Service Technician and Mechanic

Richard Derby (Rich) - Service Technician and Mechanic

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The next Kent Equipment Employee Spotlight is on Richard (Rich) Derby! Rich is one of our Service Technicians, who works on heavy equipment, company vehicles, and whatever else may need repairs. His favorite part of his job is “making things work again,” but the most challenging thing to work on is wiring problems (oh those darn ghost in the wiring issues!).

Rich grew up and went to school in Kent City, and is married with 5 children, ages 19, 18, 17, 15, and 9 (wow, we bet they did a lot of chauffeuring for a while!). They also have a pet pit bull, and live on a beautiful piece of property. Rich’s favorite quote is “shake and bake” from Talladega Nights. He enjoys camping with his family and driving his custom golf car around the campground. He’s a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but please don’t give him any sweet potatoes.

Rich says that if he could meet anyone, he would choose Chuck Liddell, the UFC fighter. His favorite truck of all time, is a 1968 GMC Truck, and he has one now that he is currently restoring. In fact, if he won the lottery, the first thing he would buy is a 572 big block Chevy engine for his ’68 truck.

We are so proud to have Rich Derby in our Kent Equipment Employee Spotlight and on our Service Tech Team. If you need any work done, Rich is your man. You can contact Rich at or any of our Service Team at 616-675-5368.  Check out more of our Employees here: