Smith-Midland Corp. Chairman and CEO Rodney Smith recently appointed Richard “Rick” Gerhardt of Catlett to the Fauquier-based company’s board of directors.
“Rick brings a proven track record of business operations management, strategic planning and leadership,” Mr. Smith said. “I am pleased that Rick is now joining our board, providing us with a fresh perspective on our future endeavors.”
From 2003 to 2014, Mr. Gerhardt served in an escalating succession of positions for three global shipping and logistic companies: DHL Global Mail, ESI Global Logistic and MSI Worldwide. His eight years as president, COO and shareholder of MSI Worldwide culminated in his successful negotiations for the acquisition of the $58 million company by Belgian Post.
Mr. Gerhardt also serves as chief operating officer of Old Dominion Spirits Corp. in Warrenton, and represents Cedar Run District on Fauquier’s board of supervisors. He serves on the boards of Path Foundation (Formally Fauquier Health Foundation), the Virginia Gold Cup Association and the Fauquier Free Clinic.
Mr. Gerhardt earned bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a minor in economics, from Washington College in Chestertown, Md.
“As one of the largest businesses and employers in Fauquier County, it is an honor to be asked to serve on the board of Smith-Midland,” he said. “These are exciting times for the company and I am anxious to participate in the oversight of its expansion, as well as assist in optimizing corporate strategy and efficiencies.”
A publicly traded company (OTCQX: SMID) with about 130 employees, Smith-Midland develops, manufactures, and sells an array of precast concrete products, primarily for the construction, transportation, and utilities industries. It has manufacturing facilities in Midland, Reidsville, N.C., and Columbia, S.C.