Design & Innovation is a Team Sport

Published on July 25, 2016

RKS continues to push the boundaries of innovation, strategy, and design with its newest addition, Carl Fronhofer. Carl is the latest hire to the world class RKS team, taking on the role of Director of Operations. He will contribute to the RKS team and its clients using his unique background in team building and leadership skills. 

Carl will provide leadership and mentoring to RKS clients, as well as our skilled team of designers and engineers. Carl comes to RKS with over a decade of experience at the highest level of collegiate athletics. 

Ravi Sawhney, CEO of RKS says, “Carl's ability to connect team members with their potential is what excites me the most about having him as part of our leadership. The focus, dedication and drive that he brought to Columbia serves our clients and team well as we're focused on reinventing and advancing ourselves every day, week, month and year.”

Carl attended the University of Pittsburgh, where he earned degrees in Sociology and Psychology. While in college, he was on the wrestling team where he achieved All-American honors, and was member of the US National Team in 2009. Even after his college career was over, the desire to be a leader was still something that motivated Fronhofer, and he was introduced as the head wrestling coach at Columbia University.

After spending 5 successful years at Columbia, Carl sought a new challenge. Coming from a family of designers, engineers and machinists RKS was a natural fit for him to pin a role as team leader at RKS. 

Carl added, “I am extremely excited to join the RKS team, and am confident my knowledge and experience running an NCAA Division I athletic program will translate to my new role as Director of Operations at RKS. I am looking forward to the new challenges and being able to use my management and team building skills to help this organization evolve”. 


RKS is confident that Fronhofer will apply his leadership skills to build an even stronger team unity. Influencing a team of professional designers and innovators is as exciting as doing the same for a competitive athletic team.  


The focus, dedication and drive that he brought to Columbia serves our clients and team well as we’re focused on reinventing and advancing ourselves every day, week, month and year.

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