FBMA Special Recognition Awards!

Al Bavry, President and co-founder of Kimal Lumber Company will receive FBMA’s prestigious Charlie Harnden Industry Service Award at the Kick-Off Breakfast, Thursday, October 6 at 7:30 a.m. Al has over 50 years experience in the industry, beginning in the 1960’s when he began working as a carpenter’s assistant. In 1969, he landed a position at Wickes Lumber as Center Manager in Venice, Florida.

In 1982, Al and Kim Pavkovich founded Kimal Lumber Company. At its peak, in 2006 the company finished the fiscal year with $57 million in sales and 230 employees. Revenues dropped in the recession to around $12 million, but with Al’s direction and a dedicated team behind him, Kimal survived the downturn. His visionary, maverick-style leadership continues to pave the way for Kimal’s growth in the challenging “New World.” Last year, a drive-thru lumberyard with a hybrid hardware store opened in Sarasota. The drive-thru is the first one ever on the West Coast of Florida.

, with 44 years experience in the industry, began his career in 1972 when he was employed by Georgia Pacific until 1976. He followed that employment with Macmillan-Bloedel until 1980 when he returned to Jacksonville performing outside sales to contractors for Homecrafters. In 1984, he formed a partnership with Kirby Manning to create Manning Building Supplies of Jacksonville. He had a significant role in the ongoing growth and development of Manning Building Supplies with the addition of stores in St. Augustine, Ft. Pierce, Lakeland, West Palm Beach and Orlando.

Robert has over 42 years of industry experience, beginning in 1974 with Georgia Pacific. Through his hard work, leadership and dedication to the business, Robert rose through the ranks at Georgia Pacific, going from Assistant Regional Lumber Manager to District Inside Sales Manager located at the Atlanta Headquarters. In 1997, Robert accepted the General Manager position in Winter Haven for Rugby Building Products. In late 2000, Rugby merged with Huttig Building Products and Robert helped open and run the Central Florida Location. Three years later, he was promoted to Regional Sales Manager and in 2005 was offered the Regional Vice President position that he currently holds. With Robert’s sales knowledge, negotiating and mentoring skills, he trained several employees to become leaders within the industry. He prides himself on the number of people he has had the pleasure of hiring, working with, and seeing them succeed over his 42 years in the business.

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This event is one you don’t want to miss. Our moderator, Don Magruder, CEO, Ro-Mac Lumber & Supply, Inc. ProSales Columnist has assembled a star-studded panel of industry leaders and political insiders to interact in a point, counter-point discussion of new government policies and intervention. New workers compensation, unemployment and labor laws that affect our businesses day to day will be a major topic for this panel of experts. Plan on adding this event to your schedule. I promise you, you don’t want to miss it!
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