Nation’s Best has assembled a team with years of experience to help our partners thrive.

Meet the team.

Chris Miller

Chief Executive Officer/Founder

Prior to founding Nation’s Best, Mr. Chris Miller was the Vice President of Operations in the South and Western regions at U.S. LBM, one of the largest lumber and building materials distributors in the nation. Prior to that, he was the President of Parker’s Building Supply and oversaw the growth of one of the largest, independent hardlines distributors in the United States. U.S. LBM acquired Parker’s in 2015 and Chris Miller continued to run all of the South, Southwest, and West Coast operations for U.S. LBM. Alongside Chris Miller’s successful professional career, he retains time to focus on his family, friends, and outdoor hobbies.

Robert Debs, IRC

Vice President

Prior to joining Nation’s Best, Robert was the Director of Financial Planning and Analysis for the Southeast and West regions at U.S. LBM, one of the largest lumber and building materials distributors in the nation. Prior to his role at U.S. LBM, Robert held various key senior leadership roles in Investor Relations, as well as Financial Planning and Analysis, with various publicly traded companies of varying equity market capitalizations and industry types.

In his free time Robert likes to jog, play tennis, spend time with friends and most importantly spend time and travel with his family.

Jim Moran

Operations Leader

Jim Moran is an advisor to Nation’s Best. His 33 year career includes investment and operational roles in public markets, commercial real estate, entrepreneurship and private equity.  Since 2010, Jim has consulted for a variety of successful entrepreneurial companies including Financial Advisory, Advertising, Design and Private Investment Funds.  Jim’s knack for designing and building organizations, coupled with his discipline for managing by the numbers, offers a unique combination that accelerates growth and profitability in the organizations that he advises.

Amber Little

Chief Human Resources Officer

Prior to joining Nation’s Best, Amber led Talent Development for Essilor of America, part of Essilor Group, the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company.  Prior to that, Amber held a Global Training and Development Leader role at Halliburton in addition to consulting, HR, and organizational development roles in education, commercial real estate, private equity, and the Department of Defense. Amber holds a Masters Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Emporia State University and an undergraduate psychology degree from Kansas State University.  

In her free time, Amber enjoys spending time outdoors, traveling with her family, and cheering on the soccer field.

Jeff Goodrich

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff brings over 20 years of strategic leadership in the areas of Financial Planning, Accounting, IT, Shared Services, Sales Support/Customer Service, Inventory/Purchasing, Supply Chain, Internal Audit and M&A across a variety of industries including medical device, manufacturing, commodities, and semiconductor.  Prior to joining Nation’s Best, Jeff served as Chief Financial Officer and VP of Business Support Services for OsteoMed where he was responsible for accounting, financial planning, IT, customer service, inventory, purchasing and planning. Prior to his role at OsteoMed , he held key financial leadership roles at both United Copper Industries and Texas Instruments. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA, both from Louisiana State University.  He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the State of Texas.

In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors. He is also actively involved in Scouts America where he serves as an Assistant Scout Master for a local Troop.

Matt Lambert

Operations Leader

Matt comes to Nations Best with over 20 years of industry knowledge and experience. Working alongside four generations of family, Matt was raised in the store and has held positions in every aspect of the business. In his last position, Matt acted as general manager to his family’s home center where he oversaw and contributed to the continued growth of Lamber Lumber.

Matt’s vast knowledge of the ERP system along with his extensive background in management has been a huge asset to the Nation’s Best operations team.  While maintaining the day-to-day operation of his existing store, Matt was able to share his talents across other divisions within Nation’s Best.  With his strong belief that people are our most important asset he looks to help the operations team grow our extended team as we lead our industry into the future.

In his free time Matt enjoys the company of his wife and two sons.  They love to travel, enjoy nature, and spend quality family time together.

Tina Pape

Operations Leader

Tina knows the lumber and hardware store from the inside out.  For twenty-five years she and her father grew their thriving family owned business, increasing their retail space ten times over the years.

After a successful growth story, the business was sold to Parker Lumber and she continued to manage the location for two more years. She was then promoted to Central Texas District Manager and in this role was instrumental in the integration and expansion of over 20 new acquisitions.

During this time, she was also responsible for the training and implementation of the ERP system. Over the last nine years has continued to work on setting up the “core” hardware items necessary for better store effectiveness thus driving a better customer experience and greater revenues.

In her free time she likes to travel and spend time with her two grandchildren.

Matt Harrington

Operations Leader

Prior to joining Nation’s Best, Matt held several roles at Do It Best Corp.  Most recently as the Sales and Business Territory Manager.  In this role he collaborated with the co-op member owners on marketing, merchandising, and product mix to help grow their business.  In addition to this, he also prospected new member owners. Prior to this, he was the Paint Development Manager for 8 years.

Before Nations Best, Matt worked in operations management at ICI Paints in their stores division and held a variety of roles for R.C. Shaheen Paint Company including, mix room associate, front counter associate, floor manager and ultimately as a general manager overseeing the entire chain.

In his free time he like to spend time with his family and travel.

Jim Rusu

Director of Purchasing

Jim joined Nation’s Best with twenty-seven years of purchasing, sales and management experience in the home building industry.  Prior to his current role in Purchasing at Nation’s Best, Jim spent seven years as a Buyer for Carter Lumber in Kent Ohio where he was known for cultivating and improving business relationships with the top five major producers in the industry.  Jim’s industry experience also includes sales experience with Simpson Strong-Tie, Prime Source Building Products, and Lowe’s. He also has first-hand store management experience with 84 Lumber Company.     All of this industry knowledge makes Jim a great asset for the Nation’s Best team.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with his family and exploring.

Buddy Stewart

Divisional Manager

Jeff Hess

Divisional Manager

Michael Connolly

Divisional Manager

Kristin Peterson

Marketing & Communication Manager

Sal Pineda

Credit/AR Manager

Jamie Few

Account Payable Supervisor

Jeanette Davern

Corporate Controller

Cheryl Lowe

HR Specialist

Kevin Freeman

Facility & Grounds Manager