Fort Wayne, Indiana-based Do it Best Corp. announced the retirement of one of its senior leaders while also transitioning another proven executive into a new position.
Effective Oct. 24, Do it Best VP of Lumber and Building Materials Quent Ondricek will retire his position, while Gary Nackers, currently director of program development for LBM, will move into that role, effective Sept. 15.
Nackers joined the co-op in 1999, and has served in a number of roles of growing responsibility and geographic scope. After starting as a territory manager on the sales and business development team, a series of promotions within the department led to his position as national sales manager in 2008, which he served at until assuming his current role in early 2012. Overall, he has more than 30 years of experience in the home improvement and hardware retail industries.
“While it won’t be easy following the example Quent has set in his career, I could not be more excited about the opportunities ahead for independent entrepreneurs in the home improvement industry,” said Nackers. “I look forward to working with our incredible LBM team and, most importantly, continuing to help our members grow and succeed.”
Ondricek had a lengthy career at Our Own Hardware, before joining the Do it Best Corp. team when those two co-ops combined in 1998. He came on board as a regional sales manager for a newly created territory, serving in that role for three years before a promotion to national sales manager in 2001. He was named VP lumber and building materials in 2002. Overall, he has more than 40 years of experience in the hardware and LBM industries.