Josh Bleill is Honored Guest Speaker at the IDC Awards Dinner & Ceremony
IDC Charitable Trust donated $2000 to the Semper Fi Fund, a nonprofit that provides financial support for injured military members and their families.
Indianapolis, IN - May 11, 2012 - Josh Bleill, Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson, was the honored guest speaker at the 2012 IDC Dinner & Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 2. IDC Owner-Distributors, IDC Preferred Suppliers and IDC Staff, as well as IDC Special Guests, gathered at the Indiana Roof Ballroom to honor their 2011 business award winners. Josh kicked off the ceremonies with his very inspirational and motivating story about never losing hope even in the face of extreme challenges.
Jack L. Bailey, president & CEO of IDC-USA, introduced Josh with the following thoughts, "Independent family-owned businesses face many challenges and obstacles in this kind of an economy, and nobody knows more about overcoming challenges and obstacles than our special guest. Josh's story provides a great perspective, inspiration and a deep appreciation for those who face challenges in life. I am thrilled that he could join us and share his story."
In honor of all men and women in the military, IDC-USA donated $2000 to the Semper Fi Fund. The Semper Fi Fund (www.semperfifund.org) is very near and dear to Josh's heart as it is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.
Marine Corporal Josh Bleill is a native of Greenfield, Indiana. After graduating high school, Josh attended Purdue University. Once his personal education concluded, Josh decided to serve his country by joining the United States Marine Corps in 2004 and was activated for a tour of duty in Iraq in 2006.
While serving in Iraq, Corporal Bleill was severely injured, resulting in the loss of both of his legs. After extensive rehabilitation, Bleill returned to Indiana in August of 2008, where he attacked his new life head-on. This new life included employment as the Indianapolis Colts Community Spokesperson. Indianapolis Colts Owner, Jim Irsay, has described Bleill as "very talented, bright-eyed, and skilled." Further, Irsay stated, "Josh had one of the toughest roads of all in recovering and finding a way to live his life to the fullest. I know he's going to touch many lives for us."
One of Bleill's more recent duties as a member of the Colts organization was to co-author a book, One Step At A Time: A Young Marine's Story of Courage, Hope, and a New Life in the NFL, which further details Josh's unique and inspiring story. Bleill claims, "Life begins when we embrace our bad days and keep going forward, one step at a time."
Established in 1988, IDC-USA is a distributor-owned purchasing and national marketing cooperative of independent distributors of industrial bearing, power transmission and industry related products. The cooperative currently consists of over 260 independent distributor branches located nationwide and has over $1 billion in annual sales. IDC-USA's Indianapolis Distribution Center, IDC University and Corporate Offices are headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. IDC-USA also has a distribution center in Reno, Nevada.
To learn more about IDC-USA, please visit www.IDC-USA.com.