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NLBMDA Honors John Smith with Chairman's Award
[Chicago, IL] - The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) honored John Smith for his contributions to the association and the lumber and building materials industry during the NLBMDA Installation Dinner on October 17 in conjunction with the ProDealer Industry Summit held in Chicago, Illinois.

Smith started his career at Aetna Casualty as a property underwriter in 1997. He joined CNA in 1979 where he worked through the ranks to become the Northwest Regional Vice President in 1996 after many positions up and down the East Coast.

Smith is currently President and CEO at Pennsylvania Lumbermens Mutual Insurance Company (PLM) and has been with the firm since 1998. Under Smith's leadership, PLM has grown from a regional player to a market leader in the “wood niche” of insurance. PLM insures 6,000 wood-related business in 48 states, developing over $230 million of written premium.

Active in the insurance and wood-related industries, Smith has served on a number of boards of directors including: the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC), Insurance Society of Philadelphia (ISOP), the Western Hardwood Association (WHA) and the Firemen’s Hall Museum in Philadelphia. He is a past chairman of the Pennsylvania Association of Mutual Insurance Companies and has recently rejoined that board of directors, where he serves as its Political Action Committee chair. He serves as a trustee on the Griffith Insurance Educational Leadership Council and The Institutes Board. John is also a member of the board of the Hardwood Federation and its Political Action Committee (PAC).  

John currently is an active member of NLBMDA’s Manufacturers and Services Council and also serves on NLBMDA’s Investment Oversight Committee. PLM is not only a strong supporter of NLBMDA but also many of its state and regional associations. 

"On behalf of the NLBMDA and lumber and building materials industry, we thank John for his continued support year after year," said Immediate Past Chair Rick Lierz. "His dedication to education and community engagement has been recognized by many organizations and we are honored to have had the opportunity to partner with him and PLM. We are especially grateful for his service and leadership on NLBMDA's Investment Oversight Committee, which has been invaluable."

Please join us in recognizing John's dedicated service and outstanding contributions toward advancing the mission and goals of the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association and the lumber and building material industry


About the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA)
The National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) represents its members in the national public policy arena, with emphasis on efforts to 1) promote the industry and educate legislators and public policy personnel; and 2) assist legislative, regulatory, standard-setting and other government or private bodies in the development of laws, regulations and policies affecting lumber and building material dealers, its customers and suppliers. Founded in 1917, the association represents over 6,000 member locations operating single or multiple lumber yards and component plants serving homebuilders, subcontractors, general contractors, and consumers in the new construction, repair and remodeling of residential and light commercial. w