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New board members at Do it Best Corp.

Two award-winning retailers take on new responsibilities with the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based co-op.

BY HBSDealer Staff

Diana Newton and David Sturdivant were formally elected to the Do it Best Corp. board of directors at its annual fall market Shareholders’ Meeting over the weekend in Indianapolis.

This will be both Newton and Sturdivant’s first term on the 12-person board, the member-elected governing body ultimately responsible for securing the co-op’s financial stability and driving its strategic direction.

“Both Diana and David have more than proven themselves over the course of their careers,” said Brad McDaniel, chairman of the Do it Best board of directors. “Their work ethic, many organizational successes and long-term strategic vision are qualities highly sought after for this board. We look forward to their contributions as we move into a new year.”

Indianapolis welcomed Do it Best Oct. 18-21.

Newton is currently the vice president of Bay Hardware in Seal Beach, Calif. and Lunada Bay Hardware in Palos Verdes Estates. Sturdivant serves as chief operating officer and chief financial officer of Russell Lands, which operates Russell Do it Center, a nine-location home center chain in central Alabama.

In 2018, Newton received the Young Retailer of the Year Award from the North American Retail Hardware Association (NRHA), a national trade organization, and the Seal Beach Lions President Award of Honor. The previous year, she was also named a Top Young Guns Honoree by the NRHA.

“I am honored and humbled to be chosen to serve on the board of an organization that has meant so much to me, and that I am so deeply committed to,” said Newton. “I have always had a fire in my belly – a desire to push myself to do better and more. I promise to bring that passion to serve my fellow member-owners, helping them to dream big and providing them with the resources and inspiration to grow.”

Sturdivant, a certified public accountant, joined Russell Lands as controller in 1993. Ten years later, he was named chief financial officer and ascended to chief operating officer in 2014. In May, Russell Do it Center was named to the 2019 class of STIHL Hardware All Stars by HBSD Dealer.

“It is a great honor to be selected to serve on this energetic and eminent board of an international co-op that exemplifies what it means to be member-driven and growth-oriented,” said Sturdivant. “I promise to serve my fellow member-owners by helping them grow profitable and community-centered businesses.”

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