Our Team

Our Team2018-10-17T10:30:07+00:00
Ryan Bodine, Chief Estimator
Ryan Bodine
Melanie Bodine,
Melanie Bodine
Todd Tober, President
Alan Herold
Todd Tober, President
Chris Karickhoff
Todd Tober, President
Bill Kobie
Chris Liptak
Christopher Liptak
Todd Tober, President
Lisa Nagle
Craig Nieset, Senior Project Manager
Craig Nieset
Todd Tober, President
Danny Renner
Todd Tober, President
Laine Schweninger
Jim Whitmore, Project Engineer
Bruce Shackelford
Kyle Strnad, Estimator
Kyle Strnad
Kimi Tober
Kimi Tober
Todd Tober, President
Tim Tober
Todd Tober, President
Todd Tober
Todd Tober, President
Russell Wills
Jim Whitmore, Project Engineer
Jim Whitmore
Jim Whitmore, Project Engineer
John Yenges
Todd Tober, President
Brandon Boling
Matt Bush
Todd Tober, President
Chris Elkins
Todd Tober, President
Dylan Guthrie
Michael Maynard
Zach Maynard
Todd Tober, President
Brian Olah
Jake Pascoe

Todd Tober – President

Todd discovered his passion for construction when he began his career as a carpenter 20+ years ago. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Duke University, he went on to receive a Master’s Degree in Real Estate and Construction Management from the University of Denver. His aptitude in finance, combined with his field experience, led to his next role as a commercial estimator. When an opportunity arose to become a superintendent, he accepted the challenge, getting back into fieldwork, and eventually becoming a project manager. As Todd gained a holistic view of the construction industry, exposed to all aspects of the business, he realized his purpose: to raise the industry standard of doing business, and prove that great quality can come at a fair price with positive relationships with clients, owners, contractors and laborers. By founding Tober Building Company, Todd and his team guarantee a high standard of quality construction services with efficient planning, direct communication and competitive pricing on each project regardless of its scale or scope.

Craig Nieset – Senior Project Manager

As a Senior Airman for the United States Air Force, Craig began his construction career erecting multiple facilities at Air Force bases across the country. In subsequent years, he has worked his way up the construction hierarchy with some of Northeast Ohio’s most respected companies. From renovating delicate MRI rooms to time sensitive retail banks to multimillion dollar, heavy highway projects, Craig’s experience is truly diverse. His extensive experience, coupled with an unmatched attention to detail, are how he consistently completes projects on time and within budget.

Ryan Bodine – Chief Estimator

Over the course of his career, Ryan has overseen dozens of commercial construction projects with contract values near $300 million, accounting for more than 2 million square feet of space. A skilled estimator and project manager, Ryan has extensive experience with complex, fast-track projects for Health Care, Retail, Senior Housing, Multifamily and Higher Education. As TBC’s Chief Estimator, Ryan is instrumental in ensuring that our clients receive the specified quality and value for their finished projects.

Kyle Strnad – Estimator

During his 15+ year career, Kyle has served in field and office capacities for a variety of project types across multiple industries. Ultimately drawn to estimating, he’s functioned exclusively as an Estimator for the past 5+ years. Kyle has extensive experience with Historic, Multifamily and HUD projects and meeting the strict parameters that often accompany these projects (i.e. gov’t funding, MBE/FBE, workforce requirements, etc.). Given his niche experience and creativity with value engineering, Kyle has, for select design-build projects, been retained as a budget and design consultant for interior finishes. His experience, coupled with his creativity, makes Kyle an ideal estimator.

Alan Herold – General Superintendent

With 30+ years of successful outside sales and sales management experience, Al serves in dual capacities as Business Development Manager and General Superintendent. Over the course of his career, Al’s worked exclusively within the construction industry, spending time with a commercial general contractor, and as a longtime sales representative for Pella Window & Door Co. Many of the skills that made him successful in business development—attention to detail, scheduling, organization—transfer to the projects he oversees. A proven team leader, Al thrives in intense, rapidly changing environments, a quality that serves his clients, team and projects well.

Chris Karickhoff – Project Superintendent

Gifted with eclectic skills, Chris’ career has included successful stints as a high school STEM, math and industrial arts teacher, chemical engineer and carpenter. With a passion for carpentry, Chris worked his way from carpenter to Lead Carpenter to Carpenter Foreman and ultimately to Project Superintendent. Much of his project experience has been on affordable multifamily housing across the country. In his free time, Chris enjoys spending time with his family and has been actively involved in the Boy Scouts of America, where he’s served as an Associate Crew Advisor and Assistant Scout Master. Chris’ analytical, detail oriented approach to site supervision keeps projects running smoothly.

Tim Tober – Project Superintendent

Most, if not all, successful construction professionals are fundamentally skilled communicators, highly organized, detail oriented individuals—Tim is no exception. Having spent the past decade as an educator, he practiced and refined this skill set on a daily basis. During his tenure, he was an accomplished, highly respected educator who, in addition to his classroom duties, oversaw the design and implementation of student curriculum. To date, Tim’s been successful in everything that he’s pursued, and with his eagerness to learn the business of commercial construction, his continued success is almost assured.

Danny Renner – Project Engineer

A recent Kent State graduate, Danny joined TBC shortly after obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Accounting. His analytical nature and long-standing interest in commercial construction makes Danny an ideal fit for Project Engineer. In his short career, he’s proven himself to be an invaluable team member, assisting with various estimating and project management responsibilities. While in school, Danny held a variety of leadership positions, participated in numerous extracurricular activities and was a fixture on the Dean’s List. He has a bright future and we’re proud to have him on our team.

Lisa Nagle – Office Manager

Lisa has built her successful career on the twin pillars of “Client Service” and “Attention to Detail.” Her customer-centric, detail oriented approach to office management focuses on the simple, but too often neglected, fundamentals of follow-up and follow-through. This accountability, coupled with her diverse skill set and industry knowledge, which includes interior design, showroom management, residential construction and remodeling, makes Lisa the ideal Office Manager.

Laine Schweninger

More than a smiling face or friendly voice greeting visitors and callers, Laine is the quintessential office assistant, actively involved in nearly every aspect of TBC’s operations. Our resident jack-of-all-trades, she participates in a variety of tasks, including Project Management, Estimating, Warehouse Management, Accounts Payable and Marketing, to name a few. Her refined multitasking abilities come from years of juggling management, logistics, human resources and customer service responsibilities. A service driven self-starter, Laine is the go-to team member when an extra hand is needed.

Brian Olah – Carpenter Foreman

Brian’s spent the major of his 30+ year career as a Carpenter, but has also worked as a roofer and farmhand. Our longest serving carpenter (4+ years), Brian enjoys the variety and challenge of the trades. His specialties include acoustical ceilings and metal framing layouts. The project he’s most proud of is the ground up construction of AAA Akron Auto Club’s new headquarters, where he served as carpenter foreman from start to finish.

Chris Hershberger – Carpenter

Specializing in trim carpentry, Chris has spent nearly 30 years in the trades, most of them as a Carpenter, but he’s also been a plumber and electrician. During his downtime, Chris enjoys being outdoors, indulging his metal detecting hobby.

Chris Elkins – Carpenter

New to carpentry, Chris previously installed ATM machines, Alarm, Camera and other telecom related systems. He’s most proud of his work on Canal Park’s multiple stadium improvement, where he and fellow Carpenters met a strict opening day deadline for the Akron RubberDucks' inaugural season. Away from work, Chris enjoys coaching his daughter’s soccer team and spending as much time outdoors as possible.

Brandon Boling – Carpenter

Formerly in roofing, Brandon’s been a Carpenter for 5 years. He’s extremely proficient at installing laminate flooring. In his off time enjoys playing guitar and spending time outdoors fishing.

Scott Billett – Carpenter Foreman

Scott’s been a Carpenter for 17 years, primarily as a Fire/Water restoration specialist. His specialties include trim carpentry and kitchen layout and installation. The project he’s most proud of is Towpath Trail High School, where he served as superintendent for extensive interior and exterior renovations. In his downtime, Scott enjoys participating in martial arts, including Kendo/Laido, Ken Jutsu, Lai Jutsu and Tanto Jutsu.

Kurt Raabe – Carpenter

Kurt’s been a Carpenter for 31 years and has served in multiple trades, including stints as a laborer, plasterer, mason and concrete finisher.

Frank Debevec – Carpenter Foreman

A jack-of-all-trades, Frank’s been a Carpenter for 30+ years, but has also spent time as a metal finisher. He’s particularly proud of his work for the Akron Summit County Public Libraries.

Dylan Guthrie – Carpenter

Relatively new to construction, Dylan has spent the past 2 years as a Carpenter. His areas of expertise include rough carpentry and hanging drywall. In his downtime, Dylan enjoys hunting and fishing.

Bill Kobie – Project Engineer

Serving as a Project Engineer, Bill leverages his diverse commercial construction background, which includes project supervision and coordination, marketing communications (MarCom) support and commercial real estate services. Most recently, Bill was a MarCom consultant to A/E/C firms, implementing results driven strategies that differentiated his clients from their competition. Having spent significant time in field and management capacities, Bill’s areas of expertise include office tenant improvements, retail build-outs and tenant-in-place multifamily renovations. Bill also holds and maintains his Ohio real estate salesperson license.

Jim Whitmore – Project Engineer

Serving as Project Engineer, Jim is an analytical and detail-oriented professional with 10+ years of experience in leadership, project management, logistics, and strategic planning. His military values of hard work, loyalty, reliability and adaptability enable him to effectively build relationships and contribute to the overall goals of Tober Building Company.


Matt started working as a carpenter in high school and continued through college and for a little while after college as well. He changed careers to banking for six years before he returned to what he enjoys, carpentry. He is personally and professionally proud of all his work he did for Habitat for Humanity. After work he enjoys spending time with his family, hiking and biking, and taking an active roll at church. 


 Michael has been a carpenter for over 30 years. For the last 25 years he owned his own remodeling business. He specializes in design and construction. He loves finish work and communicating with customers.

In his spare time, he loves to be with his family and take cruises with his wife of over 30 years. They have adopted and raised 4 other children besides his biological 2 sons. He enjoys watching sports and hunting. He also has been on multiple mission trips to Central America to help build churches.

Zach Maynard –CARPENTER

 Before coming to Tober Building Company, Zach had an internship in the detail shop at the Team Challenge Rehab Center. Since then he has been working full time at Tober Building Company as a carpenter. He got all his experience in this trade from working with his Father, Mike Maynard, on and off for years before coming to Tober.

Zach spends his free time in the gym keeping himself healthy and strong. We are proud to have him on our team.

Bruce Shackelford - Warehouse Manager

Bruce has 45 years of sales experience in the industrial packaging industry. He worked for 35 years with Sonoco Products before he retired in 2003. He started in field sales and moved up the chain to sales manager, then field sales manager and finally to strategic account manager until he retired. After he officially retired, he still stayed at Sonoco as a private contractor for 10 more years. As a private contractor he worked on special projects, assisted with rollout of new construction products, setup a warehouse in Ontario, Canada and recaptured the brand recognition for Sunoco Products in Canada.
Bruce has also been married for over 50 years, has raised 3 children and now has 9 grandchildren. We, at Tober Building Company, are proud to have him apart of our team.

John Yenges

John has joined our group bringing in tow millions of square feet of industrial, military, commercial, residential, public, and retail experience. With over 3 million square feet of new and remodel construction totaling over 150 million dollars, John brings the knowledge of marketing and business development by being able to locate and track potential clients and projects, estimating and overseeing the construction of projects regardless of the size or scope. With John’s diverse experience in multiple arenas of construction types, he proves to be a key element in assisting us in achieving our goals and continuing our mission of our promise to grow long-term relationships based on respect, integrity, dedication and an unwavering work ethic, with our clients, employees, subcontractors and vendors and with the community.

Melanie Bodine – Payroll Specialist

Melanie graduated from Youngstown State University with a masters degree in chemistry. She worked as a senior researcher at The Cleveland Clinic in the Cell Biology department of the Lerner Research Institute. She also worked in safety and compliance at Amresco before coming to Tober Building Company. 

We, at Tober, are very excieted to have her apart of our team. She brings organizational and professionalism to everything she works on. 

Russell Wills - Plant Manager

Before coming to Tober Building Company, Russ Wills had a career in sales and managing production factories. He was the fabrication supervisor and rotor shop manager for 7 years at Metso Minerals Best. After, that he worked for Frameco DBA Metal Framing Industries as a plant manager and a project manager. During that time, he also took a job in sales and consulting for Medina County Welding.  With Russ’s diverse and thorough background in manufacturing, he is a proven asset for Tober Building Company.

When Russ is not at work he is always on the go. He fills his free time up by playing and coaching his daughter’s teams and enjoying time with family and close friends.

Kimi Tober 

Kimi was born and raised in Carmel, California and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A in Spanish Language and Culture. She then attended and graduated Arizona State University with a Masters in Spanish. In 2002 she switched career paths and took a job in the marketing department for the J.M. Smucker Company. She continued her career at J.M. Smucker by crafting the Smucker Innovation Center, which opened in Feburary 2016. The Innovation Center was to build a facility that provides collaborative consumer and retail immersive experiences to help grow topline sales. It showcases the unique Smucker business approach, expertise, commitment to innovation is 1-2 day sessions with key retail partners. Kimmy also managed the design and construction of the 100,000ft facility which included salvaging and repurposing some of the original manufacturing plant, and she led the innovation center team and helped create the content and experience to establish JMS as a category and retail though leader in the Foof manufacturing business.

Kimi is married and has twin 1 ½ year old daughters, Penelope and Grace. She is also a proud parent of a Noah, a black poodle. She likes to explore the Cuyahoga Valley trails, run, and support local businesses.

Christopher Liptak, General Superintendent

Over the course of his 20-year career, Chris has worked his way up the construction ladder, serving as a Journeyman Carpenter, Foreman and Superintendent. As a superintendent, he believes in management through participation and visibility. In doing so, he gains invaluable project knowledge, and well-earned respect from onsite trades. During his career, Chris has contributed to scores of projects, with combined contract values into the tens of millions. Nevertheless, Chris brings unmatched organization and professionalism to every project, regardless of its scale or scope.