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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Tampa’s Gasparilla Music Festival Kicks Off This Weekend with Help from Ring Power; Cat Entertainment Services

March 6, 2015 at 3:06 PMRing Power

On behalf of Ring Power Corporation, Cat Entertainment Services will provide power for Tampa’s annual Gasparilla Music Festival March 7-8.

Cat Entertainment Services will power Tampa's Gasparilla Music Festival.

 The 2015 festival will take place on four different stages in downtown Tampa —Channelside Bay Plaza Stage at Kiley Garden, Sanford Brown Stage in the Amphitheatre, Sheas Barclay Stage at Tibbett’s Corner and Soulshine Stage at Curtis Hixon Park — and will feature musical acts from a wide variety of genres and cuisine from the region’s top restaurants. The festival celebrates the arts in Tampa Bay by showcasing diverse local acts alongside nationally recognized headliners. This year’s headliners include; Modest Mouse, Mutemath, Dynasty and many more.

In support of Ring Power, North and Central Florida’s Cat® dealer, Cat Entertainment Services, a global provider of temporary power and temperature control solutions will power the event — providing power for audio and lighting to all four stages and more than 30 hospitality and vendor tents.

The Gasparilla Music Festival was founded in 2011 with financial support from several Tampa Bay area based businesses and the organization’s founding members, the “Ring of Fire,” consisting of community leaders, area professionals and music enthusiasts with the common goal of creating a signature music event in Tampa Bay.

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One Chapter Ends, Another Begins for Think Big Students

August 5, 2014 at 3:52 PMRing Power

Think Big Graduates Niels Akkerman & John Harrison

On June 5, Niels Akkerman, John Hugo and John Harrison graduated from the Think Big Program.

The two-year, hands-on service technician scholarship program is offered by Ring Power and five other Southeast Cat dealers in partnership with South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga. Akkerman, Hugo and Harrison were the 12th group to graduate from the program since its launch in 2000.

Akkerman, an honor graduate, was inspired to get into the program after attending Construction Career Days as a high school student in Orlando. Construction Career Days, a hands-on event Ring Power’s training department participates in every year, introduces students to the wide range of career opportunities available in the construction industry. Akkerman is now a Heavy Equipment Service Tech based at Ring Power’s Orlando branch. Hugo and Harrison are both working as Heavy Equipment Service Techs in St. Augustine.

Left to right: Thomas 'Cody' Mitchko,Patrick Fortunato, Austin DuBois and Kyle Schumacher. Cameron Lankford (pictured separately) was unable to attend the signing.

As group 12 finishes their Think Big journey, Group 14 is just getting started. Thomas 'Cody' Mitchko, Patrick Fortunato, Austin DuBois, Kyle Schumacher and Cameron Lankford make up the class of 2016.  A “signing day” was held for them at Ring Power’s corporate headquarters in St. Augustine on June 30, marking the official start of their Think Big journey. Over the next two years, the students will rotate in eight-week intervals between classroom instruction at South Georgia Technical College and hands-on training at Ring Power.

Mitchko, DuBois, Schumacher and Lankford will intern in St. Augustine under Jason Bickerstaff. Fortunato will intern in Tallahassee under George Long.

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Ring Power Corporation Announces Management Level Organizational Changes

August 5, 2014 at 9:00 AMRing Power

 

Ring Power Corporation Chairman and President Randal L. Ringhaver has announced the following management level organizational changes:

  • Senior Vice President Kevin Robbins has been appointed Executive Vice President of Sales. In addition to overseeing The Cat Rental Store, Heavy Equipment Rental, Crane, Lift Trucks, and Transportation divisions, Robbins’ responsibilities now include Heavy Equipment New and Used Sales and Power Systems Division Sales.
  • Executive Vice President David Alban has added responsibility for Power Systems Division Service to his other responsibilities, which include Heavy Equipment Product Support Sales and Service, Phoenix Products, Purchasing, Training, Human Resources, and Facilities
  • Senior Vice President Sue Miller has been charged with advancing Public Relations throughout Ring Power territory and will continue to oversee all promotional activities as Senior Vice President of Marketing. Her new title will be Senior Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations Director. 
  • Ed Sanford, Human Resources Manager, has been nominated to the office of Vice President.

These changes are being made at the management level to better align the company for continued growth and development of the next generation of managers in their respective divisions.

 

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Dream Traxx Video Captures Telly Award

August 1, 2014 at 8:22 AMRing Power

In June, "Find A Way: Dream Traxx,” won a 2014 Bronze Telly Award. This is quite an honor for Caterpillar, Ring Power and the customer, as the Telly Awards recognize the very best in film and video production, online videos, programs and commercials, and local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. More than 12,000 entries from all over the world were in the running for an award this year. 

Simantel, a creative agency based in Peoria, Ill., collaborated with Rihg Power's SVP Marketing & Public Relations Director Sue Miller, Tampa Cat Rental Store Account Manager Greg Brill and Caterpillar to develop a short documentary-style video showcasing Dream Traxx – one of Greg’s customers – a company that builds top-quality, professional dirt bike tracks. The production tells a visually exciting story about an enduring relationship between the customer and Ring Power, including dramatic footage of motocross action shot from the ground and from the air using drone cameras.

The video is part of a series showcasing how Cat dealers partner with customers to help them succeed. To see the video, visit www.CatAllDay.com/FindAWay

 

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Ring Power employees receive ESGR Patriot Award

July 11, 2014 at 10:27 AMRing Power

Congrats to Jason Harley (Assistant Parts Manager) and Mike Furlough (Territorial Parts Operations Manager) on receiving the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award. Both were nominated for the award by Jared Feagin (Parts Warehouse Person) and a Specialist in the Army Reserve.

“Mr. Furlough has been the most patient and supportive supervisors I have had the pleasure of working for,” Jared wrote in his nomination. “Not once has Mr. Furlough questioned anything I had go on with my military service. I am proud to be an employee of his and Ring Power.”

Commenting on Jason, Jared wrote “Mr. Harley has not only become an acquaintance but has been so supportive of my military career. Mr. Harley has always shown his appreciation for my service to the USA. I couldn’t have asked for a better supervisor.”

“Thanks to Jared for the nomination,” Mike said. “He has been a valued employee here at Ring Power and will have a bright future with us, upon his safe return.”

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