Blackhawk Industrial thrives with relaxed but serious corporate climate

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — INDUSTRIAL DISTRIBUTION — If you visit BlackHawk Industrial’s “BaseCamp” in Broken Arrow trying to find CEO Bill Scheller, don’t look for a guy in a business suit. Instead, expect to find the company’s leader clad in a casual button-up golf shirt and sandals and happy to share his business vision.

PHOTO: BlackHawk Industrial executive members (from left) Stephen Burns – CIO, Heather Riggs – Director of Supplier Development, Ian Hartman – VP of Supply Chain, Bill Scheller – CEO, and James MacEachern – CFO. Photo provided.

Scheller is a reflection of the culture he’s instilled at BlackHawk, where a ‘relaxed, but serious’ atmosphere now encompasses 800 employees, just six years after Scheller himself was its first employee. Previously serving as the CEO of ORS Nasco for 10 years, Scheller has led an aggressive buy-and-build business strategy that has turned BlackHawk into a $450 million industrial distributor with no intentions of slowing down. Be it with activities such as warehouse scavenger hunts and ping-pong tournaments at BaseCamp’s warehouse, or encouraging all locations to pick a branch activity to do each month, or bringing the entire sales force to the company’s annual Summit, Scheller and BlackHawk have powered the rapid growth hand-in-hand with a unique culture.

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Source: Industrial Distribution

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