Leadership Change Part of Rapid's Long-Term Succession Plan

Eric Schmitt

Rapids & Affiliates, a foodservice equipment and supplies dealer and service provider based in Marion, Iowa, announced the promotion of Eric Schmitt to president effective July 15, 2022. The result of a company succession planning strategy, this transition ensures that the dealer remains a family-owned and operated business.

Former President Joe Schmitt and Executive Vice President Joe Dodds are moving into advisory roles to support the dealer’s continued implementation of its long-term succession plan. Co-owner Geri Schmitt will remain in her position as director of human resources for the organization.

Eric Schmitt has been with the dealer for nine years, most recently serving as vice president. “I am thrilled and honored to be able to take on the role of president for Rapids & Affiliates”, he said. “Joe and Geri Schmitt and Joe and Diane Dodds have grown an incredible company and brand in our region. We are staffed with a team that is driven to deliver excellence for our clients every single day. We are all excited about the platform that we have established through the incredible leadership of both the Schmitts and Dodds, and, further, we are looking forward to leveraging it to expand our business in the years ahead!” 

Family-owned since 1936, Rapids & Affiliates has locations throughout the Midwest and services clients through several business segments including design-build services, wholesale sales and account management, e-commerce platform, and equipment repair services.