A lifelong resident of Kenton County, Rick Messingschlager joined the Owen Electric Board of Directors in 2014, representing District 6 and the county he’s always called “home.”
Rick began his career working at Cincinnati Milacron as a machinist and process engineer while also volunteering with the Independence Fire District. After 22 years with Cincinnati Milacron, he decided to pursue his career full time with the Independence Fire District and is now retired after serving for 35 years as fire chief.
Along with his son, Mark, Rick operates the family’s farms, raising cattle, growing hay and silage corn. They also enjoy tractor pulling and are members of the Northern Kentucky Tug Pullers.
Calling it an “honor to serve,” Rick enjoys the opportunity to represent the Kenton County on the board of directors.
“It didn’t take me long to see that everyone at the co-op is treated as family— it is truly a pleasure serving with a co-op, where its members are also the owners.”
Rick is also a member of the Independence Fire District Board, acts as treasurer of the Kenton County Fire Chiefs Association, and is president of the Kenton County Farm Bureau Board of Directors.
Rick and his wife, Marian, have three children, Mark, Katie, and Kelly, one grandchild and another on the way.