SANTA ANA, Calif. — R&B Wire Products CEO Rick Rawlins says his son, Grant Rawlins, has joined the company, marking the third generation to come aboard the diversified manufacturer of wire, tubular, poly, and vinyl bushel products for the coin laundry industry and others.
His addition comes exactly 50 years after his grandfather, Rea Rawlins, purchased the company, and 42 years after father Rick joined.
The younger Rawlins graduated from Pepperdine University in April with a bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communication.
He says he’s anxious to bring his team-focused mentality to the company, learned from his well-known water polo coaches Terry Schroeder (a six-time Olympian) and Merrill Moses (playing goalie for the U.S. team in the Summer Olympics).
“I’m looking forward to contributing to the company’s success while continuing the legacy that my grandfather started 50 years ago,” Grant Rawlins says.
“This is a great legacy for R&B for Grant to be involved in, with such a rich family history and being able to take his education and put it into use immediately,” says Frank Rowe, vice president of sales and marketing for the company. “His athletic training is a testament to his drive and focus, which is a huge plus for our team.”
“I’m excited to see Grant pairing his Pepperdine marketing education with R&B’s global strategy in order to secure the company’s growing position as the industry leader,” adds Rick Rawlins.