industry, Molloy is a highly regarded and seasoned veteran. He has superior knowledge of all areas within a buying group cooperative, including retail needs, supplier needs, sales and marketing. Molloy’s career began at ENAP in 1983 where he worked for 14 years in the Building Materials Division as Vice President/Manager of Building Products and Vice President of Sales. Molloy left ENAP in 1997 to work for Do-It-Best Corporation as a Division Manager, Pro Sales-Lumber and Building Products. Nine years later, he left Do-It-Best Corporation to return to his roots at ENAP Inc. Currently, Molloy oversees all aspects of LBM Advantage’s Building Products Division. Molloy received a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Marketing from the State University of New York, College at Oswego.

Duncan Facey

Duncan Facey is Vice President of Forest Products. Facey began his career in the lumber and building materials industry in 1971 at Georgia-Pacific Corporation as a sales representative. Over the next 25 years he ran two distribution centers, became responsible for 34 distribution centers in the Northeast region and then elevated to Group Vice President, Distribution Division, where he was responsible for a $5 billion division comprised of 133 company-owned distributions centers and 4,200 employees. In 2009 he joined ENAP as Vice President, to oversee all aspects of ENAP’s Forest Products Division, and continues in that roll for LBM Advantage today. Facey received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of New Hampshire and his Executive MBA from Emory University-Gouizetta Business School.

Glenn Canino

Glenn Canino is Director of LBM Advantage’s Building Products Division. He facilitates daily operational and sales function among LBM Advantage’s four regional offices, as well as helping to spearhead the company’s overall growth initiatives. Canino has over thirty years of industry experience with a multi-faceted background that includes home construction, corporate finance and sales. He has been with LBM Advantage since 2003, initially working in the Hardlines/Specialties Department, then overseeing the Kitchen and Bath department. Canino became manager of the Millwork group in 2009 and then Director of Building Products in 2018. Canino holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, focused in Finance with concentrations in Financial Analysis and Real Estate from California State University, Fullerton.

Bob Carson

Bob Carson is Vice President, Southern Operations. Carson is considered a veteran of the lumber and building materials industry, having worked in it for over 39 years. He began his career in 1974 at Howard’s Home Care Center as a buyer. Shortly after, he was hired by Allied Building Stores Inc. (ABS) as Merchandising Manager. Carson had a successful career at ABS where he held several progressive positions such as: Vice President Building Material Development, Vice President Operations, Executive Vice President and Vice President of Strategic Planning. In 2009, he opened his own lumber wholesale company. Carson joined ENAP as Vice President in January 2012, while their new office was opening in Monroe, Louisiana, to help establish growth in the Southern territory. He currently oversees LBM Avantage’s Monroe office and development in the region. Carson received a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from University of Louisiana at Monroe.

Tim Johnson

Tim Johnson is the Vice President of Southeast Operations at LBM Advantage’s North Carolina office. His entire 26-year career has been devoted to various aspects of the building supply industry beginning in 1991 with Front Royal Environmental Services. As the company’s N.C. Licensed General Contractor, Tim managed the field operations for construction projects insuring their completion in accordance with state and federal regulations while maintaining established budgetary guidelines. In 1997 Tim joined Moore Handley and was tasked with developing the eastern NC territory for the wholesale distribution, sales and management of products to hardware and building supply retailers successfully tripling the territory’s sales. Tim was most recently with IBSA, a cooperative buying group of independent lumber and building materials retailers concentrated in the Southeastern part of the country. He began at IBSA in 2003 in the Building Products Sales Department and held various positions including Assistant Manager, Director of Dealer Relations, Vice President of Business Development and in 2011 became President and CEO overseeing all aspects of daily operations. Tim and his team successfully lead the group through the 2017 merger with LBM Advantage.

Kellianne Lundgren

Kellianne Lundgren is Director of Human Resources for LBM Advantage.

Kellianne began her career in Human Resources in 2008 as a Healthcare Recruiter for Valley Health System in Ridgewood NJ. After primarily focusing on interviewing and onboarding top talent for four years, she was promoted into an Employee Relations Specialist role, handling performance management, internal investigations, organizational development and terminations. Kellianne joined ENAP as HR Manager, the sole HR practitioner, in 2013 when the organization had only two offices and 65 employees. She continues to act as a department of one for the expanded organization and oversees all aspects of Human Resources, including recruitment, employee relations, performance management, benefits and leave administration, compensation planning and compliance. She was promoted to Director of Human Resources in 2020.

Kellianne received her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2011 and her SHRM Certified Professional certification in 2015. She received her Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary College in 2008 and her MBA from Mount Saint Mary College in May 2018.

Service Charge Schedule

Advantage’s primary revenue source is derived from charging the member a percentage of the gross invoice amount based on the categories below. This service charge will appear on the transmittal unless the program is either deferred or non-adder.

  • Deferred:
    The service charge for deferred adder programs will be deducted from quarterly rebate statements and will not appear on transmittals. The service charge amount is set at 1% and a line item on the statement lists the amount being deducted. Each member has the option of declining the deferred adder and will be charged the 1% service charge on the transmittal.

  • Non-Adder:
    The service charge for these programs is not charged to the member.
  • Fixed Service Charge:
    A number of programs have a fixed service charge, regardless of the invoice amount.
  • Sliding Scale:
    If the program does not fall into the categories above, the charge will be applied per the following schedule:
$0
to
  $2,500: 3%
$2,501
to
$40,000: 1%
        $40,001 and above is capped at $400