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Lumber Talks

Lumber Talks

By NLBMDA
Lumber Talks is the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's public policy podcast. We explore public policy issues affecting the LBM industry, ways to satisfy regulatory compliance, and recognize the great work our members are doing in their local communities. Tune in monthly!
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Washington Update: Infrastructure Legislation
Congress is charging ahead with a robust infrastructure package and there are several opportunities for the LBM industry.  The month of September will be jam packed with activity on Capitol Hill and NLBMDA is working on several potential victories for the industry.  In Lumber Talks' new episode, NLBMDA's Government Affairs Director breaks down the current status of this effort and shares advocacy efforts underway to secure legislative “wins” for lumber and building material dealers.
10:21
August 19, 2021
Washington Update: Looking Back at 2020 and Looking Forward to 2021
The end of 2020 saw a range of legislative activity as Congress worked to address priorities related to COVID-19 relief while navigating the transition of executive power and congressional leadership. As usual, there were several issues that affected the lumber and building materials industry. In Lumber Talks' new episode, NLBMDA's Government Affairs Director breaks down these issues and shares with listeners what to expect from NLBMDA's government affairs activities this year.
15:44
February 24, 2021
NLBMDA's Legislative Priorities & 2020 Economic Outlook with NAHB
NLBMDA Director of Government Affairs, Kevin McKenney, reviews the latest legislative and regulatory news impacting the industry, along with the issues on deck for the upcoming Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference taking place in Washington, D.C. March 23 - 25. NLBMDA President & CEO, Jonathan Paine, also sits down with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Chief Economist & Senior Vice President for Economics and Housing Policy, Dr. Robert Dietz, to discuss the economic outlook for 2020.
18:60
February 20, 2020
EP. 7: 2019 Legislative Recap and the Year Ahead
The end of 2019 saw a flurry of legislative activity as Congress worked to address priorities related to spending, taxes, healthcare, and trade. As usual, there were several issues that affected the lumber and building materials industry. In this episode, NLBMDA's Government Affairs Director breaks down these issues and shares with listeners what to expect from Congress in the new year.
04:60
January 16, 2020
EP. 6: NLBMDA Chair Elect on Leadership, Travel and LBM
Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO sits down with Russ Kathrein, NLBMDA's Chair Elect for a fun and inspiring conversation on leadership and professional development. You may recognize Russ from his popular column on leadership in LBM Journal. Listeners will get an inside look into how Russ has developed as a professional in the LBM industry, how he's learned his experiences over the course of his career, and perhaps learn about some new places to visit on your next vacation! 
15:36
July 25, 2019
EP. 5: Housing Happenings with John Burns
Kick off the second quarter of 2019 informed and prepared for the housing market ups and downs with this month's Lumber Talks episode. Tune in for insight on the housing market from industry expert, John Burns of John Burns Real Estate Consulting. NLBMDA CEO & President, Jonathan Paine sits down with Burns to discuss his observations so far this year around the latest economic trends in the new construction and remodeling sectors.
12:16
May 09, 2019
EP. 4: Steps to Ensuring Ladder Safety
March is National Ladder Safety Month and NLBMDA is a proud supporter. In this episode, Jonathan Paine, NLBMDA President & CEO, is joined by Mike Van Bree, a proud member of the American Ladder Institute (ALI), to discuss ladder use best practices, training programs, and safety resources. 
12:23
March 08, 2019
EP. 3: Understanding the Crane Rule, Part 2
On this month's episode Ben Gann, NLBMDA's Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs, reunites with Frank Moore, former Regulatory Counsel for NLBMDA. The two pick up their discussion from January on OSHA's revisions to the Crane Rule. Tune in to learn more about the revisions to the rule, effective February 7, and how to carry out training, certification and evaluation for crane operators on your yard. 
19:47
February 21, 2019
EP. 2: Understanding the Crane Rule, Part 1
Ben Gann, NLBMDA's Vice President of Legislative & Political Affairs sits down with Frank Moore, former Regulatory Counsel for NLBMDA. The two discuss the certification requirements for the revised OSHA Crane Rule and dive deep into the evolution of the rule and what it means for dealers today.
18:10
January 18, 2019
EP. 1: Evaluating the EPA's Lead Rule
Ben Gann, NLBMDA's Vice President of Legislative and Political Affairs, sits down with Frank Moore, NLBMDA's Regulatory Counsel, to discuss the EPA's Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule. Ben talks about the latest developments with the rule and its implications for dealers. Please note that this episode was recorded in May 2018.
16:58
December 20, 2018
Welcome to Lumber Talks
Lumber Talks is the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association’s (or NLBMDA) new podcast series! We are excited to introduce this platform to connect with the lumber and building materials community. Make sure to tune in monthly. We hope you enjoy listening!
01:12
November 28, 2018