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MORRISVILLE, NC – October 15, 2019 – New hire Richard J. Torres was hired as Director of Government Sales and Operations at Chemtek. Torres brings both aviation experience and military expertise, as well as a corporate background to Chemtek’s airfield maintenance operations. The AMS (Airfield Maintenance Services) division leverages years of experience to provide turnkey airport runway services including rubber removal, paint removal, striping, friction testing, and more. 

Torres has spent the last 38 years in the military. During that time he led troops at all levels and served our country overseas and in a variety of senior positions as a General Officer.  BG(R) Torres was branched as an Army Aviator, and his experience as a pilot and understanding of military airfields brings unique qualification to his role with Chemtek. Transitioning into civilian life, Torres honed his corporate experience within the software industry focusing on organizational behavior and process improvement to support efficiency and repeatability. His corporate roles and military experience have contributed to cross-functional collaboration that has led to effective organizations and customer success.

Torres’ unique blend of experience in both military and corporate environments complement each other well. In his new position at Chemtek, he is looking forward to using his leadership and decision-making skills derived from the military, combined with his sense of efficiency and asset management from business.

“We are thrilled to have Rich join our team,” says Chemtek President and CEO David Rigsbee. “He will be a valuable asset who will help us reach our growth potential on the aviation side of our business.”

Torres completed his undergraduate degree at East Carolina University, MBA from Webster Vienna, and Masters in Strategic Studies from US Army War College.


About Chemtek Incorporated: Founded in 1976, Chemtek has grown from a small, one-man distributor in North Carolina to a manufacturer, distributor and contractor with sales in more than thirty countries. Located in the heart of the Research Triangle and led by CEO David Rigsbee, Chemtek specializes in the manufacturing and selling of industrial maintenance chemicals while keeping environmental responsibility at the core of its practice. Through research, innovation and determination to make a difference, Chemtek has made air travel and ground transportation safer by providing companies the best products and services for their needs.