Do it Best Corp president and CEO Bob Taylor will retire effective Jan. 4 and will be succeeded by the current executive vice president and chief operating officer, Dan Starr, the distribution co-op announced today.
Starr will become only the fifth president and CEO in the co-op’s 70-year history, the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based operation noted in a news release. He joined Do it Best in 2005 as director of human resources and general counsel, became vice president of human resources in 2006, and has served as EVP and COO since 2012.
Taylor came to Do it Best in 2001 from his position as president of Taylor's Do it centers in Virginia Beach, Va. During his time at the co-op, Taylor "led the launch or expansion of numerous key member-focused programs during his tenure, while also strengthening the co-op’s outstanding financial standing and overseeing an unprecedented period of consistently high industry-leading member rebates," Do it Best's announcement said.
"Today is bittersweet – it will not be easy to leave the outstanding employee team I’ve worked with and incredible family of member-owners I’ve served,” Taylor said in the statement. “At the same time, I am proud of what we’ve accomplished during my time here, and I am very excited to see Dan step into this role, one for which he is ideally suited.”
Do it Best bill itself as the second-largest co-op in the lumber and building materials industry. It posts annual sales of nearly $3 billion via its service to more than 3,800 member-owned locations in the U.S. and 54 other countries.