In 1989, Mercatus contracted with the US Navy in San Diego as an ESD [Electro Static Discharge] solutions supplier. While conducting an ESD audit for the Navy’s Mobile Maintenance Facilities which transport electrostatically sensitive workstations on seafaring vessels, Mercatus met and began their association with Symbiote Inc. technical furniture.
Since then, Mercatus has been the exclusive territorial factory representative for Symbiote serving Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico, Las Vegas, West Texas and Mexico.
In the mid 1990’s, company president William J. Rathsburg expanded the corporate charter to include design & build capabilities. This initiative allowed Mercatus to provide a broader range of solutions to the overall operations of its manufacturing and distribution clients. Working with corporate management and their architects, Mercatus International established its new client services role of general contractor, taking responsibility for all aspects of a corporate consolidation, operational restructuring and/or relocation. Taking on this 'turn-key' responsibility allows its customers to concentrate on the continued success of their daily operations, without interruption.
Mercatus International Marketing, Inc. was founded as a Michigan company in 1986 to serve the needs of the industrial manufacturing community with technical products and services.
In 1989 the company moved its operations to Carlsbad, California, concentrating on the Southwestern region of the United States. Targeting electronics, aerospace, semiconductor, military, healthcare and other technically oriented markets, Mercatus enhanced its reputation as industrial and commercial workspace problems solvers.
Mercatus International is now strategically positioned to consult with its commercial and industrial account base, with a comprehensive capabilities list, allowing the company to:
Bill Rathsburg, Sr. - President
University of Detroit Business School Graduate
30 year independent business career as industrial supplier
Production Component Supplier of Automotive, OEM, Appliance, etc.
Developed unique ESD (Electronic Discharge) Products for US Military
Workplace Outfitter to Fortune 500 Companies throughout, USA and Mexico
Member, ESD Association
Founded Mercatus in 1989
Donovan Slingsby - Sales Engineer/Operations
Responsible for Carlsbad Corporate Office Daily Operations, Customer Service & Project Design
Factory trained and certified installer since 2003
CAD Drafter, Qualified in AutoCAD, SolidWorks, MiniCAD, and VectorWorks
Employed with Mercatus since 1999
Bill Rathsburg, Jr. - Southwest Area Manager
Responsible for coordinating overall marketing strategies & sales for Arizona and New Mexico
Specific project responsibilities include workplace evaluation, design, sales, installation and maintenance programs for Mercatus' existing customers and new business development in Arizona, New Mexico, and Mexico
University of Michigan/American Graduate School of International Management
Employed with Mercatus since 1993
Jon Schaffer - Sales Engineer
New business development and sales
Specific Project Responsibilities include workplace evaluation, design, sale, installation and maintenance programs for new and existing Mercatus clients
Oregon State University, B.S. Speech Communication
12 years experience within Electrical industry working with Industrial, OEM, Commercial, Medical and Semiconductor customers
Employed with Mercatus since 2007
Sherry Rathsburg - CFO
Co-founder of Mercatus International / Business Partner
Contributed extensive customer service skills during Mercatus' early days
Currently Mercatus International's Chief Financial Officer
Darren Lavery- Sales Representative
Specific responsibilities include new business development, sales and installation
Factory trained and certified installer since 2009
Promoted to Area Sales Representative in Arizona and New Mexico
Over 10 Years of sales experience
Owned and operated a construction company for over 3 year
Mike Calvert – Project Coordinator
Order Processing, Customer Service and Daily Office Operations in Phoenix
Experience in semiconductor, fluid control, electrical, and mechanical industries.
Over 15 years as a Purchasing Agent
Employed with Mercatus since 2016