Our Castle Business Development Team

The Castle Buying Group is recognized in the industry for its forward-thinking leadership, experienced management team, professional buyers and finance experts. Together with the Business Development Managers, the team is focused on the profitability and growth of each of the 300+ independent retailers and wholesalers across Canada.

Ken Jenkins, President

Ken has worked in the LBM business for over 17 years, including senior management experience in the manufacture of building products. He has a keen understanding of the relationship among vendors, manufacturers and the independents, as well as a thorough understanding of the contractor and consumer base in every region of the country. Ken's highest priority for Castle is to "buy competitively day to day" in order to keep its independent dealers competitive. "The result is that Castle shareholders enjoy greater returns today than ever before. There can be no greater testament to the strength of the team we've built," says Ken. "My job is to make them stronger and stronger."

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Ken Jenkins, President

James Jones, Vice President

James has over 24 years experience in the home improvement industry, working in retail, commercial and industrial and has been buying and merchandising with some of Canada's largest regional and national retailers including Lansing Buildall, Aikenheads, Réno-Dépôt, Home Depot Canada and Rona. James is ideally suited to negotiate the best buys in Castle's core business - lumber and plywood, gypsum, insulation, roofing and siding as well as millwork (moulding, doors and windows). Plus the hardlines to help you complete the sale. In addition, James continues to head a variety of Castle's valued-added programs such as central invoicing, buying, weekly updates, retail price comparisons, comparative store benchmarking and Castlecare health, financial and marketing programs.

Bruce Holman, National - Director of Business Development

Bruce is the Business Development Manager for Ontario & Quebec regions. Bruce has worked in the LBM business for over 30 years with the last 22 years in a mid-management role at the distribution level. During this time he has built a great understanding of the needs of the independent retail building supply dealer as well as the needs of the distributor. "It is this understanding of the needs of both sides of the distribution channel that has enabled Castle to build a strong relationship with both its membership and the vendor community, while operating in an atmosphere of honesty and integrity," says Bruce. Contact

Bruce Holman

Bob Delaney, Newfoundland and Labrador - Business Development Manager

Bob is the Business Development Manager for Newfoundland and Labrador. Bob brings several years of industry experience to the table and was proud owner of the J.M. Delaney Lumber Company in Stephenville, NL until he recently handed over the reins to brother Wayne earlier this year. J.M. Delaney Lumber was originally founded back in 1956 by father Jerome Delaney and has been a proud Castle member since 1978. “I'm looking forward to working with Castle dealers and this is a great opportunity. I am thrilled with this great venture in my life. If I had to imagine my dream job, it would be this new role with Castle." says Bob. Sandy Welsh, BDM Atlantic Region states "I can't think of anyone with more knowledge of our dealer network in this region than Bob who has been a Castle member for years and years." Contact

Bob Delaney

Terry Mulock, Maritimes - Business Development Manager

Terry Mulock joins Castle after a 10-year career as Regional Sales Manager of Pittsburgh Paints where he was integral in the growth and awareness of this brand in the Atlantic region. Terry’s wealth of knowledge in the home improvement industry and dedication have built a foundation of solid relationships within the region. Terry has been in the industry for almost 30 years and has worked closely with many Castle locations on regional marketing and promotional events to help drive sales and brand awareness. His reputation and experience ensures that Castle members will continue to receive the on‐going commitment and support from the Castle business development team. "I am thrilled to become part of the Castle family and look forward to a bright future together." Contact

Terry Mulock

Robert Legault, Directeur de développement des affaires pour les régions de Québec et le nord du Nouveau Brunswick

Robert est le Directeur de développement des affaires pour les régions de Québec et le nord du Nouveau Brunswick. Robert apporte plus de 30 ans d'expérience et sa connaissance des marchands québécois de matériaux de construction. Ses excellentes relations d'affaires et son expérience en direction des ventes lui permettront d'assister les membres Castle d'aujourd'hui et de demain dans la croissance de leur entreprise. Contactez

Robert is the Business Development Manager for Quebec and Northern New Brunswick regions. Robert brings over 30 years of experience and knowledge of the Quebec independent lumber and building materials marketplace to Castle. His excellent relationship in Quebec and his background in national sales management will assist both existing and prospective members grow their business. Contact

Robert Legault

Doug Keeling, Ontario - Business Development Manager

Doug Keeling is the Business Development Manager for the Ontario region and has almost 35 years of industry experience in construction, hardware, lumber and building materials. In addition to being a carpenter and running his own renovation business in the past, Doug has several decades of business experience with national home Improvement retailers and companies, and almost a decade of experience as part of the Castle buying team. His retail, purchasing and construction background gives Doug an excellent understanding of the unique needs of the independent retailer, and he looks forward to using his experience to help Castle dealers grow their business, flourish, and become more profitable. “Castle is truly the best choice in the marketplace for independent dealers. Transparency, honesty and integrity are the key components that Castle delivers on day in, day out.” Doug Keeling Contact

Doug Keeling

Matthew Raetsen, Saskatchewan & Manitoba - Business Development Manager

Matthew Raetsen is Castle's Business Development Manager for Manitoba and Saskatchewan. His solid industry experience includes many years with Ply Gem Canada, where most recently his role was Branch and Brand Manager of Mitten/Ply Gem. Matthew's very professional and energetic attitude and his professionalism and genuine approach have resulted in a strong relationship base in Western Canada. Matthew says: "Castle's staunch focus on transparency, freedom and profitability provides all members with a platform for success in an ever-evolving economy. I look forward to representing independents in the Prairies with a focus on members. I believe Castle is the best buying group for the entrepreneur who values freedom of choice with maximum return." Contact

Matthew Raetsen

Brad Dixon, British Columbia & Alberta - Business Development Manager

Brad's extensive knowledge of British Columbia and Alberta markets and its members will enhance the potential for Castle's continued growth. His years with hardware distributors including Orgill Hardlines Canada, one of the world's largest independent hardware distributors, has given him vast industry experience.  Brad has held Senior Business Development roles on both the Member and Vendor side. As a Business Development Manager with Castle, Brad supports Western members and is responsible for all activities associated with regional expos, regional pool buys and selected vendor relations. Brad says, “Castle's unique business model is the greatest recipe for success in our industry. As part of the Castle team, my focus is on strengthening existing members to maximize their profitablity and growth. As well, I help new members discover the benefits of being part of Castle, Canada's fastest growing and most transparent buying group. It's truly the best program for any independent dealer.” Contact

Brad Dixon

Alan Schoemperlen, Western Canada - Business Development Manager, Mentor

Alan is the Business Development Manager for Western Canada and the Territories. Alan has over 30 years experience in the hardware, lumber, and building material industries across Canada. Alan has worked with independent dealers, franchisees, buying groups and suppliers. He has also been responsible for establishing a major hardware program on a national basis. In his over 10 years with Castle, the most enjoyment and challenge that Alan gets is to improve the growth and profitability of each and every Castle member regardless of the size of operation. "Castle's dynamic model is designed to provide all of the tools to make the independent Castle member the most competitive and profitable in their marketplace," says Alan. He adds that "there is nothing more rewarding than to hear independents or dealers from other groups after joining Castle say ‘my only regret is that we didn't make the move sooner!'" Contact

Alan Schoemperlen

Ron Craighead, National - Business Development Manager, CBS

Ron is the National Business Development Manager for CBS Commercial Builders Supplies Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Castle Building Centres. Ron has been in the building materials business for over 30 years in senior sales and marketing positions with industry leaders such as Weldwood of Canada, CanWel Building Materials, Domtar, Georgia-Pacific and Lafarge. Ron has managed and thoroughly understands the total North American LBM business process from manufacturing through to end user. "I've interacted with all the buying groups in Canada over the years. It's my belief Castle truly understands the market dynamics from coast to coast, as well as the service requirements of the independent entrepreneur," says Ron. His strong interpersonal skills coupled with his extensive relationships in the industry, give him the background to manage Castle's commercial side of the business. Contact

Ron Craighead