Leadership at Rico Manufacturing
Steve joined the company in 1991 and helped RICO gain strength and recognition in the industry. He has held many leadership roles in the company, and advanced from Vice President to President in 2011. Steve oversees RICO’s four facilities and more than 100 employees. He brings a vast background in manufacturing, a passion for pushing limits to increase efficiency, and a clear vision for what is required in the specialty material handling industry. Steve is proud of RICO’s 35+ year history and employee retention. “We’ve been able to maintain a loyal workforce committed to our long-term plans. Our employees take ownership, as they build quality into the equipment and engage directly with our customers.” Steve unites RICO engineers and sales staff to create better solutions for customers and greater stability for RICO’s long-term growth. He takes part in MHEDA conferences, leads new product development initiatives, and is the company’s integrator of EOS to help with cross communication and company vision. Steve also regularly collaborates with industry leaders in material handling to stay ahead in an ever-changing industry.
Chief Financial Officer
Kent earned his degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University. He brings 20+ years of expertise in accounting and financial support management with leading companies, including Bell & Howell and Snap-On Tools. Kent joined RICO in 2010 and handles bank relationships and customer contracts. He appreciates the way a financially strong organization delivers value to its customers. “RICO is a secure business with financial stability and freedom from bank debt or control. We can weather downturns in the economy, so our customers know we’ll be around to support their organization with long term partnerships.” Kent also admires a company focused on taking care of their employees and customers.
Vice President of Operations
Tim earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Akron. A new face to RICO in beginning in 2021, Tim brings over 20 years of manufacturing experience in industries such as Industrial, Aerospace and Rail with leadership positions in these industries that include Quality Engineering, Operations Management, Engineering Management Program Management and Plant Manager. “RICO is a financially strong company with a skilled and dedicated workforce. The focus on workmanship and quality, from design to fabrication, is evident in the product the customer receives.” In Tim’s manufacturing experience is a track record of continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, and theory of constraints.
Judy P. Love
Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Aftermarket
Judy earned her degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Northwood University and her Master Automotive Aftermarket Professional certification from the University of the Aftermarket. She brings over 20 years leadership experience in several functional areas including marketing, sales, business intelligence, business development, product management, and project management roles with multi-billion dollar, global organizations including Schaeffler and The Sherwin-Williams Company. Judy has been actively involved in manufacturing industries such as machinery, industrial manufacturing, automotive, automotive aftermarket, paint and chemical coatings, and consumer goods. Judy has a proven record in results-driven marketing and brand strategy, aftermarket and service programs, key account management and partnership development leading global and regional teams throughout the Americas.
“What sets RICO apart is our commitment to deliver the highest quality material handling products, designed and built by qualified experts, and supported by industry leading services and solutions.”