John Shekell


CEO

John is an Evansville, Indiana native and currently resides locally with his wife Ruthie. They have two children and two grandchildren. He graduated from North High School and then attended Electrical and HVAC Vocational School before being drafted into the Army. After his term in the service he completed his Associates Degree in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Following a successful technical and management career in the HVAC industry he started J.E. Shekell, Inc. in August of 1978 and brought the MCA to Evansville in the early 1980′s.

Throughout the next 29 years John was a member and held positions in many associations. John has been a member of RSES since 1978, ASHRAE since 1981 and past Board Member for the Indiana MCA Service Contractors. He has held past President positions for the Southern Indiana MCA and SMACNA Evansville Chapter. He has been a past Trustee on the Health and Welfare Fund for Sheet Metal workers in the State of Indiana and the Evansville chapter of SMACNA. He is a past Chairman for the Mechanical Contractors Negotiations Committee for Plumbing & Steamfitters Local #136 and a past Chairman for the Sheet Metal Negotiations Committee Local #20. John served as a past Capitol Improvement Chairman for the Evansville Country Club from 2002-04.

John holds a Refrigeration Master License for Evansville, Steamfitter Master License for Evansville, Heating and Air Conditioning Master License for Evansville, HVAC Master License for the State of Kentucky, HVAC Master License for Indianapolis and Boiler Contractors License for the State of Kentucky. John presently holds a position on the Evansville HVAC Board Exam Committee.

John is an Evansville, Indiana native and currently resides locally with his wife Ruthie. They have two children and two grandchildren. He graduated from North High School and then attended Electrical and HVAC Vocational School before being drafted into the Army. After his term in the service he completed his Associates Degree in Heating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration. Following a successful technical and management career in the HVAC industry he started J.E. Shekell, Inc. in August of 1978 and brought the MCA to Evansville in the early 1980′s.

Throughout the next 29 years John was a member and held positions in many associations. John has been a member of RSES since 1978, ASHRAE since 1981 and past Board Member for the Indiana MCA Service Contractors. He has held past President positions for the Southern Indiana MCA and SMACNA Evansville Chapter. He has been a past Trustee on the Health and Welfare Fund for Sheet Metal workers in the State of Indiana and the Evansville chapter of SMACNA. He is a past Chairman for the Mechanical Contractors Negotiations Committee for Plumbing & Steamfitters Local #136 and a past Chairman for the Sheet Metal Negotiations Committee Local #20. John served as a past Capitol Improvement Chairman for the Evansville Country Club from 2002-04.

John holds a Refrigeration Master License for Evansville, Steamfitter Master License for Evansville, Heating and Air Conditioning Master License for Evansville, HVAC Master License for the State of Kentucky, HVAC Master License for Indianapolis and Boiler Contractors License for the State of Kentucky. John presently holds a position on the Evansville HVAC Board Exam Committee.

(812) 425-9131
jshekell@shekell.com

Kevin Shekell


President

Kevin is an Evansville, Indiana native graduating from Reitz high School in May of 1988 where he then came to work full time at J.E. Shekell Inc. as a residential HVAC installer for 1 year. He then became a service technician while attending Ivy-Tech where he earned his Associates degree in Applied Science in Industrial Technology.

After working as a service technician for approximately 8 years he started as a residential HVAC salesman, where he remained for three years. He was then asked to become a commercial industrial HVAC/sheet metal estimator and project manager. While working in this department he attended Oakland City University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management.

After working in the commercial/industrial HVAC/sheet metal department for three years he became the Vice President of Construction and took on the duties of managing the construction arm of the company. He completed his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in December of 2006.

He has two children. He was the president of the local Evansville SMACNA chapter from 2004-2006.

In January of 2009 Kevin was named President of JE Shekell.

Kevin is an Evansville, Indiana native graduating from Reitz high School in may of 1988 where he then came to work full time at J.E. Shekell Inc. as a residential HVAC installer for 1 year. He then became a service technician while attending Ivy-Tech where he earned his Associates degree in Applied Science in Industrial Technology.

After working as a service technician for approximately 8 years he started as a residential HVAC salesman, where he remained for three years. He was then asked to become a commercial industrial HVAC/sheet metal estimator and project manager. While working in this department he attended Oakland City University where he earned his Bachelors of Science degree in Organizational Management.

After working in the commercial/industrial HVAC/sheet metal department for three years he became the Vice President of Construction and took on the duties of managing the construction arm of the company. He completed his Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix in December of 2006.

He has two children. He was the president of the local Evansville SMACNA chapter from 2004-2006.

In January of 2009 Kevin was named President of JE Shekell.

(812) 425-9131
k.shekell@shekell.com

Mark Unfried


Vice President, Operations Manager

Mark Unfried came to J.E. Shekell, Inc. in 1983, when John Shekell had “just moved into the office and out of the service truck,” as Mark puts it. At the time there were three technicians; his arrival made four. “Those early years we worked on just about anything, and we all worked almost every Saturday in the summer to keep up with demand,” he says.

Mark had already put in some hands-on time before joining John (E.) Shekell’s company. After graduating from Mater Dei High School in 1976, he studied heating and air conditioning technology at Ivy Tech (graduating with honors in 1978) while making wooden TV cabinets on second shift at Zenith Electronics.

Mark’s first job in the industry: Wesselman’s Refrigeration service, where he worked for five years repairing and servicing refrigeration and boiler equipment, chillers and residential heating and cooling systems. Mark moved on to one other opportunity before joining the J.E. Shekell team in 1983.

It was 1997 when J.E. Shekell, Inc. moved Mark out of the field and into the office to begin bidding on and designing projects. The largest to date: a design-build project for Duke Energy’s Cayuga Generating Station – a $3.5 million job he and HVAC Project Manager Phil Hartig worked on together.

Add up all of his training, experience and accomplishments, and Mark can be called a go-to guy in J.E. Shekell, Inc.’s overall operations. He’s also known to be very customer-focused and solution-focused – assets that benefit both our customers and our company. Mark also serves as Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Southern Indiana.

“I’ve been mentored by a lot of good people, as early as high school, who taught me hands-on skills, but also life skills like hard work, tenacity and customer service,” Mark says. “You don’t realize when you’re young the impact these mentors are making on your future. But as you get older, you do. I appreciate all of those people, and value what they’ve taught me.”

In his personal life, Mark and Shelley, his wife of 20 years, share seven grandchildren who range in age from 16 to two. He enjoys camping, and can proudly display a number of restored and fabricated 1/8 scale to 1/5 scale ride on, steam, and engine driven train sets. Mark also enjoys supporting the Evansville Christian Life Center.

Mark Unfried came to J.E. Shekell, Inc. in 1983, when John Shekell had “just moved into the office and out of the service truck,” as Mark puts it. At the time there were three technicians; his arrival made four. “Those early years we worked on just about anything, and we all worked almost every Saturday in the summer to keep up with demand,” he says.

Mark had already put in some hands-on time before joining John (E.) Shekell’s company. After graduating from Mater Dei High School in 1976, he studied heating and air conditioning technology at Ivy Tech (graduating with honors in 1978) while making wooden TV cabinets on second shift at Zenith Electronics.

Mark’s first job in the industry: Wesselman’s Refrigeration service, where he worked for five years repairing and servicing refrigeration and boiler equipment, chillers and residential heating and cooling systems. Mark moved on to one other opportunity before joining the J.E. Shekell team in 1983.

It was 1997 when J.E. Shekell, Inc. moved Mark out of the field and into the office to begin bidding on and designing projects. The largest to date: a design-build project for Duke Energy’s Cayuga Generating Station – a $3.5 million job he and HVAC Project Manager Phil Hartig worked on together.

Add up all of his training, experience and accomplishments, and Mark can be called a go-to guy in J.E. Shekell, Inc.’s overall operations. He’s also known to be very customer-focused and solution-focused – assets that benefit both our customers and our company. Mark also serves as Vice President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Southern Indiana.

“I’ve been mentored by a lot of good people, as early as high school, who taught me hands-on skills, but also life skills like hard work, tenacity and customer service,” Mark says. “You don’t realize when you’re young the impact these mentors are making on your future. But as you get older, you do. I appreciate all of those people, and value what they’ve taught me.”

In his personal life, Mark and Shelley, his wife of 20 years, share seven grandchildren who range in age from 16 to two. He enjoys camping, and can proudly display a number of restored and fabricated 1/8 scale to 1/5 scale ride on, steam, and engine driven train sets. Mark also enjoys supporting the Evansville Christian Life Center.

(812) 499-5860
munfried@shekell.com

Scott Watters


Chief Financial Officer, Chief Operating Officer

Scott is a lifelong resident of Evansville. He graduated in 1985 from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. In 2001, Scott joined J.E. Shekell, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer. Previously he had worked for two publicly traded financial institutions as well as two public accounting firms. His primary professional focus has been on financial institutions and the construction industry. He is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Bank Auditor.

Scott is active in many professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, the Indiana CPA Society, and is a board member of the Construction Financial Management Association. Scott is Treasurer for the Central High School “C” Men’s Club and is a member and past President of the Green River Kiwanis Club. Scott and his wife Karen have three children.

Scott is a lifelong resident of Evansville. He graduated in 1985 from the University of Southern Indiana with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting. In 2001, Scott joined J.E. Shekell, Inc. as the Chief Financial Officer. Previously he had worked for two publicly traded financial institutions as well as two public accounting firms. His primary professional focus has been on financial institutions and the construction industry. He is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Bank Auditor.

Scott is active in many professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts, the Indiana CPA Society, and is a board member of the Construction Financial Management Association. Scott is Treasurer for the Central High School “C” Men’s Club and is a member and past President of the Green River Kiwanis Club. Scott and his wife Karen have three children.

(812) 425-9131
swatters@shekell.com

Mike Borman


Plumbing/Piping Department Manager

Born and raised in the Evansville area, Mike Borman graduated from Central High School in 1976. His career in the Plumbers and Steamfitters industry began the following September with a four-year apprenticeship in UA Local 136. Mike then put in a 15-year field career working for four separate contractors. In January 1988, he joined the J.E. Shekell team as a journeyman plumber / pipe fitter. After a short field stint, Mike was invited by company founder John Shekell to start a plumbing and pipefitting department that provided construction and plumbing services. He took on that challenge successfully.

Today, with 40 years in the industry, Mike’s been a part of the J.E. Shekell family for nearly 30 years. He holds and maintains an Indiana Master Plumbers License, Indiana Plumbing Contractors License, Evansville Indiana Plumbing Contractors License, Illinois Master Plumbing License, Kentucky Master Plumbing License, and Jasper Gas Fitters License.

A long-time member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) through the Southern Indiana chapter, Mike has served this organization as vice president, president, chairman of the board and past chairman of the board. He currently serves MCAA as trustee representing the MCA-Southern Indiana on the Joint Apprenticeship Board, the Building Trades Contract Negotiations Board, and as chairman of the Residential Plumbing Contract Negotiations Board, among many other duties.

Mike is a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) chapter of Southern Indiana. He and three other colleagues created the ASPE/JATC (Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees) Trade Show. Now in its fourth year, this trade show represents the plumbing, pipe fitting and refrigeration industry in the Tri- State area and draws apprentices, journeymen, contractors, suppliers, manufacture representatives, inspectors and customers.

Also a member of Oak Hill Christian Center in Evansville, Mike currently serves in several leadership positions, including elder. He has also been involved for several years as the Royal Ranger Outpost Senior Commander for the Royal Rangers (a Christian-based mentoring program for future men, aged kindergarten through sixth grade). Mike recently accepted the role of Royal Ranger Indiana Southwest Divisional Commander, an Indiana Distract Staff position that serves churches, outposts, and commanders in Southwest Indiana.

Mike and Connie, his wife of 34 years, have three children, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Mike has followed his passion for photography and digital photography all of his adult life. He also enjoys traveling, and has been fortunate to set a goal set by his parents to visit all 50 United States.

Born and raised in the Evansville area, Mike Borman graduated from Central High School in 1976. His career in the Plumbers and Steamfitters industry began the following September with a four-year apprenticeship in UA Local 136. Mike then put in a 15-year field career working for four separate contractors. In January 1988, he joined the J.E. Shekell team as a journeyman plumber / pipe fitter. After a short field stint, Mike was invited by company founder John Shekell to start a plumbing and pipefitting department that provided construction and plumbing services. He took on that challenge successfully.

Today, with 40 years in the industry, Mike’s been a part of the J.E. Shekell family for nearly 30 years. He holds and maintains an Indiana Master Plumbers License, Indiana Plumbing Contractors License, Evansville Indiana Plumbing Contractors License, Illinois Master Plumbing License, Kentucky Master Plumbing License, and Jasper Gas Fitters License.

A long-time member of the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA) through the Southern Indiana chapter, Mike has served this organization as vice president, president, chairman of the board and past chairman of the board. He currently serves MCAA as trustee representing the MCA-Southern Indiana on the Joint Apprenticeship Board, the Building Trades Contract Negotiations Board, and as chairman of the Residential Plumbing Contract Negotiations Board, among many other duties.

Mike is a member of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) chapter of Southern Indiana. He and three other colleagues created the ASPE/JATC (Joint Apprenticeship & Training Committees) Trade Show. Now in its fourth year, this trade show represents the plumbing, pipe fitting and refrigeration industry in the Tri- State area and draws apprentices, journeymen, contractors, suppliers, manufacture representatives, inspectors and customers.

Also a member of Oak Hill Christian Center in Evansville, Mike currently serves in several leadership positions, including elder. He has also been involved for several years as the Royal Ranger Outpost Senior Commander for the Royal Rangers (a Christian-based mentoring program for future men, aged kindergarten through sixth grade). Mike recently accepted the role of Royal Ranger Indiana Southwest Divisional Commander, an Indiana Distract Staff position that serves churches, outposts, and commanders in Southwest Indiana.

Mike and Connie, his wife of 34 years, have three children, one son-in-law, and two grandchildren. Mike has followed his passion for photography and digital photography all of his adult life. He also enjoys traveling, and has been fortunate to set a goal set by his parents to visit all 50 United States.

(812) 492-8729
mborman@shekell.com

Phil Hartig


HVAC Project Manager

When J.E. Shekell, Inc. purchased the service department of George Koch Sons in 1990, our company had the great fortune of also acquiring Koch Air Conditioning’s service manager, Phil Hartig.

Because George Koch Sons was the area’s first Carrier distributor, Phil brought to J.E. Shekell, Inc. a knowledge of Carrier products that was unmatched at the time, and he positioned our company to provide this superior brand to J.E. Shekell customers. But we soon learned that Phil’s greatest attribute is his drive to help clients find solutions for specific, sometimes very specialized needs. His commitment still shows in everything he does.

Phil now serves as an HVAC Commercial and Industrial Project Manager, where he oversees HVAC projects of varying sizes and scopes. His knowledge is a huge asset to our company and our customers.

Phil earned a degree in Business & Industrial Management at Purdue University. During college he began learning the HVAC business at Kuebler Heating & Air, where he met our company founder, John E. Shekell (John’s final employer before launching his own business). Phil then worked at Industrial Contractors Inc., Pyle Electric, and AD-Craft before his ten-year stint at George Koch Sons.

A lifetime Evansville west-sider, Phil is a 1971 Reitz High School graduate and long-time supporter of the sports programs at Mater Dei High School. Attend any football game, girls’ softball game, or just about any Mater Dei sporting event and you’ll probably find him there.

Phil enjoys spending time with his daughter, Shanna, and six grandchildren (with another due this spring). Add to that nine more grandchildren through his fiancé, Jalane, and the two have 15 grandkids between them (not counting the one on the way)!

In addition to spending spare time with his daughter and grandchildren, Phil enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, cars and motorcycles.

At J.E. Shekell,Inc. we’re always glad to tell you about the outstanding individuals who make our company one of the best in the Tri-State. This time we’re proud to introduce you to Phil Hartig. Thanks, Phil, for your excellence, commitment, and dedication to the needs of our industrial and commercial HVAC customers.

When J.E. Shekell, Inc. purchased the service department of George Koch Sons in 1990, our company had the great fortune of also acquiring Koch Air Conditioning’s service manager, Phil Hartig.

Because George Koch Sons was the area’s first Carrier distributor, Phil brought to J.E. Shekell, Inc. a knowledge of Carrier products that was unmatched at the time, and he positioned our company to provide this superior brand to J.E. Shekell customers. But we soon learned that Phil’s greatest attribute is his drive to help clients find solutions for specific, sometimes very specialized needs. His commitment still shows in everything he does.

Phil now serves as an HVAC Commercial and Industrial Project Manager, where he oversees HVAC projects of varying sizes and scopes. His knowledge is a huge asset to our company and our customers.

Phil earned a degree in Business & Industrial Management at Purdue University. During college he began learning the HVAC business at Kuebler Heating & Air, where he met our company founder, John E. Shekell (John’s final employer before launching his own business). Phil then worked at Industrial Contractors Inc., Pyle Electric, and AD-Craft before his ten-year stint at George Koch Sons.

A lifetime Evansville west-sider, Phil is a 1971 Reitz High School graduate and long-time supporter of the sports programs at Mater Dei High School. Attend any football game, girls’ softball game, or just about any Mater Dei sporting event and you’ll probably find him there.

Phil enjoys spending time with his daughter, Shanna, and six grandchildren (with another due this spring). Add to that nine more grandchildren through his fiancé, Jalane, and the two have 15 grandkids between them (not counting the one on the way)!

In addition to spending spare time with his daughter and grandchildren, Phil enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, cars and motorcycles.

At J.E. Shekell,Inc. we’re always glad to tell you about the outstanding individuals who make our company one of the best in the Tri-State. This time we’re proud to introduce you to Phil Hartig. Thanks, Phil, for your excellence, commitment, and dedication to the needs of our industrial and commercial HVAC customers.

(812) 449-7099
phartig@shekell.com

Jeff Bruce


Sales & Marketing Manager, Business Development Director

(812) 480-2876
jbruce@shekell.com

Sherry Holley


Safety Director/Construction Coordinator

(812) 305-4468
sholley@shekell.com

Jay Howder


Plumbing/Electrical Service Manager, Vincennes Manager

(812) 305-0195
jhowder@shekell.com

Curt Lingafelter


Residential HVAC Department Manager

(812) 305-1857
clingafelter@shekell.com

Jeff Hahn


Residential HVAC Installation Project Manager

(812) 319-2212
jhahn@shekell.com

Melissa Forshee


Construction Staff Assistant

(812) 492-8735
mforshee@shekell.com

Herb Nunley


Residential Communication Scheduling Coordinator

(812) 305-1888
hnunley@shekell.com

Pat Wolf


Service Parts Coordinator

(812) 305-1884
pwolf@shekell.com