Leadership at Rico Manufacturing
Dave Mueller, CEO
Dave joined RICO in 1986 and led RICO through significant growth and expansion. He served many roles in the company before becoming President and then CEO in 1999. Dave serves on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) B56.1 committee to develop engineering and safety standards required for manufacturers who design and build industrial lift trucks. He is also an entrepreneurial strategist, team builder and passionate investor. Dave is an active member of the Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association (MHEDA), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Greater Medina Chamber of Commerce.
Steve Shuck, President
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’s required in the specialty material handling industry. Steve is proud of RICO’s 30-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 and collaborates with industry leaders in material handling to stay ahead in an ever changing industry.
Kent Stelmasczuk, 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, Snap-On Tools and Weldon Tool. 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.
Doug Willse, Vice President of Operations
Doug holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Dayton. He brings 20+ years of leadership experience in Manufacturing, Engineering and Distribution with several, large manufacturing companies. Doug has a passion for improving business processes and his expertise aligns well with Rico’s vision of long term growth and innovation. He joined Rico in 2018 as VP of Operations and has admired the growth of Rico since moving to Medina in 1991.