Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff
Consistent with an executive transition plan outlined last year, Besser has appointed Ryan Suszek successor to Chief Executive Officer Kevin Curtis, who retires after 43 years with the concrete products machinery and plant equipment mainstay. Suszek was named president in 2019 following a 14-year tour of duty leading to the vice president of Pipe and Precast post, and becomes the sixth CEO in Besser’s 117-year history.
“I’d like to thank Ryan and the Board members for their time and patience as we evaluated our succession plans,” says Curtis. “No one prepares you for just how difficult it is to entrust a business that has been a piece of your heart for 43 years. I was fortunate enough to have found someone who closely matches my passion for Besser as a whole—the industry, the customers, and unquestionably the employees.” Suszek has grown within the company in a grassroots, hands-on approach, he adds, working with nearly every department and function as well as customers throughout the world to establish a complete understanding of the business.
“The concrete products industry provides countless opportunities for collaboration and growth,” Suszek affirms. “It’s an honor to lead the team as we drive Besser Company forward.”