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montana silversmiths announces ceo, cfo appointments

Montana Silversmiths announced Oct. 6 that Rick Ruebusch has accepted the position of chief executive officer. Ruebusch has had numerous prestigious executive appointments during his career and has most recently served as president of SPX Corporation, a Fortune 500 capital goods manufacturer.

Rick is an Ohio State University graduate and as well as being a Six Sigma Black Belt and Lean Manufacturing expert. His extensive career accomplishments reflect his excellence in management, operations, manufacturing, technology and engineering.

Wil Garland, Montana Silversmiths chairman of the board, stated, "Rick's strong execution skills and proven ability to lead top performing teams is a perfect fit for Montana Silversmiths. We are particularly pleased to have a leader with extraordinary skills in improving manufacturing operations. In order to compete in the global marketplace we need to have best-in-class manufacturing efficiencies and Rick will ensure we remain the premiere manufacturer of Western buckles and jewelry.

Ruebusch stated, "Montana Silversmiths is a leading manufacturer with a renowned reputation and proud history of authentic western influenced buckles, jewelry, and lifestyle products. My family embodies the western lifestyle and we feel privileged to have the opportunity to live in Big Sky Country and work with the exceptional staff at Montana Silversmiths."

In addition to Ruebusch’s appointment, was announced the same day that David Stimmel has accepted the position of chief financial officer. Stimmel was most recently vice president of finance for Transtector Systems Inc.

Wil Garland, Montana Silversmiths chairman of the board, stated, "We are very happy David has joined the management team at MTS. He’s an avid fan of the American West and the consummate finance professional. His experience with manufacturing operations is also a big plus since we will continue to focus on upgrading our Columbus plant."

Stimmel stated, "I’m delighted to join the MTS Company. The prospects for growth at MTS, and in the western industry, are excellent so Montana’s where I want to be."

(800) 548-4511; montanasilversmiths.com