Our mission is to anticipate and respond to our clients’ needs consistently, honestly, and urgently, anywhere nationwide.
Meet our leaders
Steve Peldiak is known for his high level of urgency and saying: “Watterson will do Whatever It Takes!”
Steve joined Watterson in 2012 and he immediately started to redefine the industry’s definition of great service. Under Steve’s leadership Watterson has been recognized for the past seven years as one of Inc. 5000’s fastest growing companies.
Prior to Watterson, Steve spent most of his career as a senior executive for a national retailer and garnered over 25 years of experience in all aspects of commercial and retail property management. His knowledge of being on the owner/client side lends itself to his insistence of transparency, adding value, minimizing costs, and always looking for the elegant solutions for Watterson’s client partners.
Steve is involved in a robust network of professional associations and is widely recognized as an industry leader. His intense energy is directed toward understanding how the industry is developing and adapting and how Watterson merges those shifts with technology and its determination to not be the biggest but to always be the best.
Chief Operating Officer
Chris Munkvold is Watterson's Chief Operating Officer, overseeing the growth and operations of each of Watterson's divisions. Chris is absolutely dedicated to the support of our clients and thrives in this fast-paced challenging environment. Chris and his teams truly demonstrate their dedication to excellence by doing Whatever It Takes in every interaction with our clients and vendor partners.
Chris joined Watterson in 2003 and has over 25 years of experience in the professional services industry. He has successfully managed all aspects of thousands of emergency response projects across the nation ranging from minor loss events to large CAT events such as Hurricane Sandy. Chris also has a strong background in national account management, proposal review and preparation, cost estimating, report review, staff training and management, and national account program development.
Chief Growth Officer
Lisa Fry is Watterson’s Chief Growth Officer who oversees all aspects of the company’s Sales and Marketing.
Global Real Estate giants CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield are where Lisa spent most of her 25-year career and gained expertise and
knowledge of the full suite of Occupier Services along with the management of Enterprise accounts such as Bank of America and American
Express. She brings best practices from some of the world’s largest organizations to Watterson.
During her tenure she was named Charlotte’s Businesswoman of the Year and shared in acknowledgement of 50 Most Influential Women in Business.
She has earned awards for service excellence, performance, and innovation. The culmination of those years of service are now
harnessed for Watterson’s clientele.
As a global businesswoman, Lisa is dedicated to the success of our clients. Building upon Watterson’s great foundation and reputation
she will assist in shaping the strategy for the future. She is passionate about unlocking the traditional limitations of our service industry. “Whatever it takes” is a commitment that we make to each of our customers to ensure that they are receiving the service that best suits their needs.
David Dukat, PG
Vice President, Environmental
Dave serves as the program and client manager as well as technical lead for our Environmental Services Team, which specializes in asbestos, mold, indoor air quality, due diligence, and UST/regulatory assessments and abatement/remediation. Dave has built strong relationships with Watterson clients to better understand their needs, risk tolerances, and time/budget constraints, allowing him to do Whatever It Takes to develop unique programs that assist each client in reaching their desired goals.
Dave is one of the founding members of Watterson (in 2001) and has over 24 years of professional experience in environmental consulting and managing client programs. Dave has a Bachelor of Science in Geology from Denison University, a Master of Science in Geology from the University of South Carolina, is a licensed Professional Geologist (PG) in California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Oregon, and has maintained asbestos certifications in various states throughout his career.
Rob is passionate about solving problems. Whether he's digging in to develop the “elegant solution” or just getting the roof repaired, the process is the same. Rob is focused on three major accountabilities each day—the client, cost & communication, and making sure we do Whatever It Takes to get the job done on time while meeting client expectations.
Rob joined Watterson in 2014 after 38 years at Sears Holdings Co. where he held multiple senior management positions, including DVP of Facilities and Energy for a nationwide network of retail stores. With an extensive background in managing people as well as retail, facilities and energy management, Rob fully embraces Watterson's role to provide world-class service every time.
Vice President, Property Redevelopment
Jim is a 30-year veteran in the environmental and construction industries. Jim is responsible for partnering with national commercial and retail property owners and developing their property portfolios to be aligned with evolving retail expectations.
Jim oversees the proper handling of asbestos and mold abatement, environmental remediation, and demolition to ready properties for tenant conversions, leasing, and repurposing.
Jim joined Watterson in 2018. He has extensive experience of guiding client partners through all levels of governmental agencies and regulations. He has overseen projects in 43 states, including Alaska and Hawaii, as well as Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Jim has held environmental licenses and certificates in numerous states and continues to maintain his asbestos licensing. His experience also includes the medical, industrial, educational, financial, and transportation sectors.
Jim was recruited to Watterson because of his reputation to do Whatever It Takes with integrity and transparency that enables client partners to ultimately achieve their goals of growth and development.
Vice President, Facilities Services
Ryan Farrell is the Vice President of Watterson’s Facilities Services Division. Ryan brings a systematic and thorough approach to all of Watterson’s clients at the highest level. He believes in implementing effective processes that allow for projects and brand standards to be mapped out, followed, and optimized. Ryan puts his clients first by doing Whatever it Takes. His innate ability to develop partnerships aligns with Watterson’s core values and helps to create a strong Facilities Services team.
Prior to Watterson, Ryan spent 9 years with Jones Lang LaSalle, in multiple senior management roles. He was responsible for the operational management of substantial nationwide retail commercial properties. His 20 years’ experience also includes airport retail operations, capital project management, CAPEX and OPEX budgeting for multi-tenanted facilities, contractor management, tenant construction coordination, business development and mortgage brokerage.
Ryan graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance and Economics.
He also serves on the Board of Directors and as the League Commissioner for his community youth baseball association.