Six Offices Serving the U.S. Coast to Coast

Rick Rickels

GM - Houston

Houston asbestos removal
Rick Rickels is general manager of ARC’s Houston office. Rickels is a veteran in environmental contracting. His career started in 1985 on the supply side. After several years he moved to contracting side of the industry.

In the early 1980’s Rickels worked for Lone Star Safety & Supply. In the mid-1980’s, he was hired as corporate safety director for a large abatement contractor, where he ran the Texas office.

Before becoming general manager of ARC’s Houston asbestos removal, Rickels worked under the leadership of ARC’s Dallas General Manager Steve Chappell. It was during this time that Rickels oversaw four abatement projects that were the first ever contracted by the City of Dallas.

Rickels graduated from the University of North Texas with a split Bachelor’s of Business Administration (BBA) degree in management and a BBA in marketing. He is married with three children.

Projects Under Rickel’s Management


Ahead of schedule and on-budget is how ARC completed the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” or the Astrodome in Houston, Texas asbestos abatement project. Harris County awarded the seven-figure contract to ARC Abatement in November 2013. Rickels estimated it would be completed in 274 calendar days, which included downtime during the special events at the stadium. But ARC finished the project several weeks early. The Astrodome measures 1M gross square feet.