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Carolina dealer recognized for grassroots leadership

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.

Washington, D.C. -- Chris Yenrick of Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Smith Phillips Building Supply was honored Tuesday as the "Grassroots Dealer of the Year."

The award from the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) recognized Yenrick for his participation in legislative matters. The presentation was made Tuesday morning here in Washington, D.C., during the NLBMDA Legislative Conference.

In addition to playing an instrumental role in the successful national effort to promote practical boom truck and crane regulations, Yenrick was active at the state level guiding legislation, said NLBMDA chairman Joe Collings.

The award reads: "In recognition and deep appreciation for advancing the legislative priorities of the lumber and building materials industry through leadership in grassroots political involvement."

Smith Phillips is a member of Lumbermens Merchandising Corp.

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