I’ll give you a very brief synopsis of my livelihood, experience in our industry, and my goals for our association.
I was born in Northwest Indiana in February of 1967, graduated high school in 1985 and attended Business College shortly thereafter. I reside in Englewood, Florida with my lovely fiancée Michelle Kulsar.
My upbringing: from the sixth grade on (until I obtained my drivers license), the school bus would drop me off at one of our family’s lumber yards so I could get straight to work. I was very young, so dad paid me a little cash on the side until I reached 15 or so-- then he had to keep the IRS happy. I’d start by sweeping floors, pulling weeds, dusting shelves and cleaning bathrooms, which were my main duties until I graduated to stock boy. Then I worked at counter sales, and on to purchasing, estimating, yardman, truck driver, salesman, sales manager, manager, vice president, etc…
In late summer of 1994, my family lumber business (in Northwest Indiana) closed all five of our operations, as we’d succumbed to the changes and misfortunes of time and circumstance. However, I came to realize--through it all--that the lumber business was in my blood, so I decided to remain in the industry.
Shortly after we closed our stores, I focused on moving to Englewood, Florida where luckily (after a persistent effort on my part) I landed a job with Kimal Lumber Company in June of 1994. Mr. Al Bavry (C.E.O Kimal Lumber Co.) hired me to work in his window division, and after several years in that roll and working my way through the ranks, I was honored with the opportunity to be general manager. I’m very fortunate to work for such a great man as Mr. Al Bavry and a cutting-edge company like Kimal Lumber. Eighteen years and counting, I continue to do my best for Mr. Bavry and the Kimal family.
Like many of you, I’m a third generation lumber man--it’s all I’ve ever done. I was fortunate enough to have worked many of those years with my family, but most of all directly with my beloved father, who lost his life to cancer in April of 2010. I struggle every day with the loss of dad, but I gain strength by refocusing my emotions and energy toward doing my best in the industry he knew so well and taught me about, most of his life. It’s a valuable foundation of experience that keeps growing and evolving over the years.
FBMA and My Personal Goals for Our Association:
First I want to say that there is no “I” in team; it takes a team to win the battles and a team to promote our industry. With this said, I’m so very fortunate to have such a strong, intelligent group of staff, directors and committee members working relentlessly towards the common good of us all. We will not let you down and we welcome your input.
Goals: George’s Top Ten
1. Increase FBMA membership by 10%, with a stretch goal of 20%.
2. Continue regional meetings, one per quarter minimum with a stretch goal of six.
3. Introduce two new outings: one fishing expedition and one skeet shooting event.
4. Travel the state with Bill Tucker, meet as many members as possible and work hard on their needs.
5. Maintain a balanced budget.
6. Establish a web-based recommendations box, if you want to leave your contact info fine, if not that’s ok as well.
7. A well structured line of communication with all directors, committee members and association members.
8. Find and promote member benefit programs; we have many now but we want to make sure you are all aware of them.
9. Listen more…Talk less.
10. Be the best I can be for my family, my friends and my industry.
I hope this gives you a little insight to the person leading your association in 2012; I will work hard for you and do my utmost best 100% of the time. Thank you so much for listening.
George M. Fishtorn II
FBMA 2012 Chairman
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