In 1996, Richard “Rick” Cornish joined Valmont Industries as Director of Business Development for a new company business initiative. Challenged with the opportunity to grow the Valley Galvanizing facility, then a one location cost center, into a profitable business segment, the Coatings Division was launched on January 1, 1997. Today Rick is the Group President of Valmont’s Global Coatings Segment.

Rick’s leadership experience in the corrosion protection industry began in 1988, when he accepted a position with the Kinark Corporation as operations manager, at their Boyles Galvanizing facility in Denver, CO. Advancing through that organization Rick was promoted to vice president of galvanizing operations, at that time the largest custom galvanizer in North America, where he remained until 1996.

Rick served on the Board of Directors of the American Galvanizing Association from 1998 to 2015. He is a past President of that association. He is also on the Board of Directors for the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and serves as the Chairman of the Manufacturers Council.

Rick attended the University of Kansas and was in the Naval ROTC Program. Upon graduation in 1978, with a B.S. in Business, he was commissioned an Ensign and attended the U. S. Navy’s Surface Warfare School in Newport, Rhode Island. Rick had multiple overseas deployments while on active duty and continued his affiliation with the Naval Reserve through 2000. His final assignment was at the Pentagon Navy Command Center, achieving the rank of Captain. Rick received his M.B.A. from the University of Tulsa in 1987.