Melzer’s Fuel Service Inc. was started in 1977 by Dick Melzer and his wife Adele. Prior to entering business for himself, Dick worked for SOHIO beginning his petroleum career in 1952 delivering fuel and heating oil. In 1977, Dick was given the opportunity to become an independent contractor for SOHIO delivering fuel products to farms and home heating accounts in the Chardon, Ohio area. This was the beginning of Melzer’s Fuel Service and Dick and Adele never looked back as they began building their business.
As the business and reputation of Melzer’s Fuel Service grew into a well respected and extremely reliable fuel supplier in NE Ohio, Dick’s sons Rick and Andy began there careers in the business in the 1990’s and continued to enhance the growth and reputation of Melzer’s Fuels. Rick and Andy continued to grow the business and expand into additional markets and extended the market coverage into a large part of Ohio and bordering states. Upon Dick’s passing in 1999, Rick became President and after Andy’s untimely death in 2015, Rick, with the help of his dedicated employees, the establishment of aggressive growth goals, and his strong entrepreneurial spirit continued to grow the business and expand into a multistate supplier of fuels.
Today, Melzer’s Fuel Service markets in OH, IN, PA, NY and WV with multiple distribution centers serving a diverse customer base with quality fuel and lubrication products.
Rick was born and raised in Chardon, OH and after completing high school and being mechanically oriented he began working for Air Cleaning Systems in the Service Department servicing residential and commercial customers.
In 1990, Dick provided Rick with the opportunity to join Melzer’s Fuel Service as a driver and the Company’s first employee and was given the responsibility of maintaining and fostering the growth of the established delivery routes Dick had developed throughout the Chardon marketing area.
In 1995 Rick was named Vice President but continued to drive, to maintain contact with his customer base and to be able to observe the rapidly changing markets and the needs of his customers. Through this “hands on” approach to conducting business, Rick and his brother Andy continued to grow the business and expand market coverage.
With the passing of Dick in 1999 Rick assumed the role as President and CEO of Melzer Fuels. As President and CEO, Rick has continued to exercise his entrepreneurial spirit to expand into new markets and foster the continued growth of Melzer’s Fuel Service. Under Rick’s direction Melzer markets in OH, IN, PA, NY and WV with multiple distribution sites. Rick is a member of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers and Convenient Stores Association (OPMCA) and the National Society of Independent Petroleum Marketers (SIGMA).
Rick has also been involved in numerous civic and fraternal organizations in Chardon and surrounding areas. He generously contributes his time and funding to several charities and has served on many organizational boards and in decision making capacities.
David is an experienced CFO with over thirty- one years of experience in a variety of industries and brings considerable knowledge to the Melzer organization. David graduated with a BSBA and MBA from Lake Erie College. Prior to joining Melzer’s Fuel Service, David held the positions of Controller and CFO with Hadlock Plastics, Universal Polymer and Plastics, Kordon, LLC. and Bonnie Speed Logistics Inc.
David’s knowledge of accounting, tax and business issues has brought a higher level of expertise to the organization to help drive Melzers to the next level.
David was born and raised in the Cleveland area and currently resides in Mentor, OH.