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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, President/CEO

Mr. Wesley is President and CEO of Tradesmen International, the company he founded in April, 1992. Under his stewardship, the company has become one of the industry's leading providers of contingent skilled craftsmen with more than 100 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 oversees all company operations and new market expansion and is especially 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 industry.

Prior to founding Tradesmen, he owned and managed a residential land development company, Land Developers, Inc., and a commercial electrical contracting firm, RIC Electric, in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Wesley entered the trades as a heavy equipment operator for the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers in 1982.

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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.

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Stephen Bowker, Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Bowker, appointed to this position in 2012, provides overall direction and guidance to operational activities of the organization with the objective of maximizing growth and profitability.  In addition, he provides day-to-day leadership and management to both Corporate and Field Operations.
Mr. Bowker joined the company in 1998 as General Manager of the Norfolk and Richmond offices, a position he held for two years. He then served as the Atlantic Regional Manager for four years, Regional Vice President, North East Region, for three years and as Senior Vice President of Operations for five years, preceding his current position. Prior to joining Tradesmen, he served as District Manager and Director of Labor Scheduling for Farm Fresh, Inc., one of the nation’s largest grocery chains.

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Mike Christiansen, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Mr. Christiansen develops and controls the company's sales strategy which is implemented through a field sales force of more than 250. He maintains direct supervision over the company's sixteen Area Managers and more than 90 General Managers, assisting each in meeting unique market-driven objectives.

His sales and marketing initiatives support the on-going effort to position Tradesmen International as the country's leading provider of high-caliber craftsmen and professional labor-oriented services which serve the commercial, industrial and residential construction sectors. He also supervises all sales initiatives targeting vertical market sectors ranging from the marine industry to power generation. Mr. Christiansen oversees the company's marketing communications programs related to branding, public relations, advertising, market research and trade show participation.

He was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing in February of 2010 after successfully serving as the company's Great Lakes Regional Vice President, a position he had held since 2005. Mr. Christiansen joined Tradesmen International in 1998 as a field representative and was soon promoted to Sales Manager. His drive to build the Milwaukee office resulted in his appointment to General Manager of that office in 2001.

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Ron Rowen, Vice President of Risk Management

Mr. Rowen is Vice President of Risk Management, a position he has held since May, 2004. He is responsible for the company's health and safety departments, the development of company-wide safety and health care programs and the administration of Workers' Compensation claims.

Prior to joining Tradesmen, Mr. Rowen was a tax and business consultant for a broad range of industrial and commercial clients including Stouffer Frozen Foods, Forest City Enterprises and Nautilus. He was Tax Manager for Goldberg Companies, a real estate developer, from 1990 – 1991. Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Akron in 1983, he joined Touche Ross & Co. / Deloitte & Touche where he served in several capacities including Tax Manager until 1990. Mr. Rowen secured his CPA certification in 1986 and has amassed more than 20 years of public accounting experience. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants.

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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.

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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.

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