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:
■ Work hard-have fun
■ Entrepreneurial spirit
■ 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
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
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
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.