At Rice Companies, we believe in building lasting relationships with our customers while helping them grow. In fact, our third-generation owners continue to provide construction services to many of the same businesses that that our grandfather worked with.
Rice was founded in 1953 and during our 60+ years in business, we’ve learned that our customers enjoy working with us not only for our excellent service and high standards, but also because of our versatility. As one of few firms in Central Minnesota that offer true single source construction services, we offer in-house Architectural, Construction Management, skilled field crews, Real Estate Brokerage, Maintenance and Development services.
We work as a dedicated partner with each and every client. You have our promise to be here long after the job is done to ensure and maintain the integrity of our work. Perhaps that’s why many of our clients call on us again and again to expand their facilities and build new ones.
Do you have an upcoming building or development project you’d like to discuss? We would be happy to sit down with you and learn more about your business.
Chris Rice became a third-generation president and CEO of Rice Companies in 2008. His family has owned Rice for 60+ years and he started working in the field at an early age. In addition to leading a team of 45+ employees, Chris cultivates relationships with long term clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado State University and is a past president of the St. Cloud Builders Exchange, two term Advisory Council member for Butler Manufacturing, on numerous local and national boards and peer groups, and is LEED AP certified.
Today, Rice Companies encompasses architectural and design services, general contracting, construction management, development, Real Estate Brokerage, maintenance and other field services.
Chris Schuver joined Rice Companies in July 2014 as the CFO and boasts 13 years experience in the industry. As a graduate of St. John's University, Chris previously worked as the Vice President of Business Banking with American Heritage National Bank. He also brings construction experience to Rice through numerous development projects, including procuring the financing, monthly balancing of the construction project and distribution of funds.
Chris enjoys golfing, umpiring, exercising and spending time with his family. He gives back to the community by serving on the board for the Boys & Girls Club of Central Minnesota, acting as treasurer for the Central MN Noon Optimist Club and as an active member of St. Francis of Xavier Church.
A member of the Rice team since 2007, Chass graduated from North Dakota State University with Bachelor Degrees in Architecture and Environmental Design. His nearly 20-year career consists of experience in development, residential, and commercial, including retail, office and industrial projects.
He is licensed in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and South Dakota and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. Chass also holds a National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) Record. An outdoorsman at heart, Chass enjoy golf and camping in his spare time.
Steve Nelson has been with Rice Companies since 1997. He has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, and is the owner of NJ Drafting Inc. He holds a degree in Business Construction Drafting and Estimating from St. Cloud Technical College.
Outside of working with Rice Companies, Steve enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing.
As the Director of Business Development for Rice Companies, Ryan Gideon is responsible for new opportunities and maintaining client relations for Rice offices in Sauk Rapids and Glencoe. He possesses more than 20 years of experience in construction, project management, civil engineering and land development.
Ryan graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in 1989 before pursuing his Bachelors of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota, graduating in 1993. He also earned his professional engineering license in 2001.
Ryan resides in St. Joseph with his wife, Dianne, and their four children.
Travis Lund has 20+ years of commercial/industrial/medical construction experience in his position as Vice President of Construction. His responsibilities include overseeing all project management and field personnel, estimating and budgeting projects, negotiating and writing subcontracts, and overseeing subcontractors and employees for quality, safety and security
Travis and his wife Stacy enjoy spending time with their three children and their busy academic and sports activities and he is an avid outdoorsman and dog trainer.
Don Larsen joined Rice in 2011 as Architect. He holds a degree from North Dakota State University and has 21 years experience with many different building types, including retail, hospitality, health care, municipal and education buildings.
In his spare time, Don enjoys woodworking, reading and landscaping. Don is an active member of St. Francis of Xavier church where he volunteers for various committees and outreach projects.
Rian Demarais joined Rice Companies in May of 2014 as project manager. He brings 15 years of experience in the construction trades, having worked with several local firms.
Rian enjoys hunting, fishing, and other outdoor activities.
Sam (Robert) joined the Rice Companies team in 2013 as an estimator and project manager. He was an owner and manager of Raske Building Systems in Cosmos and has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry. Sam’s expertise and knowledge in Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings help our team develop cost-effective building shell options for our varied client base.
He has experience in a variety of building types, including small farm implement buildings, large warehouse and manufacturing facilities. In his spare time, Sam enjoys spending time with his grandchildren fishing, ice fishing and hunting.
As a project manager, Ron brings more than six years of construction experience to Rice Companies. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management from North Dakota State University in 2013 and joined Rice in November 2014. When he’s not hard at work, Ron enjoys hunting, fishing and mechanics.
Jennifer Rice graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2002, and joined Rice Companies the same year. Jennifer utilizes her 12 years of experience by working on subcontracts, change orders, accounts payable, marketing and more.
Jennifer enjoys spending time at the cabin, downhill skiing, crossfit, working out and spending time with family.
Joe Gubbels joined the Rice Companies team in February of 2013. Prior to Rice, Joe was in the National Guard with advanced training in carpentry, masonry and cross trained while in Iraq and the Philippines with local workers, materials and tools. He has over 14 years of diverse experience in the field and extensive experience as the Rice Safety director and leader of the safety committee.
In Joe's free time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters working on projects at home, shooting sporting clay league and hunting.
Taunya Poser grew up around the construction industry, with her father and brother both being custom home builders. Before joining Rice Companies in 2008, she accumulated 16 years of professional experience as a CAD technician.
Taunya graduated from St. Cloud Technical College with a degree in Architectural Construction Technology in 1998. She enjoys spending time with her two children, sewing, wood working and camping.
Wes Schoenherr graduated from St. Cloud Technical College with a degree in Architectural Construction Technology and has worked as a CAD technician at Rice Companies since 2011.
In his spare time, Wes enjoys spending time with family and is a self-proclaimed foodie. He also serves on the Architectural Construction Technology Advisory Board.
Geoffrey Delp has been working in a bookkeeping/accounting environment ever since graduating high school. He worked at a local bank in Salem, Oregon until his move to Minnesota in the 1990’s. In 1995, Geoff started at Rice Companies and attained his Bachelors of Arts in Computer Information Systems from the College of St. Scholastica in 2006.
Geoff enjoys gardening, walking, riding bicycle, reading, golf, and his family. He serves as Parish Council President at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Morrill.
Megan Gerads graduated from Minnesota State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies 2007 and started with Rice Companies in 2015 as an administrative assistant & receptionist.
In her spare time, Megan enjoys softball, volleyball, hunting, fishing, farming and spending time with her family and friends. She also has been involved with the Benton County 4-H for over 20 years.