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Meet Our Executive Management Team

The Leaders In Construction Labor Support Management

Marty Wick, Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Wick, 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. Wick spent nine years with ServiceMaster Corporation, most recently as the COO for Terminix International.  Prior to ServiceMaster, Mr. Wick served in leadership roles at Sprint Nextel Corporation and CenturyLink.  Mr. Wick started his career in management consulting with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young. 

Mr. Wick holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Virginia and an MBA from Duke University. 

 

Marty Wick, Chief Executive Officer

Mike Christiansen, Chief Operations Officer

Mike Christiansen serves as Chief Operations Officer of Tradesmen International and is responsible for day-to-day leadership and general management of the company.  In this role, Mike has helped establish Tradesmen International as North America’s #1 Premier Construction Staffing Company.  Under Mr. Christiansen’s management, Tradesmen International has achieved year over year revenue, profitability, and client growth. 

Mr. Christiansen is Tradesmen International’s most tenured executive, and has been with the company since 1998.  He is a hands-on leader who is constantly in the field with our management team to effectively design and implement the most forth coming business strategies, plans and procedures.  He is the executive that our Sales Force looks up to for encouragement, and Mike passes that down through his dedication and maximum performance to enhancing all of our strategies, plans and procedures to better field operations. 

 Mike Christiansen holds a bachelor’s degree from The University of Wisconsin Whitewater in Finance.

 

Mike Christiansen, Chief Operations Officer

John Granato, Chief Financial Officer

John Granato is Chief Financial Officer for Tradesmen International where he is responsible for all for areas of finance, including payroll. Prior to Tradesmen, he was CFO at The Andersons, Inc (NASDAQ: ANDE.), an Ohio based $4B publicly traded company, where he oversaw all aspects of Finance, IT and Strategy.  John also has experience in Private Equity having served as Principal of Finance and Operations for Global Infrastructure Partners. His experience spans diverse industries, both domestically and internationally and includes extensive work in the areas of capital markets, treasury, risk management, financial planning and analysis, tax and strategy.

John earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, Calif.  Subsequently he earned his Master of Science in Economics degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business.

 

John Granato, Chief Financial Officer

Jesse Klebba, Chief Information Officer

Jesse Klebba joined Tradesmen International in January, 2018.  He is responsible for leading the Technology Team including IT development and analytics, network administration, web development and technical support.  Jesse has 20 years of experience in software development and systems integration, lead generation and business development and strategic business planning and execution. 

Prior to joining Tradesmen, he served as CEO of a global provider of facilities management software whose flagship product supports over 30,000 locations in 27 countries.

Jesse holds a Bachelor of Letters and Sciences in Management Information Systems and Accounting from The University of Wisconsin – Whitewater, plus many certifications and affiliations including but not limited to: BIFM, PRSM, IFMA and Sun Certified Java Programmer.

 

Jesse Klebba, Chief Information Officer

Julie Murphy, Senior 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.

 

Julie Murphy, Senior Vice President and Chief HR Officer

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.

 

Patrick Flynn, Vice President and General Counsel

Pat Durkee, Vice President of Operations

Pat Durkee joined Tradesmen International in July 2018. Pat and his team are responsible for developing consistent tools and processes to enhance and optimize field activity. His team manages and executes large scale, enterprise-wide projects to build new capabilities, fortify core functions and reinforce corporate support of the field. Pat brings over 20 years of experience as an operations executive at both ServiceMaster Corporation and General Electric. He is a veteran, having served on USS George Washington as a naval nuclear power officer.

Pat holds a bachelor of science in aerospace engineering from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is a GE certified master black belt.

 

Pat Durkee, Vice President of Operations

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.

 

Matt McClone, Vice President of Workforce Development

Chris Blike, Vice President of Strategic Accounts

Mr. Blike, who has been with the company since 1993, was one of Tradesmen’s first employees. 

In his role, he supports a national team of Senior Account Representatives who serve the local, regional and national skilled labor needs of industrial contractors in sectors ranging from energy and petro-chemical to pulp & paper and agriculture. 

Mr. Blike’s responsibilities include monitoring company safety initiatives, managing existing client relationships and new business development across North America.

 

 

Chris Blike, Vice President of Strategic Accounts

Chad Arnold, Vice President of Sales Operations

Mr. Arnold is responsible for leading Tradesmen’s sales-force productivity  and effectiveness efforts, ensuring our teams are given every tool available to grow company sales.   In his role, he identifies and implements programs to improve sales-force effectiveness through partnership with both Field and Corporate leadership, as well as sales reps across every vertical.  Mr. Arnold leads the next evolution of Tradesmen CRM, among many other enterprise-wide sales initiatives. 

During his tenure with the company, he has served in multiple leadership roles including Sales Manager, District Manager, Area Manager and Vice President of our Marine Division.

Mr. Arnold attended the State University of New York at Fredonia.

 

 

Chad Arnold, Vice President of Sales Operations