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
At Worst since 1987
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 - Senior Manager - 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
At Worst since 2012
Scott Jessick - Sales Manager - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Scott, a member of the management team and 24-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 - Purchasing Manager - Coeur d'Alene, ID
How long is forever? In marriage, that term can be applied
loosely. But for Paul, 39 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, 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
Jeremy Fox - Technical Sales - Coeur d'Alene, ID
This Idaho native drove from Georgia to pursue a career in the water/wastewater industry. While at work he is often found helping customers size and select products, producing videos for Youtube channel, and educating himself on the industry. He shares his home with his lovely wife, beautiful daughter and dexterous dog, and is often found exploring the inland Northwest or playing halo.
At Worst since 2016
James Prickett - Technical Sales - Coeur d'Alene, ID
James, a newer member of the technical sales team, has lived in the Pacific Northwest his whole life. While at work he spends his time obtaining knowledge about water/wastewater systems, specifically Advanced Treatment Systems. Outside of the workspace, James spends his free time attending many concerts and music festivals but can also be found at any local Italian restaurant eating copious amounts of spaghetti.
At Worst since 2019
Michael Bronson - Purchasing Agent - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Michael’s attention to detail and great computer skills make for a great asset to the RC Worst purchasing team. He and his wife, Kylee, were married in 2018. They enjoy spending time with their two cats. Michael grew up traveling the east coast, likes watching scary movies and enjoys cooking. He is an amusement park enthusiast and never passes up a chance to ride a roller coaster.
At Worst since 2018
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. An 19-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
Angela Richmond - Web Associate - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Angela is putting her Bachelor’s Degree in Web Development to good use with "Worst". She maintains our product prices, ensures accuracy of information, and keeps customers informed of availability and lead times. Angela escaped North Dakota and brought an unhealthy addiction to camouflage with her. She and her husband, Kevin, enjoy hiking, road trips, and camping. Their two dogs and grandkids often join them on their Inland Northwest adventures.
At Worst since 2014
Rick Hayes - Technical Sales - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Rick brings humor and a great attitude to the RC Worst. Rick enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and daughter. He loves to hunt, fish and play sports with his kids. Rick was a residential electrician in California before moving north to join family already living in the Inland Northwest. We are happy he made the move as he is a great asset to the service team.
At Worst since 2017
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
Nate Zavala - Service Technician - Coeur d'Alene, ID
Nate, a newer member of “Worst” service crew, always brings a smile and a great attitude to the job. In his free time you can find him hunting, fishing, competing in long range shooting, or spending time with his wife and young son. He is a Northwest native, having grown up in Bend, Oregon and parts of Idaho. At the age of sixteen, Nate surfed with Danny Devito’s son. He claims that he was taller than him, however, no photographic evidence has been provided.
At Worst since 2019
Cole Amende - Service Technician - Coeur d'Alene, ID
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