H. D. Smith was a finalist for the Large Family Business of the Year Award and the Community Service Award.

Presented by Loyola University Chicago, the Illinois Family Business of the Year Awards have been supporting family-owned businesses in the state for the last 24 years. The awards program recognizes exceptional Illinois-based family businesses that demonstrate a strong commitment to business development, family and Illinois communities.

“It is quite an honor to be named among the best in family businesses throughout Illinois,” said Dale Smith, H. D. Smith chairman and chief executive officer, whose father started the business in 1954 with a staff of three. “To grow from such humble beginnings to a nationwide leader in the healthcare industry is something the Smith family is very proud to continue.”

The company first opened a distribution warehouse in Springfield, Illinois, and expanded to reach all major U.S. markets throughout the last 60 years. Now, the company has 16 locations, including three in Illinois, and employs more than 1,000 associates.

The Smith family instilled a rich heritage of caring for each community, whether that’s through reliable distribution of pharmaceuticals or supporting community organizations like the United Way.

“Giving back to the community was instilled in our family values long ago,” said Chris Smith, H. D. Smith president and chief operating officer. “We recognize the value of supporting each community we are part of, and support any H. D. Smith associate who wishes to do so with us.”

An awards gala honoring the winners and finalists, as well as the tradition, dedication and success of the family enterprise, will take place Nov. 12 in Chicago.