RK’s leadership team includes experienced experts who guide RK toward fulfilling its vision.
- Rick L. Kinning: Chairman | Chief Executive Officer | President
Rick L. Kinning is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President 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 thousands of employees, and building upon Rick’s 30+ years of entrepreneurial 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 the 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.
- Marc Paolicelli: Chief Customer Officer | Senior Vice President
Marc Paolicelli is the Chief Customer Officer and Senior Vice President at RK. Marc is responsible for leading the RK Experience, 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.
- Terry Bates: Senior Vice President | Chief Financial Officer
Terry Bates is the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at RK. He 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. Terry has a successful track record creating shareholder value through building and executing a sound strategic plan, building efficient processes, delivering sustainable growth and improving financial results.
Terry started with RK in December of 2018. He is an accomplished CFO with extensive experience in finance and operations. Previously, Terry served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for Kwik Tek, Inc. where he streamlined more efficient processes in multiple departments and also successfully integrated two acquired businesses. His experience also includes helping Orange-Glo International (makers of Oxi Clean), Kaboom and other household brands turn into significant profitable businesses. Terry spent seven years of his early career with what is now PricewaterhouseCoopers as a Senior Manager in corporate finance and audit.
Terry earned a Master’s of Accounting and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is a licensed Charted Global Management Accountant (CGMA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
- Lisa Ponder: Vice President of Human Resources
Lisa Ponder is the Vice President of Human Resources at RK. She leads the HR team as they partner with RK’s seven business units to deliver superior projects and products for our clients, and an employee experience that attracts and retains the best talent.
Lisa’s experience spans 25 years supporting the construction industry as an employment attorney, HR Consultant and HR executive. She developed high performing HR teams for a family-owned specialty contractor based in Vail, an EPC water/wastewater company headquartered in Broomfield, and an international industrial plant contractor with its North American headquarters in Greenwood Village. She also owned and operated an HR/Legal Consulting firm for nine years. Lisa started her career as an employment litigation attorney in California.
Lisa earned both her law and BA degrees from Brigham Young University and her Masters in Strategic Human Resource Management from Denver University.
- Kevin Disotelle: President | General Manager, RK Mechanical, LLC
Kevin Disotelle is the President and General Manager of RK Mechanical, LLC, a business of RK. He joined RK in June of 2018 and came to us with an impressive 27 years of experience in the mechanical construction industry.
Previously, Kevin served as President at The Kirlin Group, where he was responsible for the overall operations. He was employed with them for over 22 years progressing from a Project Engineer to Vice President before becoming President.
Kevin earned his degree from the University of Kentucky. He is highly skilled in operations, people and process improvements, including scheduling, HVAC, value engineering, contracts, project estimation and business development.
- Dave Albertsen: Vice President of Operations, RK Mechanical, LLC
Dave Albertsen is the Vice President of Operations of RK Mechanical, LLC, a business 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: Senior Vice President of Preconstruction Services, RK Mechanical, LLC
Brandon Evans is the Senior Vice President of Preconstruction Services for RK Mechanical, LLC, a business of RK. He has been with RK since 1990 and has been instrumental in its growth and success as a whole.
Brandon previously served in various leadership positions, including the Vice President of Corporate Resource Management for RK Mechanical and the Vice President and General Manager of RK Energy.
Over the years, he has worked on many high profile projects including 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: President | General Manager, RK Steel, LLC
Don Hirschfield is the President and General Manager of RK Steel, LLC, a business of RK, which provides a wide range of structural and miscellaneous steel fabrication and installation services for 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.
- Jeff Gucker: President | General Manager, RK Water, LLC
Jeff Gucker is the President and General Manager of RK Water, LLC, a business 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.
- Rob Cheney: President | General Manager, RK Electrical, LLC
Robert Cheney is the President and General Manager of RK Electrical, LLC, a business 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 P&L responsibility and has built 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 KPIs, 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, a member of El Jebel Shrine and on the IECRM Board of Directors.
- John Marrinucci: President | General Manager, RK Mission Critical, LLC
John Marrinucci is the President and General Manager of RK Mission Critical, LLC, a business 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.
- Jeff Bushey: President | General Manager, RK Service, LLC
Jeff Bushey is the President and General Manager of RK Service, LLC, a business of RK. He has a background in the HVAC industry and spent time with major brands like Johnson Controls and Lennox.
Jeff earned his undergraduate degree from Kansas State University and a Master’s Degree from Purdue University. His focus on company culture combined with his customer service skills has positively influencing our internal team as well as our customers’ experience with RK Service.
- Marc Nikoden: Vice President of Operations, RK Mechanical, LLC
Marc Nikoden is the Vice President of Operations for RK Mechanical, LLC, a business of RK. He is responsible for mechanical operations in both Colorado and Utah.
In March of 2020, Marc began working at RK. He was previously the president of Hess Mechanical in the Washington DC metro area. Marc came to us with 25 years of experience in the mechanical industry, the first 16 years of which he served as an engineering officer for the U.S. Navy.
Marc graduated from Fort Hays State University in Kansas with a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. He later went on to the University of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania to earn his Master of Public Policy (MPPM) degree. In addition, Marc also became a Kellogg Executive Scholar and received a certificate in leadership management from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Illinois.
- Mark Struss: President | General Manager, RK Energy, LLC
Mark Struss is the President and General Manager of RK Energy, LLC, a business of RK. He joined RK in February of 2021 and came to us with over 20 years of experience in manufacturing operations and supply chain management within the oil & gas and automotive industries.
He is responsible for executing the company’s business vision and strategy, identifying new opportunities, developing innovative strategies to secure market share within the oil & gas and sustainable energy industries, and providing strong leadership for his team.
- Jason McLachlan: Vice President, RK Steel, LLC
Jason McLachlan is the Vice President of RK Steel, LLC, a business of RK. His first experience at RK was in the summer of 2000 as an intern. Upon graduating college the following year, Jason returned as a permanent part of the RK team. Throughout the years, Jason has progressed through many roles, including Project Engineer, Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Operations Manager, and finally attaining his current VP role.
He is responsible for managing day to day operations, providing strong industry leadership, and helping to grow RK Steel’s market share of the steel industry. Some major projects that he has worked on include the VA Medical Center in Aurora, Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass and the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Jason holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University at Buffalo. He is also LEEP AP certified.
- Stephan Britz: Vice President of Supply Chain Management
Stephan Britz is the Vice President of Supply Chain Management. He has been in the construction industry for 9 years and in supply chain management for 22 years. Stephan has played an integral part in RK’s success since he joined the team in 2015, helping to establish a solid foundation in vendor relations and management and through his dedicated leadership and expertise.
Stephan earned his Bachelors in Accounting from The University of Johannesburg in South Africa. In addition, he holds a Management Development Programme (MDP) certification from SABMiller, Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP) from APICS and Certified Lean Masters (CLM) from ISCEA.