Rick Baden

Rick serves as Chief Financial Officer for Watco Companies, LLC. He 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 and was named President in January of 2014. Under Rick’s leadership, Watco has grown faster than any other company in the railroad industry, growing it’s revenue on a 21% compounded annual growth rate.   

Previously, Rick served as President and Chief Financial Officer of Pitt Plastics, a $100 million plastics manufacturer based in Pittsburg, Kansas. He has more than 26 years of experience in general management, accounting management, project management, and auditing span industries from manufacturing, distribution, and technology.

Rick has served as a member of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association’s (ASLRRA) Finance and Administration Committee and on the Pittsburg (KS) Economic Development Advisory Committee. Rick became a member of the Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Kansas  Board of Directors in May of 2020.

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