RK’s leadership team includes the industry’s most experienced experts. They adeptly maintain our vision and chart our course for the future.
- Rick L. Kinning: Chairman | Chief Executive Officer
Rick L. Kinning is the Chairman and CEO of RK. Having worked in the family business since 1977, Rick transitioned from part-time employee to majority owner in 1985 when RK was incorporated.
Under Rick’s leadership, RK has rapidly and organically grown into the region’s largest full-service merit shop mechanical contractor. RK proudly employs over 1,300 employees, and building upon Rick’s 29 years of entrepreneur experience, the company has diversified into seven business units that deliver facilities services, steel fabrication, energy services, water treatment and electrical expertise. RK has been recognized as one of Colorado’s Healthiest Places to Work and one of Colorado’s Best Places to Work by the Denver Business Journal among numerous other accolades.
Rick currently serves on the boards of the University of Colorado School of Medicine’s Assistive Technology Partners, Concert for Kids, Customer Advisory Board for UMB Bank, Silver Bullet Corporation and Water Ion Technology.
Rick is a licensed Master Plumber with active contractor licenses in several States and communities.
- Jon L. Kinning: Chief Operating Officer | Executive Vice President
Jon L. Kinning is Co-Owner, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President at RK. Prior to his tenure at RK, Jon worked as a licensed broker for CB Richard Ellis. In 1998, he established the commercial RK Service business unit and continues as its President. Jon also serves as Managing Partner for Kinning Holdings, a real estate holding company established in 2000. Additionally, Jon is the President of the RK Foundation, which was founded in 2011 to support nonprofit and public causes within RK’s community.
Jon has a passion for education and workforce development. He serves on the boards of the Metro Denver Chamber of Commerce Executive Committee, the Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation and Emily Griffith Technical College. He is a founding and board member of the Green and Gold Foundation, an active member of the Colorado Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, and on the Advisory Board for Alliance for Choice in Education (ACE Scholarships). He is also a Council Member for the Denver Public Schools CareerConnect program and is a graduate of Leadership Denver 2014.
He holds a BSBA with an emphasis in Finance and Real Estate from Colorado State University. Jon received an MBA from the University of Denver and is LEED AP BD&C accredited.
- Dave Albertsen: Vice President of Operations, RK Mechanical
Dave Albertsen is Vice President of Operations for RK Mechanical, a business unit of RK. Dave has been in the construction industry his entire career, with over 35 years of experience. He joined RK in 1993 as a Project Manager and was promoted to his current position in 1995. Dave has actively managed several projects and has led Operations in amassing a $1 billion diverse project portfolio, which includes healthcare, high rises, data centers, laboratories, government, hospitality, industrial, education, municipal and office construction projects. He has strong and detailed expertise in project planning, scheduling, labor productivity and cost control as well.
From 1985 through 1993, Dave was with Green International, Inc., where he worked for a general contractor and provided leadership in planning, managing and supervising all construction activities. He was an integral member on project teams that created projects in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada and Arizona.
Dave has a B.S. in Construction Engineering from Iowa State University; he is also a LEED accredited AP.
- Brandon Evans: Vice President of Corporate Resource Management, RK Mechanical
Brandon Evans is Vice President of Corporate Resource Management at RK Mechanical, a business unit of RK. Brandon provides executive management over the entire project preconstruction phase. He directly manages all RK preconstruction and engineering personnel and oversees the generation of all estimates and change order evaluations.
Brandon has worked on the St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO; the National Institute of Standards and Technology Expansion Phase I in Boulder, CO; Leprino Foods in Greeley, CO; the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Denver, CO and the Vail Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences in Vail, CO, among others.
- Donnie Hirschfield: Vice President, RK Steel
Don Hirschfield is Vice President of RK Steel, a business unit of RK, that provides a wide range of structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication services for customers and projects and around the world.
Donnie started at RK in 1994 and has worked in various positions including Vice President of Operations, Operations Manager and Project Manager. He has served as a leader on projects including St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO; the National Institute of Standards and Technology Expansion Phase I in Boulder, CO; Leprino Foods in Greeley, CO; the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Denver, CO and the Vail Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences in Vail, CO.
Donnie is a board member for the Colorado Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (CAMA), a volunteer board member for the Adams County Economic Development (ACED) and a member of the Rocky Mountain Steel Construction Association (RMSCA).
He received a B.S. in Construction Management from Colorado State University.
- Marc Paolicelli: Vice President | Chief Customer Officer
Marc Paolicelli is Chief Customer Officer (CCO) at RK. Marc is responsible for leading the RK Experience program, which is designed to create a consistent and unified customer-centric approach throughout all RK business units, departments and job positions.
Marc oversees all corporate business development and is involved in corporate future planning, sales, marketing and communications. He also leads RK’s outreach efforts to include small and disadvantaged businesses. Marc has executive oversight of client relationships and interactions with RK’s internal project teams in order to facilitate communication, collaboration and project success. Marc has been with RK for over 19 years and has 30 years of construction industry experience.
Marc has been instrumental in overseeing prominent RK projects and business deals on a local, national and international basis. He has been a leading force on major Denver metro area projects including the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center; Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center; Denver International Airport; St. Anthony Hospital; Denver Union Station Crawford Hotel and the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences.
He attended Kean College of New Jersey in Union, New Jersey where he studied Industrial Technology, specializing in Mechanical Contracting and Construction Management. He gives back to the community in many ways and is currently Board Chairman for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Rocky Mountain Chapter.
- Jeff Gucker: Vice President, RK Water
Jeff Gucker is Vice President of RK Water, a business unit of RK. He has been with RK since 2005 and has over 30 years of experience in the mechanical contracting and service industries. Jeff has helped RK Water diversify to include a broad array of commercial and industrial water treatment solutions, as well as groundwater treatment for early-stage construction projects.
Jeff began his career by leading projects for Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies, serving in various high-level capacities, including President and Vice President. He is dedicated to operating a high-performance water treatment and technology manufacturing facility that delivers outstanding customer service delivered in a safe manner with the highest quality and technical expertise possible.
Jeff holds a BS in Materials Engineering from Virginia Tech.
- Robert Marceau: Vice President of Operations, RK Mechanical
Robert Marceau is Vice President of Operations for RK Mechanical, a business unit of RK. He has been with the company since 1996 and was Operations Manager prior to being promoted to Vice President. Rob brings over 19 years of experience in the construction industry.
Rob is in charge of monitoring project start-ups, planning and close-out administration, in addition to providing executive supervision of RK’s operational leadership and personnel. He has worked on many projects for RK, including the Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center; the Four Seasons Hotel and Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Denver Convention Center; the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Complex in Denver; the Ameristar Hotel and Casino in Black Hawk, CO, and the Charles Schwab Corporate Campus in Lone Tree, CO. Rob also led international on-site management of the U.S. Embassy project in Berlin.
Rob is a graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Construction Management.
- Luke Chambers: Vice President of Operations, RK Mechanical
Luke Chambers is Vice President of Operations for RK Mechanical, a business unit of RK. He has been with the company since February 2000 and was previously the head of RK Steel.
In addition to 15 years of mechanical construction experience, he also has experience with commercial, healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceutical, industrial and GSA construction projects. He was instrumental in launching RK’s Project Manager Training Program, which empowers up-and-coming project engineers and managers to fast-track their careers. He also helped RK develop the Field Engineer position, giving high potential employees the opportunity to gain relevant experience and knowledge in both field and office leadership.
Luke has led many projects at RK, including the Denver Union Station Hotel; the Microsoft Data Center in Cheyenne, WY; the Denver International Airport South Terminal Redevelopment Project (Westin Hotel); Charles Schwab Colorado Campus in Lone Tree, CO; Ralph Carr Judicial Complex in Denver; the Ameristar Hotel & Casino in Black Hawk, CO; the Denver Health Far Western Addition and the Byron G. Rogers Federal Courthouse in Denver; Public Service-Chilled Water for the City of Denver; the CH2MHill Campus in Englewood, CO; the Teletech Corporation Headquarters in Englewood, CO and others.
Luke is a graduate of Colorado State University with an Executive MBA from Denver University.
- Chad Brown: Vice President, RK Energy
Chad Brown is Vice President and General Manager of RK Energy, a business unit of RK. Chad has 19 years of experience in the upstream and midstream oil and gas markets. He has worked for various companies throughout the U.S.
Chad’s vast skill set and industry expertise have developed throughout the years. He has held various roles including field engineer, working offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, and senior management level positions responsible for training, personnel, service quality, service delivery and operations. He currently holds numerous offshore oil and gas world records for his operational supervision. Chad’s experience in corporate leadership, business development and operational execution are a key to the growth of both RK Energy and RK Mission Critical.
Chad has developed and expanded business units throughout the major U.S. oil and gas plays over the past ten years with his largest success coming in depressed markets. He commits to building best-in-class business units with exceptional results and customer focus.
- Chris Westlake: Vice President, RK Service
Chris Westlake is Vice President and General Manager of RK Service, a business unit of RK. Chris brings over 20 years of global experience in the service industry in segments including factory automation and mechanical equipment, apparel and water technology. He has worked for privately-owned and Fortune 500 companies such as Danaher and Rockwell Automation. He has experience building plants in North America, South America, Europe and Asia.
Chris is passionate about service and is committed to achieving the highest priorities for RK. His experience will allow him to focus on building high-performance service teams and use his strategy development and implementation experience to accelerate profitable growth.
Chris has a B.S. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Wisconsin and an M.B.A. from Marquette University. Chris is a frequent speaker and Advisory Board member for The Service Council, WBR Field Service, Aberdeen Group and Association of Support Professionals.
Active in Philanthropy, Chris previously was Campaign Co-Chair and served on the Board of Directors and Campaign Cabinet for United Way of Larimer County.
- John Marrinucci: Vice President, RK Mission Critical
John Marrinucci is Vice President and General Manager of RK Mission Critical, a business unit of RK. He is responsible for developing innovative strategies that create sustainable competitive advantages, establish market share and provide strong industry leadership for his team.
John is a hands-on, influential leader with over 30 years of experience developing and executing successful business transformations and delivering exceptional growth in private, public and private equity technical and industrial companies. He has a history of scaling businesses in both the start-up and established stage and has held executive level positions at C-B Sales and Service, Holman Boiler, Worth and Company, Crane Environmental and GAI-Tronics Corporation.
John is passionate and driven to attain excellence and to motivate those around him to their highest levels of performance. He holds an M.B.A. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy and is a Lean/Six Sigma Master Black Belt. John is a qualified Navy Nuclear Engineer who served in the United States Navy on a fast attack nuclear submarine.
- Rob Cheney: Vice President, RK Electrical
Robert Cheney is Vice President and General Manager of RK Electrical, a business unit of RK. He is responsible for developing and executing the long-term business vision and strategy for RK Electrical in accordance with RK’s overall company strategy. Robert has full profit and loss responsibility and will design, build and mentor the RK Electrical team. He collaborates with other company business leaders and sales to develop and execute cross-functional commercial and operational initiatives, ensuring achievement of customer requirements, company goals and Key Performance Indicators including safety, employee retention, revenue growth, profitability, customer satisfaction and quality.
Robert started with RK in July of 2017. He has worked in the construction industry since 1996 and has an impressive and diverse background. Robert has noteworthy experience working for large companies including Ludvik Electric, where he served as President, NOVACES, Amata, Western Industrial Contractors, Integrated Project Management and Chrysler.
Robert has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toledo and he is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He is on the Steering Committee for Déjà vu Rendezvous and a member of El Jebel Shrine.
- Gretchen Meyer: Vice President of Human Resources
Gretchen Meyer is Vice President of Human Resources for RK. Gretchen oversees all areas of human resources for RK, from talent acquisition and organizational development to performance management, compensation and benefits, as well as other essential HR functions. Gretchen also leads RK’s initiatives that support a strong and supportive workplace culture that focuses on employee experience, promotes customer service excellence and drives future business growth.
Gretchen brings more than 20 years of human resources experience to RK, having previously served in Global HR leadership roles for Alcon Laboratories and Lockheed Martin. Gretchen’s background is in talent movement, professional work environment and culture development and strategic acquisition in the trades, manufacturing and supply chain fields. Gretchen has a B.S. degree in Business from the College of Saint Mary’s in Omaha, Nebraska.
- Kelly Leonard: Chief Financial Officer
Kelly Leonard is the Chief Financial Officer for RK. She is responsible for managing RK’s financial and information technology teams and plays a central role in the successful strategic and operational growth of RK. Kelly has a successful track record delivering sustainable growth and improving financial results. She’s adept at achieving cost reductions through capability building, process redesign, enterprise resource planning system implementation and performance management.
Kelly started with RK in December of 2017. She is an accomplished CFO with extensive experience in finance, human resources, operations and corporate transitions, both in the US and internationally. Previously, Kelly served as Chief Operating Officer for a multiple-site lumber manufacturer. In this role, she built an in-house IT function, rebuilt the accounting team and improved many business processes. Earlier in her career, she oversaw the internal audit department for a public manufacturing company and also established IT and accounting functions in Latin America as an international controller.
Kelly has a B.A. degree in Accounting from Boise State University and a M.B.A from Duke University. She is also a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA).