Stuart Clark

President/CEO

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Stuart Clark is President and Owner of Blue River Plumbing, Inc. He oversees business development and strategic planning. He believes in actively constructing a culture in which our employees and business are at their best.  Stuart is passionate about building relationships, providing insight for today and vision for tomorrow. Stuart has been married to his wife Ruthann for 39 years. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren.  He enjoys spending time with his family, travel, and baseball.

Ruthann Clark

Vice President, Public Relations & Marketing

Ruthann is the Vice President, Public Relations & Marketing and Owner of Blue River Plumbing, Inc. She graduated from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma with a degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology.  Ruthann oversees public relations, marketing, and event planning.  Ruthann’s hospitable spirit is unmatched and provides a welcome break and connection to our employees, families, and others.  She has been married to Stuart for 39 years. They have 4 children and 9 grandchildren. She lives for her family, pouring endless energy into each one. She loves to travel and watch the KC Royals and KC Chiefs.

Jordan Karr

Vice President/General Manager

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Jordan Karr is Vice President and General Manager at Blue River Plumbing, Inc.  He joined Blue River Plumbing June 2019 and is responsible for overseeing the daily business operations, business development and strategic planning for the organization.  Jordan attended Pittsburg State University, graduating with a degree in Construction Management. He has 12 years of experience working in the in the construction industry. His passion and vision allow him to lead and challenge others to excellence. His commitment to our culture drives him in all his decisions.  Jordan was born and raised in Paola, Kansas where he currently resides with his wife MacKinzie, their daughter Atlas, son Crosby and are expecting another baby this fall!  Jordan enjoys spending time with his family, coaching track for Paola schools, being outdoors, camping, hunting, and fishing.

Dana Spencer

Head of Benefits & Executive Operations

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Dana joined Blue River Plumbing April 2021 in charge of Benefits & Executive Operations.  She grew up in Leawood, Kansas and graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in Business with a major in Management.  She spent the last 25 years in the Investment Industry and holds her Series 7, 63, life, health, and annuity contracts licenses.  Dana was excited to make a career change and take on the challenge of leading the organization’s benefits, human resources, as well as working closely with the executive team in the development and implementation of company projects, strategic initiatives, and vision.   Dana currently resides in Cleveland, MO. with her husband Steve and her 20-year-old daughter Rylee and 16-year-old son Kail, along with their horses and dogs.  In her free time, she enjoys competing in barrel racing, rodeo, and trail riding.  She and Steve enjoy traveling and spending time Rylee and Kail as well as Steve’s two daughters, their husbands and 3 grandchildren.

Susan Turner

Financial Operations Manager

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Susan joined Blue River Plumbing May 2021 as Financial Operations Manager.  Her diverse background includes over 30 years’ experience in legal administration, IT administration, project management, office management, operations and personnel management, and accounting.  Susan was raised in Mulvane, KS. where she also raised her four children and then moved to Texas for several years before moving back to Kansas City.  Susan has a passion for learning and has earned three degrees from Friends University in Wichita, KS (bachelor’s degrees in computer information systems, accounting, and a master’s degree in management) as well as an MBA in accounting from Texas A&M-Commerce.  Her favorite past times are watching movies and spending time with family, particularly her beloved grandchildren.  She balances work with the best stress relief of all, laughter! (In fact, if you visit the Blue River Office, you’ll likely hear her spreading joy with her unique and contagious laugh!)

Jake Helliker

Pre-Construction Manager/Estimator

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Jake joined Blue River Plumbing January 2017 as a Construction Manager and has moved up to Pre-Construction Manager/Estimator.  Jake was born and raised in Paola, Kansas and after graduating high school in 2006 he proudly served 4 years in the US Air Force and then went on to study at Johnson County Community College, ultimately graduating from the University of Kansas School of Business.  Prior to joining Blue River Plumbing, Jake worked for Granite Services International on natural gas pipeline inspection projects.  In 2021 Jake married his girlfriend Erin and they currently live in Ypsilanti, Michigan while Erin completes her medical residency at a hospital.  In his free time, you will find Jake enjoying the outdoors, especially deer hunting and fishing from his kayak.  He is looking forward to continuing with Blue River Plumbing as an estimator and finding new ways to provide value and expertise to our customers, both old and new.

Will Conway

Project Manager

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Will joined Blue River Plumbing September 2020 as Superintendent.  He graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Construction Management, focus in field management.  Will brings a wide variety of skills, knowledge, and experience from his 8-year tenure as a Superintendent for various General Contractors and was charged with building large commercial projects such as Wal-Mart’s, hotels, and manufacturing buildings across 6 states.  Will resides in Wellsville, Kansas where he and his wife Alyssa enjoy the farm life with all their animals.  They also enjoy traveling and Will was blessed to have made a trip around the world!

TJ Slyter

Project Manager

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TJ joined Blue River Plumbing April 2020 as a Project Manager.  He has worked in the construction industry for the last 15 years.  He was born and raised in Paola, Kansas where he currently resides with his wife Meggan and their 3 beautiful children.  TJ has a strong passion for business development and cultivating teams and his boundless energy and drive bring synergy and innovation to our team!

Pepe Juarez

General Superintendent

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Pepe joined Blue River Plumbing August 2010 as a Field Superintendent and has worked his way up to General Superintendent.  Pepe is a licensed plumber with over 22 years of experience where he gives oversight and input from preconstruction to punch, ensuring quality code compliant plumbing systems are being installed for our clients with the highest standards being met. Pepe is also a leader for our teams and is the go-to resource for training and skill development.  Pepe has been married to his wife Paty for 22 years and they are the proud parents of 3 children who love to work hard in school and sports.  He is a huge Kansas City Chiefs fan and season ticket holder and has been a competitive body builder for over 20 years of which he has been recognized at the national level as a top 3 contender in his weight class.  Pepe feels very privileged to be a part of the Blue River Plumbing family and says he is living his own version of the American Dream.

Omar Pena-Estrada

Lead Superintendent

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Omar joined Blue River Plumbing September 2020 as Superintendent and worked his way up as Lead Superintendent.  Omar was born in Mexico City, Mexico and raised in Kansas City where English became his second language.  He attended Kansas City Community College and during this time he was accepted and hired into the Plumber’s Union Local 8.  He completed a 5-year apprenticeship and obtained his Journeyman license while working for P1 Group for 7 years.  He holds certifications in welding, back flow testing and repair, and medical gas.  He continued his education for graphic design and detailing and feels blessed to have been introduced to Blue River and the opportunity to join our team where he runs jobs and our total station.  In his free time, he enjoys spending time with family, going to the gym, anything outdoors and socializing.

Reed Kreiser

Sr Construction Manager

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Reed joined Blue River Plumbing May 2021 as Sr. Construction Manager.  He graduated from the University of North Carolina Asheville May 2009 with a BS in Business Management.  Reed brings over 15 years of plumbing experience and obtained his Masters Plumbers License in 2017.  He grew up in Louisburg, Kansas and still resides there with his wife Lindsay who is a schoolteacher in Louisburg schools and their four amazing kids, Keagen, Graysen, Hayden, and Laken.  Reed and Lindsay spend most of their free time with family and traveling around to all their different kids’ activities.  Reed loves doing anything outdoors, mainly hunting and fishing, but his passion is investing time with his two boys’ sports. Reed’s future goals are to continue to grow in his professional life and to raise his kids with the same core values he was raised by.

Dan Gomer

Superintendent

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Dan joined Blue River Plumbing September 2020 as Superintendent.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience with 24 years in the plumbing industry.  He resides in Gardner, Kansas with his 12-year-old son Hudson, who is the center of his world.  His free time is devoted to Hudson’s activities and coaching him in his multiple sports along with being his biggest fan!

Connor Rusnak

Construction Manager

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Connor joined Blue River Plumbing March 2021 as a Construction Manager.  He grew up in Stanley, Kansas and graduated from Blue Valley High School.  Connor began his career in the Oil and Gas Industry, spending 8 years as a heavy machine operator in the oil fields of Colorado.  He and his Fiancé Isabel currently reside in Hillsdale, Kansas where they raise multiple animals.  In his free time, you can find Connor outdoors, hunting, fishing, and hiking the trails around Hillsdale Lake. 

Jacob Hettinger

Construction Manager

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Jacob joined Blue River Plumbing March of 2021 as a Construction Manager.  After graduating from Blue Valley High School in 2017, Jacob attended school at the Missouri Welding Institute and then worked on the road as a contract welder and it was during this time, he found his love of the management side of the manufacturing business.  He credits coming to Blue River for giving him the opportunity to grow both his hard and soft skills in a diverse and challenging environment.  He is looking forward to improving as an individual and team member to benefit the culture and mission of the company.  Jacob recently purchased his first home where he lives with his black lab in Paola, Kansas.  He is passionately involved in his church and plays the guitar on the worship team. 

Richard Horton

Warehouse Manager

Richard joined Blue River Plumbing December 2021 as Warehouse Manager in our Paola, Kansas location.  He lived in Olathe, Kansas for 16 years before moving to Paola.  After graduating from Paola High School, Richard worked in the oil field for 12 years and landfill construction for 3 years.  He is currently engaged and has a daughter and another on the way!  In his free time, he and his family love camping at the lake and spending time on their boat.  When it is not boat season, they enjoy traveling and riding their side by side.

Ernie Harwig

Purchasing Manager

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Ernie joined Blue River Plumbing September 2019 as Purchasing Manager.  Ernie brings 30 years of experience in the plumbing industry ranging from Purchasing and Warehouse Management, Commercial Plumbing Superintendent, Wholesale Plumbing Operations, Inventory and Configuration Management in addition to Inside Sales experience.  He and his wife Brenda have been married for 30 years and are enjoying their newly build home out in the country in Louisburg, Kansas.  When they are not working on their home, their passion is traveling and enjoying new experiences.

Alex Dunn

Plumber

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Alex joined Blue River Plumbing October 2021 as a Plumber.  He was born and raised in Louisburg, Kansas and entered the residential plumbing industry after graduating High School in 2016.  He enjoys spending his free time with his girlfriend, family and friends and looks forward to annual trips with their razors riding the trails.  Alex has a competitive drive, loves a challenge, and strives to be the best person he can be and have a positive impact on those around him.

Rylee Calderwood

Office Administrator

Rylee joined Blue River Plumbing the summer of 2021 while on college break and then came on full time in January of 2022 as Office Administrator.  Rylee graduated from Spring Hill High School where she ran track and cross country and played basketball.  She earned a cross country and track scholarship at Highland Community College where she competed for 2 years and now is completing her associate degree in general studies online while working full time.  Rylee grew up in a rodeo family in Paola, Kansas and was actively involved in rodeo, competing in barrel racing, goat tying, and pole bending and now enjoys breaking and training colts with her dad and going trail riding.  She is a member of Life Mission Church in Olathe, KS and actively involved in ministry.  Rylee is excited to begin her working career with Blue River Plumbing and being part of the family.

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