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Bruce Leetz

A CASE FOR SUCCESS Bruce Leetz, president and chief executive officer, attributes North Coast Distributing’s success to its strong company culture. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks.)

A CASE FOR SUCCESS Bruce Leetz, president and chief executive officer, attributes North Coast Distributing’s success to its strong company culture. (Photograph by Jon L. Hendricks.)

Bruce Leetz lives by a set of values and uses them to guide his company, North Coast Distributing.

“Passion, respect, commitment, integrity and excelling,” said Leetz, the company’s president and chief executive officer.

“It’s the PRICE of success,” he noted, putting his values to an acronym.

Leetz joined the company in 1963, starting out as a driver, and in 1970 was appointed president.

Since then, the family owned business has grown into a mulit-million-case annual distribution system operating out of a 135,000 square-foot facility in Valparaiso, with branches in northeastern Indiana and central Texas.

Leetz was named this year to The Times’ Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” Leetz said, “I’m very humbled by it.”

While the honor went to him, “It’s the people behind the CEO who make it possible,” Leetz said. “I’ve been blessed with incredible people.”

The company’s success is a result of a strong company culture, Leetz said.
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Cynthia Powers

(Photograph by Natalie Battaglia.)

(Photograph by Natalie Battaglia.)

Cynthia Powers, owner of Century 21 Powers Realty Inc., may sell real estate for a living, but her vocation doesn’t make the list of the top three most important things in her busy life.

Church — First African Methodist Episcopal Church in Gary — tops Powers’ ranking of importance. She has been coordinator of the church’s youth choir for more than two decades and sings in its adult choir.

Next comes her family: husband, Mamon, children, Kelly and Mamon III, and two grandchildren. Golf, which Powers rates third, is her favorite recreational pastime.

“My husband and I play every chance we get,” said Powers, 61 of Valparaiso. She and her husband, who is president and chief executive officer of Powers and Sons Construction headquartered in Gary, are members of Merrillville’s Innsbrook Country Club.
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