Our People

Tracy Switzer

Tracy Switzer

Owner

Tracy grew up wrapped in fiberglass…okay, not literally, but he has been around fiberglass his whole life. He learned all about fiberglass from working with his father’s fiberglass boat business, and started Shelter Works in 1995. He loves to develop creative solutions for his clients and can often be found tinkering in the plant with the rest of the team

Dave Masterson

Dave Masterson

General Manager

Dave leads the team and focuses on operational excellence. With an M.B.A. from Webster University and a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from Missouri University of Science and Technology, he’s also a Certified Master Black Belt, subject matter expert, and trainer in Strategy Deployment, Lean, Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma (DFSS), Sales-Inventory and Operations Planning (SIOP), and Mixed Model Material Replenishment.

Dana Woodall

Dana Woodall

Sales Engineer

As one of our main water & waste water client contacts for Shelter Works, Dana applies the Golden Rule in all his client interactions. Dana graduated from West Point with a Mechanical Engineering degree. He also served his country as an Airborne Ranger and as an officer in the Corp of Engineers. He’s an Eagle Scout and a Boy Scout Troop Leader who likes to run and bike.

Steve Switzer

Steve Switzer

Business Development Manager

Steve handles our relationships with those customers serving the oil, natural gas, telecom, transportation and other energy industries. His experience in providing equipment protection solutions for a steel manufacturer gives Shelter Works even more expertise in those industries. While Steve spent nearly 20 years in the world of steel buildings, he also grew up in and around fiberglass and is committed to the highest levels of customer service, quality and responsiveness in the market.

John Swanson

John Swanson

Channel Manager

For over 25 years, John has ensured success for all his customers by living his philosophy of building relationships based on respect, hard work and teamwork. John aptly manages our relationships with Shelter Works manufacturer’s rep groups,as well as OEMs that service the water and wastewater industries.

Mike Cannady

Mike Cannady

Controller

Mike ensures the smooth handling of a range of accounting functions needed for the business, from Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, Collections, Payroll and Financial Reporting. He is also responsible for HR and IT services. Mike has worked for a wide range of businesses around St. Louis and graduated from Webster University with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. When Mike is not happily ensconced in a spreadsheet at our offices, he will most likely be found working on a home-improvement project with his family.

Melany Pearia

Melany Pearia

Manager of Projects

Melany oversees the timely completion of job submittal drawings and maintains our 2D and 3D drawing library. She supervises the Project Managers and Draftspersons, as well as creating and maintaining the company’s production schedule. Melany also communicates production lead times with both operations and sales departments and leads production meetings with appropriate personnel. When Melany isn’t at Shelter Works, you might find her RV camping in a state park with her family.

Jennifer Ray

Jennifer Ray

Sales & Marketing Coordinator

Jennifer has been with the company for over 5 years, coordinating sales & marketing efforts. She manages our trade show exhibits, oversees development of our marketing materials, and generally keeps everything moving along. She is also an entrepreneur and a graduate of University of Missouri St Louis.

Dania Imler

Dania Imler

Project Manager

With years of experience working in project management, Dania brings a depth of skill and understanding that supports her efforts to provide the best experience possible to our clients. Dania becomes the point of contact for our clients once the decision has been made to purchase a shelter Built for Life by Shelter Works. She’ll ensure that your project is engineered to your exact needs and meets all the requirements of your individual job.

Dana Walter

Dana Walter

Project Coordinator

Dana comes to Shelter Works with a wealth of project management experience from her work at Equifax, NW Sign Industries and Fastsigns. She is an experienced project coordinator, with excellent communication and problem-solving skills. She is responsible for executing Shelter Works order fulfillment process from purchase order to shipment, monitoring and reporting to clients on project progress throughout the entire process, and clearly communicating delivery timeframes

Scot Lauth

Scot Lauth

Logistics Coordinator

Scot handles all the logistics of building delivery—coordinating shipments for installation. When you get a call from Scot, it usually means your building is getting ready to ship.

Cathleen Emert

Cathleen Emert

Accounts Payable/Accounts Receivable Specialist.

Cathleen works in our accounting department to keep everything flowing--vendor bills getting paid so that our team can continue to make our high-quality shelters. She ensures our customer billings are in proper order and is a great asset in helping the financial aspects of our offices run smoothly. If you have a chance to talk to Cathleen on the phone, you can find out about the times when she lived in Switzerland, Dallas, or San Antonio or find out about her lovable dogs!