One of GARDINER’s hallmarks is consistency and stability. Fostering a culture of entrepreneurial spirit with a family atmosphere, the long-term focus and consistency of our Mission (“Building long-term, mutually beneficial relationships with Clients and Associates”) is a direct result of leadership from the executive management team.
A proud Iowa State graduate originally from Wauwatosa, WI, Bill Gardiner accepted a role with Trane in 1957 to move to Cleveland and sell heating, ventilating, and cooling products. In 1962, he seized an opportunity to buy the assets of the company in Cleveland and establish GARDINER as an independent franchise. As the company moves beyond its 58th year in business, Mr. Gardiner maintains an active presence in the guidance and direction of GARDINER.
As President, Todd Barnhart is responsible for the strategic direction and overall business leadership for GARDINER. Todd has been with the organization for over 20 years. Since getting his start as a Sales Engineer, Todd took on a leadership role in developing the company’s vertical market efforts. In the mid 2000’s, Todd grew GARDINER’s Performance Solutions business dramatically and expanded the company’s offerings for Clients. Todd was named President in August of 2017 and took an equity ownership position in the company in 2020.
Treasurer & Chief Operating Officer
Since starting in 1983, Rick Reder progressed quickly through the organization and has been an integral part of the leadership team for the past 20+ years during a period of significant growth. His responsibility includes all financial aspects of the business as well as the leadership of GARDINER’s entire operations organization. An Akron University graduate, Rick holds the distinction of being named the organization’s “Most Valuable Associate” in 2015 as a one-time award to recognize his unmatched contributions professionally and in helping personally with Associates.