Mellor, Former CEO of Building Materials Holding, Joins Stock’s Board
March 1, 2010
Triangle Business Journal
By Amanda Jones Hoyle

Robert E. Mellor, the former chairman and chief executive of West Coast building supply company Building Materials Holding Corp., has joined the board of directors of Stock Building Supply of Raleigh.

Mellor led Building Materials Holding Corp., from 1997 until he left the company in January following its emergence from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Building Materials has since changed its name to BMC Select and relocated its headquarters from San Francisco to Boise, Idaho.

Mellor is expected to provide expertise on expanding Stock’s business opportunities, according to a release from the company. Stock also recently emerged from bankruptcy protection, coming out of Chapter 11 in June with a new owner, a dramatically reduced footprint and a leaner business model.

“Stock has a clear set of strategic priorities, great employees and a terrific management team in place. The addition of Rob Mellor greatly enhances our prospects for future growth and expansion,” said Tim Meyer, chairman of Stock’s board of directors and a managing director of The Gores Group, a California-based private equity group that bought 51 percent of Stock last year.

The Gores Group bought the controlling interest from British construction and plumbing supply giant Wolseley plc, which retains 49 percent interest in Stock.

Mellor was named chief executive officer of Building Materials Holding Corp. in 1997 and elected as its chairman in 2002. He served in those roles until the company proposed a new management team as part of its plan to get out of bankruptcy. The company’s former chief administrative officer, Paul Street, is now chief executive of the company.

Mellor also serves on the boards of directors of national home-building company The Ryland Group Inc., and Coeur D’Alene Mines Corp. of Idaho. He has an bachelor’s degree in economics from Westminster College in Fulton, Mo., and a law degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Stock Building Supply sells building materials to home builders and contractors in 19 markets across the United States. It has about 3,500 employees, including about 260 in the Triangle.

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