President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Mendoza is the founder, President and Chief Executive Officer at FBM and has 25 years of industry experience. Prior to founding our company in 2011, Mr. Mendoza served as the Chief Executive Officer of AMS, a leading distributor of wallboard, acoustical suspended ceiling systems, lath and plaster products, doors and other building products. Mr. Mendoza originally joined AMS in 1991 and assumed the Chief Executive Officer role in 2003 after several years as AMS’ Vice President and Sales Manager. AMS grew significantly under Mr. Mendoza’s leadership, particularly across the West Coast and Northern Mexico through greenfields and strategic acquisitions. Mr. Mendoza attended California State University and has completed executive education at Harvard Business School (Strategy), Wharton School of Business (Management) and Northwestern (Marketing). Mr. Mendoza will also become a director upon the listing of our common stock.
As our Chief Executive Officer and founder, Mr. Mendoza brings a deep understanding of our business, operations and strategic planning to the board. Mr. Mendoza also has extensive industry experience gained over 25 years, including through his prior service as Chief Executive Officer of AMS. Mr. Mendoza’s board service will also provide a direct and open channel of communications between the board and management.
Chief Operating Officer
Mr. Welly is the Chief Operating Officer at FBM and has 37 years of industry experience. Prior to joining the Company as Chief Operating Officer in 2013, Mr. Welly served as Vice President of U.S. Operations for Winroc-SPI from 2001 to 2013. Prior to Winroc-SPI, Mr. Welly served in executive sales and marketing roles at AMS beginning in 1987. He has served on numerous Armstrong, Chicago Metallic and Sto advisory councils. He graduated from Miami University of Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing Communications. He has also attended the Executive Management Program at Kellogg School at Northwestern.
Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Demirkaya was appointed Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of FBM on July 1, 2021. He previously served as Chief Accounting Officer from 2020 to 2021. Mr. Demirkaya joined the Company as Vice President of Finance and Accounting in December 2014. During his tenure, Mr. Demirkaya has been instrumental in building the Accounting and Finance functions, including the implementation of scalable systems and business intelligence platforms for the Company. Before joining FBM, Mr. Demirkaya held financial roles with increasing responsibility, most recently as Director of Finance-West Division at Beacon Roofing Supply, Inc. (“Beacon”), a publicly traded distributor of commercial and residential roofing products. Prior to Beacon, Mr. Demirkaya was Assistant Corporate Controller for Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (“Clean Energy”), a publicly traded provider of natural gas as an alternative fuel for vehicle fleets in the United States and Canada. Prior to Clean Energy, Mr. Demirkaya was an Audit Manager at Ernst and Young LLP. Mr. Demirkaya earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from California State University, Long Beach, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Mr. Demirkaya is also a licensed CPA in the state of California.
Chief Sales Officer
Mr. Thompson is the Chief Sales Officer at FBM. Prior to joining the Company in 2013, Mr. Thompson was Vice President of Sales for Home Acres Building Supply Co., LLC (a company we acquired), a distributor of drywall, acoustical suspended ceiling systems and other related building products, from 2002 until 2013. Mr. Thompson was previously President of Michigan Acoustical Supply House from 1984 until 1993, which was an acoustical suspended ceiling systems and wallboard distributor. He attended Wittenberg University and has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration.
Senior Vice President of Sales & Procurement
Mr. Ramsden was appointed Senior Vice President of Sales & Procurement for North America on March 9th, 2022. Prior to his recent appointment, he was the FBM Regional Vice President for Canada, a position he has held since 2013. Mr. Ramsden has been in the building materials industry for 36 years. He started in 1985 with Georgia Pacific Gypsum, where he spent fourteen years in various positions. In 2000 Mr. Ramsden moved to Canadian Gypsum Company (CGC) for three years running their Western Canada Sales and Operations team. Then in 2003 he joined Winroc, where he held several senior positions, including VP of Procurement for North America. He attended the University of Fraser Valley and has a Bachelor of Business Administration.
Senior Vice President of eCommerce
Mr. Howl is Senior Vice President, eCommerce at FBM. Prior to joining the company in January 2022, at Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Rob led the design, launch, and operation of Proof Commerce, an industry-leading B2B digital platform serving more than 150,000 licensed beverage alcohol retailers across 30 states. Previously at SapientRazorfish, he advised manufacturer, wholesale and retail clients seeking to defend, differentiate, or disrupt their industries through best-in-class customer engagement and omnichannel commerce experiences. Rob began his career in Boeing’s leadership development program later transitioning to Aviall, a multi-billion dollar subsidiary and the world’s largest distributor of aerospace parts and related aftermarket services. He holds a BS from Pepperdine and an MBA from Yale.
Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Fenello is the Vice President of Business Development at FBM, a role he transitioned into in January of 2022. Prior to this change, Mr. Fenello was the Regional Vice President for the Northeast Region of FBM from 2016 to 2021 and he served as a District Manager for the Company from 2014-2016. Mike was a Managing Partner of Wholesale Builders Supply, Inc from 2004 to 2014 before it was acquired by FBM. Wholesale Builders Supply was a five location, specialty distributor of wallboard, metal framing, acoustical ceiling systems and other related building products. Before working in the distribution business, Mike held various roles over 14 years with the sheetrock manufacturer (USG) United States Gypsum, including his last role as a District Sales Manager for the Great Lakes Region. Mr. Fenello holds a Certificate in Entrepreneurial Excellence from the Katz School of Business School at the University of Pittsburgh, he also attended Ithaca College in New York earning a Master of Science in Corporate Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Media Communications.
Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel
Mr. Tilley is Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel at FBM. Prior to joining the Company in 2016, Mr. Tilley was the Vice President of Legal Affairs for Mophie, a technology company, and led the sale of Mophie to ZAGG, Inc. From 2009 until 2015, when he joined Mophie, Mr. Tilley was Assistant General Counsel for Multi-Fineline Electronix, Inc., a flexible printed circuit board manufacturer with operations in the United States, Asia and Europe. Mr. Tilley graduated from the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University and has a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University, Long Beach.
Chief Financial Officer (Emeritus)
Mr. Gorey served as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at FBM from 2011 to 2021 with 30 years of building materials industry experience. Prior to starting the Company in 2011 with Mr. Mendoza, Mr. Gorey served as the Chief Financial Officer of AMS, a leading distributor of drywall, acoustical suspended ceiling systems and other related building products. Mr. Gorey originally joined AMS in 1986 and assumed the Chief Financial Officer role in 2001 after several years as AMS’ Controller. Prior to AMS, Mr. Gorey worked for Barry McKinley and Associates, an accounting firm. He graduated from the University of Southern California with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.