Ron Rashkow is a founding principal of RPMS, Inc., which provides strategic consulting and investment advisory services in mergers and acquisitions. Ron’s expertise in real estate investment, ownership and management, retailing, consumer hardlines and distribution helps ensure the success of these transactions. RPMS also provides mentoring to senior management and consulting to private equity groups.
Ron began his career over 50 years ago working in the family-owned lumberyard. Ron’s entrepreneurial instincts, combined with his abilities in merchandising, marketing, operations and finance, and real estate expertise, helped drive the family business organically and through acquisitions. Renamed, Handy Andy, the enterprise became a respected regional retail chain with annual sales exceeding $750 million. Handy Andy’s performance and growth were frequently lauded, including being named as a three-time recipient the prestigious Building Supply Home Center “Retailer of the Year” award.
Ron is a graduate of Illinois Institute of Technology, with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics and marketing. He currently serves as chairman of the Knapp Entrepreneurial Center Advisory Board for IIT’s Stuart School of Business. Other current board and advisory positions include O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (NASDAQ:ORLY), Hilco Trading, RTC Corp., BoardShare Inc., Imbibe, Inc., and Ace of Spray.