Industry & Services >> Sector Roundtables >> February 23, 2004


Keith Hughes, Vice President, of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Capital Markets joined the firm in September 1998 as an Associate Analyst in equity research for engineered product companies. Previously, he worked for five years in highly protected risk (HPR) property insurance as an engineer and underwriter for two leading property and casualty insurance companies. In this capacity, he became familiar with the operations and businesses of a variety of industries including textile, floor covering, furniture, steel, plastics and other specialty manufacturing. He has a Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech and an MBA in Finance from Georgia State University. Profile
John F. Kasprzak Jr. is a Managing Director at BB&T Capital Markets. He joined Equity Research in May 1997 and follows the building materials/homebuilding sector. He has been named in the 2006, 2005, and 2000 Wall Street Journal Best on the Street Analyst Survey (including number one in estimate accuracy), the 2006 and 2005 Analyst Awards, and the inaugural All-Star Analyst Survey. He has also been included in the Reuters Survey of Mid to Smaller Company Investment Research on three separate occasions. Prior to joining the firm, he was a research analyst for four years at Davenport & Co., LLC. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia in 1988 and received an MBA degree from the College of William and Mary in 1993. Profile
TWST: What has gone on in the building materials industry from a

business point of view over the last year or so?

Mr. Hughes: I think you have to take whatever product category you're