SBCA President Ward Sets Goals for 2013
Originally published by: SBCA — December 21, 2012
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Madison, WI – Scott Ward was named President of the Structural Building Components Association (SBCA) at its Annual Meeting held in conjunction with the BCMC Show in New Orleans, LA. He succeeds Steve Stroder of ProBuild. “Scott is a great leader, a strong businessman, a well-respected component manufacturer and a good friend,” said Stroder as he handed over the gavel. “I am confident he will prove to be an outstanding President for our association.”
Ward’s father, Bob, started in the component industry in 1960, and spent several years as a member on the SBCA Board of Directors and also served as President in 1991. As a child, Ward remembered riding his bike around the shop floor while his dad worked weekends to keep the place going. “So you could say that I really did grow up in the business,” said Ward. “Frankly, the truss business is all I ever remember wanting to do.”
In 1995, Ward started working for the family business, Southern Components, Inc. in Shreveport, LA and he hasn’t looked back since. He has served on the SBCA Board of Directors since 2007, and chaired the Management Committee from 2009 to 2012.
“My goal is to continue the legacy of entrepreneurs like my dad and his contemporaries and do all I can to draw attention to the many ways SBCA can help members build their businesses and this industry, said Ward. “I truly believe we can effectively build the case that we are the future of framing.”
In looking forward to 2013, Ward outlined a few goals he has for the association: “I want to build a passion among our membership to reach out and use the tools created by SBCA to help educate engineers, architects, building officials and builders on the advantages or our products.
I believe we also need to turn our focus on our growing employment needs. As the economy recovers and the housing market continues to grow, workforce development will become an even more important aspect of our businesses.
In 2012, our industry united in a way that we have not seen in quite some time around the Southern Pine design value changes. Through that process we created the Lumber in Components Council (LCC) to build stronger lines of communication between lumber producer suppliers and component manufacturers. I look forward to working with the LCC to address lumber production and design value issues to benefit both our industries.”
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