Pro-Link Hires New President And COO
Richard Runkel has been named president and chief operating officer of Pro-Link, Inc., a national jan/san buying and marketing group with distributors located throughout the country.
Runkel is an accomplished hands-on executive experienced in private, private equity and international ownership in the sales distribution and manufacturing industries. With over 27 years of experience working for Koroseal, most recently as president and chief executive officer, Runkel has a proven record of success with both sales and operational responsibilities for all company divisions. Additionally, he served as vice president of Interior Products. Prior to that, he has served as general manager, with responsibility for a newly acquired product line.
“After a thorough and rigorous search process reviewing multiple candidates, the board is confident that Rich is the right leader at the right time for Pro-Link,” says Larry Holtzman, chairman of the Pro-Link Board of Directors. “Rich’s skills and experience will help the Pro-Link family continue to grow and prosper."
Runkel is taking over the president role from Brian Slack, who has served as president and chief executive officer of Pro-Link since 2013. Slack will continue as Pro-Link’s chief executive officer through the end of 2020. Runkel will be working out of Pro-Link’s Peachtree Corners, Georgia office.
“I close out a wonderful 35-year career in the sanitary supply industry. When I informed Pro-Link’s Board of Directors of my intent to retire at the end of the year, it gave them plenty of time to evaluate the future of Pro-Link. Moving forward, I will be involved in CEO coaching and sitting on several boards. I want to stay busy and involved in business,” says Slack. “I am ready to assist Rich any way I can for a smooth transition.”
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