The Team
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Reist Team

Nelson Ruhl
Transloading Manager

Nelson oversees the inbound and outbound flow of commodities at our transload facility. He also manages the storage of grains being held in the on-site bins. He works to accommodate drivers’ schedule and get them back on the road once the delivery or pick-up is done.

“Treat others as you would want to be treated”
Jay Kreider

Jay handles most of the trucking and delivering that needs done. Being one of the more seasoned employees, he also has a broad knowledge of grain processing and the operating equipment involved. When he's not driving his truck he helps out with all areas of the company. Jay enjoys the outdoors, hunting, and serving in building projects across the country.

“Will hunt for food.”
Mike Higgins
Vice President / Co-Owner

Prior to making the transition to Reist Popcorn in 2009, Mike worked for Ryan Homes where he specialized in production, sales, and cost management. He is always looking for the next opportunity for the company and creating a strategy to achieve those goals. Mike likes to challenge himself and the team around him. He constantly tries to create an environment where employees take ownership of their work and feel empowered to complete a given task.

Outside of Reist Popcorn, Mike is a dedicated husband and father to 3 children. When time permits, he enjoys hiking, snowboarding and seeking out new adventures or life experiences. He also plays in a local softball league.

“Plan for the worst. Hope for the best.”
Dave Reist
President / Co-Owner

Dave joined the family business in 1974 and is now the third generation owner. He had the vision to narrow the company’s focus to popcorn in 1988. Dave’s mission is to make sure his customers are receiving a quality product. He spends a lot of time testing our product, managing inventory, and communicating with his growers and customers. He also appreciates history and learning from the past.

Away from work, Dave enjoys spending time with his wife, walking his dog, and flying his airplane. He also has four daughters and 8 grandchildren.

“Always deliver a full measure.”
Justin Sheetz
Operations Manager

For almost a decade, not a kernel of popcorn has been sent to a customer without first going through Justin. He processes all the popcorn that comes through our facility and makes sure orders are being fulfilled on time. He likes to plan ahead and keep plenty of product in stock when possible. Last minute orders don’t shake this man’s steady resolve.

“It is what it is.”
Josh Kolkow

The cowboy hat and tight pants are not for show. Josh comes to us from Wyoming and spent some time working on a ranch before moving to Lancaster. He takes on a wide variety of roles and is the first to volunteer for abnormal tasks. He recently passed his CDL test and will start helping transport grains from storage bins to processing plants.

“Better to have a little more, than a little less.”
Philip Hess
Packaging and Processing Manager

Phil is the youngest member on the Reist Popcorn team and brings a lot of energy to the job. He makes sure all customer orders are properly packaged and staged for pick-up. He likes the variety that every day brings. He also likes a variety of music. Phil prefers his earbuds over earplugs, we just aren’t sure if he’s listening to the latest indie rock group, classic 70’s rock band, Christmas music.

“Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi
Cindy Moyer
Office Manager

If Reist Popcorn were a human skeleton, Cindy would be the spine. She keeps everyone in line. She also processes orders, schedules deliveries and pick-ups, and always makes sure there is a full candy jar in the office. At the end of the day, she makes sure the “I’s” are dotted and “T’s” are crossed.

“If you’re living for the weekends, you’re missing out on a whole lot of life!”
Doug Metzler
Utility Specialist

Doug can ride a unicycle, he can also fix just about anything. He is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of equipment at both the plant and transload locations. Doug also plays a significant role developing new equipment coming into operation. He appreciates the variety of challenges that come with keeping everything running.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein