11. Dan and Michael Schwab, co-presidents, D&H Distributing
How do you manage through a downturn? If you want a lesson on thriving in good times and bad, you'd be wise to talk to D&H Co-presidents Dan and Michael Schwab. "We decline to participate in any downturns," says Dan (left). It's not just talk. D&H has delivered consistent double-digit sales growth for the past eight years.
We refer to the 90-year-old, employee-owned company as the Timex watch of the distribution business. Even when the industry takes a lickin', D&H keeps on ticking. Look for the the Brothers Schwab, who took on the shared president duties in May, to continue the $2 billion distributor's hot streak. [read more]