Jim Deuschle joined Rich’s in 1994 after serving as a senior manager at the international accounting and consulting firm, Ernst & Young. He started at Rich’s as the Director of Internal Audit and approximately one year later moved to the role of Corporate Controller. In 1998 Jim received his Executive MBA from the University of Buffalo and became Vice President of Planning and Business Development. He also completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in April of 2011.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Jim is responsible for all aspects of financial leadership, including financial planning, reporting and analysis and has a global leadership role with Information Systems and Global Procurement.
On Accepting New Challenges
“People who excel at Rich’s are interested in developing themselves by learning new things and accepting new challenges. That’s one of the great things about this company – those that want to be part of a team, drive an initiative or a project – we are going to give them that responsibility, and the opportunity to be successful.”
On Helping Customers Succeed
“The year I was born my father started a small business, selling restaurant and other food equipment supplies in Buffalo, NY. My entire family including my three siblings worked in various roles in the business as we progressed through high school and college. We saw firsthand the commitment our parents had to the business and my father’s passion of working with restaurant entrepreneurs and local retail deli operators to either establish or improve their businesses. I see a lot of similarities with that mindset I learned very early in life with the Rich Experience and how we help our customers.”
On the Future at Rich’s
“Our targets for the next five years include above market revenue growth each and every year. To accomplish this, we are going to have to meet our customer’s needs and execute well in delivering growth both organically as well as via acquisition. Rich’s is surely going to continue to enjoy an exciting environment providing a multitude of opportunities and challenges for our associates.”