THE TEAM

RYAN RENTSCHLER

President

As president of Midwestern Electric, Ryan is responsible for business development, fiscal management and overseeing all aspects of the Company's operations. Ryan's diversified field of experience includes design build, estimating and project management. 

Prior to joining Midwestern Electric, Inc., Ryan completed his apprenticeship as a Journeyman inside Wireman at IBEW Local Union 697. His responsibilities include estimating, and the installation and maintenance of major commercial, industrial and governmental projects. 

Ryan has over 15 years of experience working in the electrical construction field and he has been with Midwestern Electric for the past 10 years.  

 

RYAN LEPPER

Vice President

As Vice President, Ryan is responsible for the construction management of all highway roadwork projects as well as the management of all traffic and street lighting maintenance contracts. Ryan has been engaged in construction management for over 15 years.

Prior to joining Midwestern Electric, Inc., Ryan completed his apprenticeship as a Journeyman at IBEW Local Union 1393. Ryan’s past experience includes Traffic Signal Technician, Project Manager and Supervisor for Municipal Maintenance Contracts.

Ryan’s educational background includes Indiana University, Purdue University at Indianapolis in Business Management and he also holds a Traffic Signal Electrician & Technician, IMSA Level II Certificate and Work Zone Safety IMSA Certificate.

 

LENORE OBAJTEK

Vice President - Finance

As Vice President of Finance, Lenore is responsible for managing Midwestern’s overall financial strategy. Lenore’s responsibilities include financial analysis, cost control, risk management, IT and audits. Lenore has been with Midwestern Electric for 19 years and has over 30 years of accounting experience.

Prior to joining Midwestern Electric, Lenore worked in the legal field as the Business Manager for Jeffrey Goldberg & Associates. She also worked as an Accounting Supervisor at Price Waterhouse Tax Technology Group in Chicago as well as serving as the Business Manager for WUSN Radio (US 99) for ten years.

Lenore received an Associate’s degree in Business from Roosevelt University, holds a 1st Class FCC Engineering License, served as a member of the Chicago Credit & Collection Association, served on the Finance Board of Annunciata Church in Chicago, Illinois, as well as serving on the Board of Directors for Mount Carmel High School in Chicago, Illinois.

 

DEAN BALAZS

Chief Estimator

Dean has been in the electrical construction business for over 40 years. He has been the Chief Estimator in the Indianapolis Office for the past 25 years. Dean’s experience has included estimating over 500 projects, ranging from traffic signal and highway lighting installation, to advanced traffic management systems. Dean manages all traffic signal and lighting maintenance contracts with the State and municipalities across Central and Southern Indiana. Dean has successfully been awarded DOT projects ranging from $100,000 to $3,200,000 over the 25 years as Chief Estimator for Midwestern Electric, Inc.


RAYMOND B. RUSSELL

General Manager

As General Manager at the Company’s East Chicago office, Raymond is responsible for administering all highway construction and maintenance contracts as well as managing day to day operations. Raymond’s expertise in planning and executing contracts, allows for projects with superior quality control, delivery and efficiency. Raymond is experienced in industrial electrical applications, fiber optic networks, as well as construction and operation of ITS, roadway lighting, and traffic signal systems. His construction and industrial backgrounds have been enhanced by his time spent in Europe working for companies like Siemens, M.A.N. and Carrilion.

Raymond studied Business at Carlow R.T.C., Ireland. He holds three IMSA Certificates, including Level I and Level II Traffic Signal Technician & Work Zone Safety. Raymond holds a Construction Management Certification from Purdue. Raymond has been with Midwestern Electric for 12 years and has over 25 years of construction experience. During Raymond’s tenure with Midwestern Electric he has been awarded DOT projects ranging from $100,000 to over $6,000,000.

 

PAUL ANDERSON

Estimator

As an Estimator at the Company's East Chicago Office, Paul is responsible for estimating projects for Midwestern's commercial and industrial divisions. Paul has been in the electrical construction business for over 30 years. Paul utilizes a wealth of field experience and training knowledge to estimate projects. Paul has been with Midwestern for the past 8 years and has successfully been awarded construction projects ranging from $100,000 to $3,200,000.

Paul is a Journeyman Wireman and a Member of IBEW Local Union 697. In addition to his work at Midwestern Electric, Paul serves as an Electrical Inspector for the Town of Merrillville, Indiana and an Adjunct Instructor at Ivy Tech College where he teaches electrical theory and application. Paul received a Bachelor's Degree in Career Technical Education from Indiana State University and an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Apprenticeship Technology Electrician from Ivy Tech College. Paul has received an OSHA 10and OSHA 30 Certification; has an EPRI Level II Master Electrical Inspector Certification, and has served as the past Vice President of the Indiana Chapter of International Association of Electrical Inspectors.

 

JODY VANDERZANDEN

Project Manager/Estimator

As Project Manager/Estimator for the East Chicago office, Jody is responsible for estimating and managing projects for Midwestern’s Commercial and Industrial Division.

Jody is responsible for the day to day management of the commercial and industrial manpower, project scheduling and contract negotiations. Jody brings a wealth of knowledge to Midwestern Electric from his years as the Project Manager at BP Amoco. Jody has been in the electrical construction industry for the past 18 years and he has managed and estimated projects ranging from $100,000 to $4,000,000.

Jody is a Journeyman Wireman and a member of IBEW Local 697. He has an associates degree in Electrical Applied Science from Ivy Tech and has attended Purdue University, Calumet for Electrical Engineering Technology.

 

KEVIN SANTELIK, SIT

Project Manager/Estimator

As Project Manager, Kevin is responsible for managing and estimating projects for Midwestern’s Commercial and Industrial Division. He plays a key role in the day to day operations by arranging manpower, materials and project contract negotiations.

Kevin has been actively involved in the construction field for the past 15 years. During his time he has been responsible for project management and estimating projects up to $53 million. During Kevin’s career the following projects have received notable awards; United Therapeutics, 2010 Award of Excellence for new building design and construction, Certified LEED Gold, Max Planck Florida Institute, Certified LEED Gold; Urban Land Institute, SE Florida Vision Award 2013 Finalist; and US Green Building Council South Florida, Outstanding LEED NC Project 2013 Finalist. Kevin received a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Technology from Purdue University and also has two Associate's Degrees, one in Civil Engineering and one in Construction Management.

 

JAY GUSTAFSON

Project Manager

As Project Manger for the East Chicago Office, Jay is responsible for the day to day management of the highway construction division manpower, project scheduling and contract negotiations. Jay brings a wealth of construction knowledge to the Midwestern Electric Team. He has been in the electrical construction industry for over 25 years, he has owned and operated his own electrical contracting company in Georgia for 10 years. Jay brings the knowledge and expertise on design build projects for commercial electrical construction projects ranging from $100,000 to $7,000,000.

Jay held a Master Electrician card in Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Alabama. He is also a Level One Thermographer. Jay attended Vincennes University where he studied communication electronics. In Jay’s spare time he works on his family farm which he has done for the past 43 years.