FORT WAYNE, INDIANA – Indiana Governor Mike Pence has named Do it Best Corp. President Emeritus Bob Taylor a Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state’s governor.
Pence announced the award in late March as part of a retirement celebration for Taylor, who officially stepped down January 4 after 15 years leading Do it Best Corp. and a 40-plus-year career in the home improvement industry.
“Bob has always put others first and led with a servant’s attitude – and few can claim a record as impressive as his,” said Pence. “He has also been a lifelong civic leader, giving countless hours to improve the quality of life here in Indiana; many organizations have benefitted from his experience, his insights, his generosity and his leadership. I can think of no one more deserving of this honor than my friend, Bob Taylor.”
The Sagamore of the Wabash was established more than 60 years ago by then-Governor Ralph Gates as a tribute to those state residents and other notable figures who have rendered a distinguished service and exemplary career or contributed greatly to the state’s heritage.
The term “Sagamore” was originally used by the Native American tribes of the American northeast to describe a great man among the tribe whom the chief would look to for wisdom and advice.
“While not a native Hoosier, I will always be a proud adopted son of Indiana, which makes this recognition from our Governor incredibly humbling,” Taylor said. “My father instilled in me the importance of serving others through leadership. It has been my honor and privilege to work alongside so many talented and committed individuals in helping to move our state and our region forward.”
Source: Do it Best Corp.