Key Individuals

Julie Brandle – President/Founder

After graduating from Bowling Green State University, Julie dedicated the first half of her career to charitable, not-for-profit organizations working in marketing and development for The Salvation Army and Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens. Though moving on career-wise to real estate, now licensed with Stouffer Realty, Julie never strayed far from the non-profit realm, serving in numerous volunteer capacities, including not-for-profit and industry specific board positions.  With nearly 25 years experience in sales, marketing, and public/community relations, Julie oversees these areas of expertise for Metis. Furthermore, Julie later went on to represent a local home builder; earned her New Construction Sales Professional and Aging in Place Specialist certifications; gaining construction knowledge and experience. She understands as well as anybody the industry’s nuances.

Donna Komar – CFO/Founder

Donna may be responsible for preparing Metis’ financial statements, annual budgets, cash flow projections, etc., and has been coordinating our payroll since day one, but she’s more than our resident “Bean Counter.” Donna plays an important role in corporate fiscal and risk management and is well versed in Management Information Systems (MIS) with over 20 years of accounting experience. Along with the team, coordinates departmental and organizational development. Metis’ employee-oriented company culture emphasizes quality, continuous improvement and high performance. We couldn’t do what we do without our awesome team!

Steve Brandle – Executive VP of Construction Operations

In 1988, Steve entered the construction industry as a general laborer working his way through Bowling Green State University, where he later earned a degree in Business Administration. In his 30+ year career, he’s overseen hundreds of projects, serving a variety of capacities. Most recently, Steve focused on developing programs to support clients with multiple locations (i.e. banks) and streamlining processes. From general laborer to his current position, Steve’s attention to detail and comprehensive knowledge of the construction process has led him to the top of the construction hierarchy. Steve oversees all aspects of construction operations and process; from estimating to bid award through the project management to the completion of the punch list (if there is one!), as well as selling Metis so to speak, serving clients and helping them envision and achieve their construction goals. He is definitely someone you want on your team.

Jeff Komar, CPA – Executive VP of Administrative Operations

1990 was the year the Simpsons came to TV, the Berlin Wall came down and Milli Vanilli was caught lip synching! Even bigger news? Jeff Komar entered the accounting world and never looked back! Jeff graduated with a BS in Accounting from the University of Akron, with additional coursework in engineering tossed in for good measure. Jeff has served in a variety of construction accounting supervisory positions, as well as previously holding Controller and CFO status. Jeff earned his Certified Public Accountant accreditation in 1998. Jeff handles day to day administrative operations such as IT and communication systems/hardware, legal, corporate bonding and insurance, and human resource policies, procedures, and benefits.

Rollin Gedney – Project Manager

Rollin embarked on his construction career 25 years ago immediately after his high school graduation, entering the trades, taping and hanging drywall in new construction residential homes. Throughout his career, Rollin has consistently worked his way up the construction ladder from Apprentice to Carpenter to Project Coordinator to Superintendent. With his extensive project experience, he can oversee a project from footers and foundation to interior finishes. His experience and training includes: Wal-Mart SWAPP Certified/Storm Water; Wal-Mart Superintendent Training; BHV Environmental Training; OSHA Training.

Bob Penrod – Project Manager

Bob’s 25 years’ experience in the construction industry has mainly focused on ground up commercial projects. He began his career working as an apprentice carpenter, moving up to job superintendent at the age of 29. He continued as a superintendent for 8 years, then a Project Manager for 6, completing projects such as Rite Aid, Marshalls, Walmart, doctor’s offices and a number of other interior build outs. Now, Bob is serving our Metis clients as a Project Manager, working on creative ways to improve project timelines and meeting the necessary budgets. Other experience and training includes: Wal-Mart SWAPP Certified/Storm Water; Wal-Mart Superintendent Training; BHV Environmental Training; and OSHA Training.

Ed Hulesch – Project Manager

Ed rounds out the project management team, with over 25 years in the construction industry as well. His strong work ethic has guided him from carpenter to superintendent to even owning his own construction company at one point in his career. His experience in commercial projects is varied working with Dollar General, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, and a number of historic restoration projects. He brings a thoughtful approach to managing projects. His relationship building with clients and his communication and collaboration with the site team of Metis employees and subcontractors keeps projects running smoothly. If obstacles do arise he meets them head on with honesty and a spirit of cooperation. Ed has received recognition that includes AIA Achievement Awards and for his work on historic projects through the preservation society. On the weekends and most every weeknight during the season, you can find Ed coaching his daughter’s softball team. Hey batter batter!

Ben Heckerman -Project Manager

Ben may be the new guy on the Metis block, but he’s been around the construction block, having worked in the field as a carpenter and site superintendent for over a decade. Ben rounds out our project management team with skills in collaboration, organization, technology interface, and a strong desire to help clients bring their ideas to reality. Ben is a Rotarian and spends his free time volunteering with his club and working with international youth in volunteer service.

Marcel Clopton – Lead Estimator/Safety Officer

Marcel’s interest in the construction industry began his sophomore year at Shaker Heights High School while taking architecture classes. Marcel often helped labor for his uncle’s home improvement company. As a state finalist and All American wrestler, he landed at Kent State University to wrestle and pursue a degree in construction management. Marcel met Metis at a Rebuilding Together project and began working with them as an assistant superintendent shortly after. Marcel now serves as Lead Estimator and Safety Officer for Metis. In addition, Marcel is an assistant wrestling coach at Shaker and a part of many community organizations, including the Kent Jaycees.

Corey Gamer – General Superintendent

Corey is at the center of the circus so to speak! He’s the field ringmaster recruiting new team members, scheduling field staff, training, and coordinating warehouse operations. He knows the where and when for all employees at any given moment of any given day. You could say his 5 children with wife Sarah prepared him perfectly for this job, or maybe it was his past experience with regional trade staffing fulfillment providers, his naval service, construction company ownership or continued service as an ABC Course Instructor. Any way you say it Corey likes the steady hum of a well oiled machine and our field team works hard to provide our clients just that!

Elizabeth Eaken, LEED AP BD+C, Architect – Business Development

Elizabeth provides an invaluable added service to our clients, bringing with her 24 years of experience in architecture, design and construction. Elizabeth is a registered Architect, earning her Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University in 1993 and her Ohio Architects License in 1998. She has also earned the designation of LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C) by the US Green Building Council. She is a puzzle solver by nature and truly enjoys the complexities of leading a project from an idea into reality. With her years of experience as an architect she can help to better realize the goals and objectives of our clients, providing an integrating link between design and construction. Elizabeth is a Rotarian and volunteers in our community, often including her two daughters.

J. Paul Romanic, R.A. NCARB, Architect

When we say he can run circles around our competition, we mean it – literally! Paul, our resident marathon runner, earned his Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University and is a licensed architect in both OH and IN. His projects have won recognition with numerous awards from such organizations as the Cleveland Historical Society, AIA Cleveland, Ohio Historic Preservation Office and Design Share. His written work has been published in BX and Properties Magazines, as well as presentation/ video documentary work with Heritage Ohio and Winfield, Bennett & Baer. Paul volunteers as a coach for Archbishop Hoban High School Cross Country and as a course director for the Burning River 100 mile race. Paul’s experience includes BMW, Hilton, historic preservation/renovation, K-12 education buildings, and other public projects including Kent State, ADM Board, AMHA, Metro RTA, Akron Civic, Metroparks, and correctional institutions.