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1989 Horatio Alger Award Winner

D.B. Reinhart*

Owner, Chairman, and CEO
Reinhart Companies

"Despite my success, I consider my greatest assets to be my family, my faith, and my community."

D. B. Reinhart was born in 1920 in Shell Lake, Wisconsin, where his parents ran a small hotel. After graduating from high school, Reinhart went to work for the Hines Mercantile and Grocery. He also attended a teachers college because it was the only one he could afford. During World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps as a meteorologist. When the war ended, he became a salesman with the Rice Lake Grocery Company. He was promoted to sales manager within a year. Reinhart helped the company build a group of independent retail grocers, Clover Farm Stores. In 1956, he purchased Gateway Foods with a partner and Gateway's annual sales volume increased to $10 million within one year.

* Deceased