VRLDA Names Lumber Person of the Year and Lifetime Achievement Award

vrldaRENSSELAER, N.Y. — On Sept. 22, the Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association (VRLDA) announced Joe Miles, President of Manchester, Vt. Based r.k. MILES Inc., 2016 Lumber Person of the Year, and presented Sterling Golder, Sales Manager at Britton Lumber Company in Fairlee, Vt., with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. These awards recognize individuals for their significant contributions to the lumber and building materials industry as well as to his or her local community.

About Joe Miles

Born in Bennington and raised in Arlington, Miles is the third generation to lead r.k. MILES which was founded in 1927 by his grandfather, Richard. Miles, a graduate of the University of New Hampshire, began his career by working his way up the ranks and taking over leadership of the company in 1992. Since that time, Miles has expanded the company to include additional locations in Vermont and Massachusetts.

In addition to leading the expansion of r.k. MILES, Miles has served in several key industry leadership positions including: chair of the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (2015), and president of the VRLDA (2014-15). Additionally, he has been involved in many local organizations including the Manchester Select Board, board member and chair of Hunter Park, and board member and chair of the Friends of the Manchester Elementary and Middle Schools.

About Sterling Golder

Born in Hampden, Maine, Golder graduated from Hampden Academy in 1969 and went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Maine, at Orono in 1975. Since graduating college Golder has spent his career working with lumber and building material dealers across the Northeast including the past 29 years at Britton Lumber Company.

During his distinguished career, Golder earned Salesman of the year in 1980 and 1981 at American Forest Products, served on the CertainTeed Distributor Advisory Board, and has been involved with the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA) as an Associate Member with 2 different companies since 1978.  He also served his community as a Recreation Board member in Hartford, Vt. for 8 years and has coached various youth sports.

Both Miles and Golder will be recognized, along with fellow Lumber Persons of the Year from across the Northeast, at 2017 LBM Expo in Providence, RI on Feb. 16, 2017. LBM Expo is the largest regional event in the lumber and building material industry.


Established in 1931, the Vermont Retail Lumber Dealers Association was formed to fulfill a leadership role by identifying challenges, changes, and opportunities that will insure its members’ business success and future. VRLDA is one of fourteen state and local associations across the Northeast associated with the Northeastern Retail Lumber Association (NRLA).