We believe that our people are the cornerstone of our company. As such, R. L. Deppmann is 100% employee owned through our Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). Each employee who has a year of tenure owns a percentage of the total company stock.
Every employee has a vested interest in making sure the customer is satisfied and continues to do business with us. We live by our core values and understand why we continue to be a successful resource in the industry. You'll find our employee-owners doing everything they can to answer YES to your needs.
Robert Van Goor
Bob is the President for the R.L. Deppmann. He has been with the company for more than 33 years and in that time has held various sales positions in the organization. His education is from Calvin College in Engineering and Davenport School of Business. Bob has had various industry involvement in numerous HVAC organizations over the course of his career. In his free time, he enjoys traveling and playing golf.
Norman E. Hall is a Vice President for the Company and former President. Norm graduated from Wayne State University in Electrical Engineering. Over the past 40 years at RLD Norm has worked on design/engineering of systems, estimating, outside sales & management. Norm enjoys golf, playing with his grandkids, teaching eighth grade catechism classes, and volunteering at local food banks.
Josh earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. He also holds a PE license. Josh has been an integral part of the Deppmann team for 16 years. In his spare time, Josh spends time with his wife and four daughters, plays golf, volunteers with local charities and plays an active role in his church.
Bob graduated from Michigan State University and initially worked for a large CPA firm. From there, Bob worked in corporate finance roles before coming to R.L. Deppmann in 2005 where he is the Vice President of Finance. Bob likes working with wood and also enjoys the fall and tailgating at MSU football games.
Chris Lieder is the lead salesman in the New Construction Department. Chris has held various positions within R. L. Deppmann over the last 28 years. He is an active member of the ASHRAE Detroit Chapter and the SMACCA. Outside of work, Chris enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting. When asked about Chris, customers note that “Chris is very thorough and makes sure we are satisfied with our order”.
Joe received a BS Degree in Renewable Energy Engineering Technology; he worked as a Mechanical Engineer at Detroit based A/E firm Smith Hinchman and Grylls for 10 years before coming to RLD in 1993. Joe has worked in various departments within R.L. Deppmann. His non-working time is usually spent training for international powerlifting events.
Dave has 20 years in the building science industry with emphasis on energy efficiency. He is a 1989 graduate of Michigan State University in Marketing. When not at work, Dave likes to hunt, fish, coach and mentor junior football players. He has been married 25 years and enjoys spending quality time with his 4 children.
Tim is a graduate of Northern Michigan University. He has been in the industry since 1997, working in distribution and now new construction. Tim is committed to continually grow his knowledge in the industry by actively pursuing addition training and educational opportunities. Tim enjoys hunting, fishing and working with dogs. He has titled multiple dogs over the years.
Todd has over 20 years of customer service and sales experience. He has been with R.L. Deppmann since 2011. Todd has worked in various positions including Customer Service, Estimating, and Outside sales. In his spare time Todd enjoys spending time outdoors fishing, hunting, camping or hiking with his dogs. Customers note that “Todd is very responsive and always goes the extra mile to help”.
David Dyer II
David has been with R.L. Deppmann since 2011 as an Outside salesman in the Distribution segment. Before joining R.L. Deppmann, David worked in pharmaceutical and manufacturing sales. David enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, coaching his daughter’s soccer team and playing golf. When asked about David, customers say, “David follows thru with everything – going above and beyond for us”.
John works in the new construction and engineering sales department in Northern Ohio. He has been in the HVAC industry for approximately 25 years, concentrating on the hydronic industry for the last 15 years. When not at work John enjoys golfing or spending time with his family.
Mark has worked at the R.L. Deppmann Company since 2001. He graduated from Lawrence Technological University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He takes pride in his work and values the close ties with his customers. Mark is supported by his wonderful wife, Lisa and his beautiful children Kailee, Joshua and Jessica. For pleasure, he enjoys boating, golfing, concerts and trips with his family.
Tim has a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, and holds a Professional Engineer license. Tim worked for a mechanical contractor for 10 years before joining R.L. Deppmann in 2012. Tim spends time with his wife and four children and plays as well as coaches hockey.
Nathan graduated from Western Michigan University in 1990 with a construction management and technology degree. After graduation, Nathan worked in the construction industry and has been with R.L. Deppmann for the last 18 years. Nathan enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, going to concerts and drinking Michigan craft beer.
Gerry has been in the industry for over 35 years. He worked as a consulting engineer from 1977 until 2010 when he joined R.L. Deppmann. He enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing and all outdoor activities. He is also a member of the Band Boosters at his daughter’s high school and is active in booster fundraising events.
Paul is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined R.L. Deppmann in 2005 as a sales engineer. Prior to R.L. Deppmann, Paul spent 22 years as a sales engineer assisting engineers and contractors in product application. Paul enjoys time with his family biking, golfing, skiing and traveling.
Jim went to college for Business Management, then HVAC. Prior to working at R.L. Deppmann, Jim performed test and balance of air & hydronic systems of “clean rooms” for the microelectronic industry. Jim’s recreational interest include cross country and downhill skiing, motorcycling, golf and the beach.
David graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in HVAC/R Engineering in 2008. He has worked in the HVAC/R industry for 15 years. His customers would tell you that he is a great communicator and is dedicated to the success of every project. David enjoys spending time with his family while hunting and fishing throughout Michigan.
Dave has been around the HVAC business his entire life. Dave was a heating manager for 10 years at Bond Supply. He then became a Sales Engineer at R L Deppmann (25+ years). Dave is a LEED-AP, a Past ASHRAE Chapter President, Region V CTTC Chairman, Society Communication Coordinator for CTTC. Dave enjoys camping, cooking, family and golf.
Rick entered the industry in 1983 and has worked as an estimator for a piping contractor and as sales for a competitive supplier prior to coming to R.L. Deppmann in 1998. He is an outside salesman in the New Construction segment, has a Bachelors degree in HVAC Engineering from Ferris State University and enjoys spending time in Caseville with family and friends.
Kyle is a Sales Engineer for R.L. Deppmann in Northeast Ohio with a focus on the engineering sector. He has been in the HVAC industry for ten years and has spent most of that time consulting with engineers and contractors on design/application assistance. In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, traveling to see friends and spending time with his family.
Rhonda attended the Ohio State University and has twenty-two years of combined administrative and accounting experience in sales, construction and engineering industries. In her free time she enjoys reading, running, golfing and spending time with her family. When asked about Rhonda, customers say, “Rhonda responds to my needs quickly and efficiently”.
Matt has been with R. L. Deppmann since 2007. He holds an HVAC/R Engineering Degree from FSU and was a Senior Estimator for 10 years. Matt enjoys time camping with his family and visiting amusement parks. When asked about Matt, customers say that “Matt is hard-working, and determined. His motivation comes from the heart.”
Bill started in the industry in 1984 with the W.T. Andrew Company in Highland Park, MI. Ten years later, Bill worked for a manufacturers rep sales agency selling pumps, boilers, plumbing and hydronic engineered HVAC specialties. Today, Bill continues to support customers as an Inside Sales team member. He enjoys golf, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.
Randy graduated from FSU with a Bachelor’s Degree in HVAC/R Engineering in 2012. In his spare time, he likes to go camping, fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Randy also likes to spend time with his wife and dogs. Recently, a customer noted that “Randy is a helpful, knowledgeable employee who will work hard to make sure our needs are met”.
Gary has a degree from the HVAC program at GRCC. He has extensive manufacturers training of R.L. Deppmann products lines. Gary is a member of the Inside sales group. Gary enjoys socializing with family and friends, gardening and fitness.
Tyler attended Cuyahoga Community College and the University of Akron where he earned a degree in Law Enforcement. While working towards his degree Tyler developed a passion for sales. He has five years of sales & customer service experience. In Tyler’s free time, he enjoys being on the golf course and spending time with his family and friends.
Chad graduated from Ferris State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in HVAC/R Engineering in 2007. He has worked in the construction industry since 2007 until coming to R.L. Deppmann in 2017. Chad enjoys spending his free time with family, playing volleyball, baseball, hunting and fishing. Chad is known for being dedicated, hardworking and knowledgeable of the industry.
Sandi is a member of the Inside Sales Team. She has been with R. L. Deppmann for 18 years. During this time, she has had various responsibilities inside the organization. Her duties include preparing submittal, releases, coordinating delivery timelines. When asked about Sandi, customers are quick to note how dependable, hardworking and responsive she is.
Caitlin is currently working towards her degree in Communications. She has been a member of the R.L. Deppmann team since January of 2014. Caitlin enjoys doing anything outdoors, especially fishing and boating. Customers say that “Caitlin has a very determined attitude. If she does not have the answer you are looking for or the ability to solve a problem, she will make it her mission to figure it out and get it done”.
Melinda has a unique background from construction to marketing consulting and office administration. Not one to shy away from jumping in to learn a new skill, she works within the Inside Sales team reviewing and organizing incoming projects. When she’s not buried in contractor bid lists, Melinda is busy dreaming about her next travel adventure. She has lived in Switzerland and traveled solo throughout Europe and South America.
Mike holds a Bachelors of Applied Sciences in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning / Refrigeration Technology from Ferris State University. He has been in the industry since 2005, making him a valuable resource for his customers. His enjoys golfing, being outdoors, and spending time with his family. Mike is known for continually “exceeding expectations” with his customers.
Dennis has been with R.L. Deppmann since 2001. He also spent 5 years with the previous Ohio Bell & Gossett Rep before R.L. Deppmann obtained the Northern Ohio territory. Dennis has over 19 years combined experience with Bell & Gossett product. After work Dennis enjoys biking, exploring the surrounding lakes in his kayak and spending time with his grandchildren.
Dan has been with the R.L. Deppmann Company for 39 glorious years! He holds a BS in Business Economics from Calvin College, Grand Rapids. Dan is a Senior Customer Service Representative in our Grand Rapids branch. Outside of work, Dan is an aquarist and member of the Grand Valley Aquarium Club. He has four aquariums at home with various species of tropical fish.
Scott has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Telecommunications: Sales Management. He as 20 + years working in both Inside & outside sales. Scott joined R.L. Deppmann in 2011 as a member of customer service and inside sales. Scott loves spending time with his wife and four kids, running, playing guitar & singing.
Jerry started out his career in 1968 (fresh out of high school) in counter sales. Over the years, he worked his way through the warehouse in into shipping and receiving. In 2008, Jerry moved into the Customer Service department. In Jerry’s spare time he enjoys his ten grandchildren. Customers rely on Jerry stating that “Jerry is someone we can turn to when we need help”.
Kevin has 30 years of experience in the refrigeration and HVAC industry. During his career, he has worked various segments of the business including technical, education, management and customer service. During Kevin’s spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, hunting, fishing, and camping.
Tyler has been working at Deppmann since 2014. His previous experience is primarily in the plumbing industry. During his non-working hours, Tyler plays in a hockey league and a softball league. Customers note that “Tyler is reliable and helpful when it comes to getting us our product and understanding the product”.
Kailee is currently working towards her Associates Degree at Oakland Community College. She joined R.L Deppmann in 2017 and works in the Customer Service department. In her spare time enjoys traveling, watching Netflix and spending time with her family. When Kailee interacts with a customer or supplier, they say that she is very helpful and friendly.
Chris started working with R.L. Deppmann in 2017 and brings with him 10 years of experience in the HVAC/R wholesale industry. Six of those years were spent at the counter sales position. Chris is well known for his dedication to provide the best support he can to every customer. Customers note that Chris is eager to quickly find an accurate solution to any problem the customer may face.
Startup and Warranty
After receiving his BSEE from Saginaw Valley State University in 1996, Brad started working for Deppmann. During his career here, he has been involved with many interesting and unique projects and after being on the sales team for over 20 years, Brad has taken over the Startup and Warranty Manager position in 2017. During Brad’s non-working hours, he spends time with his family, travels, and shows his classic car at cruise-ins and car shows during the summer.
Mike functions as a Service Technician in the Startup and Warranty Department. He joined R.L. Deppmann in 1999, after working as a HVAC technician in the hospital industry. During his free time, Mike enjoys road cycling. When asked about Mike, customers say, “Mike is a great teacher and takes the time to educate us regarding maintenance on the equipment and products”.
Ron is currently a Startup and Warranty Technician. He brings over 20 years of combined wholesale and field experience. Ron has a serious love and passion for the HVAC business. He enjoys helping others and anything that involves a challenge or problem solving. In his spare time, Ron enjoys playing basketball, cornhole, billiards and darts.
Shane is currently a Startup and Warranty Technician. He has successfully completed multiple Bell and Gossett training courses, Aerco technical training and Tower Tech training. Shane likes to golf in the summer and bowl in the winter. When asked about Shane customers say that they are “very pleased with the support Shane gives” them.
Dillon has an Associates Degree in Graphic Design and has been with the R.L. Deppmann Company for 9 years. He started in the warehouse department and over his tenure, earned his way to a Startup Warranty Technician role. During his free time, Dillon enjoys camping and supporting all Detroit sports teams.
Dylan received his degree in HVACR from Ferris State University in 2002. Since then he has worked for 15 years as a commercial/industrial HVAC service technician. Dylan joined our start up and warranty team in 2016 to expand our support for our boiler lines. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his wife and their 3 young children. They spend their free time camping, traveling, hunting, skiing, and enjoying life!
Paul has 35 years in the HVAC industry. He has a high-pressure boilers license & 3rd class refrigeration license. Paul graduated OCC with an HVAC degree. He is a one year local 547 stationary engineers. Paul is certified in back-flow repair and in medical gas brazing and installation. Paul enjoys hunting, fishing, biking, camping and working around the house.
Casey Van Dam
Casey joined R.L. Deppmann in 2015 as a phone operator. She moved into the Startup & Warranty department as the Service Coordinator in 2017. Casey enjoys camping, bonfires and anything mother nature has to offer. Casey’s happiest times are spent with her granddaughter Athena and her fur babies.
Jeff started working at R.L. Deppmann in 1984 in the shop. Over the years at R.L. Deppmann, Jeff has worked in inside service and customer service before moving to the purchasing & warehouse manager. Jeff likes to travel in his motorhome, follow NASCAR racing & spend time with his grandkids.
Rich has been a Purchasing Agent with the R.L. Deppmann Company for 15 years. He holds a Bachelor’s in Merchandising Management from Michigan State University. During his free time, you will find Rich biking, playing basketball, and cooking. Customers enjoy interacting with Rich stating that “Rich answers all questions and concerns quickly and correctly”.
Warehouse and Inside Service
Dan has been working at R L Deppmann since 2010. He draws his knowledge and experience through senior employees that help to make being an employee here both enjoyable and educational. Outside of work, Dan enjoys time with family and friends. He has a large interest in art, music and exercise.
Brian is driven to figure out how things operate. He has a knack for getting into a project and really learning how the ins and outs of the system. Brian is an avid disc golfer and enjoys spending time with his daughters in the outdoors (watching them learn the game of disc golf). He also enjoys working on cars and home improvement projects.
Ron has 20 years experience in the R.L. Deppmann Inside Service department. When he is not working he usually can be found working in his garage on his vehicles and lawn equipment. Our customers note that “He is a great person, knowledgeable and professional in choosing the correct parts for their job and always has a smile”.
Nick holds a two-year certificate for HVAC and a one year certificate for welding from the William D. Ford Career Technical Center. His experience includes forklift, warehouse, maintenance, and HVAC applications. Nick loves to enjoy the outdoors through fishing and hunting. He also likes to go to the movies, the casino, sporting events and concerts.
Matt worked in a variety of industries before joining R.L. Deppmann in the warehouse department. His experience includes residential construction, irrigation systems, maintenance and landscaping. Matt’s hobbies include amateur disc golf, amateur pocket billiards, camping and canoeing.
Steve joined R.L. Deppmann in November 2016 and works in the warehouse at our Novi location. Steve has experience in logistics and manufacturing. He’s currently going to school to get his motorcycle technician certification. In his spare time he likes to read comic books, watch movies, listen to music, practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu, ride and fix his motorcycles.
Jan boasts 37 years of working in the Deppmann Credit department. She has a Master’s degree in Business and a Paralegal degree. Jan holds seven advanced certificates in Quality and is a past chairperson for the Detroit Chapter of ASQ. Jan is very active in the community, within her church and with several charities. She takes part in the Relay for Life, Habitat for Humanity and All About Animals Rescue.
In the 24 years that Tim has been with R. L. Deppmann, he has worked in various areas of administration and sales, including customer service, estimation, and direct sales support. This background has proven valuable in his current role as IT Manager. As IT Manager, Tim supports every aspect of the business by managing and continually improving the R.L. Deppmann Technology strategy.
Nicole graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors in Business Administration. She worked in the automotive industry prior to Deppmann. Nicole joined R.L. Deppmann in 2005, she has worked in various corporate roles and is currently responsible for Marketing and Human Resources. She obtained her SHRM-CP Certification in 2015. Nicole enjoys spending time with her husband, children and traveling.
Accounting and Credit
Nadia graduated from Dorsey Business School/ Accounting in 1999. She worked at QEK Fleet management for the Big 3 in the Automotive field for 8 years in Accounts payable and Accounts Receivable/ Billing department. Nadia joined R.L. Deppmann in 2007 in the accounting department. In her free time, she enjoys crafts, swimming, shopping, and miniature golf.
Pamela received her degree from Eastern Michigan University. After graduation, she decided to pursue a career in Accounting and now boasts 15 years of experience. Pamela enjoys many hobbies including woodworking, photography, fabric art and zip lining. When asked about Pamela, customers note that Pamela is “kind” and that she “goes out of her way to help”.
Cyndi has worked in various accounting and human resource fields since graduating from college. In Cyndi time outside of the office, she cares for her aging parents and their needs as well as her home, non-working time is a fantasy.
Mindy is a proud Wayne State alum, holding two degrees from the University. She has been assisting many departments of R.L. Deppmann at the administrative level since 2016. When not working at RLD, Mindy enjoys spending time with her two nieces and nephew, international travel, and attending concerts with her friends.
Debbie spent 27 years in the Mortgage Banking Industry before changing gears in 2008 when she began working for R.L. Deppmann. Currently, Debbie coordinates training between Deppmann clients and the factories. Customers appreciate Debbie stating that she makes them “feel valued” and she “goes out of her way to assist me with my needs”.
Holly holds an Associate of Arts degree. She enjoys exploring new hiking trails with her dogs. Holly also loves to cook and watch Steelers football. When asked about Holly, customers say, “We always enjoy speaking to Holly when we call into R.L. Deppmann”.