ABC Supply Sponsors Foyt Racing, Promotes Rozolis

Thu June 23, 2005 - National Edition

American Builders and Contractors Supply Co. Inc. (ABC Supply) has entered into a sponsorship agreement with racing legend A.J. Foyt and A.J. Foyt Racing.

ABC Supply is sponsoring the No. 14 car in the Indy Racing League IndyCar Series, whose premier event was the Indianapolis 500. The car will be driven by A.J. Foyt IV, grandson of racing legend A.J. Foyt.

“This is a fun and exciting opportunity for us to really connect with both our current and future customers,” said company founder and CEO Ken Hendricks. “Our people are really energized about our association with the IRL IndyCar Series and A.J. Foyt Racing.

“The values and work ethic that have served this racing dynasty are the same values that fuel ABC Supply,” Hendricks continued, “and we feel that our involvement in the IndyCar Series and the world famous Indianapolis 500 is a great way for us to reach out to our customer base and enhance the ABC Supply brand image.”

Both Foyt and Hendricks come from humble beginnings where they learned the value of hard work and determination. Hendricks, who began his business roofing homes in Southern Wisconsin, is now listed in the Forbes 400 Richest People. He has built a national network of wholesale distribution centers specializing in servicing the professional contractor.

A.J. Foyt, whose father was an auto mechanic by trade, learned many valuable lessons working for his father while growing up. Foyt, who had a tough start in racing has since become one of the nation’s greatest racing legends.

He is the first four-time winner of the Indianapolis 500 and holds the record for most victories (67), most national championships (7), most victories in one season (10), and most consecutive starts in the Indy 500 (35).

Rozolis Promoted to Senior VP Strategic Marketing and Planning

The company also has announced that Keith Rozolis has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Strategic Marketing and Planning.

“Keith has done an outstanding job leading our marketing and merchandising efforts, and had played a pivotal role in developing the marketing infrastructure necessary to support our continued growth and expansion,” said David Luck, president and chief operating officer. “As the company continues to grow, he will be taking on increasing responsibilities in overseeing key marketing and strategic initiatives.”

Rozolis joined ABC Supply in 1999, as vice president of strategic marketing and planning. Prior to joining ABC, he was with Bridgestone/Firestone Retail Operations.

ABC Supply, based in Beloit, WI, is one of the largest wholesale distributors of roofing and siding in the United States, and one of the largest distributors of windows and other select exterior products.

Founded in 1982, ABC Supply currently employs more than 5,000 people and has more than 288 branch locations in 45 states and the District of Columbia.CEG