With more than 22 years in the wholesale and chain drug distribution field, it should be obvious Steve Lawrence knows his business. Now he is bringing that expertise to Rend Lake College.
Lawrence, the General Manager of the Walgreens Distribution Center in Mt. Vernon, recently joined the RLC Foundation Board of Directors.
He knows the ins and outs of the drug distribution business because he has served in various capacities from sales to merchandising to operations.
Prior to coming to the King City and joining the Walgreens management team three years ago, Lawrence was the General Manager for Rite Aid.
Asked why he accepted the invitation to become an RLCF Director, Lawrence said he participates on various boards and organizations because he has an interest in trying to help make things better for his community.
"I see Rend Lake College as a great asset to the community," he stated.
He has seen most of the country during his storied career, most recently in Baltimore, MD. Prior to that, his job had taken him to Palmdale, CA, in Northern Los Angeles County.
Moving around comes pretty naturally to Lawrence, who said his family moved around a lot during his younger days.
"If I would have to call someplace ‘home,’" he said, thoughtfully, "I guess that would have to be Lynnfield, MA, which is just outside Boston."
Lawrence holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business, with a major in Management, from Bryant College in Smithfield, RI. He graduated magna cum laude in 1981.
He and life partner Joann reside in Mt. Vernon. They have three children: Dana (18), who will graduate this month from Wentworth Military Academy in Lexington, MO; Angela (8), who will be a 4th-grader in the fall at St. Mary School; and Ian (5), who will enter Kindergarten at St. Mary’s next year.
Lawrence’s addition to the RLCF board already has made quite a value-added impact.
After a recent tour of Rend Lake College’s newest venture, The Hitting Zone, an indoor training complex for Warrior and Lady Warrior intercollegiate athletic teams and a facility to help promote community involvement by improving the quality of play by in-district youth, he had an idea he took to RLC President Mark Kern.
Kern loved the idea and the proverbial ball was set in motion.
The result: Rend Lake College and the Mt. Vernon YMCA have partnered together and will be offering, to all children who sign up for YMCA baseball this summer, a free lesson at The Hitting Zone.
"his is an opportunity which many area kids wouldn’t have due to the costs involved," Lawrence said, which is one of the reasons he joined the board, "in order to continue contributing to Mt. Vernon and the area."
In addition to the RLC Foundation, Lawrence currently serves on the boards for the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Commission and the aforementioned YMCA.
In his spare time, when he is not working, serving on various boards or spending quality time with family, Lawrence enjoys golfing and boating.
Lawrence joins Board President Hunt Bonan (McLeansboro), Vice-President Jim Kelly (Sesser), Secretary Mark Ballard (Mt. Vernon), RLC President Mark S. Kern, RLCF Executive Director Mitchell, Terry Addington (Mt. Vernon), Joseph Angi (Mt. Vernon), Wayne Asberry (Nashville), David Beehn (Wayne City), Millie Caldwell (Christopher), Mildred Fitzgerrell (Sesser), Jo Ann Joy (Ina), Sam Mateer (Mt. Vernon), Wendell Maulding (Benton), Dr. Robert Parks (Mt. Vernon), Howard Payne (Benton), Dr. Warren Petty (Benton), Bill Regenhardt (Mt. Vernon), Dr. Charles "Bill" Roe (Pinckneyville), George Slankard (Sesser), Dr. Gene Stotlar (Pinckneyville) and Rich Yunkus (Benton).