Watterson

Our mission is to anticipate and respond to our clients’ needs consistently, honestly, and urgently, anywhere nationwide.

Whatever it takes.

Watterson is by your side, ready to handle your needs so you can get back to business.

WE'RE THERE. ANYWHERE. ANYTIME.

Welcome, and thank you for visiting our site!

At Watterson, our vision is to anticipate and respond to our clients’ needs consistently, honestly, and urgently, anywhere nationwide. We understand that your company and customers deserve a safe and efficient workplace worthy of your reputation. My team and I are very proud to provide our clients and vendor partners with an exceptional service experience and partnership on every project, every day. Our ultimate goal is to serve as an extension of your team, ready and willing to jump in and help whenever called upon. We're passionate about providing an appropriate and timely response to your needs. Whatever your pain point, Watterson will do Whatever it Takes to get the job done. The Watterson team is unsurpassed in experience in the retail and commercial workspaces. As former retailers, our leaders have been in your shoes and understand the unique dynamics that goes along with servicing your customers. This is what makes our team the best in the business.

We look forward to the opportunity to show you what we can do!

Sincerely,  

Meet our leaders

Steve Peldiak
President

Steve Peldiak is known for his high level of urgency and saying: “Watterson will do Whatever It Takes!” 

As President of Watterson, Steve is an innovative and empirical leader who focuses on cultivating client and vendor partnerships, leading his experienced team members and Watterson’s strategic direction.  

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.

Chris Munkvold
Senior Vice President, Emergency Response

Responsible for the management, development, and implementation of Watterson's emergency response team, Chris is absolutely dedicated to the support of our clients and thrives in this fast-paced challenging environment. Chris and his team 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.

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 Robinett
Vice President, Facilities Maintenance

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 and his facilities maintenance team are 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 has developed a professional and committed team that fully embraces our role to provide world-class service every time.

Jim Riser
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.