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Meet the ITB Team

Gary Tarazi

President/Chairman Of The Board

Gary has been responsible for the overall management and growth of ITB since 1981. The company has grown more than tenfold both in earnings and personnel as a result of his leadership, strategic planning and fiscal oversight. Gary received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Southern Illinois University. Away from work, he enjoys traveling, sports, music, arts, social events and participating in an investment club.

Joanne H. Tarazi

Chief Technology Officer

Joanne is responsible for overseeing the company’s IT systems and growing the firm through technology. She has been with ITB since 1983. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and Master Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification. Her free time is spent traveling, music, exercising and Yoga, cooking, and hosting social gatherings.

Christopher Yacu

Chief Executive Offficer

Christopher has been with ITB since 1990. He has played a significant role in helping the company achieve its financial goals and objectives and increasing its operating performance. His duties include preparing the budgets, creating business plans, and solving internal issues as they arise. Outside of the office, Christopher attends sporting events, goes hunting and fishing, and spends time with his family.

Eddie W. Tarazi

Senior Vice President

Eddie joined ITB in 1993. He is responsible for overseeing all day to day activities for the company’s Michigan operation. Eddie has been on the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors' National Association (SMACNA) board of Trustees for 5 years and currently serves as Secretary. His favorite activity outside work is spending time outdoors with his family.

Hikmat Hanna

Emeritus Board Member

Hikmat Hanna, is a businessman, advising and investing in a number of ventures as well as serving on several boards of directors. He received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical and Agricultural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. He is an avid Bridge player and enjoys trading stocks and watching sports. - - -

Tamara Tarazi

Chief Financial and Legal officer

Tamara joined ITB in May 2020 and is responsible for the company’s finances, and legal matters. Prior to joining ITB, she spent a decade at Ernst & Young, LLP where she served as a tax advisor/senior account manager. Tamara holds a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Kent College of Law and her B.S. in Business from the UIUC. She has been a member of the Illinois Bar since 2010. Tamara enjoys spending time with her husband and three daughters, traveling, and co-authoring a food blog with her sisters.

Vlad Bednyak

Chief Estimator

Vlad joined the company in 1995 and is currently the manager of the estimating department. He has over 39 years of experience in the industry and mechanical engineering (specializing in R&D of HVAC systems). When not at work, Vlad keeps current with the latest engineering and technological advances and studies classical history, literature, music, art and photography.

Kathy Batchelder

Office Administrator

Kathy has been a part of ITB since 1998. She has a wide variety of duties, including: administering all office activities along with preparing quotes and sales; TAB reports execution; and tracking compliance with all equipment calibration. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Kevin Karstedt

Project Sales Engineer

Kevin joined ITB in 2008. He has over 20 years of experience in HVAC, a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and 4 years of service in the US Navy. He interacts with commissioning agents, engineers, contractors, and building owners to facilitate a smooth and productive project through completion. In his spare time, he loves to travel, hunt, and fish.

Tina Rogers

Vice President

Tina has been with ITB since 2010, and she provides administrative support for upper management and sales. She also manages the accounts receivable function and facilitates effective information flow and the efficient use of resources throughout the organization. Tina loves anything that has to do with the Chicago Blackhawks and the Cubs.

Andrew Skwiercz

Project Analyst

Andrew came to ITB in 2014. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Science from Michigan State University and served in the Peace Corps for 2 years. He coordinates and monitors all aspects of projects including proposals, budgets, analysis and variance resolution. He enjoys golf, photography, nature walks, fishing and spending time with his family.

Michael R. Baer, P.E.

Quality Assurance Manager

Mike has over 28 years of experience in mechanical contracting. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and has been a registered professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Illinois since 1993. His responsibilities include quality control of electronic TAB reporting, project engineering review, and field support. In his free time, he enjoys snowmobiling, restoring vintage snowmobiles, traveling, and listening to country music.

Carlos Marrero

Sales/Estimating Manager

Carlos joined ITB January of 2020. He is responsible for maintaining client relationships, estimating & sales support. He is also responsible for the procurement of new projects. He has over 10 years of experience as an account Manager for a manufacture of heating, ventilating and air conditioning. He enjoys spending time with his wife and their twin toddlers. He also enjoys playing Golf, long bike rides & spending time outdoors.

Alyssa Lenzini

Administrative Assistant

Alyssa joined ITB in June 2020. She provides administrative support to all company departments. She received her Career Diploma from Penn Foster. In her free time, she enjoys playing five different instruments, crocheting and baking. She also enjoys spending time with her three, active children.

Brandon Yacu

Project and Sales Manager

Brandon joined ITB in 2019 and is a certified TABB technician. He currently manages projects from bid to completion and is passionate about building business relationships. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Business from the University of Iowa. Outside of work, Brandon enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time with family and friends.

Nikhil Yekollu

Project Analyst

Nikhil joined ITB in April 2021 and is primarily responsible for coordinating and monitoring bid proposals and take-offs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Osmania University in India and a Master’s Degree in Construction Management from Eastern Michigan University. He has published a number of papers and journal publications on construction and environmental issues. Nikhil is OSHA 30 and Procore Engineer Certified. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, dancing, and watching movies.

Certified Professional Supervisors

Ron Matkowski

NEBB Supervisor / TABB Supervisor

Patrick Turner

NEBB Supervisor

Janos Nacsa (John)

NEBB Supervisor / TABB Supervisor

Eric Bonny

NEBB Supervisor/TABB Supervisor

Joel Orozco

TABB Supervisor