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About Us

Professional, knowledgeable, reliable, and respected. These are words synonymous with the reputation built by Tatro, since our start in 1952, in Garden City, KS. A look at our timeline shows the great work we’ve accomplished, including expansion beyond Western Kansas. While we started as a residential plumbing company, we are proud to be taking on expansive commercial and industrial HVAC and plumbing construction projects from medical facilities to schools and industrial projects. Compared to the tools and project sizes we started within 1952, our roots remain humble and strong while using technology to enhance construction. What remains is our steadfast and dependable work ethic, astute problem solving, and unified drive to continually implement modern technology in the construction field while aiding the Midwest in its growth and modernization.

While we still provide residential plumbing services, now we can also design, estimate, budget, fabricate the appropriate piping and ductwork, for installation of an entire commercial site’s plumbing and HVAC systems. We have skilled and solid project managers, sub-contractors, and certified welders dedicated to every job. You can contract us to complete all aspects of service work related to your major commercial and industrial projects.

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve this region of the country for so long, and look forward to working with you on your next major project!

Our Timeline

1952 – John Tatro opens plumbing business in Garden City
1981 – Bob Kreutzer and Jim Johnson assume leadership
2002 – Tatro celebrates 50 years of business
2005 – Tatro Plumbing Co. Inc and AAA Sheet Metal merge
2007 – Extend service to Oklahoma and Colorado
2011 – Expand service to include Full Industrial Process
2017 – Justin Sanchez, Rob Kreutzer, and Kelly Wright assume leadership
2019 – Opened operations office in Colorado

 

Meet Our Team Of Contracting Professionals

Justin Sanchez, President

Serving as TATRO’s President for almost 15 years, Sanchez oversees and leads the mechanical contracting teams across the service region for the company. He has a passion for environmental responsibility, wanting to deliver every project with a commitment to quality as well as minimizing the impact on natural resources. Sanchez received his Bachelor of General Studies degree at Fort Hays State University.

ROB KREUTZER, Vice President

Based in Garden City, Kansas, Kreutzer is the grandson of founder John Tatro, and a third-generation plumber, he currently serves as TATRO’s Vice President.  With more than 35 years of experience, Kreutzer started working alongside his father while still in high school.  Today, he is the company’s lead estimator and is responsible for developing corporate strategy.

Kelly wright, CHIEF information officer

With more than 20 years’ experience and working with TATRO since 2003, Wright started as a draftsman for an architectural firm, then joined TATRO as a project manager and estimator. In 2022, Wright will lead the company’s acclaimed apprenticeship program, as well as continued education, training and safety processes for the company. Wright leads the IT department, ensuring technology advancements for the company as it evolves.

TONJA BERNBECK, CONTROLLER

Bernbeck has been with TATRO for more than 15 years, and is currently the company’s controller. Bernbeck has more than 25 years construction accounting experience, and manages financials across all of TATRO and its divisions and locations.

BRYAN McWilliams, Field Operations Manager

McWilliams is based out of Garden City, Kansas, serving as TATRO’s Field Operations Manager. After starting his career in 1993, he joined TATRO in 2020. McWilliams is primarily responsible for project strategy, and growing client relations for the commercial division.  A strong leader, he works with closely with project managers and employees alike to stay on task and within budget.

Lonny Geiman, Corporate trainer & business Development

Geiman brings more than 20 years of business, sales, sales management and training experience to his role at TATRO in overseeing the development of people and new business clients. Previously, Geiman owned his own company focused on helping organizations create strategic plans, improve processes and develop team cultures. He holds degrees in marketing and public relations from Kansas State University. 

Jerel Jensen – Director of Building Information Management

Jensen is the Building Information Management (BIM) Director at TATRO, supporting pre-construction and construction operations by implementing virtual design and construction (VDC) processes and technology from the initial planning of a job through project success.

Jensen started as a CAD designer in 1999, and started working with TATRO in 2021.

Fernando Arteaga, Sheet Metal Superintendent

With more than 35 years’ industry experience, Arteaga has been a part of the TATRO team since 2007. Currently, Arteaga serves as TATRO’s Sheet Metal Superintendent for the company’s HVAC operations. Arteaga is a licensed master mechanic in Kansas and Oklahoma, and is a leader in project engineering, inspection and construction for TATRO.

Toby Howling, Regional Superintendent 

As TATRO’s Regional Superintendent, Howling serves the state of Colorado, managing field labor and ensuring high quality projects.  With almost 30 years of experience in large commercial construction, including medical, data center, school, government and industrial contracts, Howling is a dedicated, detail oriented, solution driven manager. 

Melissa Schedlbauer – Senior Project Manager

Based in Colorado, Shedlbauer is a Senior Project Manager for TATRO, responsible for project coordination and management. With more than 12 years’ experience, she oversees engineers, field leaders and laborers, ensuring customer satisfaction. In addition, Shedlbauer is responsible for vendor relationships, procurement and subcontractors, providing valuable information to each team in order to stay on track and on budget.

Chris Zalinger – Senior Project Manager

With more than 20 years construction experience, Zalinger is a Senior Project Manager for TATRO, having joined the company in 2021. An experienced Director of Engineering and Construction Project Manager for commercial projects, Zalinger is skilled in P6 Primavera, project estimation, facility management (FM), building automation systems, and renovation. Zalinger earned his BSBA in Construction Management from University of Denver.

Jerek Wasinger, Project Manager

Wasinger has more than 10 years of construction experience, joining TATRO in 2016 as a certified OSHA journeyman plumber. He leads both plumbing and HVAC construction and service crews for TATRO. Wasinger earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science & Management from Kansas State University.

Kelsey Kreutzer, Project Manager

Great-granddaughter of John Tatro, Kreutzer is the 4th generation family member to join the TATRO team. A valued construction project manager, Kruitzer leverages her business education experience to help lead corporate strategy and project management with software implementation, corporate development, writing standard operating procedures and special projects. Kreutzer graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance & Business Administration with a Minor in Entrepreneurship.  

 

To request more information or to book our services please contact us at 620-277-2167 today for an appointment!