Retail/Wholesale

RONALD WANEK

CHAIRMAN, ASHLEY FURNITURE INDUSTRIES, ST. PETERSBURG

Founder of the world’s largest home furniture maker and America’s largest furniture retailer store brand with 1,000 locations in 56 countries, Wanek grew up on a Minnesota farm, where his family were sharecroppers. The family dwelling lacked electricity and running water. Factory managers where he worked as a laborer noticed his drive and taught him manufacturing. His father loaned him the money to start his first furniture maker. He later brought Ashley and built it and a fortune estimated at $6 billion.

Wanek, 79, in 2020 received the Horatio Alger Award. He’s in the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. Son Todd has been CEO since 2002. Family philanthropy includes education, the arts and medicine, including a $50-million grant to The City of Hope to find a cure for Type 1 diabetes by 2023. In Arcadia, Wisc., Wanek has been the lead benefactor of the Soldier’s Walk at Memorial Park, the largest memorial park outside Washington, D.C. Wanek himself designed 25 monuments on its Avenue of Heroes.

Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh

Fresh Del Monte Produce

MATT BEALL

BEALL’S INC.

Colin Brown

JM Family Enterprises

Rob Burnette

Badcock Furniture

Brent Burns

JM Family Enterprises

J. Bryan Cooksey III

McCall Service

Thomas Corr

George E. Warren Corp.

Dan Doyle Jr.

DEX Imaging

Lee Evans

Bristol-Myers Squibb

James L. Ferman Jr.

Ferman Automotive

Daniel Gold

Future Energy Solutions

Robert Gordon

FreshPoint

David Gott

Sawgrass Mills

Debbie Harvey

Ron Jon Surf Shop

Agustin Herrán

Sedano’s Supermarket

Oscar Horton

Sun State International

Anthony Hucker

Southeastern Grocers

Rich Hume

TECH DATA

Todd Jones

Publix Super Markets

Michael Kasbar

World Fuel Services

Keith Koenig

City Furniture

DAVID J. LONG

OrangeTheory Fitness

MIKE MAROONE

MAROONE USA

Brett McGill

MarineMax

Irwin Novack

Kane's Furniture

John Peyton

Gate Petroleum

Kim Rivers

Trulieve Cannabis

Byron Russell

Cheney Bros.

Jeffrey Seaman

Rooms to Go

Gerry Smith

Office Depot

Troy Taylor

Coca-Cola Beverages Florida

Terry Taylor

Automotive Management Services

RONALD WANEK

ASHLEY FURNITURE INDUSTRIES