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May 18, 2014

Indianapolis -- Rich Lynch, who was named VP of marketing for Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. back in March, said he learned some valuable lessons about retail from his teenage years as a hardware store employee -- and also from his years as a marketing executive for Jim Beam.

Lynch met with the media here during the co-op's May Market. And with the words "helping members grow" stitched into his shirt sleeve, he talked about the importance of staying ahead of society's online movement and balancing all the "ingredients" of a successful hardware store.

May 12, 2014

Do it Best Corp. recognized its Waco, Texas, Retail Service Center (RSC) team for recording four straight years without any lost time due to a safety incident or injury.

At Waco, and elsewhere throughout the Do it Best supply chain, the distributor has added morning stretches, safety tips and peer-to-peer observations into their work culture to proactively prevent safety incidents. The current safety streak is the longest of any of the co-op’s RSCs throughout the United States.

April 28, 2014

Do it Best Corp. has named Gary Hoffmann to lead a seasoned business development team in the newly created role of national multi-location sales and business development manager, effective immediately.

April 15, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. hired Eric Knox as regional sales and business development manager, covering a large swath of the United States.

April 7, 2014

Do it Best Corp. entered the Elite 100 annual rankings conducted by Information Week. The recognition was linked to the co-op’s development and implementation of a dedicated app for its Sneak Peek sales events at its May and October markets. 

March 27, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. promoted Rich Lynch to the position of VP marketing.

March 21, 2014

Executives from Do it Best Corp. celebrated the grand opening of the co-op’s new Retail Service Center in Sikeston, Mo.

Bob Taylor, president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., and Sikeston Mayor Jerry Pullen cut the ribbon on the 550,000-sq.-ft. facility, which will serve as the co-op’s strategic hub for product distribution to members throughout the Midwest and central United States. 

March 11, 2014

Do it Best Corp. has announced the promotion of John Branigan and Tom Morgan to retail performance managers, effective immediately.

Branigan and Morgan will lead co-op efforts in aiding the growth and enhancement of member stores through retail performance programs developed exclusively for Do it Best Corp. member-owners.

January 31, 2014

Do it Best Corp. has promoted Bob Gumash to regional sales and business development manager for the northeastern United States, effective immediately. He replaces Rob Schmiedel, who was recently promoted to national sales manager.

“I’m honored to lead this outstanding regional team as we work to achieve our No. 1 goal: helping our members grow,” Gumash said. “I’m excited to combine my previous experiences as a territory manager and retail performance manager to bring an unparalleled level of service and support to our members.”

January 29, 2014

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. announced that Tim Miller will replace John Snider as VP retail logistics.

The executive tranistion officially takes effect March 24, with Snider's retirement date set for June 30.

December 23, 2013

Indiana Governor Mike Pence presented the Sachem Award to Don Wolf, the longtime president and CEO of Do it Best Corp., at an event in Fort Wayne last week.

December 16, 2013

Do it Best Corp. promoted Rob Schmiedel to the role of national sales manager, effective immediately.

In this position, Schmiedel will work closely with the Do it Best Corp. executive team to develop and implement national sales and business development strategies. He will also oversee the co-op’s nationwide team of regional and territory sales managers, equipping them with the support and tools necessary to fuel their member-owners’ growth and drive even greater sales to their customers. 

December 6, 2013

Like most buildings and structures in the Philippines city of Tacloban, the mall housing Handyman’s -- a Do it Best Corp. member -- suffered significant damage from Typhoon Haiyan in November.

The mall’s roof was partially ripped away and its windows completely destroyed, allowing mud and rain to pour into the shopping center. To make matters worse, the city of Tacloban is still without power, making any efforts to clean up and re-open very difficult. Officials there expect it to take up to six months for the store to re-open in full.

November 19, 2013

Do it Best Corp. concluded a week-long, intensive leadership training development program for a selected group of managers and leaders from among its member-owned stores.

The inaugural Leadership Development Institute (LDI) was held Nov. 12-15, at the co-op's Fort Wayne, Ind., headquarters. Twenty-three attendees took part in the training. 

October 22, 2013

Indianapolis -- During its annual shareholders meeting, Do it Best Corp. CEO Bob Taylor and chairman of the board Tom Lamberth leaned on a variety of statistics to describe the state of the co-op. 

Most metrics were in the positive column, with annual gross sales up 4.4% to $2.80 billion, compared with $2.68 billion in 2012, which had an extra week on the calendar. (The co-op’s fiscal year ended June 29.) 

October 21, 2013

Indianapolis -- Retired Do it Best Corp. CEO Don Wolf re-entered the spotlight Sunday night at the co-op's October market shareholder meeting.

Wolf received the state’s highest honor -- the Sachem Award for leadership and character -- hand-delivered by Governor Mike Pence.

October 19, 2013

Indianapolis -- Do it Best Corp. members appear to be buying into the idea of a recovery. At the co-op’s October Market here, which runs through Oct. 21, sales of Sneak Peak merchandise amounted to $8.8 million in 90 minutes, a new record. 

“The October market always provides our members a wealth of opportunities to learn, connect and plan for the year ahead,” said Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Bob Taylor. 

October 9, 2013

Do it Best Corp. promoted Mike Ter Molen to divisional manager of Building Products and Home Decor, effective immediately.  

In this position, Ter Molen will lead the co-op’s Building Products Division team, with a focus on growing sales of building and home decor products.

May 29, 2013

Indianapolis -- Bob Taylor has a good memory for weather conditions.

Back in March, the Do it Best Corp. CEO flew out of Fort Wayne, Ind., with the thermometer reading 14 degrees. On exactly the same day the year before, traveling to the same business event, the temperature was a balmy 83 degrees.

May 19, 2013

Indianapolis -- A number of innovations, events and product deals helped draw thousands of member-owners to the 2013 Do it Best May Market. 

“From the strong member response at the Sneak Peek, to the solid attendance at our many seminars and training events and continuing out to the bustle on the market floor, we’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm among our members this weekend,” said Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Bob Taylor.

May 7, 2013

Corbin Prows has joined Do it Best Corp. as the retail program manager, responsible for the creation and implementation of marketing strategies

Corbin Prows has joined Do it Best Corp. as the retail program manager, responsible for the creation and implementation of marketing strategies to increase co-op member participation in a variety of key retail programs.

Prior to joining Do it Best Corp., Prows spent the previous 18 years at Centennial Wireless in Fort Wayne, which later became AT&T Mobility. 

April 22, 2013

Fort Wayne, Ind.-based Do it Best Corp. earned recognition from Dale Carnegie Training.

For its continued commitment to the development of its employees, Do it Best Corp. has earned international recognition from Dale Carnegie Training, the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op announced.

Company representatives from Dale Carnegie Training presented Do it Best Corp. with its Leadership Award, which recognizes a select group of companies and organizations from around the world that invest in the development their people.

April 8, 2013

The co-op structure presents to the hardware industry one of the most interesting financial instruments in all of accounting: the end-of-year rebate.

San Antonio-based Alamo Lumber is a small regional lumberyard company serving 14 south Texas markets with a mix of building supplies and hardware store merchandise.

January 31, 2013

A blend of education, entertainment and relaxation highlighted the recently completed Do it Best Corp. Winter Conference held in Phoenix.

A blend of education, entertainment and relaxation highlighted the recently completed Do it Best Corp. Winter Conference held in Phoenix.

December 7, 2012

Do it Best Corp. promoted of Don Randolph to the position of retail performance manager.

In his new role, Randolph will oversee and lead co-op efforts in aiding the growth and improvement of member stores through enhancement of retail performance programs. 

Randolph is a nearly 10-year veteran of Do it Best Corp., serving as a territory sales and business development manager in the southwestern United States.