Veterans You Belong with US
“Veterans are great team members who share our values of teamwork and empowerment, and we’re honored to have them as part of the US LBM family. As a distribution company with a network of locations across the country, the discipline and skills veterans bring in the areas of problem solving, communication and being a team player help us provide the high quality of service our customers rely on to get the job done.“
– L.T. Gibson, President and CEO, US LBM
In 2019, US LBM adopted a supportive military leave policy for active reservists and formed a veteran committee through the company’s philanthropic foundation, the US LBM Foundation, to facilitate donations and community outreach to veteran assistance-focused organizations. In 2021, the Veteran Associate Resource Group (VARG) was established to engage and support the veteran community within US LBM, providing personal and professional development opportunities, networking, and fostering relationships with external organizations to help recruit more veterans into the company.
Supporting Veterans in the Community
One of the focus areas for the US LBM Foundation is to support our heroes of the armed services, and has partnered with several veterans-focused organizations. Over the past three years, the Foundation and US LBM’s operating divisions have partnered with the Gary Sinise Foundation’s R.I.S.E. (Restoring Independence, Supporting Empowerment) Program and supported the construction of six specially adapted homes for wounded veterans in Florida, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin.
Multiple Career Paths & Opportunities
US LBM’s national footprint and scale, along with the depth of our operations and services, provide multiple opportunities for career growth and development for veterans. In 2020 and 2023, US LBM and our veteran associates were featured on the national TV program Military Makeover: Operation Career, which highlights employers that provide rewarding career opportunities for veterans of the armed forces.
Meet the Chairman of Our Veteran Associate Group
Cyber Security Manager Frank Ruiz is the Chairman of the Veterans Associate Resource Group, which provides support and resources to veteran associates, military spouses, and military families.
Cyber Security Manager
Tell us about your job.
As the Cyber Security Manager my focus is the protection of US LBM information systems, identity, and data assets from all cyber security threats in support of operations, business, and IT strategies.
As the Chairman of the Veterans Associate Resource Group, I have been tasked with building the foundation and leadership team to accomplish the following:
- Provide support and resources to veteran associates, military spouses, and military families.
- Identify challenges faced by veteran associates and create solutions.
- Provide training and professional development to veteran associates.
- Advise and provide recommendations to the DEIB council on behalf of veteran associates.
How did you get into the industry?
When I was about 15 years old I discovered a passion for taking electronics apart and putting them back together or modifying them. My first job in High School was working as a cellphone repair technician. I did this until I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a Cyber Network Operator. As a Cyber Network Operator, I was tasked with the installation, configuration, and management of data networks and cyber systems. After completing my time in the Marine Corps. I moved on to the private sector and continued working in the Information Technology/ Cyber Security field.
What do you like most about your work?
I enjoy the challenges my Cyber Security team and I face every day. I enjoy seeing the team members grow and improve with every scenario presented to them. I also enjoy what I am able to do with the Veterans Associate Resource Group. This group is made up of extraordinary and selfless men and women who donate their time and energy to building programs for Veterans, veteran families & friends within US LBM. I don’t consider this role “work” but it is absolutely challenging and I love doing it.
How have you grown as a professional since you joined your company?
From the moment I joined the US LBM team, I have been given the opportunity to succeed. I started with US LBM as a cybersecurity analyst where I learned about the US LBM IT Ecosystem. The IT leadership team saw an ability in me to lead and manage tasks and people around me and provided a path for me to grow. I was given the opportunity to lead the cybersecurity mergers and acquisition team for over a year until I was promoted to Cybersecurity Manager. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to attend professional seminars and conferences and expanded my skill set in the cybersecurity management field.
As the Chairman of the Veterans Associate Resource Group, I’ve had the opportunity to attend corporate events where I’ve been able to meet and interact with others in US LBM and Veteran-focused charities. The application of these experiences and skills has positively impacted my current position and career pursuit.
How would you describe the culture at US LBM?
The culture at US LBM is innovative, supportive, and challenging.
What would you say makes the company unique?
The culture at US LBM makes US unique. I didn’t think I would have the ability to do so much within any single organization. Since leaving the Marine Corps in 2015 I’ve wanted to find ways to give back to the Veteran community and I found that I can do what I love and enjoy all within one organization. I have been empowered, encouraged, and supported through every step here at US LBM.