West Bend man receives ABC Supply's Ken Hendricks Award
Distinction represents company’s highest honor

By Freeman Staff

June 26, 2019

 Chris Schrage
Submitted photo

WEST BEND — Chris Schrage of West Bend has been honored with ABC Supply Co. Inc.’s 2019 Ken Hendricks Award, the highest recognition an ABC Supply associate can receive. It was created in memory of the company’s co-founder.

The Ken Hendricks Award celebrates people who best represent the character and values that Ken Hendricks and Chairman Diane Hendricks have championed since they founded ABC Supply in 1982. Those values include:

■ Respect

■ Opportunity

■ Work hard-have fun

■ Entrepreneurial spirit

■ Family

■ Give back

■ American pride Schrage is managing partner of the West Allis ABC Supply branch, overseeing a team of 40 associates and ensuring professional contractors in the area receive the building materials and support they need for their businesses, according to a company press release.

According to ABC Supply President and CEO Keith Rozolis, Schrage and his fellow 2019 Ken Hendricks Award winner, Rocky Mountain District Manager Mark Briggs of Watkins, Colo., are being recognized “for their dedication to living ABC Supply’s Core Values and their passion for improving the lives of the people around them.”

Schrage began his career with 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, 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, Schrage returned to a branch manager role at the West Allis location.

At ABC Supply, Schrage 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.

A manager who leads by example, Schrage embodies the values that are behind the Ken Hendricks Award, according to the press release.

“Chris represents the character and values that Ken and Diane believed were so important for this company and industry,” Rozolis said. “His respect for associates and dedication to our customers are what make him an effective leader and help to make ABC Supply the number one choice for professional contractors in West Allis and the surrounding areas.” Chairman Diane Hendricks added, “Chris is a deserving award recipient who truly symbolizes what ABC was built upon, proven by his accomplishments throughout the years. He is dedicated to preserving ABC’s Core Values and exemplifies passion for his associates, customers and the community in which he serves.”

Briggs and Schrage received their awards during the company’s annual Founders’ Celebration event at ABC Supply’s National Support Center in Beloit, Wisconsin, on June 20.

ABC Supply Co. Inc. is the largest wholesale distributor of roofing in the United States and one of the nation’s largest wholesale distributors of select exterior and interior building products.

A 13-time Gallup Great Workplace Award winner, ABC Supply is an “employee-first” company that treats its associates with respect and gives them the tools they need to succeed.