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NLBMDA's Public Policy Podcast

The Professional Podcast for All Things Lumber & Building

This podcast by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) provides a mixture of content and analysis of the issues impacting the LBM industry, along with engaging interviews of industry leaders, experts and analysts that will provide unique perspectives on the industry today.


Where to find us:

Like our content and want to learn more? Consider joining us for NLBMDA's 2020 Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference, March 23 - 25 in Washington, DC!  The Spring Meeting & Legislative Conference is an incredible opportunity to remind leaders of the importance of our industry and advance the advocacy agenda of NLBMDA and the lumber and building material industry at-large. Click here to learn more about the conference!


NLBMDA's Legislative Priorities & 2020 Economic Outlook with NAHB Episode 08 (February 21, 2020):

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.



Legislative Recap and the Year Ahead Episode 07 (January 17, 2020):

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.


NLBMDA Chair Elect on Leadership, Travel and LBM Episode 06 (July 25, 2019):

NLBMDA President & CEO sits down with Russ Kathrein, NLBMDA 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!


Housing Happenings with John Burns Episode 05 (May 9, 2019):

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.


Steps to Ensuring Ladder Safety Episode 04 (March 8, 2019):

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.


Understanding the Crane Rule, Part 2 Episode 03 (February 21, 2019):

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 last month 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.


Understanding the Crane Rule, Part 1 Episode 02 (January 18, 2019):

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.


Evaluating EPA's Lead Rule Episode 01 (December 20, 2018):

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.


Welcome to Lumber Talks! (December 20, 2018):

Lumber Talks is the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association's (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!