Meet the BES Team

Balanced Enterprise Solutions believes in the dynamic energy created by a close team. Our associates will work very well with representatives from your organization to find a solution tailored to your specific situation. Our associates have the skills to work together to evaluate your needs. From the value stream process to the training courses, our team will find ways to increase the value of your product or service.

The Founding Partners

Don Mulder, Managing Partner

Don’s experiences include:

  • General Manager of an Engineered / Prefabricated Building Component Manufacturer
  • Technical Sales Manager for manufacturer of both commercial and military Jet Engine components
  • Project Management of numerous ventures and new product launches
  • A 20+ Career in the US Air Force

With an MBA as well as an Engineering Degree from the US Air Force Academy, Don brings experience and industrial knowledge to the table. He is a licensed commercial pilot, and still relies on the lessons he learned as an Air Force Pilot and as a Commercial Pilot to help him make business decisions. Don’s technical training along with his marketing, business development and customer skills has been a key part of BES success with assisting clients to profitably expand into new markets.

 Bill Neely, Senior Advisor and Founder

Bill had a 20 year career in the United States Air Force before entering the aircraft production & manufacturing industry.

Bill’s Experiences Include:

  • A combat tour in Southeast Asia
  • Served as a Test Pilot for NASA
  • Commanded a USAF Flight Test Squadron and was the USAF Program Manager for an F-15 Technology Demonstrator Aircraft
  • Was Military Program Manager and Vice President of Operations for two divisions of Textron
  • Site Leader for Woodward Corporation’s Aircraft Engine Systems

Bill also led an organizational turnaround in the competitive aircraft structures industry while in that field. He has implemented a combined Lean Enterprise and Six Sigma strategy in numerous facilities and industries.

After retirement from Woodward in 2001, he began a consulting career with BES, and now specializes in Lean implementation projects and plant relocations. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA, and is a graduate of the Defense Systems Management College and the USAF Test Pilot School.

Senior Partners

William R. Ryckbost, Senior Partner

Bill Ryckbost along with the team of BES experts assists clients in various aspects of supply chain management (SCM). With 30 years of experience working with medium sized and fast growth electronics based manufacturers and as VP of Purchasing and Logistics with a large publicly traded company, Bill has led a wide range of functions within the SCM arena. Bill spent significant time at the executive level, providing unique insight into the challenges of executing a global SCM strategy through multiple levels in the organization.

Bill earned an MBA from The University of Notre Dame and has been active in several professional organizations in the Supply Chain Management field including serving as Chair of the Board of Governors for the Chief Purchasing Officers Council of the Original Equipment Suppliers Association, as well as Vice-Chair of the West Michigan Supply Chain Management Council. He also serves as a Trustee at his undergraduate alma mater and serves in leadership positions at other volunteer organizations.

BES Associates

Don Wolting

Don has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Michigan Technological University and an MBA from Kettering University. Don has more than 25 years experience in the research, engineering, and management with ceramics, injection molding, and motion control.

Don’s extensive experience in plant engineering and field support (in power generation, hydro-electrics, and automation) allows him to provide solutions for manufacturing companies. Don has also served for 15 years as a member of local government on planning and zoning boards managing industrial, commercial, and residential growth.

Steve Creswick

Steve Creswick is a seasoned electrical engineer with experience in new product development, project management, and process engineering. Steve’s ability to bring order to chaos as well as bring unique perspectives to problems makes him a valuable addition to any team, Steve has extensive experience in the automotive as well as the aerospace and defense industries.

Dan Mulder

Dan Mulder has more than 10 years of industry experience, following a 20 year career in the Air Force. Dan’s Air Force experiences ranged from flying various aircraft to managing command and control functions. With a patent to his credit, Dan completed numerous R&D projects for the Air Force from space power to particle beam weapons.

Dan’s industry experiences include R&D work at Sandia National Labs, new product development and
production for a technology firm, and serving as Electronics Manager at the small business level. Dan earned advanced degrees in Physics from Ohio State and the University of Illinois. His extensive DOD experience and government contracting work make him well-suited to assist companies that have an interest in expanding their government contracts.

Chet Lowe

Chet Lowe is Balanced Enterprise Solutions’ on-site representative at WR-ALC (Robins AFB, GA). Chet is a retired Air Force Engineer with extensive experience managing programs as well as businesses in DoD and the Aerospace industry. Chet’s extensive network and knowledge of the Air Logistics Center and the Government contracting process makes him an invaluable asset to our clients.

Tinker AFB and Oklahoma City Associate

Ray Baker- Bio forthcoming