MRC - Manufacturers Resource Center


Rich Hobbs Is New President & CEO of MRC


Rich Hobbs, MRC President and CEOThe MRC Board of Directors officially announced the appointment of Rich Hobbs to replace Jack Pfunder as President & CEO of the Manufacturers Resource Center at its recent board meeting.

“Jack and his team built a successful company culture and Rich Hobbs’ unique blend of senior level management and leadership in diverse manufacturing and distribution environments will take  MRC’s strong performance and customer-centricity to the next level,” says Ron Bracalente, MRC Board Member and Chairman of the Search Committee.  Bracalente is also Owner, President & CEO of Bracalente Manufacturing Group.

Rich will begin his tenure at MRC on July 15th, but Jack will stay on through August to assure a smooth transition, then move into the retirement phase of his successful manufacturing career.  During his retirement Jack will fill the board position to be vacated by former MRC Director and matriarch of the organization, Edith Ritter, who will officially retire from the Board this September.  Jack will also continue to play a supporting role in the popular “What’s So Cool About Manufacturing?” student video contests which he inspired and that continue to expand throughout the Commonwealth. the digital platform for the Lehigh Valley Business publication posted an article Friday, July 5, 2019.  You can read more details about our new CEO here: