Huckestein is a team-based organization with customers at the heart of everything we do. All employees are empowered to make decisions that result in an excellent customer experience.
Huckestein is led by a powerful combination of mechanical, financial and marketing experts driving our company and industry forward.
Wendy P. Staso
Chief Executive Officer
Wendy solves industry problems in innovative ways using her 30+ years of experience in a broad range of industries including mechanical contracting, energy, science and technology, transportation, construction, government contracting, and environmental management. Since purchasing Huckestein in 2010, she’s led the company to record improvement, growth and profitability and recognition as one of Pittsburgh’s 100 Fastest Growing Companies two years in a row.
President/Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business with expertise in financial analysis and projections, as well as credit negotiations. He joined Huckestein in 2014 to implement best practices in finance and operations learned while structuring and originating syndicated and leveraged loans for PNC Debt Capital Markets. During this time, he oversaw $10 billion of PNC-led transactions and worked directly with C-level executives across a range of industries. Jonathan is also the managing general partner of TNG Capital Partners, a real estate investment firm.
Richard Wuenschell, C.E.M.
Vice President of Service and Special Projects
Rick has 25+ years of experience leading service and special projects in the mechanical contracting industry. His expertise includes translating complex design problems into solutions that satisfy customers and assembling expert teams perfectly aligned to handle any project for a customer.
Vice President of Construction and Design-Build Projects
Tim has 30+ years of trade and general management experience in the mechanical contracting industry, with an expertise in design build/design assist for energy management and complex mechanical projects. He managed and grew a startup company branch from inception to $12 million in 7 years.
Mark Wolfgang, P.E., LEED APBD&C
Vice President of Engineering and Planning
Mark has 30 years of engineering experience, having earned the distinctions of Professional Engineer and LEED AP BD&C . His role at Huckestein aligns in-house engineering with meticulous craftsmen, and also includes pre-construction services to plan, coordinate and control a project from inception to completion, meeting client requirements while ensuring the affordability and constructability of every project.
General Manager, Technology & Service
Ed has 11+ years of experience in Information Systems Management with 8 years concentrated in the mechanical contracting industry. His expertise in strategy and data analytics play a critical role during the decision making process for the organization, as well as for our clients. Ed also manages the Service Team ensuring service exceeds customer expectations and preventive maintenance is being performed with a high return on investment for our customers.
Jake is a member of Steamfitters Local #449 and has 16+ years of experience in troubleshooting and maintaining HVAC systems and refrigeration equipment. He was Lead Refrigeration Technician while serving in the United States Air Force. Jake assists Service Field Personnel resolve mechanical faults and partners with vendors to provide our customers with cost effective solutions.
Project Manager, Superintendent
Tim is a member of Steamfitters Local #449 and has 25+ years of experience supervising and estimating construction projects in the mechanical contracting industry with 15+ years as a Service Technician. He manages construction projects ensuring schedule efficiency and cost savings without compromising quality or design. Tim enforces and monitors safety procedures for compliance while providing support to the construction Field Personnel.
All Huckestein field personnel are members of Steamfitter’s Local #449. Our apprentices go through a rigorous 5-year training program on their way to becoming experienced journeymen, and the training for technicians does not end there. The local continues to provide upgrade training on the latest of materials and methods so that there is no project too complex or small. Members are trained to do any job right the first time, on budget and error-free. Collectively, the skilled tradespeople at Huckestein have been with the Company an average of 25 years and represent over 850 years of combined experience in design, installation and service of mechanical systems and controls.
Led by Jonathan Staso, Huckestein’s operations group is responsible for the day to day business of the company, maintaining profitability targets, ensuring consistency, and driving operational excellence across the organization. They have several key roles:
Change agent: The operations group is responsible for developing a framework for cultural change, enabling the organization to do the best that it possibly can. They are constantly looking for better ways to get things done.
Budgetary: The operations group is responsible for planning, overseeing, directing and evaluating the company’s fiscal function and performance. Working with the finance group, they develop the budget to support strategic business goals, manage operations to meet the budget goals, review revenue forecasts and monthly P&Ls, and review profitability across client engagements.
People: The operations group ensures that the staff is properly aligned to the work. They resolve some questions such as: Do we have the right people in place? How is staff assigned to projects? They ensure that every person’s roles and responsibilities are clear, develop programs to build organizational capabilities, and ensure that core competencies and organizational values are instilled.
Leadership: The operations team are key advisors to the executive team. They advise the team on strategic business development and key corporate planning issues and make recommendations on major business decisions. They shape and develop department strategy and organization and help identify opportunities and potential threats. They challenge basic assumptions underlying each department’s operations and work to make them better.