Leadership

Leadership

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

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

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

David Albertson

Dave Albertsen is a Vice President of Operations 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.

Ian Welsh: Vice President of Corporate Development

Ian Welsh

Ian Welsh is Vice President of Corporate Development at RK Mechanical, Inc. He provides corporate commitment on behalf of ownership for all projects. He is in charge of all corporate accreditation platforms and ensures that all RK accreditations are improved upon and re-certified on an ongoing basis. These accreditations uphold the continuous improvement of RK standards regarding safety, quality and productivity.

Ian works closely with the three Operational Vice Presidents, provides executive coaching and mentoring and aids the development of curricula for RK University programs. RK’s training platform  develops career paths for RK employees through coaching, mentorship and opportunities for classroom and hands-on job training.

Ian has over 37 years of experience in the construction industry, including 14 years at RK, where he was previously Divisional Vice President and Operations Manager. He has a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wales and a degree in Business Management from the Open University, both of which are located in the United Kingdom. He is also licensed as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise, is a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International, and is also an accredited LEED AP and an ISO 9001 certified Quality Auditor.

Donnie Hirschfield: Vice President | RK Specialties

Donnie Hirschfield

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.

Don 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

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

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 | Service, Water + Electrical

Jeff Gucker

Jeff Gucker is Vice President of the Service, Water and Electrical Business Units 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

Rob Marceau

Robert Marceau is Vice President of Operations + Project Executive for 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

Luke Chambers is Vice President of Operations 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 Bakken: CFO + Vice President | Finance

Chad Bakken

Chad Bakken is Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance at RK Mechanical, Inc. He started with the company in 2014 and oversees the accounting, accounts payable and payroll departments. He obtained his CPA license while working at PricewaterhouseCoopers after graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder with a B.S. in Accounting.

Prior to working at RK, Chad worked for Richmond American Homes for 12 years, where he was Vice President of Division Finance.