Wayne, Pa. – The Board of Directors of Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation (LMC) announced today that John A. Somerville, Jr., a recognized building materials industry leader, has been named President and CEO of the organization, effective Oct. 1. He was Sales Vice President for Dow Building Solutions North America (DBSNA) in Atlanta, a company he served for 35 years.
“Lumbermens Merchandising Corporation is very fortunate to have an exceptional industry executive with John Somerville’s talent, experience and industry knowledge to lead our organization,” said Bill Shelly, Chairman of the Board of LMC and President and CEO of Shelly Enterprises of Telford, Pa. “He has a passion for the building materials business, is heavily involved in industry organizations and brings a level of expertise that will be a tremendous asset to LMC as we shape our future.”
Somerville brings significant experience to the position, having served in a number of successful roles with DBSNA related to leading global sales and marketing, business development and strategic planning. He has been responsible for implementation of broad-based operational strategies including asset optimization, deployment of commercial and technological resources, brand management, channel and pricing development.
“I look forward to working with the staff and shareholders of LMC, an organization I have long held in high regard. Many LMC shareholders have been my customers and industry colleagues over the years and it will be a privilege to continue serving them in this new capacity. We will collaborate on strengthening the organization with the development of a strong strategy to position LMC for growth, as we come through this current challenging economic cycle,” said Somerville.
Somerville replaces Anthony J. DeCarlo, who is retiring after 32 years with the corporation.
Thomas M. Brinkley, Partner with the executive search firm of Coleman Lew & Associates, Inc., worked with the executive and search committees of LMC on a succession planning project and the national executive search.
About John Somerville
John joined Dow in 1974 as a sales representative for the Building Materials business covering the Northeast United States and mid-Atlantic areas. Over the course of the next 20 years John held a variety of commercial roles with increasing responsibility, including Regional Sales, Marketing and Business Operations– all related to the building and construction business group. In 1995 he was named Director of Marketing & Sales for North America Fabricated Products, and one year later was named Commercial Director for Building Materials, North America. He was named Sales Vice President in 2007.
John has been an active leader in several key industry associations, and he played a key role in establishing the product donation partnership that exists today between Dow and Habitat for Humanity International.
John has been active in The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), North American Building Material Distribution Association (NBMDA), and the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA).
He currently serves on the board and executive committee for NLBMDA in Washington, D.C., and is the chair for the Manufacturers Service Council. He also serves on the Policy Advisory Board for the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.
John is an active volunteer for Jimmy Carter Work Project / Habitat for Humanity builds, and has traveled globally to lend his personal support to Habitat’s mission of ending poverty housing, including participating in Habitat builds in Hungary, South Africa and the Philippines.
He holds a B.S. degree in marketing from Central Connecticut State, New Britain, Connecticut. John lives outside of Atlanta, Ga. and will relocate to the Wayne, Pa. area.
About Lumbermans Merchandising Corporation
LMC is the premier lumber and building materials buying group in the country. Founded in 1935 by 35 independent lumber dealers in southeastern Pennsylvania, it now serves as the purchasing arm for 1,200 independently owned lumber and building materials locations in every state in the continental United States and the Bahamas. LMC has gone through many changes since 1935. That first year the volume was almost $600,000. Today, there are over 350 stockholder companies and annual sales volume has exceeded $3 billion in the past.