Meet Our Executive Management Team
The Leaders In Construction Labor Support Management
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.
- Michael S. Webster, Chief Executive Officer
- Mike Christiansen, Chief Operations Officer
- Elaine Kapusta, Chief Financial Officer
- Julie Murphy, Vice President and Chief HR Officer
- Patrick Flynn, Vice President and General Counsel
- Matt McClone, Vice President of Workforce Development
Michael S. Webster, Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Webster, Tradesmen International’s Chief Executive Officer, 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 directed Kelly’s Global Sales, Service and Marketing divisions and led 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 served on the board of directors for the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and serves on the board for SJV and Associates.
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 responsible for optimizing 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.
Julie Murphy, Vice President and Chief HR Officer
Julie Murphy joined Tradesmen International in 2017. Julie is responsible for leading the human resources function for the company, which includes talent and performance management, leadership development, employee engagement, employee communications and total rewards. Julie has over 25 years of experience in manufacturing, business consulting and human resources. She has worked in HR executive roles in publicly-traded and privately-held companies across a variety of industries including consumer packaged goods, industrial distribution, healthcare and metals and mining.
Julie holds a bachelor of science in industrial and systems engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
Patrick Flynn, Vice President and General Counsel
Patrick Flynn joined Tradesmen International in May 2015. Patrick has extensive private practice and in-house counsel experience as general counsel and lead corporate counsel for privately-held and publicly-traded companies within a variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, staffing, metals, financial services, information technology, real estate and retail. He has extensive experience building legal teams and counseling boards of directors and executive management teams on a wide-variety of areas, including mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, commercial contracts, real estate, finance, employment and labor relations, compliance, loss mitigation and litigation management. 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.