Introducing the ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2016

Four LBM employees honored in the second annual contest identifying the next-generation of leaders.

KOMA Becomes Sponsor of ProSales' Four Under 40 ProgramThe members of the second annual PROSALES/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2016 have been revealed.

The four are: Erin Plummer, VP of marketing and communications director for Hancock Lumber; Doug Carlson, vice president of sales and operations for Drexel Building Supply; John Perna, general manager for Hamilton Building Supply; and Cory Garrison, area vice president southwest region for SRS Distribution.

The ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2016 represents the best of the next generation of leaders in building material supply and highlights employees under the age of 40 in the LBM industry who demonstrate potential to lead the industry in years to come.

"Congratulations Doug, Erin, John and Cory, enthusiastic young professionals who have already demonstrated an inspiring commitment to our industry," said Troy Sinks, National Sales Manager for KOMA Building Products. "We're excited about watching how all of you, in your own way, will contribute innovative and effective new ideas that will continue to move the building industry forward for many decades to come."

As part of the award, the winners will speak as part of a panel on next-generation leaders at this year's ProSales 100 Conference in New Orleans on Feb. 24-26. That panel will be moderated by PROSALES assistant editor Curtis Sprung and cover the opportunities and possible problems that the LBM industry will face in years to come.

To read more about the winners, view their PROSALES/KOMA Four Under 40 Class of 2016 profiles below.

Any building material dealer, distributor, or consultant is invited to nominate candidates to be selected for the ProSales/KOMA Four Under 40 program. Here's the process:

Part 1

  1. The candidate must work at a lumberyard, specialty building material dealer, or a distributor. There's no limit on the number of candidates from a company that can be nominated, but if all are selected, all must be able to attend the ProSales 100 conference.
  2. In the nomination letter (an email to cwebb@hanleywood.com will do), give us the candidate's name, current title, work location, and and birth date. All candidates for the Four Under 40 Class of 2015 must have been born in January 1975 or later.
  3. Tell us why, in your opinion, this candidate has the potential to be an executive within the LBM industry. Give examples of leadership potential.
  4. Indicate the potential career path you see for this candidate. This path need not always be at your company.
  5. If you nominate this candidate, it is assumed that your company will allow this person to attend the ProSales 100 Conference. Do not nominate a candidate who wouldn't be able to attend.
  6. Email the application by Oct. 23, 2014, to ProSales editor Craig Webb at cwebb@hanleywood.com

Part 2

  1. ProSales staff will inform each nominee that he or she has been suggested as a Four Under 40 candidate.
  2. Nominees who wish to pursue this honor will be asked to write an essay of no more than 400 words. The candidates' essay must detail what they've learned in LBM to date, what their career goals are, and what they'd most like to get from attending the PS100 Conference.
  3. The essay must be emailed by Nov. 1, 2014, to ProSales editor Craig Webb at cwebb@hanleywood.com

ProSales staff will select and inform the winners by Nov. 10.

Click here to access the Entry Form.