New CEO appointed at TP Mechanical

Bill Riddle named new CEO; Scott Teepe to remain chairman & advisor

TP Mechanical has announced a shift within their leadership team by moving Bill Riddle to President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. Scott Teepe, Sr. leaves the position of CEO and will become Chairman of the Board. He will remain at the company as an advisor.

This transfer of leadership has been in the works for the past year, according to Tara Teepe, Marketing Coordinator. “Scott has led TP Mechanical to our current level of success and we’re excited for Bill to continue evolving and growing the company for the sake of our customers, employees, and stakeholders,” she said.

Riddle looks at his new role with a bright perspective and is excited to keep growing and moving the company forward. As Scott Teepe initiated TP Mechanical employee development program, Riddle’s initiative will be to build upon that established foundation. He hopes to continue creating additional avenues for the development of all TP Mechanical employees and help them reach their highest potential within the company.

“The number one priority for me is to develop and grow our employees by highlighting each of their specialized skills,” says Riddle. “We want our employees to achieve their professional goals and provide them with opportunities to move up in the ranks of the company into leadership roles.”

Riddle knows how important this mentoring can be. He has been with TP Mechanical for 30 years, and began his career as an apprentice for the company.

Since then, he’s held positions in the field and at the corporate level, including project management, superintendent and estimating. He was appointed President in 2011, and prior to that held the position of Vice President of Commercial Construction.

“Our best asset is the people who work for us, support our company and provide top-notch service to our customers,” said Riddle. “I want to make sure they have the same opportunities to grow in their career that I received.”


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Q: What is a way that you experience teamwork in your department or on the job site?

A: At a recent monthly meeting, we took a full chain and separated the individual links. They were then handed out to every superintendent, project manager and estimator. This concept represents there is no “I” in ‘Team”. As cliché as that sounds, we don’t just talk about it at TP Mechanical, it is a part of our work culture. We realize every role is just as important as the next and it takes a “full chain” mentality with every link functioning at full strength, in order to experience success. Our team is very committed and excited about every opportunity we have to build trust with a client. It takes everyone on board though, executing project tasks on time and above expectations in order to strengthen those client relationships.

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Speaking From Experience…

By: Jef Schachleiter – Internal Operation Manager


With 38 years in business and 55 years of life experience, sometimes there are opportunities to stop and reflect. This is one of those times, and one in which I have the opportunity to share some of the lessons I have learned about leadership and team work.

My position with TP Mechanical enables me to utilize my strengths in people management to foster better relationships with our internal customers, specifically the operations team that performs work on our job sites.  I coordinate the CAD, FAB and PURCHASING departments to work together in completing the back-of-the-house tasks, which accommodates our workflow into the field.

My intention with each group is for it to be an independent business unit that moves work freely between the three groups.  Each facet supports the other. They have to complete their specific job for the work to shift and move through our organization. Should we suffer a setback in one area it could conceivably create issues with all departments. When this occurs, I enter the picture and help the team get back on track.

My position requires multi-tasking to keep all departments running smoothly. Some days my position requires me to be a cheerleader or a coach. Other days, I have to become a sounding board to let people vent their frustrations. Hopefully, I’m able to share some wisdom and experience to empower my direct reports to make good, sound decisions when necessary.

I am fortunate that the three heads of my departments are hardworking, smart, company-first members of the team that need little supervision. They are open to suggestions, and they foster good relationships with their own direct reports, as well are our internal customer group.

I treat all that I meet by the “golden rule.” I do not hesitate to address issues that are sensitive and use each corrective counseling session as a chance to learn and teach. I never harbor ill feelings toward my group members. Once a situation is discussed, it is over in my mind.

Work is separate from personal and I never mix the two. It is good business practice to ensure that you keep the dividing line between business and personal very wide and well defined.

I operate my part of the company always keeping the good of the whole ahead of my direct responsibility. What I mean by that is, I never make a decision without thinking about what I am doing and how it will affect TP Mechanical.  NOT CAD/FAB/PURCHASING, but how the decision will affect the entire company.  I believe this determined focus will allow for the best possible results for the company, which affects all of us working here.

Manage the Big Picture, Manage to Succeed

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bigstock-Businessman-drawing-frame-with-47916518Whether we realize it or not, we are all managers. Perhaps we manage household finances, or we plan our time away from work. Whatever we manage, subconsciously we are hoping and planning for a successful outcome.

However, many times an issue will arise that may attempt to derail your management train. What we as managers – in our lives and at work – must do is remember to focus on the Big Picture. We should visualize the ultimate result of a successful job completed. On the job, we need to think about the customer enjoying the use of the facility we’re working on. For those things we manage outside of work, we need to envision the flourishing banking account or the stress free vacation.

We cannot succumb to the mundane and “flash pan” type issues that will deter or distract us from being successful. When these threaten to block our way, we can take a few moments to regroup and refocus on the Big Picture, allowing us to have a clearer understanding of our definition of success.

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This time of year always creates new goals and resolutions, like be more productive at work, exercise on a routine basis, start a new diet, clean out your closets, etc.

All of these goals are important and for many their goals and resolutions come true, which creates a great sense of accomplishment and pride for staying true to their commitment.  Then again for some of us these goals and resolutions fall by the wayside because we lose focus on what we want to accomplish or simply fall back into the same routine we go through day in and day out.

What if you change your thinking this New Year and reflect back on the past year on a bad experience, a relationship that didn’t go well, or a project that failed at work.

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Take a few moments to relive one of these painful events and jot down a few notes on what you would or could have done differently. Set a new goal or plan taking what you learned and make amends for your actions.

You might just be surprised at the many events this past year that were true learning experiences. I believe it’s these experiences that build our characters and allow us to make this a promising and prosperous new year for ourselves, families, friends and co-workers.

I hope your New Year is filled with excitement.

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Welte Jerry These days a company that treats its employees like family is hard to find. That’s why when Jerry Welte, a shareholder and the lead Cincinnati estimator, began with TP Mechanical 28 years ago, he knew he’d found something special. Jerry remembers how Bill Teepe set the tone on the jobsite by stopping by and making it a point to talk to every person on the job. His brief visits infused the atmosphere with positive energy and established company expectations that people conduct themselves in a friendly and respectful manner. Jerry experienced TP Mechanical teamwork at its finest when he worked as the project manager on the Boonshoft Hospital project in Dayton early in his career. For that project, offices in Cincinnati and Columbus collaborated. Jerry was working for the Cincinnati office, the superintendent was in Columbus, and the workforce hailed from both cities. “The project was a true testament to teamwork and sharing resources,” Jerry says. TP Mechanical was founded on strong core values and the powerful bonds of a family-owned and operated company. As we’ve grown beyond the Teepe family to become a company of more than 300 employees, the importance of sincerity, trust and of investing in the safety and well-being of others are still the hallmarks of everything we do. Jerry believes, “A company with such a strong bond among employees can succeed on any project and overcome any adversity.” One such example stands out in Jerry’s mind as his favorite memory of working with TP Mechanical — when employees banded together to purchase the company back from AMPAM and restored itself as a family-owned and operated independent contracting company. “TP Mechanical is my home away from home,” Jerry says. “I’ve developed many strong relationships…this group of people has been there for me in tough times, have taught me all I know in the industry, and have helped me grow as a person. You just don’t leave that type of company.”


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