When they started ABC Supply in 1982, Ken and Diane Hendricks’ founding dream was to build a company that puts customers’ needs at the forefront of the business. The pair knew that they could serve contractors better than anyone else by embracing them with true professionalism and respect, along with giving them the resources needed to be successful. To achieve this, the company quickly established an employee-first culture.
Each year, the company recognizes the associate(s) who continually show their dedication to serving customers in a way that best exemplifies the company’s Core Values, and their commitment to honoring the founding dream. It’s the most prestigious honor an ABC associate can receive: the Ken Hendricks Award.
The 2016 recipients of the Ken Hendricks Award truly embody ABC Supply’s mission. The honorees, Robert Amar (Houston) and Pat Keeney (Coon Rapids, Minnesota), personify ABC’s values through their dedication, commitment and desire to serve people.
Pat Keeney is known throughout the company for the attention he’s given to customers over the years, and has worked hard instilling that attribute in associates at the various ABC locations he’s helped spearhead across the U.S. Similar to Keeney, Amar is a recognized mentor throughout ABC who enjoys giving his associates a bird’s-eye view of the business. He’s also known for building strong customer relationships.
As Chairman Diane Hendricks said, “Robert and Pat’s dedication to serving our customers and remarkable passion for living our values make them truly deserving of this honor.”
By being an employee-first company, ABC Supply ensures that they’re consistently giving back to their devoted associates, who in turn are inspired to hold their customers’ needs above all else.