Leadership at Rico Manufacturing
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 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.
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 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.
Mark Novotny, Director of Human Resources
With over 20 years of progressive experience in the Manufacturing, Financial Services and Technology sectors, Mark joined RICO in 2020 in order to transform Human Resources from a purely tactical to a highly strategic function. “Enabling and empowering our leaders and teams to achieve their business objectives is my number one priority. RICO has made several significant investments to provide cutting-edge learning and professional development opportunities for our associates geared towards optimizing performance and engagement. At RICO, our people are the foundations of our success and through these investments, we are further positioning RICO for significant growth.” Mark graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Kent State University and graduated from Walsh Jesuit High School.
Bob Gardner, Vice President of Sales
Joining RICO as Vice President of Sales in 2021, Bob Gardner comes to us with over 20 years of sales and marketing experience. Tasked to continue strategic growth and positively impact customer support, Bob’s wealth of experience will lend to expansion of skills, processes, culture and accountability in the sales department. “There is a tremendous amount of industry knowledge throughout the organization and a collaborative atmosphere where different disciplines work together to find creative solutions when issues arise on projects. We have open communication and a desire to collectively meet commitments that have been made to our dealer partners and to the end users who put faith in RICO equipment solutions for their unique material handling challenges.” Bob holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Massachusetts.
Tim Martell, General Manager
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.