2020 Corporate Award of Merit Award Recipient: Blain Supply
YWCA Rock County’s Board of Directors selected Blain Supply as the 2020 Corporate Award of Merit recipient.
The award recognizes businesses and organizations in Rock County that work to improve the quality of life in the community. Recipients of this award also must serve as role models and support policies, practices and attitudes in the advancement of women.
Blain Supply, corporate headquarters for Blain’s Farm & Fleet, regularly gives back to the community through fundraisers and support of nonprofits. To date, Blain’s Farm & Fleet has raised more than $5 million for the American Heart Association, contributed countless dollars to local FFA and 4-H scholarship programs and each Christmas, the company donates toys to children in need throughout the communities it serves.
Jane Blain Gilbertson is President, CEO, and sole owner of the 43 Blain’s Farm & Fleet stores throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan and Blain Supply, Inc., headquartered in Janesville, Wisconsin. The family owned companies were founded in 1955 and currently employ 4,400 associates.
Jane accepted the nomination on behalf of the company.
“This community is so important to me because I was lucky enough to grow up here, raise my family here, and continue to lead a business in this wonderful place,” said Gilbertson. It is truly an honor to be recognized by such a great local organization like the YWCA. They have such a positive impact on our community and we at Blain’s Farm and Fleet are so happy to support them.”
About Blain Supply’s President & CEO: Jane Blain Gilbertson
Jane, a Janesville native, received her Bachelor of Science degree in Retailing from Miami University (Miami of Ohio). After graduation, she joined Macy’s Executive Training Program in their Midwest Division.
When Jane returned to the family business, she became the children’s apparel and giftware buyer. She grew to assume responsibility for the marketing, merchandising, buying, e-commerce, and store operations teams over the next several years. After the passing of her father and uncle, Jane and her brother bought out the remaining family shareholders in 1998. Jane and her brother ran the business together for 16 years, until 2014, when Jane bought her brother out, he retired and she became Sole Owner, President & CEO.
Jane is married Mick Gilbertson; a licensed architect, and they have two daughters.
Jane’s civic involvement includes: past board member/fundraising chair of the Rock County Habitat for Humanity; founder of the Bert Blain American Heart Association Heart Walk, raising over $5M to date; former bank director for Bank One and Johnson Bank; past board member of Blackhawk Technical College; former fundraising chair for the Rock Prairie Montessori School Capital Campaign; past community board president for St. Mary’s Hospital, Janesville; currently a board member of the Women’s Health Foundation, The Janesville Performing Arts Center Board (and past president), board member of the Rock County 5.0 Economic Development Organization, and member of the International Women’s Forum, Wisconsin Chapter.
Jane’s recognitions include: Janesville Gazette’s “50 Who Matter”, 2005; Forward Janesville’s “Athena” award recipient, 2006; Craig High School Graduates’ Honor Wall of Fame, 2006; YWCA of Rock County’s Woman of Distinction Award recipient, 2007; Forward Janesville’s Lifetime Achievement Award recipient 2017; Rock County Historical Society Phoenix Award, 2017.