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Do it Best Announces Executive Leadership Transitions

Effective October 31, Do it Best will see several executive leadership transitions. Executive vice president of operations Steve Markley will retire and Dent Johnson will move into the role of executive vice president of operations. Nick Talarico will serve as the executive vice president of sales and marketing and Jason Stofleth will become the vice president of merchandising.

Markley retires after nearly 40 years in the industry. After first working in the Fort Wayne warehouse through college, he returned in the mid-80’s and began building his long list of contributions, including the development of the company’s global sourcing and export capabilities. He served as a divisional merchandise manager prior to being named vice president of merchandising in 2007. 

Over the last four years as the executive vice president of operations, Markley has worked closely with all divisions of the company on day-to-day operations, sales and marketing initiatives and critical infrastructure investments and deployments to support member growth initiatives.

“Do it Best and our members have been on a tremendous growth path over the last five years,” says president and CEO Dan Starr. “Much of our success in supporting and driving that growth has come from the execution of the key initiatives Steve has led. Our member program offerings and core systems across the company are much stronger today—and will be even stronger tomorrow—thanks to his leadership.”

“Working with the entire team as we serve our members has been a real privilege,” Markley says. “We have a very dedicated team that drives our continued success as a members-first organization.”

With Markley’s retirement, Do it Best has tapped two proven leaders as executive vice presidents to ensure the company retains its relentless focus on member growth initiatives and the infrastructure to support them. Nick Talarico steps into the new role of executive vice president of sales and marketing. Talarico, who most recently served as the company’s vice president of e-commerce, will continue in that role while also guiding the LBM, sales and marketing divisions.

“The alignment of our teams to execute on our member growth initiatives has never been stronger,” Talarico says. “Our members are eager to build on the opportunities to expand their current businesses and acquire others, fueled by the support we can provide through highly effective marketing and sales strategies. I’m excited to be a part of that growth.”

Talarico joined the company in 2009 as the manager of internal audit. In 2014, he was promoted to divisional manager in merchandising and then VP of sales and business development two years later, followed by the move to VP of e-commerce earlier this year.

Dent Johnson moves into the role of executive vice president of operations where he will now guide the IT, logistics and merchandising divisions. He joined Do it Best in 2018 and led numerous product category teams on strategic program development, vendor negotiations, promotional opportunities and supply chain enhancements as the vice president of merchandising. He previously served for more than 20 years in senior roles with Michelin Tire Corporation, both in the U.S. and abroad.

“Do it Best is the team with momentum, and we’re all driven to keep winning,” Johnson says. “I’m humbled to be able to continue building on our strengths to ensure that Do it Best remains the first and best choice for independent home improvement businesses.”

Jason Stofleth, vice president of merchandising

With Johnson’s move to executive vice president of operations, Jason Stofleth has been named vice president of merchandising. Stofleth brings extensive business and leadership experience to the role, including his contributions as a merchandising divisional manager since 2018. In that time, he led various departments through the development of targeted, strategic programs and initiatives to help Do it Best members increase their sales and profitability across numerous product categories. He previously held several leadership roles at Michelin Tire Corporation. He earned an MBA from Indiana University in 2008.

“I’m very excited for the incredible opportunity to add to the success of our industry-leading independent business owners,” Stofleth says. “In my time here, I’ve seen firsthand the daily demonstration of our members-first, servant-led approach. I’m eager to build on our growth momentum to drive even more profitability for all our members.”

“I’m pleased that our strong bench of talent—Dent, Nick, and Jason—will be able to build and expand on Steve’s many contributions and allow us to keep our collective attention firmly on the strategic initiatives and investments we’ve developed to support our members’ growth,” Starr says.

Learn more about the 2022 Do it Best Fall Market here.

About Lindsey Thompson

Lindsey joined the NHPA staff in 2021 as an associate editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. A native of Ohio, Lindsey earned a B.S. in journalism and minors in business and sociology from Ohio University. She loves spending time with her husband, two kids, two cats and one dog, as well as doing DIY projects around the house, going to concerts, boating and cheering on the Cleveland Indians.

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