Andy Schefft
Project Manager

Andrew Schefft joined the Fowler Company in 2002 as the Electrical purchasing manager.  Andrew attended the University of Cincinnati and previously worked as the distribution manager for Tyco International for 10 years.  After 2 years in the purchasing manager role, he began to take drafting and electrical estimating classes.  In 2005 Andrew accepted a position as an electrical project manager.  He worked closely under the senior estimator/project managers to gain the knowledge and skills utilized today to create successful customer based projects.  As a member of the Fowler Company, he has consistently works on challenging and unique projects and continues to nurture lasting customer relations.

 

Richard Trela
Principal

Mr. Trela started working for The Fowler Company in 1982, working summers & holidays for the family business while attending college. In 1986, Mr. Trela started working full time for his father at The Fowler Company after graduating from The Ohio State University.  Mr. Trela started in Purchasing, advancing to Estimating, Project Management and Engineering before purchasing the company in 2001. Over the last 15 years, he has expanded the services of The Fowler Company to include mechanical, HVAC controls systems, plumbing & engineering services to better meet the needs of the company’s industrial and large commercial customers.

Mr. Trela’s 30 plus years of experience in the contracting industry include design-build/engineering/installation for process machinery and its associated distribution infrastructure, facility electrical services, high voltage services / distribution design & installations, HVAC units & controls, UPS units & generator power systems, industrial machinery controls/control panels & systems, new building renovation electrical construction, facility security & fire alarm installations, lighting designs & installations, power factor correction, power quality metering/analysis/energy reduction, grounding systems and preventative maintenance programs.

Mr. Trela is a member of The National Electrical Contractors Association, The Builders Exchange, The Better Business Bureau. He also holds state licenses for electrical contracting and fire alarm installations.

Mr. Trela and The Fowler Company have worked for many Akron/Cleveland area businesses and institutions, including Swagelok Company, NASA Glen Research Center, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA), General Electric, Lubrizol, GOJO Industries, PCC Airfoils, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, BEK Developers, Burton Carol Company, Cleveland Hopkins Airport to name a few.

 

Tim Phillips
Project Manager

Tim started his career in the electrical business in 1989 as a local 38 electrician apprentice working for various Cleveland area contractors. After serving a 5 year apprenticeship and earning his journeymen card he continued to gain experience and various certifications working for a large local contractor. 

Tim joined The Fowler Company in 2007 as a field service electrician. After working in the field for over 20 years he was brought into the office as an electrical project manager. Tim has a well-rounded background in all projects big and small including commercial, industrial, Power generation, Highway lighting and traffic signal installation. Having many years in the field, Tim helps bring a hands on approach to the Electrical team at The Fowler Company. 

 

 

 

Tim Fowler
Project Manager

Mr. Timothy Fowler joined the Fowler Company in 2012 fulfilling a Senior Managers role supported with a vast resume centered around all facets of electrical construction and operational management.

Mr. Fowler’s educational background at The Ohio State University was focused on business and production in the food industry. Afterwards he pursued a passion to join his family’s electrical business and ventured on to owning his own business.

Mr. Fowler’s career path included project management, estimating, purchasing, sales, and personnel management for local and regional contractors. His leadership abilities included roles as Vice President for several companies as well as serving on labor apprenticeship and health and wellness benefit programs. Field experience has consisted of developing relationships with both private and public facilities .Health Care Units, Educational Institutions and Industrial Facilities have benefited from his participation and informative resources in new construction, remodeling and up grading electrical and mechanical systems. His credentials include National Electrical Contractors Association, National Fire Prevention Association, 30 hour OSHA training ,Hospital ASHE certification, Accredited
National Electrical Code Classes, State of Ohio FMA membership.

Providing a strong desire to develop lasting relationships, nurture personalities and encourage employees to excel with confidence has provided growth in each organization throughout his career.

Focusing on a strong work ethic with continuous changes in the ever changing market place keeps Fowler’s style that is customer friendly with sustained business growth.

 

 

 

John Papik
Project Manager

John is the lead project manager for the mechanical side of this project.  His experience is extensive and includes working as an electrician for years.  John then was employed by the Brewer-Garrett Co. as a controls technician in the service and construction side of the business.

John has experience with most of the main stream control systems in use today and consults with technicians, engineers and customers on both control, electrical and mechanical projects.  His portfolio of customers with Fowler is extensive and includes some of the area’s top manufactures.  His project capabilities are quite varied and very much involve manufacturing process and controls as well as all facets of HVAC, piping, chillers and boilers.

 

Rick Lanzo
Project Manager

Rick also was employed by the Brewer-Garrett Co and worked extensively with Swagelok in all plants.  His background is in the operations side and also service projects at Swagelok as well as other industrial and commercial facilities.  Rick has the pulse of the labor within The Fowler Company and will ensures that projects are properly staffed as well as on budget and on time.

 

 

Rob Kubiak
Sales & Operations Manager

Rob Kubiak joined the Fowler Company in the Spring of 2016 as the Sales / Operations Manager.  Rob brings over 30 years of sales, marketing, customer service, purchasing and operations experience to The Fowler Company.  Rob graduated from The Ohio State University in 1986 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management.  Upon graduation he spent 11 years as a buyer and sales manager before making the change to industrial sales management and operations.  Rob then spent the next 19 years rising through the ranks as a sales and sales management leader to the level of senior sales and operations management for a large privately held chemical and hardware company.  Rob spent much of that time managing the company’s Federal Government business as well as it’s GSA contract. He has spent the last 20 years working directly with industrial, commercial, military and government customers building relationships and ensuring that every customer gets outstanding service and the best customer experience that they deserve.

 

 

 

 

John Doyle
Building Solutions Manager


John’s primary responsibility is to service, install and design building automations systems. John has over 11 years of experience in HVAC Service, installing designing and commission Building Automation Systems; his duties of experience include the following:

Servicing and repairing existing HVAC unit control systems, including Trane/Tracer, Carrier, Novar, Honeywell, KMC.

  • Directing automation and commissioning projects.
  • Providing all resources needed to develop and install Building Automation Projects
  • Overseeing the staff that provides Building Automation design solutions
  • Creating and maintaining Building Automation standards and procedures
  • Performing job site inspections

John is certified in Tridium Niagara, and has 11 years of experience on Johnson Controls, Trane Tracer Summit and Trane TU, Carrier, Novar, Honeywell. He has 2 associates degrees in HVAC Mechanical, and Computer Information Systems and is in the process to get his certification in CIAQM (Council certified Indoor Air Quality Manager) and CCP (Certified Commissioning Professional). He has a never give up attitude, and has tons of passion for this profession. 

Mark McGann
Purchasing Manager

 

Annette DiPalma
Controller

 

Terri Kibort
Office Manager

 

Judy Nero
Accounts Payable

 

Tony Taddeo
Service Manager