Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff
Kevin Curtis will retire as Besser chief executive officer at the end of April 2021, capping a tenure of four-plus decades in concrete plant equipment as well as a leadership transition that began with the March 2019 promotion of his successor, Ryan Suszek, to president.
“Over the last several years, I have focused on ensuring we have a dynamic and resilient structure in place so I could formulate my retirement plan,” says Curtis. “This included working closely with our Board of Directors, industry associations, and customers. The new management team in place made this decision a very comfortable one.
“No one prepares you for how difficult it is to hand over a 116-year-old business that has been a piece of your heart for 43 years. I’m fortunate to have found someone like Ryan, who closely matches my passion for Besser as a whole—our industry, our customers, and unquestionably our employee-owners.”
Suszek will lead a new management team concentrated on providing manufactured-concrete producers around the globe with unmatched value, adds Curtis, who will remain a director. Besser is looking beyond its historic role as an equipment, machinery and formwork supplier to becoming a multi-faceted strategic business partner committed to delivering an unrivaled customer experience.