Cardinal Group, based in Akron, Ohio, is an experienced provider of comprehensive industrial services. With specialties in four core areas – environmental, roofing, maintenance and safety – we can assess individual challenges, develop total solutions and get jobs done. Fast.
We do our job, so our customers can focus on theirs.
How do we do it? With a such wide breadth and extensive depth of expert industrial capabilities in-house, Cardinal Group is well-equipped to respond quickly and efficiently to virtually any industrial need. What’s more, Cardinal Group doesn’t have a drawn-out approval processes. No, our employees are empowered to make critical on-the-job decisions themselves. All of which makes doing business with us easier for you.
Cardinal Group treats our employees the same way we expect them to treat our customers – with respect and dignity. We continually invest in our employees by providing in-service training and recertification opportunities that broaden their knowledge and skill base. We offer valuable incentive programs based on more than just profitability, but customer satisfaction. And we actively look for ways to show our employees how much we appreciate them. Each and every day.
This ongoing commitment to nurturing long-term employee relationships greatly benefits our customers, too. With a low employee turnover, they are able to encounter a knowledgeable, experienced staff that can answer their questions, come to the job prepared and avoid unnecessary – and costly – mistakes.
Cardinal Group is committed to re-investing in our community. Our commitment to safety and the environment enables us to pass our expertise on these subjects on to others and to support organizations that pursue goals similar to ours in these fields.
In fact, Cardinal Group believes that, by providing services that positively impact our neighborhoods, we can make a difference right where our employees and their families live and work. And by providing a better place for our people, we can provide a better community for all.
Our Executive Leadership
Daniel L. Pohl
Dan Pohl, CEO
As Cardinal Group CEO, Dan Pohl is responsible for managing the company’s overall operations and financial functions. He also oversees employee and customer relations, as well as real estate property and political outreach.
“I believe in investing in our employees, supporting them with opportunities and open communication,” says Dan. “Some of these employees have been with the company for more than 40 years.”
Dan himself joined Cardinal Maintenance & Service Co. in 1966 – just four years after his father purchased the business. In an effort to better meet customer needs, Dan soon added commercial refuse removal, property management and specialized interior demolition to the company’s service list. In subsequent years, he also helped develop the group’s environmental offering, as well as industrial roofing and safety solutions.
Dan’s commitment to making an impact goes beyond just his day job. He’s also heavily involved with area organizations such as IBH Addiction Recovery Center, Rotary Club of Akron, Knights of Columbus, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Akron Community Foundation, St. Jude Research Hospital, Summit County ADM Board, Haven of Rest Ministries, Stephen A Comunale Jr. Family Cancer Foundation and many others.
“Over the years, the Cardinal name has become synonymous with unmatched customer service,” says Dan. “I look forward to helping Cardinal Group continue to grow all of our divisions as we strive to solve the unique challenges of our customers.”
Ray Brophy, President
Ray Brophy recognizes the value of a strong work ethic. During his more than four decades with Cardinal Group, he has steadily progressed his way up through the company – from laborer, supervisor and estimator to sales, vice president and, today, president. This varied yet relevant knowledge base has given Ray the aptitude to more clearly envision Cardinal’s ability to grow and cultivate customers, as well as relate to employees at all levels.
“My diversified background has taught to remain cautiously open minded,” says Ray. “While there are a lot of challenges in this business, you can’t be afraid of them. Our company’s customer diversity is what makes every day exciting.”
Being a contributing member of the community is important to Ray, too. He’s a past president of First Tee of Greater Akron, an international youth development organization introducing the game of golf and its inherent values to young people. Ray’s also a strong supporter of the Petrosino Well Being Foundation, a community outreach program that assists victims of violent crime, such as human trafficking, and he’s an advocate of neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that causes tumors to form on nerve tissue.
Over the years, Ray has witnessed the company’s evolution from a maintenance company to a total industrial services provider. “I’m proud of who Cardinal Group has become,” shares Ray, “both as a successful company and a contributing member of the community.”
Brandon Skidmore, Vice President
Brandon Skidmore oversees overall divisional operations and sales, which includes a focus on forward thinking and growth strategy. Since joining the company in 2017, he has strived to anticipate and exceed customer needs, opening the door for further success and additional employee opportunities.
“At Cardinal, the customer comes first. And, sometimes, that means setting our titles and positions aside,” says Brandon. “Through effective collaboration, we can solve customers needs faster and more efficiently than our competitors.”
Formerly with Ashland, Inc., an American chemical company headquartered in Covington, Kentucky, Brandon has experience working with a variety of industries, from automotive, steel, ship building and heavy equipment to chemical, personal care, and semi-conductors. He launched his career at Ashland, Inc. as an operations specialist, focusing on implementing environmental sustainability programs at customer locations across the U.S. From there, Brandon progressed through leadership roles in sales, technical operations in the water treatment industry, and operational leadership in the environmental services field. He is a graduate of Bowling Green University with a double major in biology and environmental science.
Brandon believes in taking the time to understand individual differences and that this diversity makes Cardinal strong. “I enjoy meeting new employees who have a passion to advance and grow,” says Brandon. “When I see this drive, I’ll willing to give as much of my time and knowledge as possible to help them flourish. It’s a win-win for both our employees and our company.”