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Ross Lilley Retires: A Team Member’s Look Back at 46 Years

After 46 years, Ross Lilley has announced his retirement from RBB, effective August 30, 2019. Ross shares these thoughts as he looks back:

"I leave RBB knowing that it is in a very strong position to expand as “The Small Batch Experts”. I have no doubt the company will continue to grow for the next 46 years.

RBB Honors Ross Lilley for 46 Years of Service

After 46 years, Ross Lilley has announces his retirement from RBB, effective August 30, 2019.

Ross started at RBB after graduating from the Wayne County Career Center with a focus in electronics in 1973. He was the 5th employee of the newly-founded Romich, Beery & Bayer, founded that same year.

Through the past 46 years, Ross has witnessed every season of challenge, growth, change, and success at RBB. His steady and knowledgeable style has always been a favorite of clients, teammates, and community members alike. Ross has worked as a panel technician, supervisor, project specialist, HR director, compliance officer, and sales engineer.

RBB Remembers Founder Dave Bayer

It is with sadness that we share with you the passing of one of RBB’s founding fathers: Dave Bayer. Dave passed away July 2, 2019, after an illness. 

“Romich, Beery, and Bayer” was the name of our company at our very beginning in 1973. Dave provided great value, brainpower, and energy in getting this business off the ground. We are all part of his legacy. Later, Dave formed a separate company called Du-It Controls that specialized in wheelchair systems. Dave developed a wheelchair control system to assist high-level quadriplegics.

When a Team Member Leaves and Comes Back

Culture is central at RBB. We strive to be different, and it is noticed by our team. Last year, we had a team member leave RBB. While this happens frequently in most companies, what’s unusual is that he fought to come back.

Brian Thomas joined the RBB team in 2010. In 2018, he had a job offer. Brian thought hard about this new offer, which included a nice pay raise and sign-on bonus, and ultimately decided to take it. But after only three months at the new job, he started to wonder if what he was promised was really worth the change. 

How the Right Suppliers Can Help You Manage Residual Inventory and Control Hidden Costs

An important part of effective inventory management is monitoring and controlling residual inventory, or the parts left on the shelf after the last shipment is produced. It's important that every business orders the right quantity of parts at the right time to reduce the extra, hidden costs tied to residual inventory. 

Bell Signals Start of Partnership

At RBB, we aren’t afraid to ring our own bell. But when we do, it isn’t all about us. We have a loud, antique bell in our sales office –  and we ring it every time a new client joins the RBB family. Yes, the ringing of the bell is about internal celebration and recognition of the efforts of the entire RBB team, but it means so much more.

RBB Bell

A Letter to My Former Self

With RBB celebrating our 45th anniversary this year, I've thought a lot about how we got here and what I wish I knew all those years ago. In order to communicate that, I decided to write a letter to my former self. Here is that letter:

RBB is Moving: A Small Batch of Q&As

RBB is moving, so we know you may have some questions. In order to help answer those, below is some information which we believe will set your mind at ease.

In Electronic Assembly Manufacturing it's Not You, it's Your Small Batches

RBB’s whitepaper on how small batch electronics affects the OEM-CM relationship

Very often OEM’s struggle to effectively manage large portfolios of small batches of custom electronic assemblies. That’s why I tackled the topic in the Whitepaper, “Market Dynamics facing OEM’s with Large Portfolios of Ongoing Small Batches.”

RBB Names Jim Tennant President

On January 3, 2017, and for only the third time since 1973, a new president took over the reins at RBB. In honor of this historic event and Jim Tennant’s much-deserved promotion, I’d like to share a quick story that demonstrates how Jim began strengthening this organization on day one.

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