Rick Webb, Chief Executive Officer

Rick Webb
Chief Executive Officer
315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-0812
rwebb@watcocompanies.com

Chief Executive Officer since 1998, Rick’s primary responsibility has been the growth and strategic direction of Watco.  Prior to becoming CEO, Rick learned the business by working alongside his father Dick Webb, founder of Watco.  Rick held various management and leadership positions within Watco, including operations, purchasing, marketing, accounting and financial management. 

 An active participant in efforts to improve rail transportation for Customers, Rick serves on the Board of Directors for both the Association of American Railroads and National Industrial Transportation League.

 Rick is also a vigorous supporter of his community and advocates for Pittsburg State University and many local schools and community organizations.  He is member of the Pittsburg State University Foundation Board of Trustees, Community National Bank‘s (CNB) Advisory Board of Directors and U.S. Bank’s Market Board of Directors.  

Rick earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics from Pittsburg State University. 

 

 

Gary Lundy, Chairman of the Board



Gary Lundy
Executive Vice President -
Support Services
315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-0812
glundy@watcocompanies.com

Gary began his career at Watco upon the creation of the South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad in 1991.  During this same year, Lundy was responsible for starting Watco’s first Warehouse operation in Pittsburg, Kansas.  In 1992, Gary then took over as manager for the SKOL Railroad’s Pittsburg operations.  In 1993, Gary’s responsibilities grew to include the management of all real estate and government contracts within Watco.  Gary started the IT initiative at Watco in 1998, developing the technology infrastructure with the objective of aligning the Company’s business strategies with its IT strategies.  

Gary has a bachelor’s degree in education from Pittsburg State University, with 15 years experience in education.

Terry Towner, Vice-Chairman of the Board

Terry Towner
President

315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-0812
ttowner@watcocompanies.com

Terry's long-term relationship with Watco dates back to the purchase of Watco’s first railcar repair shop in Coffeyville in 1987.  Since that time he has been involved in numerous project milestones including analysis and advice on numerous acquisitions and all major financing projects. 

Terry's work history includes a 13-year career in banking, serving as president of a company, Pitsco, that develops and markets educational products and serving as a financial and strategic consultant with Grant Thornton, advising clients in a broad range of industries including manufacturing, consumer products, electronics, software development, staffing and professional placement, and certain financial services. He also owned Joplin.com, the largest independent ISP in Southwest Missouri until its sale in 2003.


He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from Pittsburg State University in 1981, and a master's in business administration. from Pittsburg State University in 1993.

Rick Baden, President

Rick Baden
Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
315 W. Third Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-2568
rbaden@watcocompanies.com

Rick joined the Watco team in December of 2004 as executive vice president and chief financial officer.  He was named Chief Operating Officer in April of 2011. In this position he was responsible for directing and managing operations functions for each division within Watco. In January of 2014 Rick took over the positions of  president and chief operating officer until Dan Smith was named chief operating officer in July of 2014.

Rick served as president and chief financial officer of Pitt Plastics, a $100 million plastics manufacturer. His seventeen years of experience in general management, accounting management, project management, and auditing span from the manufacturing, distribution, and the technology industries.  

He is a member of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Finance and Administration Committee, and a member of the Pittsburg Economic Development Advisory Committee.

A Certified Public Accountant, Baden graduated Magna Cum Laude from Kansas State University with a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1990.

Ed McKechnie, Executive Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer



Ed McKechnie
Executive Vice President -
Chief Commercial Officer
315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-0812
emckechnie@watcocompanies.com

Ed joined the Watco team in May of 2000 and with the Company’s tremendous growth, Ed now leads Watco’s strategic development and marketing teams with a focus on growing the business and finding new opportunities in the transportation industry.

Ed was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives in 1991 and was re-elected 4 more times, serving a total of 10 years.  He served on numerous committees including transportation, appropriations and the joint committee on Legislative Post Audit, the investigative arm of the Legislature.  He also served on the personal staff for Governor John Carlin and U.S. Congressman Dan Glickman in Washington, D.C. 

Ed was elected by his rail colleagues to chair the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Legislative Policy Committee in 2003. In that position he led the legislative effort that passed the short line tax credit providing $3,500 in annual tax credits for each mile of track Watco maintains. He also serves on the ASLRRA Executive Committee. In 2007 Ed was appointed to the nine-member Kansas Bio Science Authority, which will direct more than $500 million in research and development grants during the next 10 years. In 2010 he was appointed to the Kansas Board of Regents and was named Chairman of the Kansas Board of Regents in 2011. 

Ed earned a bachelor's degree from Pittsburg State University in 1986.

Craig Richey, Executive Vice President & General Counsel



Craig Richey
Executive Vice President
General Counsel

315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-0812
crichey@watcocompanies.com

Craig joined the Watco Team in 2003 and serves as executive vice president and general counsel. His relationship with Watco began in 1990 while in private practice with Wilbert and Towner Law Offices in Pittsburg, Kansas and since then Craig has been actively involved in all Watco acquisitions.

Craig  had practiced law for 13 years with Wilbert and Towner and was a managing partner the last seven years of his practice at the firm. 

He is a member of the National Association of Railroad Trail Counsel’s Short Line Advisory Council and the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s General Counsel Committee. 


Craig earned his bachelor’s degree with double major in management and accounting from Mid-America Nazarene College and his J.D. from the University of Kansas.

Matthew McKenzie, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer



Matthew McKenzie
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer

315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-0812
mmckenzie@watcocompanies.com

Matt joined the Watco Team  in 2007 as senior vice president, chief accounting officer and corporate controller and served as senior vice president - finance and corporate controller before being named Interim CFO. In June of 2013 Matt took the role of executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Prior to joining Watco Matt served as chief financial officer and treasurer of SiriCOMM, Inc. from 2006 to 2007. From 2005 to 2006, he served as director of financial services for The Empire District Electric Company and from 2001 to 2005 he served as president and chief financial officer of Fast Freedom, Inc., a subsidiary of The Empire District Electric Company.

Matt is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a B.S.B.A in accounting from Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, Mo.

Dan Smith, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer



Dan Smith
Executive Vice President
Chief Operating Officer

315 W. 3rd Street
Pittsburg, KS 66762
Phone: 620-231-2230
Fax: 620-231-0812
dsmith@watcocompanies.com

Since joining Watco in 2009, Dan has served in the roles of President of Watco Terminal and Port Services, Senior Vice President-Greens Port Industrial Park, and Vice President of Real Estate. He oversees all operations of the transportation, mechanical and terminal and port divisions.

Prior to joining the Watco Team, Dan played major league baseball for 14 years; pitching for the Texas Rangers, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Cleveland Indians and Washington Nationals organizations.