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Mead Associates

The key to our success is our over 900 associates, many of whom have made Mead their workplace for life. Almost two dozen associates have more than 30 years of service with our company. Our frontline employees, particularly our drivers, inside and outside sales people, office support, manufacturing, and local management personnel that interface with our customers’ everyday define who we are as a company. The culture of our company, combined with our commitment to providing a safe yet fast paced work environment, solid growth opportunities, attractive compensation and fringe benefits, has created an outstanding work force that is very talented, loyal and hardworking. The Mead family now spanning four generations has provided great leadership and a solid foundation from which we have continued to grow. As both a family owned and ESOP Company, our employees have a vested interest in providing you- our customer, great service and value.

The Mead senior management team consists of the following individuals, each of them committed to providing a great and meaningful work environment for our associates, suppliers, community, owners, and our customers. Feel free to contact any of us if we can help you in any way, or if you have any other thoughts and recommendations which we could help improve our company, and/or share feedback with our valued associates.

Dave Anderson

President & CEO

Dave holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska Omaha, and a MBA from the University of Arizona. Dave began his career at Hughes Aircraft Company, then worked in public accounting for KPMG before working 17 years as the Vice President, Treasurer, and CFO of Millard Lumber. He was the Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Accounting Officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska. Dave has served on the Millard Public Schools Board of Educaiton for more than 15 years, in addition to numerous other boards in the greater Omaha area and he has been a director of Mead Lumber since 2017

As president of Mead Lumber, Dave will continue to provide the leadership across our growing footprint. Today, the Mead/Knecht family of stores includes: Mead Lumber, Knecht Home Centers, Thomae Lumber and Truss, Black Hills Truss, Great Plains Countertop and Ace Hardware’s in Canon City, Sheridan, and Rapid City. The company has over 750 Employee Owners who are committed to making Mead Lumber and Knecht Home Center our customers’ first choice for lumber, building materials, hardware, and trusses.

Bryan Rice

Vice President of Sales and Marketing/Regional Manager

Bryan graduated from Metropolitan State University in 1981 with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. He started in the lumber business in 1978 as a sales person for Lampert Lumber in the Twin Cities. In 1983 he accepted an opportunity to be the assistant manager in Rapid City for Lampert and after a couple great years in the Black Hills, was asked to manage the Lampert yard in Mankato, MN. In 1991 United Building Centers acquired several of the Lampert Lumber yards, including Mankato. With UBC, Bryan was promoted to District Manager in 1994. In 2000, Bryan was promoted to UBC’s senior management team, serving as a senior vice president in both operations and sales. Under his marketing leadership, UBC was recognized nationally in 2004 as the first Pro Sales Excellence Dealer of the Year award winner in the area of marketing and customer service.

In 2009, Bryan accepted an opportunity to lead the Knecht/Ace Region for the Mead Lumber Company. In 2015, he was asked to provide leadership in the areas of Sales and Marketing across the Mead footprint. He is committed to providing outstanding customer service and is always making sure that the company meets our customer’s wants and needs to better ensure their satisfaction and success. Today with over 900 employees, Bryan is also committed to providing a safe, vibrant work place for our associates along with providing opportunities for them and their families.

Jeff Heng

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff is a graduate of Nebraska Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with an Emphasis in Accounting and Finance. Jeff began his career in Public Accounting 1986 with Grant Thornton in Lincoln, Nebraska working in both the Audit and Tax Departments. In 1990, he joined American Tool Companies, the manufacturer of the Vise-Grip®, serving in various capacities with the last being the U.S. Regional Controller responsible for the accounting and financial operations of the hand tool and power tool accessory locations in the United States. Most recently, Jeff was with Nucor Corporation, a manufacturer of steel products, at their Norfolk, Nebraska divisions. He started with Nucor in 1998, as the Division Controller at the Vulcraft division before transferring to the Nucor Steel Mill in 2004 in the same capacity there.

He is a Certified Public Accountant and joined Mead in March of 2017 as the Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Jeff is responsible for all financial matters of the company and providing leadership to help Mead Lumber meet its strategic financial objectives.

Jeff Taake

Vice President of Manufacturing & Commercial Sales, Regional Manager

Jeff attended the University of Nebraska Lincoln where he studied Architecture and Business. He holds a Lean Management Certificate from the University of Nebraska Omaha and has been trained in Gallup’s Strengths Based Management. Jeff is a 26-year veteran of the building materials industry and accepted a position with the Mead Lumber family in October of 2016 to provide leadership and strategy for manufacturing operations and commercial sales across the company footprint. 

Jeff most recently was the VP of Operations and Commercial Sales for Millard Lumber based out of Omaha, Nebraska, where he started in 2002. He was responsible their sales and operations in the following markets; Des Moines, IA, Lincoln, NE, Kansas City, KS and Omaha, NE. Jeff is active in the homebuilding industry serving or having served on the Board of Directors and in leadership positons for the Nebraska Green Council, Associated Builders and Contractors, Structural Building Components Association and Iowa Truss Manufacturer Association.

Bret Williams

Director – Human Resources

Bret graduated from Bellevue University with a degree in Human Resources Management and holds the SPHR-CP certification from the Society for Human Resource Management.

Bret began his working career in the discount retail industry in 1982, working for the Pamida Inc. retail stores as a Management Trainee, Assistant Manager, and Manager, before moving to their Omaha headquarters where he worked as a Distribution Manager, and Manager of Employment & Employee Relations.

In 1997, Bret began a four-year stint as a Regional HR Manager within the PC/Technology Services industry. He provided HR business partner support to multiple sales and service locations in the Omaha, St. Louis, Kansas City, and several Mid Atlantic cities.

In 2002, Bret joined C&A Industries, Inc. an Omaha based human capital management company, specializing in healthcare staffing solutions nationwide. There he built an HR function from scratch as the company grew from 100 to 750 internal employees. Bret was also at the center of the company’s culture building efforts, resulting in C&A being named an Omaha Best Place To Work company nine times over an eleven year period.

Bret is responsible for leading the strategy and execution of all HR related activities/programs across the Mead organization, including the areas of Recruitment, Retention, Compensation, Benefits, Training, and Safety.

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