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Don E. Marsh, chairman, president and CEO of Marsh Supermarkets Inc., has been given the Herman B. Wells Visionary Award by Indiana University and the Indiana University Foundation.
Named after the university?s late chancellor who served the university for 63 years, the citation was created to honor individuals with demonstrated vision, entrepreneurial achievement and a record of outstanding achievement. The honor was bestowed at a private dinner attended by former Red Cross President Elizabeth Dole.
The son of the company?s founder, Don Marsh was preparing to start his junior year at Michigan State in 1959 when his father was killed in a plane crash. Don completed his degree in 1961 and joined the company upon graduation. He was elected president and CEO seven years later. Over the next 33 years, Don Marsh built the company into one of the nation?s largest regional food retailing firms, with stores throughout Indiana and Ohio.
Apart from directing the company's more than 200 Marsh's Village Pantry convenience stores and supermarkets, Marsh is an active leader in his industry. He has chaired the International Center for Companies of the Food Trade and Industry in Paris and has been a director or trustee of The Food Institute, the Food Marketing Institute, the Food Industry Crusade Against Hunger and the Indiana Retail Council.
Marsh is currently a director of the American Management Association, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Indiana Fiscal Policy Institute, the Indiana State Symphony Society, Vectren Inc. and the Indianapolis Museum of Art.