Leadership

Rick Ilnisky, CEO
Originally from Gilbert Plains MB, Rick is the CEO and co-founder of Ritz Machine Works. Rick holds a Bachalor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with a strong background in custom and production machining. Proir to founding Ritz, Rick was a production manager at an aerospace and defence manufacturer for over 8 years.

Rick believes in an unswayed commitiment to supplying top quality products, service and support for all of our customers.

Tom Zaporzan, Vice President of Sales
Tom Zaporzan is the VP of Sales and co-founder of Ritz Machine Works Inc. He was born and raised in Dauphin MB. Prior to founding Ritz, he worked in power engineering and pipeline design layout for over 18 years. Tom has a strong background in welding, fabrication and boiler engineering with extensive experience in industrial piping. Tom attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology for Power Engineering and Pipeline Design.

With Tom's never give up attitude and determination, he is always ready to solve any tube bending related issues that may arise!

Adam Teeter, Director of US Operations
Born in Ohio, Adam Teeter is our Director of U.S. Operations. He joined the Ritz team in 2007, as our Engineering Manager. Proir to joining Ritz and moving to Canada,  Adam worked as a Design Engineer at a Civil Engineering consultancy firm. Adam holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from Ohio University.

With his strong background in both mechanical and civil engineering, along with engineering management and his manufacturing knowledge, Adam is the perfect fit in his role of Director of US Operations.

Stuart Mclean, Director of Engineering
Originally from Dauphin, Stuart McLean is our Director of Engineering. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba, along with a Diploma in Instrumentation Engineering Technology from Red River College. Prior to joining Ritz full time in 2014, Stuart worked as a Senior Mechanical Designer and Production Design Engineer in Training for 4 years.

His strong background in computer-aided design and manufacturing, along with expertise in process improvement and project management, makes Stuart an essential part of the Ritz team.

Nilo Galinato
, Director of Canadian Operations
Originally from the Philippines, Nilo Galinato is our Director of Canadian Operations and holds a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Mindanao Polytechnic State College. Prior to joining Ritz, Nilo worked as a Customer Service Engineer for 8 years, installing and providing technical support to clients in the Financial Services industry.

With a strong background in ERP software and production planning, our customers to be asured that Nilo is on top of their product and delivery requirements at all times.

Michael Weedon, Director of Finance
Michael Weedon is our newest member to the Ritz team, and is our Director of Finance. Prior to joining Ritz, he was an Accounting Manager at a pork processing company and has over 5 years of experience in manufacturing. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Administrative Studies, along with the Canadian Chartered Accountant (CA) designation and the Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation

Michael is a huge asset to the Ritz team, with over 18 years of experience in accounting and financial management, both in public practice and industry, and in a variety of sectors.

Dave Braga, Director of Business Development
Dave joined the company in 2017 to expand and enhance our existing customer base. With over 18 years of experience in manufacturing, he has held leadership roles in operations, sales and marketing. Proir to Ritz, he was the COO for a manufacturer of construction products. 

Dave is currently finishing his MBA Degree and looks forward to the future, helping the Ritz team grow.