The chief executive officer of Fort Wayne-based Do it Best Corp. has received the Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. It is the organization's highest annual honor. Bob Taylor has been involved with the nonprofit for nearly 15 years. June 4, 2015

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) presented Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Bob Taylor with one of its highest honors in recognition of his leadership and his company's 30+ years of support of the organization.

BBBSA honored Taylor with its Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award, the top individual honor bestowed annually by the organization, at its National Conference Awards Gala June 3 in Philadelphia.

“I am both humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award,” Taylor said. “It's a reflection of the generosity of our Do it Best Corp. vendors over the years and the tremendous volunteer engagement of our team. I'm proud of my involvement with this wonderful organization at both the local and national level for so many years. It has been an incredible experience, and one for which I am most grateful to everyone at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.”

Taylor has served as a key leader, volunteer and fundraiser for BBBSA since becoming involved with the organization in 2001, including service as a director on the national board from 2004-10. In selecting Taylor for the Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award, BBBSA highlighted a number of achievements, including ongoing personal support and national board leadership, spreading his passion for mentorship and philanthropy through his daily work at Do it Best Corp., and driving fundraising efforts of more than $2.1 million for the organization.

'Bob Taylor is a blend of positive influence and passionate leadership from which Big Brothers Big Sisters has greatly benefited over the years,” said Pam Iorio, president and CEO of BBBSA. “Bob not only contributes to our organization, he lives our mission of mentorship day in and day out.”

Created in 1990, the Charles G. Berwind Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes individuals who have devoted substantial time and energy over the course of their lives to the cause of youth mentoring through Big Brothers Big Sisters.

About Do it Best Corp.

Based in Fort Wayne, Ind., Do it Best Corp. is the only U.S.-based, member-owned comprehensive and fully integrated hardware, lumber and building materials buying cooperative in the home improvement industry. With annual sales of $2.87 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving more than 3,800 member-owned locations in the United States and in 54 other countries. For more information, visit doitbestcorp.com and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, holds itself accountable for children in its program to achieve measurable outcomes such as educational success, avoidance of risky behaviors, higher aspirations, greater confidence and better relationships. Partnering with parents/guardians, schools, corporations and others in the community, Big Brothers Big Sisters carefully pairs children (“Littles”) with screened volunteer mentors (“Bigs”), and monitors and supports these one-to-one mentoring matches throughout their course. The Big Brothers Big Sisters Youth Outcomes Survey substantiates that its mentoring programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional, and behavioral outcomes for youth – areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.

Big Brother Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change lives for the better, forever. This mission has been the cornerstone of the organization's 110-year history. With 325 agencies across the country, Big Brothers Big Sisters serves approximately 200,000 children, their families and 200,000 volunteer mentors. Learn more at BigBrothersBigSisters.org.

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