About the Founder

Prior to founding his own company, Rick enjoyed a 25-year career at Sauer-Danfoss (now Danfoss Power Solutions), a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of engineered hydraulic and electronic systems and components, used primarily in mobile equipment. Rick’s career includes more than 22 years in leadership positions in engineering, operations and continuous improvement.

Rick’s accomplishments in engineering include leading the development of two new products in record time, which accounted for over $30M in sales in 2007. He has served as production manager for union and non-union factories in Iowa and Illinois, with responsibility for as many as 300 employees.

His real passion, however, involves continuous improvement. While at Sauer-Danfoss, he served as the Six Sigma Master Black Belt for the company’s North American plants and was the lead Lean practitioner for the North American Propel division. While in the latter position, he guided a $13MM value stream to world class metrics of 100 percent on-time delivery, 280 defects per million at the customers’ assembly lines (99.972 percent good), and 35+ inventory turns.

Throughout his career, Rick has been recognized as a people developer, hiring and growing leaders now located around the globe. He has created and delivered several training courses, and thoroughly enjoys helping adults learn and apply new knowledge. His blue collar upbringing allows him to relate to hourly employees as well as senior leaders.

Rick serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for PowerFilm, Inc. and serves on the Board of Directors for Fairfield Line, Inc. He has coached the senior leaders of several companies ranging in size from $2MM to $60MM. He served as interim GM for a key client for most of 2008 and led the company to record results.

Rick is the author of 5S Leader’s Field Guide: Practical Advice for Establishing a Healthy 5S Culture Within Your Organization.

Janet (CPA) and Rick have been married for 34 years. They have three married children - Ted (Director of Choral Music at Urbandale High School); Katie (Physical Therapist at Mary Greeley Medical Center); and Sarah (Oncology Nurse at University of Iowa Hospital) - and five grandchildren.

Rick enjoys reading and playing guitar as well at outdoor activities such as biking, hiking and fishing.

Rick Brimeyer

Richard Brimeyer

President, Brimeyer LLC

Rick simply knows how to make things better. He has an uncanny ability to get results by guiding the people working within a flawed process to creatively identify the necessary improvements and even have fun while they’re doing it.”

- Jeff Baldus

Director of Engineering, Danfoss Power Solutions

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