March 26, 2018, FORT WAYNE, INDIANA — Do it Best Corp. announces the retirement of Vice President of Information Technology Mike Altendorf, capping a successful career of more than 30 years in the independent home improvement industry. Altendorf’s retirement is effective August 10, 2018.
Altendorf joined Do it Best Corp. in 2009 as Director of IT Business Planning and Architecture and was appointed Vice President of IT seven months later. As Vice President of IT, Altendorf has overseen all IT-related programs, including setting the division’s strategic planning, as well as leadership of all Application Development, Project Management, EDI Services, Support, Infrastructure, Networking and Operations.
Altendorf’s contributions to the co-op also include establishing a business intelligence platform, many new operational systems, and numerous upgrades to both software and hardware systems. This was accomplished with a strong focus on business value and alignment.  Altendorf is especially proud of his team and enjoyed contributing to their growth. One example was the creation of Techapalooza, the co-op’s annual in-house, week-long technology conference that draws respected industry leaders and speakers from across the country.
Prior to joining Do it Best Corp., Altendorf served for more than 20 years at Ace Hardware, including five years as its vice president of IT. His first job as a high school student was at a lumberyard and hardware store in his native Chicago, where he worked for 10 years.
“I am so honored to have been able to help lead and grow our IT team at Do it Best Corp. over the last decade,” Altendorf said. “And I’m privileged to have spent so much of my career in the home improvement industry. From my very first experience in this industry as a teenager, I’ve learned how rewarding it is to help independently owned businesses grow and thrive. The industry includes so many wonderful family businesses and great people.
“In making my decision to retire, I knew it’d be tough to leave such an amazingly talented group of employees at Do it Best Corp. and all of our incredible member-owners,” Altendorf continued. “I am inspired by the commitment of our team and the many positive results they’ve delivered for our members and the co-op. Just as importantly, I have the utmost confidence in them, and I’m excited to see all they will accomplish to help our members grow and achieve their dreams in the years ahead.”

“Mike has been the driving force behind a period of tremendous growth with our IT team – an era that has had a profoundly positive impact on our members,” explained Do it Best Corp. President and CEO Dan Starr. “On behalf of our members and fellow team members, we are incredibly grateful to Mike for his years of service and commitment to making this co-op and his community a better place.”
In addition to his extensive professional experience, Altendorf has been an active as a volunteer and educator in the communities he’s called home. He served on the faculty at Northern Illinois University prior to relocating to Fort Wayne, where he continues to serve on a professional advisory board for the department of computer science at Purdue University Fort Wayne and the industry advisory board for computer science at the University of Saint Francis; he is also a member of the board of advisors for Carmel, IN-based Eleven Fifty Academy, a nonprofit organization focused on computer-programming training. He recently completed his term as board chair with the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. He also serves on the Parkview Health System Foundation board and has volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana for several years.
With Altendorf remaining in his role through August, Do it Best Corp. is not yet naming a replacement. The co-op is currently conducting an extensive search, both internally and externally, to identify the best candidate to lead the Information Technology division. The co-op expects to name Altendorf’s successor later this spring.
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 surpassing $3 billion, Do it Best Corp. is the second largest co-op in the industry, serving thousands of member-owned locations across the United States and in more than 50 other countries. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.