Randy graduated from Middletown High School in 1976, and, after shadowing his dad on a few service calls, he became interested in the HVAC industry. In '78, he passed his Middletown journeyman exam and began an apprenticeship with the Pipefitters Union. In 1985, while working for McGraw Construction, he received his master license for HVAC. In 1993, he started Watkins Mechanical, hired his brother, his son, and a few friends, and began providing top quality service to homeowners in the Miami Valley. Randy currently holds State of Ohio Master licenses for HVAC, plumbing, hydronics, electric, and refrigeration. Randy has a passion for missions work. In addition to giving, he teaches building trades to pastors and missionaries in developing countries.
"Grandpa" got his start in air conditioning with the U.S. Air Force. After his tour in 1963, he worked for Honeywell as a commercial service technician. In 1979 he started Meridian Mechanical in Middletown, Ohio and met the HVAC needs of many businesses and factories for over fifteen years. In 2003, shortly after retiring, he lost his battle with cancer. He has been greatly missed.
David is the third generation of Watkins' in the HVAC business. He does our bookkeeping, marketing, purchasing, and technical support. David studied mechanical engineering and business administration in college and has had many hours of factory training over the years. He is NATE & EPA certified for service on all equipment, and he holds the company's state brazing & pressure piping certification. David lives in Springboro with his wife and three children.
Brad grew up on a dairy farm in Sandusky County. One of his first jobs was running underground gas lines for a utility company. Brad joined our team in 1997 as an installer. He enjoys staying abreast of the latest technologies and is very skilled at diagnosing even the most advanced electronic furnace controls. Brad specializes in indoor air quality for homeowners with allergies. Brad is EPA and NATE certified. He is also a Certified Solar Photovoltaic Professional. Brad and his wife, Bridget have five young children that they have adopted from foster care since 2011, and they are currently fostering two addition children.
Jason joined our team in the spring of 2010. After six years in customer service and warehousing, Jason completed the HVAC program at RETS College with a GPA of 4.0. Serving as our lead installer gave Jason an opportunity to display his skills in project management and quality control. We soon recognized his value and promoted him to head our installation department. Jason's high quality work and attention to detail have made him an irreplaceable part of our team. His overarching goal is that all of his customers are thrilled with their new system and eager to share their story with friends.
A recent graduate from the Warren County Career Center, Andrew represented the State of Ohio at the 2015 SkillsUSA National competition. Andrew's talent, hard work, and a great teacher earned him the National Gold Medal! He continues to study while he picks up experience, and has become one of our youngest to earn his NATE certification.
Joshua has extensive knowledge and experience with over 10 years in the HVAC industry. He started his career working with new construction and commercial systems. Josh now specializes in residential equipment and takes pride in his wiring and metal work. In his spare time, he enjoys fishing and woodworking.
Prior to joining our install team, Tyler worked for one of our suppliers. He enjoys making our customers homes comfortable and more efficient during the summer and winter months. In his spare time, he loves to maintain and restore cars.
Keith graduated from Fortis College in 2014 specializing in residential HVAC. He enjoys being able to set up a customer’s new system for maximum efficiency and comfort. Keith has an eye for quality and deeply enjoys his job. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and playing his guitar.
Andrew graduated from Dayton Christian High School. In 2014, he joined our team to manage our Springboro warehouse and support our installation team. In his spare time, he participated in online classes to learn the technical side of the heating and cooling industry. His hard work paid off, and Andy is a very valuable member of our awesome service team.
Before joining our team, Roy operated a crane at a local steel mill. His mechanical skills and attention to minute detail has quickly led him to become one of our lead installers. When his is not installing customer systems, he is spending time with his wife and five kids.
Joshua has been interested in the HVAC industry since he was 14. He graduated from the Miami Valley Career Center and has over 10 years experience installing and servicing heating and cooling systems. He enjoys working with communicating controls and advanced comfort systems to help homeowners get the comfort they deserve.
Mikey attended Butler Tech specializing in residential HVAC and has been installing heating and cooling systems since 2007. He has quickly become a go to installer and takes the extra steps to ensure a clean work site. Mikey served in the National Guard for six years and spent a tour in Afghanistan.
Claudia spent 20 years tutoring high school math. In 2011, she started part-time as our bookkeeper. In 2012, she joined us full-time to handle our accounts receivable, accounts payable, inventory and help with dispatching customer service calls. Her persistence in finding solutions to any problem makes her a valuable member of our team.
Bridgett joined the Watkins team in 2013. She is a graduate of Wright State University where she earned her BS in Marketing. She worked for several years at the Mead Paper Division in Inside Sales. Most recently, she has worked as a publisher of a popular money saving website. She is an active member of New Media Dayton and Women in Business.
John is a graduate from The Masters College in Santa Clarita, CA with a BA in Communications. He has an extensive background in residential and commercial A/V, lighting, and control systems. He started his career in HVAC with us in January 2014. He is a Deacon of Media at his local church and enjoys camping with family and friends.
Travis received an Associates Degree in HVAC from ITT in 1994. He began his HVAC career in 1995 and has extensive knowledge in Commercial, Industrial and Residential Heating and Cooling systems. He joined Watkins in April 2013 as an installer. He enjoys delivering comfort to each customer’s home.
Scott has been in the HVAC industry since 2003. Scott is CFC and NATE certified. His experience is wide ranging from service to installation and across many different a/c manufacturers. Scott has a big heart for the disabled and is a regular volunteer with the Joni and Friends ministry.
Like his older brother David, Elliot grew up in the heating business. He started working for his dad in 1997. He has a great love for music and is an accomplished cellist. After studying international business and music at Florida International University, Elliot decided to come home and get back into the heating business. Soon after, he found his wife and bought a home in Milford, Ohio. Elliot
Marty started his apprenticeship with the Pipefitters Union in 1987, and became an MES Journeyman. Growing up in the business, Marty has many years of experience and training. In 1995, Marty began helping his brother Randy with the new business and he's been a valuable team member ever since. Marty is NATE & CFC certified. He is an expert on large commercial heating, cooling, and refrigeration systems.