Brett La Mar elected president of Western Building Material Association

Brett La Mar (left) of Lake Chelan Building Supply receives gavel from 2017 WBMA President Trent Withers of Withers Lumber in Woodburn, Oregon at their annual convention in Marysville.

OLYMPIA - Brett La Mar of Lake Chelan Building Supply in Manson, Wash. was elected President of Western  Building Material Association at its 116th Annual Convention and Building Products Showcase held November 6-8, 2018 in Marysville, Wash. Western Building Material Association is a regional trade association serving the building material industry in the states of Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.

Lake Chelan Building Supply was founded in 1979 by Edd and Sharon La Mar on the outskirts of Manson near Lake Chelan with the simple motto “Where Customers Become Friends”. In 1993 they added a second store in Chelan.
Brett, who grew up working in the family business on weekends and summers, joined his parents full-time in 1992 after finishing up at WSU.

Giving back to their community is a way of life for the La Mar’s. Just about any local cause in need has relied on Lake Chelan Building Supply for assistance. Schools, rotary club, music festivals, cancer walks and the hospital guild to just name a few of the many civic activities they have supported.

In 1993, Lake Chelan Building Supply donated the first Habitat for Humanity home in Lake Chelan and have continued to offer special discounts and donations to Habitat since.

Lake Chelan Building Supply has been recognized as “Best in the Northwest” Washington Family Business of the Year, the 2004 Community Spirit Award from the Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial, 2010’s WBMA Dealer of the Year, Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year in 2006 and 2015 and last year received the Best Mom and Pop Award.

Others newly elected to office in the Western Building Material Association were:
Vice President: David Stordahl, Triple S Building Center, Butte, Montana
Vice President: Rick Jensen, Bayview Building Materials, Elma, Wash.
National Director: Eric Fritch, Chinook Lumber Company, Snohomish, Wash.
Executive Committee: Bill Kraut, Hadlock Building Supply, Port Hadlock, Wash.
Special Awards and recognition were given:
Distinguished Dealer Award: Dave Dittmer –
TAL Holdings, LLC – Van couver, Wash.

This award is for outstanding and distinguished service to the building material industry.

Dave Dittmer became CEO of TAL Holdings LLC in 2013, a family-owned lumber and building material dealer with locations throughout the Pacific Northwest.

TAL Holdings LLC is the parent company of Tum-A-Lum Lumber, Inc. who has celebrated 110 years in business. In 2017, Marson and Marson Lumber, Inc. with over 60 years in business and Browne's Home Center with over 70 years joined TAL Holdings.

TAL, recognizes that their employees are the most crucial element to their success. Their family culture drives their actions, and they take great pride in their community of more than 175 excellent employees.

Dave continues to support WBMA through his involvement in a WBMA member roundtable group, participating in educational programs and supporting the Link Scholarship Fund. Their regional manager Dana Cowart is also currently on our Board of Directors.

His talented wife Natalia has become an industry leader in utilizing social media. She has significantly impacted TAL’s businesses, provided an excellent program last year at our Annual Convention and has since presented nationally for Do it Best and other federated associations.

Associate of the Year Award: Tim Mitrovich and Ten Capital Wealth Advisors – Spokane, Wash.
Tim is the CEO and Chief Investment Officer of TEN Capital. He has been WBMA’s Investment account advisor for 10 years, been the generous sponsor of the $500 Link Fund Raffle prize for the last several years and provides financial management services for several WBMA members.

Tim began his career in the investment industry over twenty years ago and immediately found he had a passion and aptitude for analyzing markets and designing portfolios, but perhaps more importantly also helping clients understand how that work connected to their unique goals.

Tim graduated from Whitworth University in 1999 and in 2003, graduated from the University of Washington School of Law. After interning with the national law firms of Womble Carlyle in Raleigh and Perkins Coie in Seattle, he chose to return to the investment industry.

He soon developed and grew the firm's Investment Advisory business and over time, interest grew from
other advisors, which led Tim to form TEN Capital in 2012.

The firm was created to provide new and existing clients with dynamic strategies for their portfolios and a dedicated team approach to private wealth management. In addition to TEN Capital, Tim is a regular speaker within the investment industry, while also serving on a number of non-profit boards. His most important job is as a husband to his beautiful wife and dad to his precocious daughters.

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