About Us

Over Six Decades of Building Partnerships

At Rice Companies, we believe in building lasting partnerships with our customers while helping them grow. In fact, as third-generation owners we 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 67+ 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 Minnesota that offer true single source construction services, we offer in-house Architectural, Construction Management, Self Performing Field Crews, Real Estate Brokerage, Service 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.


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Team

Chris Rice

CEO/President

Chris Rice became a third-generation president and CEO of Rice Companies in 2008. In addition to leading a team of 70+ employees, Chris cultivates relationships with new and long term clients. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Colorado and is a past president of the St. Cloud Builders Exchange, two term Advisory Council member for Butler Manufacturing, 5 under 40 winner, ABC Board Member, active with numerous peer groups, and is LEED AP certified.

Today, Rice Companies encompasses Architectural and Engineering services, General Contracting, Construction Management, Development, Real Estate Brokerage, Maintenance and other field services, operating out of our Sauk Rapids, Glencoe, Mankato and Fargo, ND offices.

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Chris Schuver

Chief Financial Officer

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 projects 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.

Tom Bruce, NCARB

Senior Vice President, Design/ Build

Tom Bruce rejoined Rice in 2017 and draws from his 32 years of relationships in architecture, development and construction experience to bring a unique perspective to Rice’s Design/Build projects. Tom graduated with degrees from NDSU and became a licensed architect in 1989.

Tom lives in St. Cloud and is heavily involved in community organizations, including many facility boards, St. Cloud Diocese Building Commission, Builder’s Exchange, Catholic Charities, AIA MN Code Committee, numerous youth sports organizations as a board member and coach, Anna Marie’s Alliance, Youth for Christ, Cathedral High School Hockey Coach and an active member of the Church of St. Paul.

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Steve Nelson

Vice President

Steve Nelson has been with Rice Companies since 1997. He has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry. 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.

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Travis Lund

Vice President of Construction

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.

Marius Rygg

Vice President - Mankato

Marius Rygg joined Rice Companies in August, 2018 as Vice President - Mankato.

Marius is a native of Portland, ND, and is a graduate of North Dakota State College of Science with a degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating. He has over 30 years of experience in the commercial construction industry, with the last several years managing the commercial building division and staff of a general contracting company in West Fargo, ND. He has been on several boards, was a two term Advisory Council member for Butler Manufacturing, and a 50% partner in development and ownership of a self-storage facility.

Marius enjoys golfing, running, traveling, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Lisa, reside in Mankato, MN.

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Don Larsen, AIA

Project Architect

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.

Ryan Seavert, PE

Structural Engineer

Ryan Seavert has over 20 years of structural engineering design experience including wood structures and buildings, concrete and masonry design, steel framed structures & buildings, light gauge steel stud design, metal building foundation design, helical anchor foundation design, aluminum and stainless steel design, and forensic inspections for construction problems and building deficiencies. Ryan graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, Indiana in 1997.

Ryan and his wife Jill enjoy spending time with family, fishing, reading, and watching their two sons compete and perform. He is a member of the Becker youth basketball board as well as being an assistant basketball coach at Becker High School.

Matt Knutson

Senior Estimator

Matt Knutson joined Rice Companies in 2017 and brings with him 12+ years of experience, most recently for a local commercial general contractor. Matt graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University with an emphasis in Construction Management, and has since worked on public and private projects across a number of industries. Matt’s full-time responsibility is budgeting, estimating and bidding projects.

Matt and his wife Katie enjoy spending time with their children at numerous activities. He is an avid outdoorsman, and is involved with St. Cloud Youth Hockey, St. Cloud Area Chamber of Commerce and Ducks Unlimited.

Michelle Kiecker

Estimator

Michelle joined Rice Companies in the summer of 2019 as an estimator, coming to us with over 11 years of experience in commercial and agricultural construction. She is a 2008 graduate of Minnesota State University in Mankato with a degree in Construction Management and Interior Design.

In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband Jason and son Matthew, biking, stamping homemade greeting cards, and volunteering at church in Hutchinson

Rian DeMarais

Rian DeMarais

Senior Project Manager

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.

Shane Steckler

Senior Project Manager

Shane Steckler joined Rice Companies in the Spring of 2019, coming to us with over 20 years of commercial construction experience. He is a graduate of North Dakota State College of Science with a degree in Architectural Drafting and Estimating.

Shane, his wife Sarah and their two sons enjoy spending time at the lake fishing, hunting or playing with their dogs, and reside in the Fargo area.

Ronald Andrew Molitor II

Ron Molitor

Project Manager II

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 spending time with his wife and son, and hunting, fishing and mechanics.

Shane Guy

Project Manager I

Shane Guy joined the Rice team in 2018 with the acquisition of Gosewisch Construction in Mankato. Shane attended South Dakota State University where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and a minor in Business Administration in the fall of 2017. Typically after hours you can find him enjoying a variety of different hobbies, including hunting and fishing along with playing sand volleyball and tennis. Shane is also an aviation enthusiast who plans on earning his private pilot’s license in the coming years.

Josh Williams

Project Manager I

Josh joined Rice Companies in July of 2019. He brings more than 12 years of construction experience in multiple disciplines. His work has been published in Trend Magazine and once built pedestrian bridge ninety feet over the Brule River in Northern Wisconsin. Josh received his Bachelor of Science from Minnesota State University Mankato in 2007.

Prior to college, Josh served on active duty as a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. He enjoys summer camping trips with his wife and two children, playing golf, fishing, and coaching youth wrestling.

Michael Donnay

Project Manager I

Michael Donnay joined the Rice team in Glencoe in early 2019 after graduating from MSU-Mankato with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management. Michael was born and raised in Glencoe and currently resides in town. In his free time Michael enjoys hunting, fishing and volunteering with the local wrestling team.

Taunya Poser

Taunya Poser

Assistant Project Manager

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 project designer.

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.

Joe Gubbels

Production Manager

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 in all aspects of construction types and safety.

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.

Jennifer Rice

Jennifer Rice

Project Coordinator

Jennifer Rice graduated from St. Cloud State University in 2002, and joined Rice Companies the same year. Jennifer utilizes her 18 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.

Wes Schoenherr

Wes Schoenherr

BIM Specialist

Wes Schoenherr graduated from St. Cloud Technical College with a degree in Architectural Construction Technology and has worked as a BIM Specialist 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.

Danielle Waytashek

Project Designer I

Danielle came to Rice Companies in 2018 with experience working in both Architectural and Structural office environments. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Architectural Design.

In her free time, Danielle has three children that keep her busy exploring the outdoors, and she enjoys being at the lake, biking, snowboarding and ice fishing.

Austin Pingel

Project Designer I

Austin Pingel joined Rice Companies in October of 2019 as a part time Carpenter Assistant while attending school at St. Cloud Technical College. When he graduated college with a degree in Architectural Construction Technology, he became a full time Project Designer, working with our Architects & Engineers. He also brings with a few years of experience in concrete, underground utilities, and landscaping.

In his spare time, Austin enjoys spending time outdoors doing activities such as hunting and fishing.

Dan Ryan

Service Project Manager

Dan started with Rice Companies as a Carpenter in 2006, and since then has held many different roles including General Superintendent and recently as Facilities Maintenance Manager. In this role, Dan is responsible for estimating, proposals and scheduling our maintenance staff.

Outside of the office, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife and their three children, mountain biking, riding his motorcycle and weight lifting.

Reece Spanier

Service Sales Manager

Reece joined Rice's facility maintenance team in 2016 as a sales manager. In this role, Reece is responsible for partnering with both new and existing clients on their maintenance and operational needs and helping the Rice team provide cost effective solutions. Reece came to Rice with a background working for a Fortune 500 company in the construction/ industrial distribution industry and has experience in sales, supply chain management, account management and problem solving.

Reece enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and most importantly spending time with his wife Rebekka and their two girls.

Adam Kube

Service Sales

Adam Kube joined Rice Companies in 2019 as the Maintenance Salesperson out of our Glencoe Office. Adam has a Sales & Marketing Degree from Ridgewater College in Hutchinson and brings with him strong sales experience in our markets. Adam resides in Mayer with his wife Krystal and 2 sons Connor and Cooper.

When not at work you will find Adam and the family at wrestling tournaments, ice fishing and hanging out with the neighbors.

Chris Herman

Service Sales

Chris Herman joined the Rice Companies team in June of 2020 in Facility Maintenance Sales. Chris is a graduate of the University of North Dakota. He has been working in the sales industry for over 20 years with the last 10 years in construction industry sales. He will focus on expanding the Rice Companies territory for facility maintenance and new construction in the greater Fargo-Moorhead region.

Chris enjoys watching sports, golfing, spending time at the lake cabin, running, and adventuring with his wife Lisa, son, and rescue dogger.

Geoffrey Delp

Geoffrey Delp

Office Manager

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

Receptionist

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.

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