Rick Birkenbeuel (035)Richard (Rick) Birkenbeuel is w3r Consulting’s Regional Manager in Chicago, Illinois.  His primary focus is on providing clients with a strategic mix of people and technology to support and transform their businesses.  With 25-plus years’ in the field of IT staffing and consulting, Rick has extensive experience in leading high-performing organizations, from sales to recruiting and from analysis to problem-solving.

Rick has a proven track record of expanding market share and increasing profitability for the companies he has represented, and is known as a “turnaround” specialist in the Chicago market.  He has also helped revive ailing companies and his clients benefit from his ability to translate business needs in to information technology solutions. He has also developed and implemented staffing processes and models, as well as an offshore training model that supported clients’ global operations in India and the Ukraine.

He mentors and supports his employees and builds highly effective, collaborative teams that produce desired results.  With professional experience that includes developing solutions for start-ups as well as optimizing and transforming mature operations, Rick is a capable and qualified leader for w3r in the highly competitive Chicago marketplace.

Rick’s hobbies include golf, fishing, cycling and canoeing. He studied Economics at Northern Illinois University from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree.  He and his wife have two children.