Our Staff

R.C. Worst & Co. is a third generation owned company that prides itself in drawing and keeping the very best employees in North Idaho. You can trust this highly trained staff to assist you find the right equipment and supplies for any application.

Ken Worst

Ken Worst - President - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Ken, along with his brother Allen, grew up learning the nuances of this family owned business and has carried on the important traditions of selling quality products and providing excellent customer service as taught to him by his father, Jim Worst. Ken oversees the operations of the company and it is his steady hand that guides the R.C. Worst & Co. ship. He provides the financial oversight to insure stability and longevity for their long-time customers, employees and future generations of family owners.

At Worst since 1987

Allen Worst

Allen Worst - Vice President - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Allen, who has advanced himself to be recognized as one of the authoritative figures on waste water treatment in the state of Idaho, is responsible for overseeing the development and specifications of complex water and waste water systems for the company. Working closely with regulatory bodies such as the Department of Environmental Quality and the Panhandle Health Department, Allen is a popular speaker and presenter of continued education programs throughout the state of Idaho. If he is not at work, you can usually find Allen underwater. As a technical rebreather diver and open circuit instructor, Allen finds nearly every excuse to get wet.

At Worst since 1992

Chris Worst

Chris Worst - Webtinkerer - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Chris, son of Ken Worst, represents the fourth generation of family members to learn the ropes of the pumping industry. His primary responsibilities are to maintain function and progress for the growth and development of our website.

At Worst since 2012

Scott Jessick

Scott Jessick - Sales Manager - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Scott, a member of the management team and 20-year employee of the company, began his career in the service department and worked his way up through the ranks to be the guiding force and energy source that drives the sales team for this customer service oriented company. Scott's leadership and spirited personality provides the needed spark to this responsive sales team that has experienced steady and continued financial growth. Scott ensures that the sales and service elements merge as equal partners.

At Worst since 1995

Paul Karnitz

Paul Karnitz - Purchasing Manager - Coeur d'Alene, ID

How long is forever? In marriage, that term can be applied loosely. But for Paul, 35 years of service to this great company is very close to forever. Coordinating the purchasing efforts that directly affect sales and production are primary and key functions to this important position. Throw in inventory control and the daily updating of current pricing and part numbers and you soon get a better understanding of how key and valuable Paul Karnitz is to R.C. Worst & Co.

At Worst since 1980

Ray Koberstine

Ray Koberstine, P.E. – Manager/Engineer, Spokane

It was January of 1993 when Ray became the resident engineer for R.C. Worst & Co.'s wholesale outlet in Spokane. Working closely with regional engineers on large, engineered lift, booster and treatment systems provided him the well rounded experience he needed to take over the management duties of this location in 2005. The reliable design of these complex, packaged systems keeps Ray's crew busy and considered the premier source for such products in the Inland Empire. Directing customers in the development of these systems and being recognized as the authority of said systems in our area is a great source of gratification for Ray and his team.

At Worst since 1993

Nick Kiourkas

Nick Kiourkas - Outside Sales

As one of the new guys on the team Nick brings to R.C. Worst & Co. an extensive career in the construction industry. With an emphasis on network marketing, he relies on gaining access to the members and employees of professional associations, non-profit organizations and regulatory agencies to push out the great story about this 61-year old, third generation owned company residing in the Idaho Panhandle. Nick's approach to marketing is based on the development of strong community and professional association relationships.

At Worst since 2015

Greg Hushman

Greg Hushman - Sales Associate - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Being a service and sales consultant for 20 years at R.C. Worst & Co. creates multiple values. Strength, a vast knowledge base, long-term relationships and certainly, a good feel for finding resolution are just some of the attributes Greg brings to this team. His familiarity with new installation development as well as repair nuances are the necessary ingredients to get the job done. Depending on Greg to have the answer or develop the solution is like depending on the sun to come up tomorrow.

At Worst since 1995

 Dave Harris

Dave Harris - Warehouse Supervisor - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Unless the house is in order, there is chaos. As Warehouse Supervisor, the performance of Dave's duties provide an assurance that the parts and components necessary to construct the simplest or most complicated water and wastewater treatment packages can be assembled correctly and in a timely fashion. A 9-year career at R.C. Worst & Co. insures that the critical functions of shipping, receiving and upkeep of the warehouse and yard are in capable hands. Dave is also an accomplished outdoor sportsman who seldom struggles to fill the freezer with fish or wild game.

At Worst since 2000

Mel Sommers

Mel Sommers - Service Technician - Idaho Falls

Guns, bacon and the great outdoors leads our service tech into adventure. Growing up in northeast Washington State has given Mel ample opportunities to get his fill of adventure. Although new to R.C. Worst his dedication and ability to get things done has helped him accomplish any job that is before him. Off job-site be on the lookout as Mel will be mountain biking, camping or shooting a few rounds off. With Mel expect great service with a winning smile.

At Worst since 2015

Angela Richmond

Angela Richmond - Web Associate - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Angela is currently working on her Bachelors degree is Web Development. She is putting her years of school to good use with "Worst". She maintains our product prices and the accuracy of information displayed on our website. She recently escaped North Dakota and brought with her an unhealthy addiction to camouflage. With that she should fit right in to the Great Northwest.

At Worst since 2014

Doug Bohn

Doug Bohn - Web Sales Associate - Coeur d'Alene, ID

With a long history working in the water industry, Doug is a great asset to our web sales team. As seems standard here in North Idaho, he likes to fish, hunt and camp. Doug is also an avid archer with the skills to split an arrow with an arrow. He was won many archery tournaments through the years.

At Worst since 2014

Caren Spencer

Caren Spencer - Office Manager - Coeur d'Alene, ID

This Arkansas native has lived in several states over the years looking for somewhere to plant her roots, and she finally found it in this beautiful area. Caren has spent over 10 years in management and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business. As the accounting office manager she keeps a close eye on the billing and book keeping processes. This wife and mother of 3 enjoys cooking and spending time outdoors gardening, hiking, and camping.

At Worst since 2014

Heather Strickland

Heather Strickland - Administrative Associate - Coeur d'Alene, ID

This California native is new to the area but feels she already has a home here in North Idaho and with R.C. Worst & Company. As the newest member of the accounting team Heather diligently manages the accounts payable and accounts receivable for the company. With her quick wit and incredible attention to detail Heather has been a great addition to the company. Heather keeps busy outside of work with her animals; she has won many awards in both dog shows and horse shows across the country.

At Worst since 2014

Alena Farley

Alena Farley - Administrative Associate - Coeur d'Alene, ID

This wife and mother of three handles our expenses like a pro. This California transplant has been a resident of North Idaho for over 20 years. Whether it’s hanging out by the pool or watching a football game Alena loves to spend time with family and friends. She loves to be outdoors and is an avid hunter of all local game.

At Worst since 2015

Joe Fox

Joe Fox - Service Manager - Coeur d'Alene, ID

Joe was a previous employee in the 90's in our pump repair department. He has since returned and now manages our service department. Don't let his manager status fool you, he gets his fair share of action in the field. With years of experience in the industry Joe is an excellent addition to our service team.

At Worst since 2013

Joe Follini

Joe Follini - Service Technician - Coeur d'Alene, ID

This friendly, transplanted New Yorker brings a "Git er done" attitude to his duties at R.C. Worst & Co. A typical day may find Joe pulling and repairing well or sewer pumps or maybe, installing new motor controls. From electrical to plumbing he brings a variety of expertise and skills that make him a valuable member of the service team. When Joe arrives at a location you will see a concerted and focused effort made to complete the job in a timely fashion and leave the area as he found it.

At Worst since 2005

George Hushman

George Hushman - Service Technician - Coeur d'Alene, ID

George coins the term veteran service technician, he has been serving the North Idaho area since the dawn of time. If George is on the job you can expect 40+ years of experience going into every detail. George enjoys reading in his down time, his personal library contains so many books the public library would likely be jealous.

At Worst since 2013

Kass

Kass Jones - Service Technician - Coeur d'Alene, ID

A newer member of the 'Worst' service crew. Kass has the skills and knowledge to get the job done right. His capabilities in the pumping industry are matched only by his hunting skills. Looking at the rack on that Elk, I'd say our customers are in good hands.

At Worst since 2014

Cole Amende

Cole Amende - Service Technician - Coeur d'Alene, ID

A newer member of the 'Worst' service crew. This gentle giant is capable of great feats of strength. His capabilities in moving heavy objects is matched by his ability to service pumps and water systems alike.

At Worst since 2014

We've been helping customers since 1953