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Rick Gertler


Rick Gertler


When Rick Gertler and his brother, Jeff, founded Scrap Metal Services LLC (SMS) in 2005, they both decided that their roles in the new company should be focused on what they were good at, experienced in, and liked the most. As such, Jeff was appointed CEO and handles much of the sales and marketing for the company today, whereas Rick was tasked with managing the operations of the business. Today, Rick Gertler serves as Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the company, and has been instrumental in its growth and success over the past 12 years.

Mr. Gertler attended Illinois State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in business administration. He returned to work at his father’s business, but when it was sold to a larger corporation in 1999, he switched positions and took a job with the new company For five years, he honed his operations skills with the company, until in 2005, he and Jeff decided that it was time to branch out on their own, and they successfully formed Scrap Metal Services LLC.

Today, Rick’s approach to business and operations at SMS are based on a number of values. He believes in prioritizing hard work and ingenuity, loyalty, and treating everyone around him honestly and fairly. These characteristics are part of what make him a great leader, and when combined with his passion and drive for success, a great asset for SMS and the team members it houses.