Benji Richards

NHLA Industry Services Sales Manager

Benji began his career in the hardwood lumber industry in 1993 at Hardwood Sales in Conover, NC, working under owner Jim Smith and General Manager Stuart Clark. He hand-packed lumber for John Oakes and learned the basics of lumber inspection. During his 8 years of service to Hardwood Sales, he also learned kiln operations and became the maintenance supervisor. Benji graduated from the NHLA Inspector Training School in January 1995 as part of the 116thclass. Benji previously served as an NHLA National Inspector from 2003 to 2017. He loves his family, wife (Summer) and daughter (Darby), bear hunting with hounds, and providing high-quality services to NHLA and our members.

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