October 29, 2018, FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – Do it Best Corp. announced the promotion of one of its senior leaders while also transitioning another proven manager into an executive leadership role. Effective immediately, Do it Best Corp. Vice President of Merchandising Steve Markley will serve as the company’s new Executive Vice President of Operations while William “Dent” Johnson, previously a Divisional Merchandise Manager, will advance into the role of Vice President of Merchandising.

Markley has built on more than 30 years of industry experience, beginning his career in what was our original distribution center in Fort Wayne. He came back to the company in the mid-80s, and then moved on to work in the vendor community and also served as a manufacturer’s representative. Steve returned to Do it Best in 1998 to develop the company’s global sourcing capabilities and vendor export programs. He assumed additional responsibilities as the Divisional Merchandise Manager for electrical, hardware, industrial/commercial, global sourcing and export before advancing to the role of Vice President of Merchandising in 2007. 
 
“We’ve been making considerable strategic investments in the company to ensure that Do it Best is the first and best choice for independent home improvement businesses,” said President and CEO Dan Starr. “That includes investment in information technology, our distribution system and building the best team. We are fortunate to have someone of Steve’s caliber and extensive abilities ready to lead our teams forward as we drive growth for our member-owners through our supply chain excellence.”

“I’m both humbled and excited to have the opportunity to work with our very talented and strong teams in IT, LBM, Logistics, Marketing, Merchandising, and Sales,” said Markley. “Our combined members-first mentality continues to deliver outstanding results and we look forward to driving additional value to Do it Best members across the country and around the world.”

With Markley’s promotion, Johnson moves into the open role of vice president where he will now oversee hardware products purchasing, global sourcing, inventory control, category management, content management, Alliance partner activities, and pricing teams. He joined Do it Best in March 2018 where he worked with numerous product category teams on strategic program development, vendor negotiations, promotional opportunities and supply chain enhancements. He previously served for more than 20 years in senior roles with Michelin Tire Corporation, both in the United States and abroad. Most recently, he was the site manager for Michelin’s BFGoodrich factory, overseeing all facets of operations for the 1,700-employee tire manufacturing facility.

“Already in my time at Do it Best I’ve been very impressed by the intense commitment our team has to serve our member-owners,” said Johnson. “I’m honored to carry on the great work already underway as we further our initiatives to ensure that Do it Best is the first and best choice for independent home improvement businesses.”

About Do it Best Corp.
Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales nearing $4 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the fastest growing co-op in the industry, serving thousands of member-owned locations across the United States and in more than 50 other countries. For more information, visit doitbestcorp.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.