Jeffrey Moran, President

 Jeff Moran is the President of The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company (HWC). Moran is responsible for creating, communicating, and implementing HWC’s vision, mission, and overall direction.

Moran joined the Hydaker-Wheatlake Company in July 2014. He has over twenty years of experience as a senior manager, project manager, engineer, substation test technician, and software programmer.

Prior to joining HWC, he was a Principal Engineer and Vice President of Operations at Substation Engineering Company in Reading, PA , Vice President of Renewable Energy at W.R. Casteel Company in Hopwood, PA, Vice President of Engineering and Business Development for HSI Electric in Honolulu, HI, and Project and Sales Engineer for High Voltage Maintenance in Pittsburgh, PA.

Moran’s technical experience encompasses both renewable energy and fossil fuel generation, power delivery, substation relay methodology design, power quality analysis, electrical distribution controls, and failure analysis. Moran holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Point Park University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Pennsylvania State University.  Additionally, Moran is a veteran of the U.S. Navy where he was a Data Systems Technician for four years.

Moran is an active member of the Knights of Columbus and enjoys spending quality time with his family.


Robert Stanko, Vice President of Transmission

Rob Stanko is the Vice President of Transmission for The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company (HWC). With over 25 years of experience in power line and substation construction and maintenance, in this position, he provides management and direction for all transmission projects and his department.

Prior to Stanko’s employment with The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company in September 2013, he held the position of Large Project Coordinator/Project Manager for Consumers Energy for their entire operating area.  A Field Leader III for Transmission Lines Construction and Maintenance for the Eastern zone of Consumers Energy.  A Crew Leader and Line Worker for the Transmission Line Department based out of Saginaw Michigan. A member of the IBEW local 876 working as a Line Foreman, Lineman, and Apprentice for multiple contractors and utilities across the state of Michigan, and a Substation Construction Technician working for multiple contractors on Consumers Energy property. 

Stanko is a veteran of the U.S. Navy Construction Battalions (Sea Bee’s) specializing in concrete piers, foundations and flatwork. He is currently pursuing a degree in Business Management and Project Management at Baker College. Rob also enjoys golfing, hunting and spending time with family and friends.



Bret Wheatlake, Vice president of Distribution

Bret Wheatlake is Vice President of Distribution for The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company (HWC). Since he started his employment in 2000 with HWC, Bret has succeeded in various positions including field work, staff engineering & estimating, and project management. As Vice President of Distribution, he provides oversight and direction for overhead and underground distribution and telecommunication construction.

Wheatlake currently is affiliated with the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) as an active representative for them. In this role, he supports the goal of contractors, providing innovative and safe electrical construction with quality results.

Wheatlake holds a Bachelor’s of Science from Michigan Technological University and a Master’s of Business from Central Michigan University.

In his free time, Wheatlake loves spending time with his dog. He also enjoys boating in the many lakes Michigan has to offer.





Mark E. Lynes, Vice President of Asset Management

Mark Lynes is the Vice President of Asset Management for The Hydaker-Wheatlake Company (HWC). Lynes has more than 28 years of experience in this industry; the group he oversees is responsible to maintain and manage the organizations fleet and equipment. 

Previously, Lynes was a Senior Equipment Manager for 11 years, for a Nationwide Heavy Civil and Building Company, with 3,000 assets and managed a team of over 30 people, which oversaw the day to day maintenance, repair and logistics for the entire fleet.  Prior to this position, Lynes spent 17 years in a variety of equipment and operational roles with the North American group of an international heavy civil company. 

Lynes holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Michigan Technological University and a Masters in Management from Kettering University.

When not working, Lynes can be found playing golf, fishing and boating, and spending time with his wife of over 30 years, both of their families, and their two Labrador Retrievers.