RK CEO Rick Kinning Wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Jun 28, 2017

RK CEO Rick Kinning Wins EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Kinning Wins in the Family Business Category at the June 22 Awards Gala

Denver, CO – June 28, 2017 – Rick Kinning, CEO and Chairman of RK (a trade name of RK Mechanical, Inc.) was awarded an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award on June 22nd in the Family Business category, making him one of eight CEOs to earn this prestigious award in the Mountain Desert region.

Rick and his brother Jon are the co-owners of RK, a second-generation family business that offers contracting, service and manufacturing solutions. Their father, Ron Kinning, started his first business, Kinning Plumbing and Heating, in 1963 in rural Nebraska. In 1985, Ron and Rick Kinning founded RK Mechanical, Inc. and located the corporate headquarters in Denver, CO. Under Rick’s leadership as CEO, this family-owned business has rapidly evolved to become RK, currently one of the region’s largest privately held providers of construction, manufacturing and service solutions.

Rick Kinning stated, “Our dedicated team gets the credit for RK’s leadership position, and for empowering RK to realize its vision. Although we now operate seven distinct business units, we strive to maintain a family atmosphere, and a loyalty to customers and employees through thick and thin. Our family-oriented culture drives our commitment to serve customers with the highest level of safety, quality and innovation.”

Award winners were selected by an independent judging panel made up of previous award winners, prominent CEOs, investors and other business leaders. Initial nominees were whittled down to 24 finalists, which were announced by EY on May 12. The eight Mountain Desert region winners are featured on EY’s web site.

Entrepreneur Of The Year®, founded by EY, is the world's most prestigious business awards program for entrepreneurs. This award recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. EY announced the winners of its 31st annual Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Mountain Desert region at a gala held at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Denver on June 22, 2017.

RK (a trade name of RK Mechanical, Inc.) is the region’s largest supplier of construction, manufacturing and service solutions. RK Mechanical, the company’s most established unit, has installed mechanical systems in prominent commercial construction projects that define the Colorado skyline. Today, RK operates seven business units: RK Mechanical, RK Energy, RK Water, RK Service, RK Electrical, RK Steel, and RK Mission Critical. RK’s units give construction, commercial and industrial customers a reliable single source for mechanical and electrical contracting, custom manufacturing, steel fabrication, prefabricated buildings, facilities and equipment maintenance and water treatment solutions. Today, RK employs nearly 2,000 people and operates three major office and factory locations in Denver, CO, Henderson, CO and Salt Lake City, UT, along with several rocky mountain regional offices. RK is an ISO 9001:2015 Certified Company and also is one of few US companies to hold both OSHA VPP Mobile Star Workforce and VPP Star Worksite safety accreditations, along with multiple industry certifications. For more information, visit rkmi.com or contact 303.901.0400.