Ring Power Corporation Announces Appointment of Power Systems Division Manager

March 14, 2017 at 11:42 AMRing Power

Brian Cholmondeley has been named Power Systems Division Manager for Ring Power Corporation.  He replaces Vaughn Beasley, who retired March 8 after a career spanning 36 years with the company.

Cholmondeley began his career with Ring Power in June 1994 after graduating from Flagler College. In his 23 years with the company, Cholmondeley has held various positions, including management trainee, heavy equipment sales representative, assistant governmental sales manager, Cat Rental Store East Coast Sales Manager, and most recently Cat Rental Store General Manager. In 2011, he became an assistant vice president and in 2013, was elected as vice president.

“Brian has exhibited great leadership skills throughout his tenure with Ring Power, developing a strong team that is focused on our customers.  We look forward to his continued success working with the Power Systems division,” commented Kevin Robbins, Executive Vice President of Sales.

Cholmondeley will be responsible for overseeing the company’s power systems operations, including new and used commercial and industrial engine and generator sales; power equipment rental; marine engine sales; and compressed air equipment sales.

“I am very excited to assume my new role at Ring Power,” stated Cholmondeley.  “I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead and hope to continue building upon the successes of the Power Systems team.”

About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

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Ring Power Presence at Construction Career Days Boosts Interest in Service Tech Careers

February 17, 2017 at 9:29 AMRing Power

In January, members of Ring Power’s training department traveled to the Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando for Construction Career Days. The purpose of the annual event is to introduce high school students to the wide range of career opportunities in the construction industry.

Approximately 375 students attended the two-day event this year. In one of the 20 lab sessions they presented to the students, Teri Brown (St. Augustine Customer Training, Apprentice Program & Think Big Manager), Gabe Sacco (St. Augustine Training Instructor) and Matt Sessions (Orlando HE Sales Rep) spoke to students about paths to employment in selling and servicing heavy equipment. They also entertained questions about the benefits of working for a company like Ring Power.

Following the presentation, students teamed up and competed against each other utilizing power wrenches to see who could remove and replace segment bolts the fastest. Cat hats were awarded to the winning teams.

Kudos to Gabe Sacco, Teri Brown and Matt Sessions, and to Wayne Veitch (WCC Transportation Division Manager) and Brian Wood (St. Augustine Assistant Fleet Manager) who also played a part in making this year’s event a great success!

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VIDEO: Parts.cat.com makes buying parts easy

January 11, 2017 at 10:36 AMRing Power

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To find the heavy equipment part your looking for, simply browse through the category section. Within a few clicks you'll find exacly what you need. You can even check local parts inventory. If you know the part serial number, it's even easier. Just enter the serial number and keyword and you'll find your parts in seconds.

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Ring Power Corporation Announces Retirement of Director of Used Sales, Appointment of Used Equipment Sales Manager

January 5, 2017 at 12:48 PMRing Power

- Paula Ringhaver, Frank Fowler, Randy Ringhaver, & Lynne Fowler are pictured at a board of directors meeting where Frank Fowler was presented with a commemorative collector model Cat D11T tractor.

Ring Power Corporation today announced the retirement of Senior Vice President Frank Fowler, director of used heavy equipment sales, Dec. 31.

Fowler’s decision to retire brings to a close a remarkable career of 44 years with Ring Power Corporation. First hired by Ring Power in 1972 to work in the parts warehouse at their corporate offices on Talleyrand Avenue in Jacksonville, Fowler held various positions during his employment, including parts counter salesperson, equipment sales administrator, equipment rental manager, and used equipment sales representative. Fowler joined Ring Power’s Board of Directors in 1998 and, in 2005, was named Senior Vice President, Director of Used Equipment and International Sales.

 

Fowler attributes his success to a few key factors. First, having the support and leadership of Ring Power’s dealer principals throughout his tenure, which provided a strong foundation for making sound business decisions. Also important, having the opportunity to share solutions and exchange points of view with other dealer principals and used equipment sales teams from Cat dealerships around the country gave him a unique perspective for dealing with the ups and downs of the used equipment business climate.

 

“[Fowler] was one of the first to recognize the built-in value of good, used equipment,” said Ring Power President and CEO Randy Ringhaver. “He has been a driving force behind the success of our Used Equipment department, which has contributed greatly over the years to the growth and achievements of the rental, service and parts areas of our business, as well.”

Replacing Fowler, Frank Streva, who joined Ring Power in Aug. 2016, assumed the role of used equipment sales division manager Jan. 1 after 12 years with another Cat dealership, Louisiana Machinery Co. While at Louisiana Cat, Streva worked in a variety of roles in finance, sales, and operations and earned a Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Streva has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Louisiana State University.

 

“I am humbled and excited by this opportunity to lead our used sales division and I look forward to working with our dedicated employees and customers to further grow the business,” Streva said. “I know I have big shoes to fill, but I am confident we can build upon the success of the used equipment division thanks to the foundation built under Frank’s leadership.”

 About Ring Power Corporation

Ring Power Corporation, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, is headquartered in St. Augustine, Florida. Ring Power is comprised of eight divisions and has more than 55 years of experience servicing and supporting Cat® products and allied equipment. For more information, visit www.ringpower.com.

 

Ring Power VP Wayne Veitch Appointed to FDOT Commercial Motor Vehicle Review Board

August 11, 2016 at 9:45 AMRing Power

On August 5, Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Ring Power Vice President and Transportation Division General Manager Wayne Veitch to the Florida Commercial Motor Vehicle Review Board. This appointment fills a vacant seat on the board for a term that began August 5, 2016 and ends September 30, 2017.

The Commercial Motor Vehicle Review Board (CMVRB) is a panel comprised of the Secretary of Transportation, Executive Director of the Florida Department of Transportation, Commissioner of Agriculture, and four additional members. The Governor appoints one member from the road construction industry, one from the trucking industry and one with a business or legal background; the Secretary of Agriculture appoints one from the agriculture industry.

This panel meets once a month to review appeals from those who receive penalties (fines) for vehicle violations relating to weights, vehicle/trailer axles, special fuel, fuel tax compliance, vehicle registrations or DOT safety regulations. This panel will grant or deny relief of those fines.

“I’m honored to be selected by Governor Scott to the Commercial Motor Vehicle Review Board,” Veitch said. “I look forward to serving.”

Veitch, 64, began his career at Ring Power in 1990 as a purchasing and facility manager. Five years later he was promoted to assistant vice president, with responsibility for purchasing, facilities, environmental protection and security. In 2010, Veitch was promoted to his current position.

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ThinkBIG Program Enrolls Largest Group Ever

August 3, 2016 at 3:31 PMRing Power
ThinkBIG, Technician Scholarship, apprentice

On Aug. 1, 11 ThinkBIG applicants and their families gathered in St. Augustine, Fla. for “signing day.”

“You guys are the cream of the crop,” Teri Brown (Customer Training Manager) told the newest ThinkBIG interns. “We chose you not just based on your mechanical aptitude tests and interviews, but also your attitude.”

The 11 students make up the class of 2018, and are the largest group ever to enter the program through Ring Power.

Over the next two years, they will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at Ring Power.

In addition to the heavy equipment technician track, a generator technician track is now available. Ring Power worked closely with Caterpillar to develop the curriculum for the new track — the first power systems ThinkBIG program in the world.

ThinkBIG is a technician scholarship program offered by Ring Power and five other Southeast Cat dealers in partnership with Caterpillar and South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga.

Welcome, Class of 2018!

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Ring Power Employees Pay It Forward Year Round

June 29, 2016 at 11:37 AMRing Power

Pictured left to right: Mel Toran of the American Cancer Society, Allison Misora of the American Heart Association, David Alban, Victoria Reynolds and Melissa Nelson of the United Way of St. Johns County.

May marked a big month for giving back to Ring Power communities — not only in terms of the money raised during our company’s annual Employee Giving campaign, but also through acts of kindness, caring and generosity of spirit.

EMPLOYEE GIVING CHECK PRESENTATION

In mid-May, Ring Power COO David Alban presented a check for $115,000 to representatives from the United Way, American Cancer Society and American Heart Association. This money, contributed by employees in all our divisions and at all our locations and combined with Ring Power’s corporate match, is currently being used to help fund the assistance programs that support the well-being of the local communities where all Ring Power employees live and work.


EMPLOYEES TAKE PART IN UNITED WAY DAY OF CARING

Pictured left to right: PSD employees Dan Leach, Steve Dorsey, Cliff Mills, Jason Descoteaux (and son, Luc), Chris Ross, Leah Graff, Alice Hultquist, Grayson Mathewson, Marrianne Blackburn, Jonathan Long and Victoria Reynolds (of United Way).

On May 21, a group of Power Systems employees from St. Augustine volunteered their Saturday off to do a variety of much needed property beautification and clean-up projects for “Learn to Read” of St. Johns County — a United Way partner agency that provides free tutoring in reading, math, writing, language and ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) to individuals 16 years and older. The United Way Day of Caring involved mulching, planting flowers, removing debris, and painting a conference room and lending library. Ring Power Employee Giving campaign chair, Jonathan Long, and VP/PSD Product Support Manager Dan Leach coordinated the service project in an effort to give back to an organization that directly benefits Ring Power employees.

 


EMPLOYEES LEND HELPING HAND TO HELP

It was late March when Tampa employees first learned that HELP (Help Empower Local People) of Fort Meade’s thrift store had burned down. The thrift store is a major source of funding for the United Way partner agency that provides educational opportunities, financial assistance and basic needs programs to the citizens of Fort Meade. Since Fort Meade is where our Surface Mining division employees live and work, as soon as Branch Receptionist Amanda Anders put the word out, Tampa employees swung into action — donating clothing and household goods to get the thrift store back up and running. In May, after an email went out to employees throughout the company, bags and boxes of gently used clothing and nonperishable food items began arriving — and continue to arrive — from other branches. In addition, the company contributed office furniture and facility personnel to deliver the donations to HELP’s new thrift store location.

“Give back to the communities we work in” was woven into Ring Power’s culture from the very beginning, when founder L.C. “Ring” Ringhaver dedicated portions of most days — and nights — to civic and charitable causes. He would be proud to know that Ring Power employees continue to uphold this long-standing tradition.

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Lance C. Ringhaver – Obituary

April 8, 2016 at 7:56 AMRing Power

Lance C. Ringhaver, chairman emeritus of Ring Power Corporation and brother of Randal L. Ringhaver, died Monday night, April 4, 2016, following a highway accident in Apollo Beach, Fla. He was 76. 

A well-known businessman and community leader in central Florida, Mr. Ringhaver was chairman and president of Ringhaver Equipment Company when he retired at year end 2003. In January 2004, the business merged with the family-owned Ring Power Corporation, headquartered in St. Augustine.

Mr. Ringhaver was a graduate of the Bolles School in Jacksonville and the University of Miami, and was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He began his career in 1961 at Ring Power Corporation, the company founded by his father, L.C. Ringhaver, and was named president in January of 1976 after serving four years as executive vice president and general manager. In 1986, Lance Ringhaver was awarded Caterpillar’s Central Florida dealership and established Ringhaver Equipment Co. in east Hillsborough County.

In addition to his lifelong business pursuits, Lance Ringhaver played an active role in the community.

In 1999, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Mr. Ringhaver as commissioner of the Tampa Port Authority, where he also served as chairman. He was long involved in the pursuit of a Major League Baseball team for the Tampa Bay area and part of the Vince Naimoli group that was awarded the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 1995. He remained an investor under current principal owner Stuart Sternberg.

Mr. Ringhaver served on the boards of The Florida Aquarium, SunTrust Bank of Tampa Bay, the University of Tampa; and Jagger’s Dream Fund, a non-profit organization founded by his late wife, Karyn, to assist in the adoption of shelter animals. He was a member of the World Presidents’ Organization/ Florida, a founding member of TEC/Vistage Florida; the Society of International Business Fellows, and the University Club of Jacksonville. He was also a past chairman of Associated Industries of Florida and served on the Flagler College Board of Trustees.

Mr. Ringhaver was an active and long-time member of Club Limited, an association of sportsmen, and valued his many Club friendships and memories.

Lance Ringhaver was predeceased by his wife, Karyn Ringhaver, in August 2014 and nephew, Randal Lee Ringhaver, Jr., in 1980. He is survived by his brother, Randal L. Ringhaver and sister-in-law, Paula R. Ringhaver, St. Augustine; his four children, Deborah R. Lane (Charles), Crescent City; Sherri R. Geddes (Timothy), Jacksonville; Mark Ringhaver, Odessa; Lance Kendall Ringhaver (Rachel), Jacksonville; and his nine grandchildren, Heather Lane Courtney (Will); Lambert Lane; Holton Lane; Palmer Lane; Hunter Geddes; Kylie Geddes; Brooke Geddes; Rylie and Caden Ringhaver; and niece Bree Ringhaver Alban (David); Lee and Carson Alban; loved ones Lauren Ringhaver (Rich O’Brien); and Shelley Minzenberg (Karl); as well as Karyn’s daughters, Terri and Shannon Sawyer.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in his memory to The Florida Aquarium, 701 Channelside Drive, Tampa 33602; Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, 110 E. Oak Avenue, Tampa 33602; Gulf Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 13228 Central Avenue, Tampa 33612; Flagler College Ringhaver Trust, 74 King Street, St. Augustine 32084; or Jagger’s Dream Fund, 6513 Bimini Court, Apollo Beach 33572.

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 11 from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church, 350 S. Hyde Park Avenue, Tampa. Mr. Ringhaver’s Jacksonville and St. Augustine friends are invited to join the family at the Markland House at Flagler College, 102 King St., St. Augustine, on Tuesday, April 12 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.

A private, family graveside service will be held in St. Augustine.

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Ring Power’s ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship Program Offers Big Career Opportunities

January 14, 2016 at 3:26 PMRing Power

 

 

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Are you looking for a rewarding career?

ThinkBIG about your future.

Ring Power’s ThinkBIG technician scholarship program helps you build a career you can be proud of.

ThinkBIG is a two year specialized program for those technically minded, hands on individuals with a desire to understand underlying theoretical principles governing some of the largest most advanced equipment in use today.

ThinkBIG students alternate between South Georgia Technical College and their sponsoring Ring Power branch where they put their learning into practice in paid internships. Upon graduating they have earned an Associate Degree in Applied Technology and stepped into a career where they will make a difference in our world while earning the means to build the life they've dreamed of.

"Joining the ThinkBIG program was one of the best the decisions I have made. I am not the kind of person to have an inside job, said Patrick Fortunato, a ThinkBIG student.  “This career, with the education the ThinkBIG program gives, allows me to be able to work my way through the company and have an almost unlimited amount of career growth. In this day in age the smartest decision any young person can make is to get an education.  For someone who wishes to be educated and have a fulfilling career working with their hands, the Think Big program, in my eyes is, the only option." 

A career as a Dealer Service Technician means no two days will ever be the same. You'll solve big problems, using advanced technologies to service and repair machines and engines, and interface with customers in more than ten different industries.

Click to learn more about the ThinkBIG Technician Scholarship Program.

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David Alban Named Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Secretary

December 21, 2015 at 3:14 PMRing Power

David Alban has been named Chief Operating Officer & Corporate Secretary for Ring Power Corporation. The move was effective December 3.

In this role, Alban will oversee all of Ring Power’s equipment divisions’ sales and product support operations, as well as Phoenix Products, Human Resources, Training, Purchasing, Facilities and Security.

Prior to this appointment, Alban was Executive Vice President & Corporate Secretary, with responsibility for Heavy Equipment Product Support, Power Systems Division Product Support, Phoenix Products, Human Resources and Training, Purchasing, Facilities and Security. 

Alban’s career with Ring Power dates back to 2001 in the Sales Training program, where he spent time working in the service shops, learning firsthand what happens day-to-day. He also worked in the Heavy Equipment Rental department and was promoted to manager of the newly launched Agricultural Equipment division in 2003.

In 2004, when Ring Power’s Six Sigma initiative began, Alban was selected to be a Black Belt project leader. In 2008, he was named Vice President of Lift Trucks. The next year, Alban was promoted to Vice President & Corporate Secretary, with responsibility for Power Systems Product Support. In 2010, he added Heavy Equipment Product Support, Training & Safety to his responsibilities.

In 2013, Alban was named Executive Vice President & Corporate Secretary, overseeing Power Systems and Heavy Equipment Product Support, Training & Safety.  The following year he added Purchasing, Facilities, Security and Phoenix Products to his responsibilities.

In his new role, Alban will continue to report directly to Chairman and President, Randy Ringhaver.

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