Zarsky Lumber's Cally Fromme and Simpson Strong Tie's Roger Dankel make their rounds on Capitol Hill during the 2011 National Lumber & Building Material Dealers Association's Legislative Conference.
Congressman Mike Pence provided a legislator's perspective during the event, which included the NLBMDA and the Windows and Doors Manufacturers Association (WDMA). The Indiana Republican was named 2010 NLBMDA Legislator of the Year.
Chris Yenrick, right, of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Smith Phillips Building Supply was honored as the Grassroots Dealer of the Year. With him are his son Ashton and Joe Collings, NLBMDA chairman.
Inside the Rayburn Building, NLBMDA representatives discuss strategy. Members were armed with position statements on a variety of issues, and focused on the three main points of 1099 paperwork repeal, workable lead paint/remodeling laws and the Innocent Sellers Fairness Act.
Cally Fromme of Victoria, Texas-based Zarsky Lumber meets with freshman congressman Blake Farenthold from Texas' 27th District in his Rayburn Building office.
Following a day of legislative updates and meetings on Capitol Hill, the NLBMDA and WDMA hosted a reception. The 2011 Legislative Conference ran March 14 to 16.
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) will bring its message to the halls of power as part of the group's three-day Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, March 5 to 7.
The Washington, D.C., event will coincide with election-day activity -- March 6 is Super Tuesday, in which 10 states hold their primary elections.
The LuDPAC fundraising luncheon on Monday, March 5 will feature Alex Castellanos, GOP political strategist and CNN political analyst. The event will offer a look behind the scenes of what is to come in the 2012 election, according to the NLBMDA.
As in past years, the conference will again take place jointly with the Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA).