At a recent Trinity Business Network (TBN) event, Chief Operating Officer of ACE Hardware Corporation John Venhuizen ’92 shared thoughts on faith and business, drawing from his 20 years of experience.
“Business students appreciated hearing from a successful business professional who started his career from exactly the same place that they will be starting theirs,” said Dr. Lynn White, professor of accounting in the business department at Trinity.
Venhuizen graduated from Trinity with a degree in marketing and began working at ACE Hardware shortly after. He has received several awards, including being named to Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” in 2004. The award recognizes individuals in the Chicago area who have made a major impact in their respective industries before the age of 40.
Junior Kevin Hahn of Cedar Lake, Indiana, said: “The TBN events are always really encouraging for me. Each time I’m in attendance, I’m inspired to keep my faith in the business world. Mr. Venhuizen was an excellent, engaging speaker. He offered us great stories and advice on how to stand above the rest during these tough economic times; he shared with us his methods for success; and finally, he proved that Trinity students can become people who can shape and change the world to become coworkers with Christ.”
Dan Harris, owner of Palos Ace Hardware, also commented on the event, praising Venhuizen’s work as well as the College. “John Venhuizen is just another example of the great people I have had the opportunity to meet who are associated with Trinity Christian College,” said Harris.