KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Rick Stimac is the new CEO of stone tooling/materials/supplies distributor Braxton-Bragg.

Stimac succeeds Rich Hassert, who retires.

275 StimacRick StimacStimac was most recently vice president/chief sales and marketing officer of Gustave A. Larson Co., a leading wholesale distributor of heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) equipment, parts and supplies in the Midwest, plains and mountain states.

Stimac comes to Braxton-Bragg with extensive P&L management experience and a history of successfully growing profitable revenue. He is a strategy- and performance-focused executive with more than 25 years of innovative leadership in various markets; a motivational leader known for clearly defining mission and goals, aligning people and resources, and consistently delivering results that exceed expectations in diverse distribution channels.

“Rick is an outward-looking CEO that possesses a strong market-driven strategic mindset, the demonstrable ability to develop and execute growth initiatives and a measured approach to excellence in operations,” says Frederick A. Eck, president and co-founder of The Randolph Group, the Chicago-based holding company for Braxton-Bragg.

Stimac’s background includes successful leadership assignments in sales, brand management, general management and executive positions. Formerly, Stimac had stints at Allen Co./Play Sports Co., Sportcraft LTD, Classic Sport Companies and Huffy Sports Corp.