Do it Best names new retail development vp

Do it Best Corp. has named Jay Brown to the post of vp-retail development.

Brown formerly served as vp-merchandising at the co-op, where he helped open two global buying offices in Asia. He also helped bring such programs to the co-op’s biannual markets, including the “Friday Night Sneak Peek” and “Power Tool University.”

Previously, Brown was senior general manager for paint manufacturer Valspar.

“Jay was instrumental in creating merchandising programs and services that helped our member-owners become more successful,” said Bob Taylor, Do it Best’s president and CEO.  “He has done an outstanding job as vice president of merchandising and we know he will bring that same energy and enthusiasm to his new role with our field staff.”

Ft. Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best serves approximately 4,100 member-owners in the United States and 45 foreign countries.