Frederick (Rick) J. Oertli

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Guarantee Electrical Co.

As chairman and chief executive officer (CEO), Rick Oertli seeks to formulate and deploy creative corporate strategies that enable Guarantee Electrical Co. to most efficiently and proficiently deliver service to its clientele.

Oertli joined Guarantee in 1985 as a project manager after a brief stint at Southwestern Bell Corporation (now AT&T).  In 1988, he formed a Guarantee subsidiary, Sōnacom, purchasing the communications and systems entity from Guarantee in 1989.  He was Sōnacom president until returning to Guarantee as CEO and a member of the board of directors in 2001.

Oertli has been a driving force behind the company’s multi-year ownership transition program. Family-owned and operated for more than 100 years, its executive team and more than 100 office employees anticipate full ownership of the company by 2014.

Oertli participates in a number of organizations and boards:

  • the Regional Business Council of St. Louis;
  • the Greater St. Louis Area Council, Boy Scouts of America;
  • the National Council for the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Washington University;
  • the Foundation for Barnes-Jewish Hospital; and
  • Parkside Financial Bank & Trust.

He also is a past board member of:

  • the Federated Electrical Contractors (FEC);
  • the Center for Emerging Technologies;
  • the St. Louis Chapter of the Young Presidents' Organization;
  • Junior Achievement of Mississippi Valley, Inc.; and
  • First National Bank of St. Louis.

Oertli has been recognized for various accomplishments and contributions.  Notable awards include:

  • Washington University School of Engineering 2011 Alumni Achievement Award
  • St. Louis Business Journal’s 40 Under 40
  • Two-time winner of the Arthur Andersen Top 25 Small Business Award (Sōnacom)
  • Two-time recipient of the St. Louis Regional Technology Fast 50 Award (Sōnacom) 

Oertli earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Washington University and his master’s of business administration degree from the John M. Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. 

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