Staying true to the vision of Total Labor Support®.
At Tradesmen International, our priority on productivity begins with our executive management team that, leading by example, continues to bring the company's founding goals and Core Values to the forefront of management and operations at every level.
- Joseph O. Wesley, Founder and Chairman of the Board
- Michael S. Webster, Chief Executive Officer
- Mike Christiansen, Chief Operations Officer
- Elaine Kapusta, Chief Financial Officer
- Patrick Flynn, Vice President and General Counsel
- Matt McClone, Vice President of Workforce Development
Joseph O. Wesley, Founder and Chairman of the Board
Mr. Wesley, Tradesmen International's Chairman of the Board, founded the company in April, 1992. Under his stewardship, the company has become one of the industry's leading providers of contract skilled craftsmen with nearly 150 locations and thousands of employees based in markets all across North America. In recent years he has evolved the company to include various consultative services, positioning Tradesmen as the exclusive source for comprehensive labor solutions aimed at augmenting labor productivity for large and small construction and industrial organizations. Mr. Wesley sustains an active role in company operations and strategic marketing, supporting efforts to sustain Tradesmen's leadership status within the staffing industry.
Prior to founding Tradesmen, he owned and managed a residential land development company, Land Developers, Inc., and a commercial electrical contracting firm, R.I.C. Electric, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Wesley entered the trades as a heavy equipment operator while proudly serving in the U.S. Army.
Michael S. Webster, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Webster, Tradesmen International's CEO, oversees all company operations and new market expansion initiatives. He is active in supporting the strategic development and advancement of the company's labor-oriented services which continue to differentiate Tradesmen from all staffing and personnel operations servicing the construction, heavy industrial and maritime industries.
Prior to joining Tradesmen, Mr. Webster served as Executive Vice President and General Manager, Americas for Kelly Services, Inc., headquartered in Troy, Michigan. He was responsible for the operations, administration, and finance of commercial, professional and technical staffing in the Americas region.
In his tenure with the company, Mr. Webster has directed Kelly's Global Sales, Service and Marketing divisions; overseen the development of the Professional, Technical, and Staffing Alternatives groups. He joined Kelly in 1996 as Vice President of Sales, Corporate Accounts from GE Plastics, where he developed a 20 year career in sales and marketing, ultimately being named General Manager of GE Plastics' North Central region. Mr. Webster holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from West Virginia University. He serves on the board of directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.
Mike Christiansen, Chief Operations Officer
Mike Christiansen has been with Tradesmen International since 1998. He started his journey with Tradesmen International as a Sales Representative, and worked his way up the ladder from General Manager, to Regional Vice President, to SR. VP of Sales and Marketing, and now as Chief Operations Officer.
Mr. Christiansen is Tradesmen International's second in command and is responsible for the efficiency of business. He maintains control over diverse business operations, playing a hands-on role in the design and implementation of business strategies, plans and procedures. In addition, Mr. Christiansen remains fully engaged in the company's marketing communications initiatives related to branding, public relations, market research and trade show participation. He leads employees and encourages all for maximum performance and dedication.
Elaine Kapusta, Chief Financial Officer
Elaine Kapusta joined Tradesmen International as Chief Financial Officer in 2015. In her role, Elaine oversees the financial activities of the company, working closely with all operational and corporate functions.
Prior to joining Tradesmen, she served as Chief Financial Officer for a 400 store specialty retailer. Over her nearly 20 years with this growth company, Elaine led key strategic and operational initiatives, navigating various business cycles.
She began her career serving a variety of public and private companies during her 11 years at Ernst & Young, most recently as Senior Manager.
Elaine received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from John Carroll University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Patrick Flynn, Vice President and General Counsel
Patrick Flynn joined Tradesmen International this May as General Counsel. Prior to joining Tradesmen International, Patrick was counsel in the Corporate Department of Tucker Ellis LLP in Cleveland where he represented businesses ranging from small family-owned operations to large public and private multinational corporations in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, food and beverage, technology, healthcare, metals and retail.
Patrick is well-versed and experienced across many aspects of real estate and construction, employment, commercial and corporate law, and information technology. He has worked on high-profile domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financings, strategic alliances, distributorships, supply and co-marketing transactions.
With 20+ years of private practice and in-house counsel experience as a general counsel and lead corporate counsel, he has experience building legal teams and providing direct counsel to boards of directors and executive management teams on a wide-variety of company "best practices" initiatives, including regulatory management, compliance, contract management, loss litigation, litigation management, employee relations and corporate government.
Patrick graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a bachelor's degree in Managerial Economics and Industrial Management and obtained his law degree and MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
Matt McClone, Vice President of Workforce Development
Mr. McClone is responsible for overseeing Tradesmen’s staffing initiatives which include effective recruitment strategies, streamlined applicant tracking and efficient hiring/onboarding processes. In addition, McClone oversees the company's national network of 100 Recruiters, Project Coordinators and corporate Project Support Group (PSG). Ultimately, Mr. McClone is responsible for ensuring client satisfaction contingent on consistently fulfilling client orders from both skill accuracy and order fill-rate perspectives.
Mr. McClone, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, got his start with Tradesmen in 2004 as a field representative in the Madison, WI office. Mr. McClone quickly rose through the ranks managing several offices including and most recently the company's Marine Division. In June 2013 McClone was promoted to Vice President of Workforce Development and now calls the Tradesmen Corporate office in Macedonia, OH his home.