Do it Best Corp. hires Eric Knox
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.
In this position, Knox will lead a team of territory managers for a 10-state region covering parts of the central, southern and southwestern United States, including Arkansas, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and portions of Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Tennessee. He will work to strengthen existing relationships between Do it Best Corp. and its member-owners through improvements in retail performance and dedicated personal service, as well as cultivating relationships with new members within his region.
“We are very excited to welcome Eric to our outstanding field team,” said Jay Brown, VP of sales and business development for Do it Best Corp. “Eric brings a great combination of experience and enthusiasm to Do it Best Corp. that will further strengthen our field team’s ability to help our members grow.”
Knox brings 15-plus years of experience in sales, marketing, product development and retail experience to Do it Best Corp. Most recently, he established brand development and built key relationships in China as director of sales and marketing for TekPoint International Corp. Prior to that, he worked with Ace Hardware for more than a decade as both a regional sales manager and a corporate store manager.
“I’m honored to join the great team at Do it Best Corp. and work with my territory managers to strengthen their member relationships and help our members grow,” Knox said. “I’ve known and admired Do it Best Corp. as an outstanding place to work for many years, which is due in large part to our unparalleled commitment to serving our members and helping them succeed.”
Foster True Value honored by co-op
True Value Co. recognized Foster True Value Hardware as one of its 13 honorees for its “Best Hardware in Town” program.
The store operates in Mariposa, Calif., where it has a strong reputation as a community supporter with sponsorships and other philanthropic efforts.
Troy Foster, Monica Evans and Melissa Swank accepted the award during a ceremony in Atlanta earlier this year.
The Best Hardware Store in Town program has been recognizing True Value retailers since 2007. “These are talented business people who work incredibly hard to bring their communities the best service and shopping experiences possible,” said John Hartmann, president and CEO of True Value Co.
Do it Best’s app earns IT praise
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.
The Sneak Peek app streamlined the selection and ordering process for members and participating vendors; it also saw significant adoption numbers, accounting for 84% of the October market’s Sneak Peek event’s total overall sales. With the app, orders that previously had to be entered manually and could take up to four weeks to officially log are now recorded immediately and in real time.
Do it Best Corp. ranked 62nd in the Elite 100 overall rankings.
“This is a great honor for our entire team here at Do it Best Corp., and it is recognition for the incredible effort and energy everyone here invests in enhancing our operations through technology,” said Mike Altendorf, VP IT for Do it Best Corp. “Specifically, our Sneak Peek app has been a great advancement for everyone involved. For vendors, it significantly reduces paperwork and virtually eliminates the number of missed orders. Most importantly, it’s been incredibly beneficial to our members by further improving our operational efficiency as a co-op.”