Richard Guzior CEO Richards Building Supply CoRichard J. Guzior

Richard J. Guzior is Chairman of Richards Building Supply Company, which he co-founded in 1978 and, in 1986, fully acquired.  Since 1986, with his wife Christine as his active business partner, he has expanded operations from eight locations to 59 across 12 states.  Today, as the Guziors have long planned, all seven of their adult children now have business roles within the company.

Starting in 2004, Mr. Guzior began an informal, orderly transition toward retiring and pursuing his passion for philanthropy.  Believing that all success derives from God’s grace, and acknowledging America’s bountiful blessings, he places great business importance on partnering with local communities – giving back, doing good, and thereby doing well.

Prior to launching Richards Building Supply Company, Mr. Guzior worked for the Chicago roofing and siding distributor firm Logan-Long, and earlier served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam conflict.  As a first-generation Polish immigrant in Chicago, he cites his long career as a “beneficiary of the American Dream and a servant for God.”

In Chicago, Mr. & Mrs. Guzior are members of the Catholic Charities Advisory Board, and serve in various other board leadership, governance and advisory roles involved with Christian charity initiatives.

William D. Swanson, Chief Financial Officer of Richards Building SupplyWilliam D. Swanson

Bill is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Richards Building Supply and its affiliates.  He works closely with the Chairman and the regional leadership team in the development, implementation, and execution of long and short term strategic initiatives.  Bill is responsible for growing Richards’ footprint and its profitability by investing in its people, its culture and its customers.

Prior to joining RBS, Bill had extensive executive, operational, and financial management experience working domestically and abroad. His experience includes positions with Privately held, publicly held, and private equity owned enterprises where he served as CFO, COO, and CEO.  He built his career from a “Big 4” CPA firm upon a solid foundation of integrity, financial acumen and discipline and moved into a family owned multi-location retailing and distribution business. He’s recognized for possessing exceptional business acumen with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of business models – building and executing strategic plans, operating plans, organizational plans, and budgets. He’s been sought out as a subject matter expert by national publications, blogs, and national television.

Bill graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois with a BA in Accounting and Business Administration. He earned his CPA and Certified Cash Management certificates and is a member of the Chicago Chapter of the Financial Executives International organization.

Ron Guzior, Vice President of Richards Building SupplyRon Guzior

Ron is Vice President of Richards Building Supply, responsible for overseeing Human Resources and Safety Operations, including U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA and additional government agency compliance.  He ensures that the company’s performance-driven safety and health program is designed for the specific work processes and tasks assigned to employees, and that this program integrates safety-and health-related responsibilities and precautions into each workplace activity and function.

Ron consults with legal counsel to ensure compliance with employment law, and operationally focuses on hiring office services, employee training, workplace assessments, hazard analysis, safety committees, personal protection equipment and record keeping.

Prior to assuming his present position in 2013, Ron was an Area Manager, Branch Manager, and earlier upon graduation from college, Systems Administrator for the Audit Manager.  From 2002 to 2010, he worked for Lowe’s in California as a Sales Manager, Operations Manager and Store Manager.

Ron graduated from Boston College in 1999 with a BS in General Management.

Jay Walsh, Regional Vice President - Richards Building SupplyJay Walsh

Jay is the Regional Vice President for Richards Building Supply Company. Jay’s focus is on improving operational efficiencies, and strategic sales growth.

Jay started with the company in June of 2005 as the Manager of the West Allis, WI location. Jay also served as an Area Manager and Director of Sales and Marketing during the last 9 years. Jay has spent 34 years in the building material industry.

Angelo Manolis - Richards Building SupplyAngelo Manolis

Angelos is Regional Vice President with Richards Building Supply Company.

Angelos started with the company in June 2005 as Manager of the Addison, IL. Location. Prior to assuming his current position, Angelos served as Area Manager for 9 years.

Angelos has been in the building materials industry for 27 years. Angelos began his career in building materials as a customer service representative for a large manufacturer.

Angelos’ primary focus is on providing his customers with a service experience that is truly “best in class.”

John T. McCann, Regional Vice President - Richards Building SupplyJohn T. McCann

John is Regional Vice President for Richards Building Supply. John’s focus is on exceptional customer service, targeted sales growth, operational excellence and team building.
Prior to joining the company, John worked in the building materials industry for 30 years. In 1998, he formed his own manufacturers’ rep company that focused on marketing doors, windows, columns, roof ventilation, decking and railing systems. During his career, John has held various sales management positions for manufacturers as well as one-step and two-step distributors, including Huttig Building Products, A H Harris & Sons and HD Supply White Cap.
John attended Seton Hall University’s undergraduate and graduate programs. He graduated with a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance.

Christopher Cannonito - Richards Building SupplyChristopher Cannonito

Christopher serves as a central figure in managing supplier and other service contracts, risk assessment, insurance claims, employment issues, real estate contracts, credit and collection efforts, as well as management and oversight of outside counsel.

Christopher has over 22 years of legal experience which includes commercial contract litigation, negotiation of collective bargaining agreements, commercial real estate transactions, mechanics lien enforcement and real estate tax appeals. He is one of those rare corporate counsels who is as comfortable in the courtroom as he is drafting contracts. Christopher also has vast knowledge and experience in construction law which is of particular value to Richards.

Although the title of General Counsel is relatively new, Christopher is no stranger to Richards. For over 18 years he has assisted Richards in perfecting and enforcing claims and in management of its real estate assets.

Christopher earned his Bachelor of Arts from Augustana College in 1989 and his Juris Doctor from DePaul University in 1992. His professional and civic involvements include being a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois, Illinois Real Estate Lawyer’s Association, former Member and past Secretary of the Board of Directors for White Pines Academy, Lemont, Illinois and a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fr. C.C. Boyle Council.


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