The perfect team
Mike Schelkun, CoOwner
Mike Schelkun is co-owner of Empire Radiator Service with his son James. He retired from Kodak in 1991 after nearly 30 years of service. He was involved in new product development, technical support to worldwide manufacturing, and quality. When he left he was leading an ISO certification program. After retiring, he worked as a tax preparer for a few years, including teaching basic level tax preparation. Mike is responsible for book keeping and marketing. He is also knowledgeable in custom radiator building. This includes antiques, classics, street rods, and truck and industrial applications. If you’re looking for a special radiator, Mike is the one to call. Mike is an active member of NARSA and attends trade shows and seminars to keep up on the latest in automotive, truck, and industrial heating and cooling. In his spare time Mike enjoys motorcycling.
James Schelkun, CoOwner
James “Jim” Schelkun, co-owner of Empire Radiator Service, Tubes N’ Hoses, is a graduate of SUNY Alfred at Wellsville with an associate’s degree in automotive repair. After graduation he worked in Oldsmobile dealerships before becoming a MATCO Tool distributor. He was with MATCO until 1997 when he and his father purchased Empire Radiator Service. He is factory trained in fluid line manufacturing (Tubes N’ Hoses). He is also factory trained by Active Radiator Supply in charge air cooler recoring and truck and industrial radiators. He received NARSA Heavy Duty Technician Certification in February 2004. Jim is the key when it comes to constructing custom radiators and other pieces. He can make it if you can describe it.
Wendy Schelkun, Office Manager
Wendy Schelkun, wife of owner James Schelkun, was born and raised in Pennsylvania. She graduated from Baptist Bible College with a major in counseling. She shares front office duties with Ginny, alternating days. She is our CAD drawing expert and works with customers and suppliers on custom projects. Jim has shown her the ins and outs of our shop work so she is very capable of handling all types of customer inquiries.
Ginny Schelkun, Office Assistant
Ginny Schelkun, wife of owner Mike Schelkun and mother of owner James Schelkun, is our very capable office manager. She is the one who usually answers the phone when you call. She graduated from business school in Detroit, Michigan. Her experience includes several years on the board of directors of Greece YMCA. Ginny is the one who knows what is going on in the shop. Ginny has been running the office since 1997 when Jim and Mike purchased the business. She answers phone inquiries, schedules appointments, orders parts, and prepares estimates. She handles accounts receivable and accounts payable. In addition, she takes care of what ever is necessary for a smooth running office and shop. In her spare times she is an avid quilter and enjoys motorcycling with her husband, Mike.
Ray Blair, Technician
Ray Blair is our newest employee, He has 35 years experience as an auto mechanic plus welding. He can do anything from an engine swap to a brake job. His specialties include sub-frame replacement, front axle shaft replacement and suspension work.
Jonathan Dobias, Sales
Jonathan joined us in December, 2017, He spent his first weeks in the shop learning the details of what we do. His goals are to help customers meet their needs by supplying acurat and dependable advice.