A 1976 graduate of Hastings College, Rich is currently the President of Therm Dynamics located in Tea, South Dakota. Therm Dynamics manufactures portable, flameless heaters for the oil and gas fields and airline industry. Prior to owning Therm Dynamics, Rich was President of Amesbury Group, a division of Tyman, PLC headquartered in London. He managed manufacturing plants in the United States, Mexico, Canada, United Kingdom and China, supplying components to the window and door industry. A proponent of higher education, Rich not only serves on the Hastings College Board of Education but is also on the advisory board for Southeast Technical Institute in Sioux Falls.
A Pilger, Nebraska, native Rich enjoys golfing, fishing and hunting when he is not working. He and his wife Jackie are parents to two daughters, Katie (’02) and Jordanne and grandparents to four.