The New Hampshire Retail Lumber Association (NHRLA) has named Dan Keith, of Selectwood in Portsmouth, N.H., as 2017 Lumber Person of the Year. This award recognizes an individual for significant contributions to the lumber and building materials industry as well as to his or her local community.
Keith’s career in the industry began in 1973, shortly after his discharge from the Navy, at a now-defunct company called Mammoth Mart Lumber. A few years after his initial foray at Mammoth Mart, Keith reentered the lumber industry through a Navy job-training program at Grossman’s Lumber. He worked his way up to General Manager before winding his way through several other stops around the industry, including a brief New York detour at Lloyd Lumber, a return to Grossman’s, a stint as an Operations Manager at Coastal Forest Products, and some time on the sales side at Groleau Millwork in Laconia, NH.
In 1989 Keith joined Selectwood at their old brick warehouse on the Lamprey River with a single loading door through which lumber had to be hand-carried. Selectwood moved to a bigger, more modern facility in Portsmouth in 1995 and Keith is still there to this day, overseeing operations as General Manager.
Keith’s been on the NHRLA board of directors for the past eight years, including two as President; he also serves on its legislative committee. He is also engaged in several professional groups, including the New Hampshire American Institute of Architects, Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association, and Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau.
Keith expresses his feelings about his career succinctly: “I enjoy my job because I am in an industry which is still honorable. There are very good people in all aspects: manufacturers, wholesalers, independent reps, and retailers.”
Source: Northeastern Retail Lumber Association