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CSA Announces First Female Board Chair & 2015 Board 

 TYRONE, Ga. – January 19, 2015 – The Construction Suppliers Association is kicking off 2015 with its first female board chair, Ida Ross Swift Hicks, and its newly merged board of directors. CSA merged with the Mid South Building Material Dealers Association last July and its 2015 board reflects this merger with representatives from CSA’s new territory: Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi.

An active CSA board member since 2011, Swift Hicks is president of Swift Supply Company, a sixth generation building material supplier with five locations in Alabama and one location in Florida. Swift Hicks has worked in the family business since 2003, doing everything from counter sales to assisting the general manager. She is currently working alongside her father, David Swift, Sr., chairman and chief executive officer. In addition to being a CSA board member, Swift Hicks is actively involved in CSA’s Disc 1 roundtable for large, multi-yard LBM operations and CSA’s Next Generation Group, a peer-to-peer learning group for family businesses.

(Front Row: Jim Moody, CSA President; DJ Ashy, Doug Boykin, Ida Ross Swift Hicks, Tahl Barrett, Jimmy Barnes and Alex Hill. Back Row: George Weatherly, Jason Boehm, Tommy Chauvin, Bob White and Johnny Shiver. Not pictured: John Holmes & David Huntington)  

When asked what Swift Hicks wants to accomplish as board chair in 2015, she stated, “I really want to focus on strengthening the relationships CSA has acquired through its merger with the Mid South Building Material Dealers Association. We’ve got new members in Louisiana and Mississippi and I want them to feel included in the organization and realize that state boundaries don’t matter. We are one organization now and it’s important to not only support one another but to learn from one another as well.”

Under Swift Hick’s leadership, CSA’s 2015 board includes: Chair-Elect, DJ Ashy, Doug Ashy Building Materials (Lafayette, La.); Treasurer, Tahl Barrett, Short & Paulk Supply Company (Tifton, Ga.); Associate Chair, Doug Boykin, Rex Lumber Co. (Brookhaven, Miss.) and Immediate Past Chair, Alex Hill, Hills Ace Hardware (Winder, Ga.).  Directors include: George Weatherly, Builders Supply Co., Inc. (Fort Payne, Ala.); Jason Boehm, Junior’s Building Materials, Inc. (Ringgold, Ga).; John Holmes, Holmes Building Materials (Baton Rouge, La.); David Huntington, Huntington Lumber (Hazlehurst, Miss.); and Associate Director Bob White, Great Southern Wood Preserving (Irvington, Ala.). At-Large members include: Jimmy Barnes, Buettner Brothers Lumber Company (Cullman, Ala.); Tommy Chauvin, Chauvin Brothers, Inc. (Chauvin, LA) and Johnny Shiver, Shiver Lumber Company (Americus, Ga.).

CSA is dedicated to the interests of independent building material dealers throughout the states of Alabama, Georgia Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to being the voice of its members, CSA provides educational and cost saving programs to those in the building supply industry. With sound leadership, the board of directors and staff of CSA embrace the mission of building strong independent dealers.