Each year, building products distributor ABC Supply Co. Inc. recognizes associates who best exemplify the commitment to its seven guiding core values. The Ken Hendricks Award honors the memory of ABC Supply’s co-founder, Ken Hendricks, and celebrates the values and character that he and Chairman Diane Hendricks championed.
The 2019 award recipients of the Ken Hendricks Award are Mark Briggs, manager of ABC Supply’s Rocky Mountain District, and Chris Schrage, managing partner of the West Allis, Wis., branch. They were recognized at the annual Founders’ Celebration picnic at ABC Supply’s National Support Center in Beloit, Wis.
Mark Briggs began his career in the roofing industry in 1976. In 1987, he bought the roofing company that he was working for and continued running the business until 1994, when he and his wife, Kim, opened a waterproofing business. Mark joined ABC Supply in 1996 as manager of the Lake Havasu City, Ariz., location. He was promoted to operations manager for the Rocky Mountain Region in 2001 and then to district manager in 2003. At ABC Supply, Mark is respected for his industry experience, thoughtful feedback and upbeat personality. Associates especially appreciate the mentorship he provides as they look for ways to help grow the company and the businesses of their contractor customers.
Chris Schrage joined ABC Supply in 1984 when it acquired the company he was working for at the time. He started in sales, was promoted to assistant manager and eventually became manager of the Fond du Lac, Wis., branch in 1990. In 2000, he was offered the role of Midwest Region fleet and operations manager. After four years of traveling throughout the region, Chris returned to a branch manager role at the West Allis, Wis., location. At ABC Supply, Chris is respected for his passion for leading associates and giving back to his community. For over 25 years, Chris has supported a variety of charitable organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity, the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force and the Beacon House.
“Mark and Chris have demonstrated the character that is true to the core values that Ken championed,” says President and CEO Keith Rozolis. “Their drive both professionally and personally is contagious, and they are proof that every person has within themselves the ability to do great things, both at and away from work.”
“These two deserving award recipients truly symbolize what ABC was built upon, proven by their accomplishments throughout the years,” adds ABC Supply Chairman Diane Hendricks. “They are dedicated to preserving ABC’s core values and exemplify passion for their associates, customers and the communities in which they serve.”