Our Family

OUR Family

Chris Terrels

Chris Terrels | cterrels@rdirail.com
V.P. Sales and Marketing

Chris Terrels, RDI President and Director, co-founded the company with his brother, the late Andrew P. Terrels. Prior to RDI, he received a BS from Dickenson College, Carlisle, PA after which he cofounded Seaside Builders. His experiences there led him to bigger & better things, and RDI was born. Chris is the mastermind behind many patents and products owned by RDI.

Aside from RDI, Chris is a devoted father of 3 and loyal Phillies phan. He recently became a proud pet parent to his new pit bull, Gryphon.

 

Jonathan Gronow

Jonathan Gronow | jgronow@rdirail.com
V.P. Operations

Jon is a VP and financial backbone of RDI. A Chartered Global Management Account, qualifying in 1996 at Leeds Metropolitan University in England, Jon has experience in a wide variety of financial analysis and management. He joined RDI as Controller in 2003, was promoted to Director of Finance the following year and has been in his current position since 2010.

Don't be fooled by his suave English accent, though Rugby is his game, he's also a passionate Philly sports fan, an Eagles season ticket holder and an ardent supporter of Tony Luke's cheesesteaks.

 

Chris Schneider

Chris Schneider | cschneider@rdirail.com
Director of Product Development / Senior Engineer

Many of our new product ideas originate with Chris, who came to RDI shortly after graduating with a BS in Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh. Chris is responsible for managing RDI's product development as well as relationships with our overseas partners.

Although he is not a big sports fan, we still love him; he is fun to hang out with and always enjoys a steep slope of powder or a good glass of wine.

 

Wayne Batchelder

Wayne Batchelder | wbatchelder@rdirail.com
Director of Operations

Wayne has been with RDI since 1999 and has been a driving force in virtually every phase of RDI's growth. From fabricator of RDI's first railing system, Finyl Rail, to Director, his superb organizational skills, professionalism & vast experience in all things RDI make him indispensable.

What is the secret to Wayne's success? Coffee. Lots of coffee.

 

Jay Penney

Jay Penney | jpenney@rdirail.com
Director of National Sales

Jay, a former Nebraska resident, started as regional manager for RDI in the Midwest and moved to New Jersey as Director of National Sales in 2005. His honesty, integrity, leadership, and drive to succeed make him the perfect leader of our Sales Managers.

Nebraska; great corn, great people!

 

 

Joe Russell

Joe Russell | jrussell@rdirail.com
Customer Service Manager

With his 10+ years in the building industry, Joe Russell is responsible for overseeing customer service and technical & sales support. Joe also provides on-the-job PK and installation training to our customers nationwide.

On Fridays, when Joe isn't busy serving his customers, he can be found in his E-A-G-L-E-S apron whipping up some BBQ for his RDI family. Venison .... ummmmm.

 

Vera James

Vera James | vjames@rdirail.com
Customer Service & Technical Support

A Rutgers University graduate, Vera has been with RDI for over10 years and provides customer service and technical support to our distributors and customers nationwide.

Vera works diligently to provide excellent care to our customers, but her most difficult job is keeping Joe Russell in line.

 

 

Melissa Matagiese

Melissa Matagiese | mmatagiese@rdirail.com
Customer Service Rep

Melissa, a proud graduate of St. Joseph University, is a key member of our shipping team. It's difficult to condense her function in a few sentences... In a word, she IS logistics. Managing customs regulations, distribution strategies, and maintaining global relationships are among her key daily duties.

Melissa detaches from her hectic job by taking long walks after work with her husband and small 85 lb. Akita / Shepherd (at one point her dog was 113 lbs!).

 

Robin Rakoczy

Robin Rakoczy | Robin.Rakoczy@rdirail.com
Customer Sales Representative

Robin comes to RDI as a Dale Carnegie graduate with her past work experience in inside sales. In addition to traveling with her family and spending time outside (especially on the boardwalk and hiking in the woods), she finds time to feed her true addiction….HGTV and working on home improvements.

 

 

 

Barry Lyons

Barry Lyons | blyons@rdirail.com
Territory Sales Manager

Barry Lyons manages RDI's sales for VA, MD, and DE. If you need a hard-core fishing partner or need information on RDI products, call him at 804.201.7755 or blyons@rdirail.com.

In his spare time Barry is an avid inshore / offshore fisherman and sometimes likes to blow off steam through marathon training. Like his buddy, Herbert says, "Mmmmmmmm ... gotta work those hamstrings!"

 

Dave Buzzie

Dave Buzzie | dbuzzie@rdirail.com
Territory Sales Manager

Dave Buzzie manages RDI's sales for Western VA, NY, PA, and OH. A 5-time Vendor Salesman of the Year for Babcock Lumber, Dave is truly dedicated to his customers and is always willing to go the extra mile. Call him at 412.527.0092 or dbuzzie@rdirail.com.

Dave's hobbies include ... well, actually, Dave has no hobbies; he spends time outside RDI with his fiancé, Michelle, and their 7 wonderful children.

 

Mike Laskowski

Mike Laskowski | mlaskowski@rdirail.com
Territory Sales Manager

Mike manages RDI's sales for the Northeastern states of ME, NH, VT, MA, CT, RI, and parts of NY. If you'd like to contact him and offer him a trip to a warmer state, he can be reached at 609.204.4059 or mlaskowski@rdirail.com.

Mike loves getting email. His response rate to almost any email is warp speed.

 

 

Kirk Evanov

Kirk Evanov | kirk.evanov@ebarrette.com
Regional Sales Manager Central Region

Kirk Evanov is the Regional Sales Manager for independent sales representatives in the Central Region. Kirk has 10 years of sales experience in the building materials industry. Kirk graduated from Clarion University in Pennsylvania, which their claim to fame is Kurt Angle and John Calipari. Kirk enjoys golfing, fishing, basketball, and most importantly watching his Steelers win most of the Super Bowls!

 

 

Brianne Franchi

Brianne Franchi | Brianne.Franchi@us.ebarrette.com
Territory Manager

Brianne manages RDI sales for Eastern PA, NJ and parts of NY. She has 7 years of sales experience with 4 of those years being in the building materials industry. Brianne graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree.

In her spare time she enjoys spending her time being a newlywed, planning an event of any sort (she absolutely loves planning), traveling, being at the beach and watching PSU football….WE ARE….

 

Carol Lyn Groce

Carol Lyn Groce | cgroce@rdirail.com
Marketing Communications Manager

Carol Lyn is responsible for managing the marketing, advertising, and public relations, and serves as Assistant to Chris Terrels. A Dale Carnegie graduate, Carol Lyn holds a BS from Richard Stockton College of NJ and has been awarded a certificate of completion from the Northern Illinois University Outreach / CTSM program.

As a Yankees fan, Carol Lyn is often tormented by her fellow coworkers.

 

Kristin Snyder

Kristin Snyder | ksnyder@rdirail.com
Senior Graphic Designer

Kristin, a graduate of The Art Institute of Philadelphia, has been described as “half artist, and half scientist” and we are very fortunate to have found her. Her mastery of the design process combined with her high-energy creativity has proven her to be an essential part of our family.

Want to know, “What's the Pantone Color of the Year?” or “What kind of icing should I use for a Red Velvet cupcake?” email her.

 

Laura Fitzgerald

Laura Fitzgerald | Laura.Fitzgerald@rdirail.com
Junior Graphic Designer

Laura is a proud graduate of Rider University’s Communications program and MICA’s Post-Baccalaureate Graphic Design program. She is a bonafide ginger with mad design skills and a penchant for quoting movies and song lyrics at the drop of a hat. She finds design inspiration in everything—architecture, fine art and pop culture are just a few of those things. At RDI, she helps keep Kristin from going crazy by helping out with all of our design work. When she’s not designing, Laura can be found riding her bicycle, drinking copious amounts of tea, or binge watching Netflix.

 

Bob Howe

Bob Howe | bhowe@rdirail.com
Information Technology Manager

Bob Howe is the technological glue of RDI. A Stockton State and Dale Carnegie graduate, Bob is responsible for all technological aspects of our company including networking, software, and security. Bob manages the IT needs of both of our locations and is highly trained in all software and IT logistics of RDI.

When Bob needs to unplug from work and the endless personal technological needs of his RDI family he goes camping ... where no satellites can locate him.

 

Mike DeSalle

Mike DeSalle | mdesalle@rdirail.com
Product Development Engineer

Mike DeSalle, a proud graduate of the Rutgers University School of Engineering, is an integral part of our Engineering Team. His work ethic, attention to detail, and outgoing personality makes him a favorite amongst the RDI family.

If Mike’s not working, he’s watching football with his wife and their two adorable dogs.

 

 

Doug Ahlquist

Doug Ahlquist | dahlquist@rdirail.com
Shipping Manager

Doug is responsible for evaluating job orders, managing production schedules and operations, and managing inventory. He is the master at efficiency and time management!

Despite still being a Vikings and a Reds fan (oh yes, we will convert him to a Philadelphia fan eventually!), we congratulate him on his recent promotion.

 

 

Tim Meehan

Tim Meehan | tmeehan@rdirail.com
Quality Control

Tim Meehan comes to RDI as a graduate of Rowan University. It is his responsibility to enforce QC procedures & programs, determine factors affecting the quality of materials and finished goods, and to enforce, maintain, and perfect the quality of RDI’s products through constant innovation and quantitative analysis.

Tim has a triple life; QC man at RDI, husband and father at home, and “Bass Slayer” on the high seas.

 

Laura Johnson

Laura Johnson | ljohnson@rdirail.com
HR Manager

Laura is responsible for all issues related to Human Resources. A Dale Carnegie and Rowan University grad with two BA degrees, Laura holds 11 HR state certifications for NJ. Her duties include managing RDI's health plan, investment plans, and company calendar. She also manages our temporary labor force and handles all scheduling with them.

We all love and trust Laura - she is the keeper of our dirty little secrets and company therapist.

 

Ashley Nguyen

Ashley Nguyen | anguyen@rdirail.com
HR Assistant

Ashley comes to RDI as a proud Rider University graduate; she holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources Management. She is responsible for administrative support to the HR Manager on all employee matters. Ashley also assists with payroll processing and the implementation of services, policies, and programs.

Ashley finds passion in helping others, working out, exploring new recipes on Pinterest and of course shopping!

 

Patti Morgan

Patti Morgan | pmorgan@rdirail.com
Purchasing Agent

Patti is responsible for purchasing materials, product delivery schedules, maintaining MRP, pricing, and maintaining vendor relationships. Patti loves her role at RDI and is the envy of all the females at the company; she gets to spend all day shopping and spending other people's money.

We have to keep tabs on Patti or she would buy truckloads of smiley faces.

 

Mike Delfin

Mike Delfin | mdelfin@rdirail.com
Transportation Director

Mike is our logistics and transportation expert who is responsible for the direction and coordination of all of RDI’s transportation needs. His extensive background in operations, logistics, finance, and routing, among several other skills, makes him an invaluable asset to us and we are fortunate to have him as part of our family.

When not busy keeping up with his wife and 3 kids, Mike loves ice hockey and live music and has been known to tear up the dance floor with his sweet moves!

 

Kathy Aragon

Kathy Aragon | karagon@rdirail.com
Production Scheduler

Kathy is one of RDI’s best multi-taskers. She’s our Millville production scheduler. Kathy ensures that our customers receive their products in the most effective method. We’d be lost without her superior organizational skills, patience, and ability to quickly master any task.

Kathy can’t sit still outside of RDI either! She enjoys an array of outdoor activities (i.e. fishing, camping, hiking), loves to spend time with her family, and is currently attending college (majoring in forensics & technology). She’s our own personal CSI agent!

 

Bill Scull

Bill Scull | bill.scull@rdirail.com
Shipping Lead

Bill comes to us as a graduate of Rowan University and having previous work experience in manufacturing including production, quality, and supply chain. He is responsible for overseeing the daily shipping activities to ensure our customers get their RDI products when they want them.

Bill enjoys all things outdoors on the weekends: camping, hiking, cycle riding, skydiving, and most of all surfing. However, most of his free time during the week is spent around the house with his animals Remy the husky and Carl the cat.

 

Gayle Beck

Gayle Beck | gayle.beck@rdirail.com
Senior Cost Accountant

Gayle graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Accounting. She passed her CPA, but found her passion in Manufacturing Accounting where she has spent almost her whole career manufacturing everything from Radar to Ravioli. Gayle’s kids (both 2 and 4 footed) are her life’s focus. She has a full house (and probably a lot of cleaning to do!) with a daughter, 2 sons, 3 Pit bulls and two cats. Gayle’s hobbies include cooking, travel (love me a Disney Cruise!), and singing at church.