84 Lumber

What is the biggest misconception about the industry?

The biggest misconception about construction is that it is often considered in the category of unskilled labor – work that doesn’t require any special training or knowledge. But that is far from the truth!  In reality most people in construction are craft professionals--they’re performing detailed, specialized work that requires a high level of talent.

What is your biggest current challenge at work?

Finding more great people to provide the best customer service.

What keeps you up at night?

Taking care of employees and customers.

What project is your company most proud of?

Thankfully, there are so many. Every customer's project makes our team proud.

How does your ABC membership help your company?

Relationships and serving the community is important to 84 Lumber and ABC, it's a great partnership.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be everything. Curiosity!

Tell us something no one in the industry knows about you.

I love sky-diving!

What is your favorite Metro Washington hangout/restaurant?


What do you look forward to each day?

Helping and empowering others.

What are you like to work for?

I would hope that people would say I am respectful and encouraging. I should ask?

Who would you trade places with for a day?

Princess Diana

What is your favorite movie or tv show?

Anything Scary

What do you do for fun?

Camping, biking, hiking & swimming

What business/career advice do you wish you had when you began?

Don't be afraid to fail and you're going to love the construction industry.

What book are you currently reading?


What was your first job?

Gymnastics teacher, age 13.

At 84 Lumber, our customers are our first priority and being family-owned, people come first. We are the largest privately-held lumber company in the United States. Being woman-owned we can meet the designation for our customers who are bidding on jobs with diverse spending goals or requirements.


Christi Powell

WBE/MBE Market and Commercial Sales Manager
84 Lumber