Paul Dodge, a long-time executive with Centex Homes, is joining Pro-Build Holdings, the largest pro dealer organization in the U.S., as its senior vice president of supply chain, a new position for the company. Dodge reports to Bill Myrick, the former 84 Lumber executive who is now Pro-Build's president of strategic initiatives.

Dodge had been with Dallas-based Centex, the industry's fourth-largest home builder, since 1998, as its senior vice president of purchasing, distribution, and supply chain, and brings a unique background to Pro-Build that includes stints with the now-defunct warehouse home improvement retailer Builders Square, the building materials cooperation Builder Marts of America, and with Weyerhaeuser Building Materials. Dodge resigned suddenly from Centex last October, when he told BUILDER magazine that he was leaving "because of changes occurring in the residential construction industry," without elaborating. However, during his tenure at Centex, Dodge played a key role in fine-tuning Centex's supply-chain management structure.

Over the past few years, Centex has been working with the consultant McKinsey & Co. on devising new operational and value-engineering strategies that include making greater logistical use of CTX Builder Supply, Centex's captive network of six distribution centers that provides lumber and structural components for more than one-third of the builder's construction. Centex officials told Electrical Wholesaling magazine last year that their company could save between 30 percent and 50 percent by sourcing other products such as lighting fixtures, flooring, nails, countertops, locks, and faucets, from China, which CTX Building Supply would repackage into kits and ship directly to jobsites.

Myrick calls supply-chain management "a key strategic focus" for Pro-Build, which currently operates 530 branches in 41 states.