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SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2014
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IN MEMORIAM
Paul Roland Krihak
, 90, passed away on June 15. Krihak was born July 1, 1923 in
Brooklyn, N.Y., to Jack and Lenore (Kluge) Krihak. He moved to Schenectady at age
10 and graduated from Nott Terrace High School, where he was an excellent stu-
dent and a sure-handed receiver on the football team. He went on to attend Mich-
igan State for a year and was then drafted into the U.S. Army, serving as a platoon
sergeant responsible for constructing bridges over rivers in Germany during WWII.
Upon returning from the war, Krihak graduated from Syracuse University with
a degree in forestry. His entrepreneurial skills emerged at a young age as he ran his
own dry cleaning business for his fellow college students.
His fondness for swimming led him to lifeguard summers at Hearthstone on
Lake George. The lake became the center of his family life; he met his wife, Elea-
nor, there and they raised three children.
Krihak had a long and illustrious career in the wholesale lumber industry. He
served as CEO of Holbrook Lumber Co., retiring at the age of 82. He truly loved be-
ing a lumberman and received several awards for his contributions to the industry
such as being Eastern New York Lumber Dealers’ Lumber Person of the Year in 1996.
In 1960, Krihak made the decision to move Holbrook Lumber closer to his
family and home and relocated the business to Albany, N.Y.
Krihak was a lumber entrepreneur as well, and continued in the same vein as
Holbrook in developing new products and markets in the industry. In 1965, Krihak
and Holbrook Lumber opened the first pressure-treating facility in the Northeast.
That facility is still operational today and has been treating with the Osmose system
for more than 50 years.
In 1976, Holbrook Lumber purchased the old U.S. Plywood facility at 70
Fuller Rd. and operated out of that yard until 2013.
Krihak also developed the Winton Spruce program in the East, which was
largely considered to be the best-looking fiber to come from British Columbia and
is still talked about today.
When Koppers began producing Glulams in the late 1960s, Krihak brought
that technology to the area and was largely successful in what would be the begin-
ning of engineered wood products of all types.
Krihak was an avid golfer and a 60-year member of Glens Falls Country Club,
where he served on the greens committee. Other hobbies include skiing, reading,
playing gin, and tackling the
New York Times
crossword puzzle.
He is survived by his wife, Eleanor, and daughters, Linda Boden (Don) and
Paula Christopoulos (companion Doug Beaty), and his son, Peter Krihak, presi-
dent of Holbrook Lumber; four grandchildren, Meredith Nicholson (Marshall),
Ryan Boden (Danielle), Max Christopoulos (Amanda) and Grace Krihak; and five
great-grandchildren, Ben, Sam, Lucas, Olivia and Harry.
Savas Veros
, 92, died peacefully on June 9. Veros was the son of Despina and Con-
stantine Veros and was pre-deceased by his two brothers, Chris and Nick. He start-
ed work at the age of 16 for Babaco Alarm Systems and played a key role in their
purchasing and design efforts for 49 years until he retired at age 65. After his retire-
ment, he was called back to work as a consultant by Babaco well into his late 80s.
Veros served in the U.S. Army as a private and then sergeant in WWII. He was
a member of the 117th Regiment, 30th Infantry Division, Company C. He fought in
four major European battles and loved to reminisce about his wartime experiences.
ing functions for New York State, west-
ern Massachusetts, and all of Vermont.
With more than 10 years of hands-
on experience, Breda has worked in
one facet or another of the building
material industry and is ideally suited
for the role of merchandiser.
Breda began his journey as a la-
borer for a general contractor, moved
on to retail lumber and building ma-
terial sales, and earned a position as
co-manager of an 84 Lumber location.
Most recently, he has acted as an inside
sales associate for a contractor-focused
independent LBM dealer, and has
demonstrated success as a team-orient-
ed player who can effectively multitask.
Computer Associates, Inc. and Pondero-
sa Software
announced
that
Sarah C. Bell
has joined the com-
pany as a business development man-
ager. In this capacity, she will work with
Ponderosa’s national sales organization
to identify marketing opportunities and
champion the benefits of the Ponderosa
ERP software to lumber and building
material manufacturers, distributors,
and dealers. Bell comes to Ponderosa
Software with a wealth of experience
within the industry, having spent the last
16 years at Spruce Computer Systems,
where she was instrumental in acquiring
numerous accounts in a broad range of
LBM sectors.
Stock Building Supply has appointed
Bryan J. Yeazel
to
the role of COO.
Yeazel, who has
served as an exec-
utive officer at the company since 2005,
will lead the regional operating busi-
nesses and integrated supply chain.
“Bryan has been an influential ex-
ecutive leader with Stock for nearly 10
years and, in this new role, will provide
focused growth leadership in support
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