About Us

Almost Seven 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 69+ 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.

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 90+ 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, three term Advisory Council member for Butler Manufacturing, 5 under 40 winner, ABC of Minnesota/ North Dakota 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.

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.

Steve Nelson

Vice President of Sales and Service

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 Building Construction Drafting and Estimating from St. Cloud Technical College.

Outside of working with Rice Companies, Steve enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing.

Travis Lund

Vice President of Construction

Travis Lund joined Rice Companies in 2013. He attended Vermillion Community College in Ely, MN and NDSU in Fargo, ND. Travis started in commercial construction in 1994 as a carpenter and has worked as a foreman, traveling superintendent, production manager, project manager, and senior project manager. As VP of Construction, Travis oversees project management, and field operations and production including equipment and site safety. He is an active board member of the CMBA and the Tools for Schools program.

Travis and his wife Stacy are the proud parents of 3 children and stay busy keeping up with their activities. Travis is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys hunting, fishing, home projects, dog training, and traveling. Travis and his family, and their 3 dogs, reside near Sauk Rapids, MN.

Marius Rygg

President - Fargo

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 Fargo, ND.

Tonya Inselman

Director of Human Resources

Tonya Inselman is a seasoned leader in the field of Human Resources. She earned a degree in Business Management from St. Cloud State University, is a certified professional in human resources (PHR), has served several terms on the board for the Central Minnesota Society of Human Resources Professionals and brings a strong background in providing leadership and direction in the establishment and execution of HR driven Talent Management strategies, plans and tactics.

Outside of work, Tonya enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, raising free-range chickens and exploring the outdoors. She is involved in community theatre, an avid yoga enthusiast and serves on several United Way, Greater St. Cloud Development, and youth support committees.

Geoffrey Delp

Senior Accounting 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.

Jennifer Rice

Project Coordinator

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

Charlie Dotzler

IT Manager

Charlie joined Rice Companies in 2021 as our Information Technology Manager. Graduating from SCSU with a degree in engineering, Charlie brings over 25 years of knowledge and experience to the team. He has an impressive background in Information Technology, IT Management and Manufacturing Engineering.

Charlie and his wife are the parents of two grown children and one grandson. Charlie enjoys building and repairing things, time at the lake, hunting, fishing, and watching movies.

Angie Kasparek

Marketing Manager

Angie joined our team in 2021 as a Marketing Manager. She came to us with a degree in Marketing and Design, and experience going back to 2006.

Angie, her husband Jesse and sons, Gavin and Jameson currently reside in Sartell, MN. When not working, she enjoys traveling, trying new foods, attending concerts, home projects, and movies with her family.

Ryan Seavert, PE

Structural Engineer

Ryan Seavert began his career in structural engineering design in 1997. This has included 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 an assistant basketball coach at Becker High School.

Will Huston, PE

Civil Engineer

Will Huston is a licensed civil engineer with experience in residential and commercial development beginning in 2000. He is experienced in all aspects of a project from land acquisition and planning through design construction and project close-out. Will is involved in many civic and community organizations including the Central MN Builders Association, St. Cloud Chamber, St. Cloud Area SERTOMA, and Avon Township. Will received his BSCE from Michigan Tech and still enjoys visiting the UP multiple times a year for snowmobiling and wheeling/dirt biking with friends and family. Other family hobbies include: hiking, skating, hunting, and golfing.

Mary Sand

Civil Engineering Technician

Mary joined Rice in 2022 as a Civil Design Intern which turned into the permanent position she now holds. Mary, along with her husband and two kids, reside in Holdingford, MN.

Mary holds degrees from SCTCC in Architectural Construction Technology, Alexandria Technical and Community College in Professional Truck Driving and Massage Therapy from Minnesota School of Business. She had been running her own business as a Certified Massage Therapist since 2013 until enrolling in the Land Surveying and Civil Engineering program through SCTCC in 2020.

When she’s not working, she enjoys hunting, cross-stitching, sewing, and painting.

Joe Gubbels

Director of Field Operations

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.

Matt Knutson

Director of Estimating

Matt Knutson joined Rice Companies in 2017 as our first dedicated estimator, now leading a team of 3 full time estimators. Along with leading the estimating department, Matt works closely with new and existing clients on the front end of projects, evaluating their needs and ensuring the design meets their budget. Matt holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bemidji State University with an emphasis in Construction Management and stays active in Rice Companies Safety Program as a committee member.

Matt and his wife Katie enjoy spending time with their children at numerous activities. He is an avid outdoorsman, 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 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 sons Matthew and Aaron, biking, stamping homemade greeting cards, and volunteering at church in Hutchinson.

Zack Ziemer

Estimator

Zack Ziemer joined Rice Companies in 2021 as an Estimator in our Fargo location. He attended North Dakota State University where he studied Construction Management and played on the football team from 2013-2017. Prior to joining Rice Companies, Zack worked as a Project Manager for Integrity Steel Supply in Mapleton, ND.

He and his wife Hannah reside in Casselton, ND with their son, Callum and golden-doodle, Remi.

In his free time, he enjoys golfing, fishing, and hunting.

Michael Donnay

General Manager - Glencoe

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.

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.

Jesse Helland

Senior Project Manager

Jesse has a degree in architecture from NDSU and has spent his career delivering complex Design/Build projects. He comes to Rice with significant experience in design and preconstruction services as well as project management and business development.

Jesse is a lifelong Red River Valley resident and lives in Fargo with his wife Jen and three children; Brenna, Crosby and Shelby. When he's not working, he can be found supporting his kids' activities and spending the weekend at their lake cabin on Leech Lake.

Ron Molitor

Project Manager II

Ron Molitor 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 family outdoors hunting and fishing.

Dan Beaving

Project Manager II

Dan Beaving joined the Rice Companies team as Project Manager II in 2021. He is a graduate of U of M - Moorhead with a B.S. in Construction Management. He brings over 14 years of experience in the commercial construction industry.

Dan describes himself as a career forward individual that takes a lighthearted approach to conflict resolution. His motto, "every problem has a solution".

In Dan's free time, he enjoys motorsports such as dirt bikes, boats, and ATVs. He is also an avid hunter and fisher.

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.

Tony Fischer

Project Manager I

Tony Fischer joined the Rice Companies team in the spring of 2021 as a Project Manager, based in our Fargo office. He holds an accounting degree from Moorhead State University and has worked in the construction industry for over 18 years.

Outside of work, Tony enjoys hunting, fishing, golfing and car restoration.

Taunya Poser

Project Manager I

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.

Andy Wilson

Project Manager I

Andy Wilson joined Rice Companies in 2014. As a project Manager, Andy brings 27 years of construction experience in field work, customer service and leadership.

Outside of work, Andy enjoys coaching girls hockey, camping with family and friends, pheasant hunting, gardening, BBQing and cooking.

Amy Bisers

Project Administrator

Amy comes to the Rice Companies team with a background in administrative work with some legal. Most recently, she was working as a Project Legal Assistant with Blattner.

Amy grew up in Sauk Rapids, MN. She currently resides in Sartell with her husband, Artis. Combined they have three children, Ieva, Owen, Emmi, and an English Bulldog named Trump.

When she's not working, she enjoys being outdoors, spending time with
kids, fashion, shopping and trying new foods from around the world.

Cory Dukowitz

Safety Manager

Cory Dukowitz joined Rice Companies in 2021 and brings over 15 years of professional experience in safety, quality, and continuous improvement to Rice Companies. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology.

Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his wife and watching his boys play sports, remodeling and working on projects at their home, and getting out on the lake and enjoying all the activities.

Don Larsen, AIA

Senior Architect

Don Larsen joined Rice in 2011 as a Senior Architect. He holds a degree from North Dakota State University and has been practicing Architecture since 1993. He has 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.

Josh Meiners, Assoc. AIA

Architectural Associate

Josh Meiners joined Rice Companies in 2021. Graduating with both a Bachelors and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.

Outside of work, he enjoys biking, hiking, golfing, and woodworking.

Wes Schoenherr

Project Design Manager

Wes Schoenherr graduated from St. Cloud Technical College with a degree in Architectural Construction Technology and has worked at Rice Companies since 2011. He has gained an excellent knowledge of BIM processes, visualization software, and project development.

In his spare time, Wes enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, running, and participating in local autocross events. He also serves on the Architectural Construction Technology Advisory Board.

Danielle W

Danielle Waytashek

Project Design Specialist

Danielle came to Rice Companies in 2018 with experience working in both Architectural and Structural office environments. She now specializes in interior finishes and design within our Architectural team. She graduated in 2012 with a degree in Architectural Design.

When Danielle is not working, she and her husband keep busy with their three kids and the beef farm they own. They also enjoy heading to the lake to relax.

Austin Pingel

Project Designer I

Austin Pingel joined Rice Companies in 2019 as a Carpenter Assistant while attending school at SCTCC. After graduating with a degree in Architectural Construction Technology, Austin became a Project Designer, working with our Architects & Engineers. His previous experience in underground utilities, concrete, and landscaping come in handy in his current role.

When he's not working, Austin enjoys spending time outdoors hunting and fishing.

Dan Ryan

Senior 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 his current 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

Director of Service

Reece joined Rice's facility maintenance team in 2016 as a sales manager. Now as Director of Service, 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 Rice Companies in June of 2020 as part of the Facility, Repair and Maintenance Sales team. He has spent his entire career in sales, focusing on the construction industry. He has since been expanding the Rice Companies’ name and territory for Facility, Repair and Maintenance Services, along with new construction, within Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding areas.

His long history in this community has been beneficial in building lasting partnerships, and growth in the region.

You can find Chris at the lake cabin in the summers, enjoying sports, golfing, running, being involved in the community, and spending time with his son.

Bailey Lindbom

Talent Acquisition & Recruitment Specialist

Bailey Lindbom joined the Rice team in 2022 with a degree in Business Management from Bemidji State University. She has been working in recruitment since 2014.

Bailey is from Sauk Rapids where she and her son (Bennett) currently reside.

When Bailey is not working she enjoys coaching volleyball, spending time with her family at the lake, and shooting photography for friends and family.

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