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, President/CEO
- John Marko, Chief Financial Officer
- Stephen Bowker, Chief Operations Officer
- Mike Christiansen, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing
- Ron Rowen, Vice President of Risk Management
- C. William Klausman, Vice President and General Counsel
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 nearly 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.
John Marko, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Marko is Chief Financial Officer, a position he has held since his promotion from Vice President of Finance in August, 2003. He is responsible for the company's overall financial operations including corporate accounting, financial reporting, treasury, budgeting, and credit & collections. He also oversees all corporate administrative functions.
He joined Tradesmen International in 1996 as Controller and has played a significant role in the aggressive growth of the company as an architect of the company's IT department and correlating national operating network which is a critical asset to the success of any multi-site organization.
His previous experience comes from employment with Ernst & Young from 1981 – 1984, and from serving as controller for two national apparel companies, Joseph Feiss and Hugo Boss, USA. He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Ohio University.
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.
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.
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.
C. William Klausman, Vice President and General Counsel
Mr. Klausman joined the company in August of 1998 as Vice President and General Counsel with responsibilities concentrating in the transactional business areas of the company. Mr. Klausman works directly with the company's commercial, maritime, industrial and government clients to resolve any contract and insurance issues. He also handles various other legal matters relating to insurance, banking, governmental regulatory issues and corporate governance.
Mr. Klausman graduated from Bowling Green State University with a B.S. in Business Administration and received his Juris Doctorate from the Ohio State University School of Law. Following graduation, he joined the law firm of Schottstein, Zox and Dunn of Columbus, Ohio specializing in real estate, franchise and securities law and serving as a partner in that firm. He then joined Rax Restaurants, Inc. as Vice President/General Counsel and Secretary with primary focus on franchise and security law matters, and helped grow the company to over 500 restaurants. Mr. Klausman then joined Rally's, Inc., a fast food franchise chain of over 500 restaurants, as Vice President/General Counsel and Secretary, with primary responsibilities in the securities and franchise areas. Mr. Klausman has extensive corporate legal practice experience as a private and corporate attorney, specializing in the areas of debt and equity financing, real estate franchise and government regulatory agency practice. He has also been a lecturer at various franchise association forums.