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Waukee, Iowa: RMH Systems, Inc., a turn-key industrial automation systems, packaging, and material handling integrator, announced Ryan Howard has been named President. Ryan is assuming the title from his father, Tom Howard, who will remain involved as the CEO. Ryan and his brother, Chad, represent the third generation of Howard family leadership. RMH Systems has offices across the Midwest including Minneapolis, Des Moines, Kansas City, & Omaha. Based in the Minneapolis office, Howard will lead strategic planning, growth initiatives, and marketing. He will continue to oversee operations in Minnesota, the Dakota’s and Wisconsin while Todd Maxwell (COO) will continue to lead operations and oversee Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and Missouri.
“With Ryan’s leadership, work ethic and strong desire to ensure we continue to evolve technologically and grow, I’m confident the future looks bright for RMH Systems,” said Tom Howard, CEO of RMH Systems, Inc.
Mr. Howard, who grew up in the family business, graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance. After which, he earned a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota. Upon graduation, he joined the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago in 2011, where he quickly rose to Administrative Business Director.
In 2015, Ryan, joined RMH as the Director of Business Development and was promoted to General Manager of Minnesota two years later, coinciding with the acquisition of Skarnes, a Minnesota-based material handling company – RMH’s largest acquisition to date. In this role, he successfully championed the acquisition of Skarnes into RMH Systems.
In 2020, employees’ votes secured the distinction of top workplaces awards in both Iowa and Minnesota. The Minnesota branch has gone through tremendous change in four years and has increased revenue by 25% in that span. Ryan has been instrumental in the development of the robotics division, which includes adding technological advancements, engineering staff, and new automation partnerships.
With the help of his leadership, RMH Systems has evolved to a more millennial-focused culture with an emphasis on training, technology, and cross divisional sales strategies. RMH Systems has also launched a new corporate social program – RMH Serves – that allows employees to take volunteer time off to pursue charitable causes. Last year, RMH committed over 250 hours of volunteer time in addition to the annual corporate giving RMH provides to various causes including Meals for the Heartland and Y.E.S.S.
In a MHEDA article profiling RMH earlier this year, Ryan explained, “Applications and technologies are always changing, so we need to make sure that we’re continuing to be on the leading edge for hiring talent, remaining relevant with evolving technologies and understanding the changing issues on the frontlines with our customers. We are the only Midwest-based integrator with in-house expertise for packaging, material handling, robotics and scales, and there is a significant responsibility in being that one-stop shop for our customers” As President, Ryan brings to the position a wealth of knowledge, and a steadfast commitment to nurture the client-centric, forward-thinking culture that continues to drive growth at RMH.
“It’s an absolute privilege for me to be involved in the continued growth of this company. I am very proud of the 30-year foundation my Grandpa, Dad, and all the folks here have built. My brother and I look forward to carrying that legacy forward.,” expressed Ryan.
“This company is extremely unique – we have such a talented team that is relentlessly committed to our customer base. I’m thrilled for the opportunity to continue working with our team and our clients in a larger capacity. The future is bright here.”
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