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Meet The Friendly Team at Mr. Handyman of the Wichita Metro Area

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    Bob Skidmore


    Mr. Handyman of the Wichita Metro Area is owned and operated by Bob Skidmore who is a 34 year resident of the Wichita Area. After 31 years in the aircraft industry, Bob opened a business of his own that would serve the community by providing a much needed service to the community. He realized that people in the Wichita area focused on their jobs and their families and they frequently do not have the time, the tools or the skills to complete simple to complicated work tasks around the home. They want to, but they just cannot get to it all. He also realized that the people in the area are smart. They know that their home is their biggest investment and that it is critical to maintain the value of this investment with timely maintenance and improvement activities. Guaranteed work done right and on time.

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    Gayle Melton

    Customer Service Representative

    Gayle started her career at the Boeing Military Airplane Company as an Office Assistant and quickly being promoted to an Executive Assistant followed by roles as a contacts manager and Human Resources Assistant. After taking some time off from the corporate world to start a family, Gayle spent 16 years in administrative rolls at Kilian Electrical Services, Star Electric Supply and Elliott Electric Supply performing a wide range of duties including spreadsheet development, bid process development, collections, purchase order reconciliation just to mention a few. When you ask Gayle what her hobby is she says she does not have one, however, if you ask her friends they will tell you her passion is sending a kind note or a warm meal to people that could use one or both – and she does if often. Gayle has two daughters and four grandchildren.

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    Kathy Wilson

    Customer Service Representative

    Kathy comes from an accounting background working 15 years at Koch Industries. She also worked for Lindsay management, an apartment rental company, which gave her significant experience in residential property management and property maintenance management. Kathy is married to the most handsome Mr. Handyman technician, Jim, a marriage that has lasted 39 years so far! They have four children and thirteen grandchildren that keep them very busy. She loves painting and spending time with the grandchildren in her free time.

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    Tarena Winkle

    Customer Service Representative

    Tarena is a graduate of Derby High School and after High School she attended Cowley County Community College. One of her first jobs was at Spears restaurant where she started as a waitress and soon rose the rank of manager and this was followed by more restaurant management work at Victory Sports Grille and Courtside Café’. After a couple of years working as a real estate office manager, she returned to the food service industry as the Main Cook at one of the Goddard Schools. All this work has proven to be excellent preparation for her work as a Customer Service Representative for Mr. Handyman as she does a great job of being the first point of contact for our customers, introducing our company, scheduling customers and so many more tasks. Tarena is married and has three sons and one daughter. The oldest son is a graduate of McPherson College, her daughter recently completed her US Army technical training and the two youngest sons are attending Goddard High School. Tarena is an active member of TAAG Church and her passion is caring for her family which includes the “normal” tasks along with attending numerous band and baseball practices, games and events.

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    Jeff Pile

    Service Technician

    If you ask Jeff where his happy place is, he will tell you it is on a roof. Jeff was fortunate enough to work with his Grandfather in the roofing business for many years and as a result he is an expert roofer and he even has experience with tile roofs. His next three passions are trim carpentry, ceramic tile and framing. While these are his passions, he is also competent in many other residential and commercial repair and maintenance tasks such as concrete work, drywall, interior and exterior repair, fence building and so much more. Billy is married and has one daughter, the light of his life. A Church mission trip in his youth developed his fluency in Spanish. He will tell you his favorite music is Country music but don’t be surprised if you hear Pop if you ride in his van.

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    Jim Wilson

    Service Technician

    Jim’s father was in the construction business in Boston and was Jim’s first employer where Jim operated heavy machinery and their fleet of trucks. After a few years of working for his father, Jim relocated to Wichita and worked for Cessna, Beechcraft and Tramco in various capacities as a machine operator in components manufacturing. His love for construction drove him to start his own deck design and building business which he operated successfully for several years. Just prior to joining Mr. Handyman, Jim worked as a maintenance technician for and apartment management firm where he performed the full gambit maintenance activities. Jim is a very versatile and well-rounded craftsman. He is EPA 608 certified and has his spa & pool certificate. He enjoys fishing with his wife and remembers fondly the time he and his wife were fishing in Cabo and SHE of course caught the bigger fish. Jim has four children and 13 grandchildren that he frequently spends time with.

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    Mike Palmer

    Service Technician

    Mike has spent 11 years leading teams that were performing residential additions and kitchen remodeling work including numerous counter top installations. He also owned his own remodeling business in Texas for a few years, again specializing in room additions and kitchen and bathroom remodels. Mike worked for years at Pioneer Millworks performing commercial and high-end residential cabinet and trim work. He also has significant experience in commercial building maintenance and repair including deck roofs. Mike is married, enjoys watching college football and visiting a family property in the Colorado Mountains.

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    Mike Decker

    Technician Assistant

    Mike and his family are lifelong residents of Wichita and the surrounding area he is a graduate of North High School. Mike has held a variety of jobs including apprentice diesel mechanic, meat cutter, commercial truck driver and eight years at Raytheon in the small parts build department. However, the majority of his nearly 40 years of work life have been spent in the home remodeling and repair trades. Mike has significant experience painting, framing, deck building and miscellaneous repair and maintenance of residential properties and rental units. Mike has two sets of drums and frequently has jam sessions with his friends.