The Askins were often frustrated by the necessity of working around existing LBM software systems in order to achieve their management goals. Some of the main issues the Askins and others in the industry have experienced are:


• Inconsistent reporting

• Search features for customers or products

• Unit of measure problems, i.e. between stocking units of measure vs reporting units of measure

• Inflexible pricing, i.e. price items with colors as a group vs individually by color

• Inability to embed third party quoting and ordering programs – such as windows and doors


While none of these issues are terminal, they make it more difficult to operate the business the way it should be - with maximum efficiency, customer service and profitability.

Founded by LBM industry veterans - John Askin, Jr. and John Askin, Sr –– with 45 years of combined experience in the management of a multi-location material distribution company, the Askins' goal was to create a better way to deliver an operations management software that really works for the LBM industry!

John Senior was the President and a minority shareholder in the company, and John Junior was a VP and Chief Financial Officer.  During the time they managed the company they evaluated as well as purchased and installed several different software programs used in the operation of the business.

Their disappointing experiences working with these various programs and vendors compelled the Founders to design a new operations management software. LBM LIFT OFF delivers what they know LBM operators need in order to achieve liftoff for their businesses!


About The Creator

John Askin Jr.


A 25-year building materials distribution veteran, John knows well the challenges and frustrations faced by independent distributors regarding enterprise resource planning (ERP) software and technology. 


A former executive with The Standard Group, John served on the board of Nemeon, a buying cooperative composed of over 180 independent distributors in the roofing and siding industry.   Through Nemeon, John had many opportunities to interface with members and discuss the problems facing the industry, one of which was dissatisfaction with the limitations of the technology available.  His participation as a member and past chairman of the Falcon advisory board for 7 years as well as 2 years on the BisTrack user advisory board helped him gain a unique understanding of what independent distributors want from their software providers. 


John was also a member of the Executive Council on Construction Supply, a nationwide networking group of independent material distributors, hosted by LBM Executive Editor Greg Brooks, which met annually to discuss emerging trends and key issues and concerns of distributors. 


Participating in these groups fueled John’s ambition to create a program for the LBM Industry.  In fact LBM LIFT OFF incorporates many of the features that he learned were on most distributor’s wish lists during the various user groups and networking sessions he attended. Now as the developer of LBM LIFT OFF, John brings a program with those desired features to the marketplace. 


John also learned that relationships are essential to the success of all building material distributors and it is his intention to deal with every customer on an owner to owner basis.  He and his father will be available to LBM LIFT OFF users from evaluation through implementation and most importantly after go live.  Both Askins  learned the importance of continual customer service through ongoing owner to owner communications during their years in the distribution business.  While at Standard, the Askins held many positions within the business including warehouseman, driver, salesman, branch manager, controller, VP and President.  From a forklift to the President’s desk they have done it all and bring a unique insiders understanding of what a software system can and should do to help everyone in the company.  That is what LBM LIFT OFF is prepared to deliver.