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 Mechanical, Inc. Having worked in the family business since 1977, Rick transitioned from part-time employee to majority owner in 1985 when RK Mechanical, Inc. 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 nearly 1,200 employees, and building upon Rick’s 28 years of entrepreneur experience, the company has diversified into delivering 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 Operation Officer and Executive Vice President at RK Mechanical, Inc. 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 for RK and continues as President of the division. In addition to his role at RK, Jon also serves as Managing Partner for Kinning Holdings, a real estate holding company established in 2000.
Jon is an active member of the Colorado Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization, an Executive Committee member for the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation, a board member for the Metropolitan State University of Denver Foundation and Vice Chair of the Advisory Board for ACE Scholarships.
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, Operations
Dave Albertsen is a Vice President of Operations for the RK Mechanical unit and has been in the construction industry his entire career, with over 35 years of experience. He joined RK Mechanical, Inc. 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 an LEED accredited AP.
- Donnie Hirschfield: Vice President, RK Steel
Don Hirschfield is Vice President of RK Steel (RK Specialties, Inc.), a division of RK Mechanical, Inc.. that provides a wide range of structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication services for customers and projects and around the world.
Don started at RK in 1994 and held the past positions of Vice President of Operations, Operations Manager and Project Manager. He received a B.S. in Construction Management from Colorado State University. 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).
- Brandon Evans: Vice President, Corporate Resource Management
Brandon Evans is Vice President of Corporate Resource Management at RK Mechanical, Inc. Evans 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.
- Marc Paolicelli: Vice President, Corporate Business Development
Marc Paolicelli is Vice President of Corporate Business Development at RK Mechanical, Inc. Marc oversees all corporate business development opportunities and is involved in corporate future planning, sales, marketing and communications. He also leads RK’s corporate 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 16 years and has 29 years of construction industry experience.
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.
Marc is instrumental in overseeing prominent RK projects and business deals on a local, national and international basis. He has been a leading force on projects including St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood, CO; Teletech Data and Call Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland; Teletech Canadian Headquarters in Toronto, Ontario; multiple data/call centers in North America, including the U.S., Canada and Mexico; the Four Seasons Hotel and Residences in Denver, CO and a large, confidential data center in Utah.
- Jeff Gucker: Vice President, RK Water
Jeff Gucker is Vice President of the RK Water unit for RK Mechanical, Inc. He has been with RK since 2005 and has over 29 years of experience in the mechanical contracting and service industries.
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 building successful business units with 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, Operations
Robert Marceau is Vice President of Operations for the RK Mechanical unit of RK Mechanical, Inc. He has been with the company since 1996 and was Operations Manager prior to being promoted to Vice President. A graduate of Colorado State University with a B.S. in Construction Management, Marceau has over 19 years of experience in the Construction industry.
Since his start at RK, Rob has been 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 but not limited to, the Denver VA Medical Center Replacement Hospital; the Four Seasons Hotel and Hyatt Regency Hotel at the Denver Convention Center; the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Complex in Denver; the Ameristar Hotel & 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.
- Luke Chambers: Vice President, Operations
Luke Chambers is Vice President of Operations for the RK Mechanical unit of RK Mechanical, Inc. He has been with the company since February 2000 and was previously the head of RK Steel (RK Specialties, Inc.).
Luke is a graduate of Colorado State University with an Executive MBA from Denver University. In addition to his 14 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 within RK. He also helped RK define and 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.
- Chad Brown: Vice President, RK Energy
Chad Brown is the Vice President of RK Energy, a business unit of RK Mechanical, Inc.
Chad joined RK Energy in 2015 after spending 19 years 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 has 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 RK Energy’s growth.
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.
Chad is a Colorado native and enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.
- Glen Elias: Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance
Glen Elias is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for RK.
Glen joined RK in 2015 after spending 16 years working in the architecture, engineering and construction industry for various companies throughout the United States and Canada.
Glen has a B.A. in Accounting from William Paterson University in New Jersey. He earned his M.B.A. from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2000. He recently moved to Denver from Eau Claire, Wisconsin, where he was Chief Financial Officer for Precision Pipeline.
Glen will provide financial analysis, oversee budgets, and give vital insight to RK’s business plans. His financial leadership will support each of RK’s business units to ensure stability, profitability and growth.
- Chris Westlake: Vice President, RK Service
Chris Westlake is the Vice President and General Manager of the Service and Electrical business units of RK Mechanical, Inc.
Chris came to RK in 2015 with over twenty 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 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 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.
- Ralph Lalone: Vice President, Human Resources
Ralph Lalone is the Vice President of Human Resources.
Ralph came to RK in 2016 with over 23 years of global HR expertise across a wide range of industries. He brings word-class experience from his tenure at several Fortune 500 companies. Ralph is a values-driven leader with a knack for innovative problem solving and a propensity to gravitate to big challenges. He is passionate about developing people and his leadership and vision will ensure that RK continues to build a culture that embraces strong performance and rewards innovation and dedication.
Ralph has an M.B.A. from Wayne State University, a B.A. from Michigan State University and a graduate certificate in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.
- Duc Chu: Chief Information Officer
Duc Chu (pronounced “Duke” Chu) is the Chief Information Officer.
Duc joined RK in 2016 with over 20 years of Information Technology experience and eight years of executive leadership experience. Before joining RK, Duc was First Data’s Vice President of IT – Global Infrastructure.
Duc has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He earned his M.S. in Computer Information Technology from Regis University in 2003. Duc provides leadership to the Information Technology Department and leads the effort of setting the strategic roadmap for information technology at RK.