Employee Spotlight: Kelly Wilson, Director of Human Resources

Since joining TP’s leadership team in 2015, Kelly Wilson, Director of Human Resources, has worked to oversee new talent acquisition – as well as employee relations, leadership development, and performance management for TP Mechanical’s roughly 500 employees. Prior to her move to TP, Kelly worked in HR in both healthcare and distribution logistics.

At TP, she makes it a priority to integrate on-the-job training opportunities like the Rising Leader program, which develops current employees into future leaders, and a highly sought-after Apprenticeship Program.  The Apprenticeship Program is accredited through Columbus State and consists of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of four years. “We try to promote from within as much as we can at TP,” Kelly says. “It’s a place where employees can find not just a job, but a real career path.”

One of Kelly’s challenges is finding enough skilled workers to fill the demand of available positions. In addition to her involvement with the Apprenticeship Program, Kelly works hard to establish relationships with area schools and speak about the numerous opportunities for plumbers, HVAC technicians, pipefitters, and more. “These jobs are in high demand,” she says. “Every company needs them. The biggest challenge is shifting the perception many people have regarding a four-year college as the only path to success.”

Kelly feels a sense of pride driving by buildings TP employees constructed, knowing her fellow team members helped bring those assets to the community. “I’m proud to work at TP Mechanical,” Kelly says. “Every day I try to pass my excitement and pride onto my colleagues and potential employees.”

Employee Spotlight: Brittany Knue, Safety Specialist, Kentucky Region

Brittany Knue began at TP four years ago as an administrative assistant and was quickly promoted to assistant project manager.  Last year, she was again promoted to her current position as TP Mechanical’s Kentucky Region Safety Specialist. For Brittany, safety is more than just a job – it’s a calling. “It takes everyone at TP Mechanical working together as a team to reach the safety goals and to achieve our level of safety culture,” said Knue.

As Safety Specialist, Knue plays a central role in continuing TP’s longstanding mission to make safety the top priority on every project. As proof of TP’s commitment to injury-free projects, Knue lauds the company’s longstanding safety protocols, which go well beyond minimum OSHA standards and are some of the most stringent in the industry. She also points to the company’s EMR rating* of 0.65 – 35 percent lower than the industry average of 1.0. As a company, TP Mechanical has worked more than 5 million hours without a lost-time accident.

In her current position, Knue is following in the footsteps of her father, who was also a corporate safety director in general industries. As Safety Specialist for the Kentucky Region, Knue oversees safety on all of TP’s Kentucky projects as well as some in Cincinnati. Her main priority: ensuring all TP employees go to work in a safe environment every day. “It’s a challenging job, but there is a large amount of satisfaction making sure the guys go home safe to their families each day,” she said. “There’s no greater feeling than to know you are a part of a safe return home!”

*Modification Rate, or EMR, is used by insurance agencies to measure a company’s past cost of injuries and risk of future on-the-job injuries.

Employee Spotlight: Mark Hunter, General Manager, Indiana Service Division

General Manager Mark Hunter has brought an energetic leadership style to TP Mechanical’s Indiana Service Division, and his vision has helped take the Indiana office to new heights in a short time.  Ken Wood, TP’s Director of Service, attributes “Mark’s leadership as general manager is one of the big reasons for the Indy office’s vision and growth.”

Since becoming General Manager of TP Mechanical’s Indiana Service Division based in Indianapolis, Hunter has taken the office from a team of two to 15. “We’ve tripled our staff in four years and built a good team,” said Hunter, whose previous professional background includes all aspects of the mechanical contracting industry, from HVAC to refrigeration and field technician to sales manager.

Hunter said his favorite part of working at TP Mechanical is the family atmosphere the company maintains – even though the staff now includes nearly 500 total employees across all locations. “You can open anyone’s door and walk in and talk to them anytime,” he said.

TP’s Indiana Service Division has developed a key niche in refrigeration, and unlike other companies, TP’s crew includes an in-house electrical team, ensuring work is done reliably and cost-effectively. “In some ways, we stick to an ‘old way’ of doing business, where customer service is our top priority,” Hunter explained. “I like the fact that we are helping people. When emergencies strike, we’re driven by an urgency to get things handled for our customers as quickly as we can.”

Employee Spotlight: Tim Hoover, Executive Vice President of Columbus and Dayton Operations

Tim Hoover has worked his way up to an executive leadership role at TP Mechanical through dedication, skill, meticulous attention to detail and a service-oriented focus. “It’s about getting things taken care of and serving others every day,” he says. Having this mindset has made him a respected, integral team member of TP Mechanical – where teamwork, servant leadership, and a winning attitude are part of our daily approach.

Tim began at TP Mechanical as a journeyman technician, before working his way up in the field and at the corporate level to hold positions of project manager, Apprenticeship Program instructor, regional manager, chief operating officer, and, most recently, executive vice president for Columbus and Dayton Operations. As Executive Vice President, Tim oversees business development and operations in TP Mechanical’s growing Columbus and Dayton markets. Tim says he’s “constantly evolving” his leadership skills to better communicate with his team members and to stay abreast of advances in the ever-evolving industry.

Before launching his career at TP Mechanical, Tim served our country in the Ohio Army National Guard. Tim first met friend and fellow TP Mechanical colleague Mike Kelley – now a Field Quality Control Specialist – during his military service. It was Mike who reached out to Tim about an open position at TP Mechanical, helping launch his long career with the company. More than two decades later, the two friends are still working together.

While his titles over the years may have changed, Tim feels his mission has stayed the same: setting the bar high and exceeding customer expectations for every project. “We always work to provide our customers with the results we have promised,” he says. “It is how we build loyalty and credibility with our clients.”

We are honored to call Tim one of our own and thank him for his years of client-focused service to our company and industry.

TP Welcomes Aaron Scott as Kentucky Regional Business Unit Leader

We are excited to announce Aaron Scott has joined TP Mechanical as our new Kentucky Regional Business Unit Leader. Aaron’s focus is cultivating relationships with customers for TP’s construction and service divisions in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

TP Mechanical has existing partnerships with higher-ed clients in Kentucky, including the University of Kentucky and Centre College, as well as key clients in the hospitality markets in Louisville and Lexington. Aaron is excited to expand on those markets to grow TP’s business diversity and profitability. He plans to leverage TP Mechanical’s respected Apprenticeship Program to support and attract talented workers for his teams.

Aaron operates with a patient, employee-focused management style. He prioritizes taking care of TP’s people, so they develop the passion and pride to take care of our customers – an approach that’s perfectly in sync with CEO Bill Riddle’s personal leadership philosophy.

He also brings a lifetime of experience to the job – literally. He grew up working in his father’s mechanical and electrical contracting business in Western Kentucky before working nearly two decades as a construction business leader at Lexington-based Allstate Heating and Cooling, Inc.  In addition to his Master HVAC and Master Electrician certifications – among many others – he also brings the rewarding experience of restoring historic properties and a love for all aspects of construction.

We’re excited to have Aaron on board! We encourage our Kentucky clients to reach out to him to learn how TP Mechanical can help with your upcoming construction, service and fabrication projects.

A Recap of Our 2019 Celebration Banquet

TP Mechanical’s annual Celebration Banquet was held on May 10, 2019 at Great Wolf Lodge in Mason, Ohio. The event is open to the entire company and this year an impressive 215 employees, family members and guests attended, including 15 members of the leadership team.

The banquet was held Friday evening and included a cocktail hour, dinner and recognition ceremony. Guest speaker Scott Sloan, of the Scott Sloan Show on 700 WLW Cincinnati News Radio, talked about the importance of trade professions and having a career with a purpose. Afterward, TP recognized all apprentices, instructors, employees celebrating years of service milestones, Rising Leaders, the 2019 graduation class, as well as instructor of the year, undergraduate of the year, and graduate of the year. In total, accolades were given to 20 Rising Leaders, 55 Apprentices, 23 Instructors and 52 employees for a combined 555 years of service. This year’s apprentice graduates included Alex Aube, Benjamin Earls, Branden Bergen and Cody Shaw all of whom studied plumbing.

The annual event was started over a decade ago in order to recognize the hard work and dedication of apprentices. Since the inception of the Apprenticeship Program in the 1980s, it has been an important feeder for the TP workforce and the development of great leaders like our current President and CEO, Bill Riddle. The program is a direct result of TP’s investment in its employees and the future.

Today, the Celebration Banquet remains an important way TP recognizes all the hard work of its employees throughout the year. It also provides team members the opportunity to interact outside the job and connect with other TP employees they don’t always get to see. Employees and their families enjoy the event and camaraderie, and most stay for the weekend to enjoy the water park on Saturday following the banquet.

*A tremendous thank you to members of the Banquet Planning Committee for their tireless work in putting together such a memorable and special evening. The 2019 Planning Committee included: Kelly Wilson, Teresa Kelly, Vanessa King, Jen Madden, Holly Welch and Matt Anderson.

 

Spotlight: From Apprentice to President and CEO

When Bill Riddle joined TP Mechanical 34 years ago, it was through an opening in the apprenticeship program. At just 19 years old, he started as TP Mechanical’s 38th apprentice.  

It’s uncommon for a company CEO to come from a field background, and as such, Bill flips traditional management on its head and leverages success from a “field-first” point of view. He understands and relays to the entire team that quality work in the field is the lifeblood of the company. Bill himself also takes daily calls from TP customers to personally address and help solve their needs. This innate ability to roll-up his sleeves, help and resolve issues for clients is a value instilled all those years ago in the apprenticeship program.

After completing his four-year apprenticeship, Bill became a project superintendent and later earned his plumbing license. He moved from the field into the office in 1996 following a performance review during which he mentioned his interest in becoming a  project manager. Bill later became a VP Regional Manager for Cincinnati operations until 2011, when he was named company president.

His current role as president and CEO began in 2015. Much has changed since Bill was an apprentice, including the work capacity of TP Mechanical. What hasn’t changed is the priority to get the job done right; to stand behind the people; and set a high bar for quality work in the field.

About TP’s Apprentice Program

The apprentice program is an important feeder for TP’s workforce. It consists of a minimum of 8,000 on-the-job training hours and 576 hours of classroom learning over the course of four years. The best leaders and the best results come from the program – a direct result of TP’s investment in its employees and the future. The apprentice program is the key to recruiting and filling the field jobs; it enables TP Mechanical to educate their own employees and guarantees the highest quality employees for the future. Learn more about the program by visiting https://www.tpmechanical.com/apprenticeship-program-detail/

 

 

 

Spotlight: Bob Stiens Elevates Design Build Arm to New Success

When Bob Stiens came to work at TP Mechanical almost 3 years ago, the company saw an opportunity to grow in the Design Build market. “Bill Riddle had approached me to come on board to develop the design build market here at TP Mechanical,” said Stiens. Within the first two and a half years, the Design Build sector of the company has been very successful, securing projects for commercial buildings, manufacturing plants, residence halls, multi-family housing buildings and schools.

Stiens began his career at the young age of 15, installing and servicing HVAC systems. Later, he attended technical college to seek a degree in air conditioning technology. “While in college and being exposed to the many facets of the industry, I decided to follow my enthusiasm for designing systems,” he said. He was hired by a contractor as a draftsman, at about the time Design Build was taking off in the Cincinnati market.  At that time, before computers were used, drawings were still done by hand. “I still have all my old drafting tools to draw with,” Stiens said.  He also learned to run loads, design systems and estimate—skills he is still using forty-three years later.

“Most all of my training (in the HVAC industry) has been through hands on life experiences, manufacturer’s seminars and introductions to new products that they introduce,” said Stiens. “Keeping ahead of your competitors and introducing those ideas to customers is what helps us successfully secure projects.”

One of the first plumbing design build projects under Stiens direction was at a tissue manufacturing plant in Circleville, Ohio, where TP Mechanical designed and installed the plumbing systems on the 1.4 million square foot facility. “With a team effort of the Columbus estimators, operations, and our professional engineer, who educated me about the plumbing systems I was able to sell the project” he explained.

Another big win for the TP Design Build team came with a renovation for the Tri-Health Corporate Headquarters in the Baldwin 200 Building. This project involved renovating eight out of twelve floors in the building. Many challenges were met due to the existing building occupied spaces, limited floor heights as well as client-desired architectural features. TP Mechanical worked with James Hunt Construction to successfully install all new AHU’s, ductwork, VAV boxes, registers and piping.

For Stiens, the challenges are one of the things he enjoys most about Design Build. “It’s all part of the process and finding the best solution,” he said. He enjoys the creativity of the process and affirms that to be an exceptional Design Build engineer, you have to be creative, diligent, honest and have good customer relationships – all characteristics of the current TP Mechanical Design Build team. “Many more exciting opportunities await us in the future as we grow the Design Build market segment of the TP Mechanical business,” Stiens said.

Have a Responsible Summer

Presented by TP Mechanical | Provided by HORAN

This August 18 to September 4, law enforcement will be stepping up their “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. This means police officers will be focused on spotting impaired drivers and pulling them over.

There were nearly 10,000 people killed in alcohol-impaired motor vehicle crashes in 2014, according to the CDC. This accounts for nearly 33 percent of all traffic-related deaths in the United States. Keep this sobering statistic in mind when attending gatherings with alcohol, like barbecues, beach parties or work events.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) created a smartphone app to help drivers who cannot safely drive home. The app can help tell you where you are, help you call a taxi or help you call a friend. Other useful apps include Uber and Lyft, as both can get you home if it’s not safe for you to drive.

For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit the NHTSA website.

The People Behind TP Mechanical

Introducing Tim Teepe, Estimation Manager for Cincinnati and Kentucky

Combining comprehensive experience, a steadfast work ethic and precise organization to achieve team and project success

With experience across the company, Tim Teepe brings a comprehensive approach to estimation, using knowledge of the field and project management to every challenge. Tim has more than a decade of experience in the industry with TP Mechanical Contractors.

Tim has completed his OSHA 30-Hour safety training, is a Certified Healthcare Contractor via the Kentucky Society of Healthcare Engineers (KSHE) certification program and holds licenses in both Ohio and Kentucky.

Tim prides himself on his work ethic and organization skills, and he is committed to supporting his team, keeping projects ahead of schedule and under budget. He values building quality relationships with clients.

We asked Tim what project he had worked on stood out the most and this was his response:

“The best jobs we bid on are where we can get involved up front. This means that we prepare a budget when the drawings are in the design development (DD) stage. From there, we work with our vendors and subcontractors to come up with a solid budget. In the next 4-6 weeks, we work with the GC or CM to decide on what the best equipment will be and/or what subcontractors to use for the systems designed.

Helping with the budget up front doesn’t always guarantee we‘ll secure the project, but it usually gives us an edge. “