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 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 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 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, 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Donnie started at RK in 1994 and held the past positions of 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, Corporate Business Development
Marc Paolicelli is Vice President of Corporate Business Development at RK Mechanical, Inc. 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 17 years and has 29 years of construction industry experience.
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 the Salt Lake City Airport Renovation in Utah; Gaylord Rockies Hotel and Convention Center in Aurora, CO; 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.
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 the RK Water unit for RK Mechanical, Inc. 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, 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. 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 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 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, 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.).
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 and RK Mission Critical
Chad Brown is the Vice President of two business units of RK Mechanical, Inc.: RK Energy and RK Mission Critical. 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 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 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.
- Glen Elias: Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance
Glen Elias is the Chief Financial Officer and Vice President of Finance for RK. Glen brings 18 years of experience working in the architecture, engineering and construction industry for various companies throughout the United States and Canada. Glen has worked for large, visible industry organizations including MasTec, Jacobs and CH2M Hill.
Glen provides financial analysis, oversees budgets and provides vital insight to guide RK’s business plans. His financial leadership will support each of RK’s business units to ensure stability, profitability and growth.
Glen has a BA in Accounting from William Paterson University in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2000. Glen is a member of the New Jersey Society of CPAs as well as the Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
- Chris Westlake: Vice President, RK Service
Chris Westlake is the Vice President and General Manager of the RK Service and RK Electrical business units of RK Mechanical, Inc. 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 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. In addition, he has been actively involved in Cub Scouts and Junior Achievement.
- Ralph Lalone: Vice President, Human Resources
Ralph Lalone is the Vice President of Human Resources. He oversees all HR departments, including recruitment, employee engagement and general HR administration. As RK is a rapidly growing company, Ralph surpasses expectations at fulfilling staff needs.
Ralph joined RK 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. He also gives back to the community by volunteering for Habitat for Humanity.