Fulfilling a Dream: Diane Hendricks

Diane and Ken Hendricks had a dream for how they wanted their lives to play out.

“In 1982, Ken and I had a vision,” says Diane, chairman of ABC Supply Co., Inc., the company she co-founded with her late husband. “We wanted to be productive with our lives, make a difference in our industry and give back to those who helped us achieve our dreams. Ken and I were blessed to be born in this great nation, where we are born with the gift of opportunity and freedom. Our vision was to live the American dream by working hard, working smart, and having fun.”

Ken passed away in 2007, but Diane has carried on, continuing the dream the couple started together. Today, ABC Supply, a Beloit-based corporation, is the largest wholesale distributor of exterior building products in the United States. It is a nearly $5 billion company with more than 450 branches in 45 states and approximately 7,000 associates. The company has received eight consecutive Gallup Great Workplace Awards, which honors the most engaged and productive workforces in the world.

Diane also presides over a large national portfolio of industrial and commercial real estate and is Chairman of Hendricks Holding Co., which includes a diverse collection of domestic and international companies in construction, insurance brokerage, manufacturing, recycling, transportation and logistics, pharmaceutical research, and other business sectors.

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