President & CEO, Rural King
Alex Melvin is the passionate President and Chief Executive Officer of Rural King Supply, a rapidly growing Farm & Home retailer with over 110 locations in 13 states. He graduated in 2005 from Monmouth College with a degree in Business Administration. After graduation, he worked in Construction Project Management at Colcon Industries Corporation, a commercial general contractor company in Sullivan, IL. He joined the family business, Rural King, in 2008 as a Store Manager, where he learned the importance of being a merchant. After one year, he became VP of the company and then moved to President and CEO in 2011 when his father, Gary Melvin, stepped down. During Alex’s tenure, the company with a focus on service has more than doubled in size with no signs of slowing down.
Alex grew up in Rural King and has fond memories of being with his family in the stores and working on the family farm where he began driving tractors at the age of 7. He developed his great work ethic at an early age. Today, Alex and his wife Meghan embrace the rural lifestyle and keep the same family traditions with their five children.
Alex’s experience shows in the Real Estate sector of Rural King that own and operate 80% of Rural King store locations. Alex is also president of RK Transportation, which hauls the majority of Rural King product to the stores. The private fleet of over 100 semi-trucks ensures quick and reliable transit times from the multiple distribution centers. They strive to provide everything their customers will need for the farm and home at the lowest prices every day.