Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday: Back Home Again

Earlier this decade, Indiana’s highest honor went to a distribution industry leader.

BY HBSDealer Staff

The year was 2013. Indiana’s governor was none other than current Vice President Mike Pence. And on a cold December night in Fort Wayne, Ind., Don Wolf, the president emeritus of Do it Best Corp., stepped onto a platform and accepted the prestigious Sachem Award, described as the state’s highest civilian honor.

Here’s an excerpt from the story that appeared in on Dec. 23:

“It is a humbling experience to be recognized by the governor with this award and to be joined by so many in doing so today,” added Wolf. “I worked to set an example for others in both my professional and personal life, and it is a wonderful feeling to see that those efforts have a lasting impact on our community and our state.”

The Sachem Award is presented to only one resident of the State of Indiana each year. It recognizes its recipient for displaying an exemplary, sustained combination of virtue, moral example, business success and career achievement. Pence presented the award to Wolf in front of 300-plus family, friends and community leaders at a ceremony at the Grand Wayne Center in downtown Fort Wayne.

Throwback update: A 90th birthday celebration for Wolf was broadcast live on Facebook June 18. The event recognized Wolf’s contributions to the community and particularly – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana, a charity he helped create. To help raise money for the organization, Do it Best Corp. is matching all donations – up to $90,000 – in a program called “The Big DONation.”

HBSDealer’s Throwback Thursday is sponsored by Schaffer Associates, a national management consulting firm specializing in executive search and organizational strategies for the hardware, home improvement, building materials, and consumer products industries. As the premier management consulting firm serving the industry, we help build organizations and leadership teams that foster corporate growth and success well into the future. Contact


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