Executive Leadership Team
Our executive team leads by example. Passionate and experienced, they spent years at MC Group and ICON respectively before merging in 2019. Learn more about our leadership team below.
Chief Executive Officer
Tim Eippert purchased MC Group in 1994. Over the next 25 years, he built MC Group into one of the leading brand implementation companies in the United States. Post-merger, Tim serves as the CEO of Stratus, providing strategic guidance as we expand our operations and continue serving our customers around the world. He is a graduate of Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
President & Chief Revenue Officer
Kurt Ripkey joined ICON in 1991. Kurt’s work throughout departments such as project management, product development, and national sales led to him joining the executive leadership team in 1998. As a growth focused pioneer, Kurt was responsible for implementing customer behavior and product strategies leading to major account success. In 2007 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer to provide direction for the company’s continued advancement. After the 2019 merger, Kurt took on the role of President and Chief Revenue Officer of MC Group | ICON, now Stratus. He is a graduate of Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois.
President & Chief Operating Officer
David Walters joined MC Group in 2009. As the Vice President of Sign Programs, his leadership and hard work were instrumental to the company’s aggressive growth trajectory. With more than 30 years in the industry, Dave brings extensive operational and leadership experience to the organization. He has served in many roles throughout his career including owning, operating, and successfully selling his own sign company. Today, Dave acts as the President and Chief Operating Officer of Stratus.
Chief Financial Officer
Bob Ray joined MC Group in 2009. Throughout his tenure Bob served as the Vice President of Finance, Controller, Administration, and Manufacturing Operations. He brings 30 years of financial management experience to the organization. Prior to his current role, Bob held several senior financial leadership positions with both public and private companies operating in a variety of industries. Today he serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Stratus. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and an active CPA license in the state of Ohio.
EVP of Integration
With nearly 40 years of experience in financial leadership positions, John Callan understands our industry through and through. Most recently, he served as the chief financial officer for ICON prior to its 2019 merger with MC Group. Today, he continues to provide financial leadership and guidance to our organization. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Western Illinois University and an MBA in accounting and finance from DePaul University.
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