• Joe Taylor


    With hard work and dedication, Joe continues to lead the company as the premier emergency services vendor in the Florida market. With great integrity and through providing an UNMATCHED SERVICE EXPERIENCE℠, the company has continued an impressive trajectory of growth since its inception.

    Joe is relentless in making sure that each and every customer is treated with care and respect, and specifically motivates team members across the organization to achieve the very best results. As the visionary for the company, Joe ensures that the “product” remains the same as it was when he started the company out of his garage in 2002, and he was in homes servicing customers himself.

    Under his leadership, the company continues to thrive. Today, Joe Taylor Restoration’s remarkable headquarters boasts over 36,000 square feet, the company has opened several additional offices in Florida, and the JTR team has grown to over 100 employees across the state.

    Joe is originally from New Jersey, but has enjoyed living in Florida since 1995. He is a graduate of FAU and is passionate about spending quality time with his boys and family, as well as racing cars on the drag strip.

  • Aaron Getty

    Vice President

    Aaron has worked with Joe Taylor Restoration since 2008. During his tenure as Director of Sales and Marketing, the company grew from 8 team members to over 100. He was promoted to Vice President in 2016. Since then, the company has experienced massive growth, adding team members and expanding its service areas to most of Florida.

    Aaron oversees the day to day operations and ensures the company delivers on the expectations and direction that Joe sets forth, which he admits “isn’t always an easy task, as Joe has extremely high expectations.”

    He graduated from FAU in 2005 with a BA in Marketing and minor in Management, and has played sports throughout his life, participating in football, basketball and golf, as well as many outdoor activities, including saltwater fishing. He is also an avid reader, spending much of his time focused on topics such as personal growth and advancing the business.

    Aaron is happily married to Stephanie with one son, and currently resides in Boynton Beach. He and his family are very active in their community and continue to work with charities like Compassion International, First Care, and Journey Church.

  • Annie Russo


    Annie has over 25 years of professional experience in Finance, Accounting, and Administration. She joined the company in June 2020 as an Accounting Manager, and quickly grew into the Controller role in November 2020, overseeing Accounting, Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Cash Collecting, and Posting.

    Annie graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University, with a major in Accounting, and a BS degree in Business Administration.

    She teaches by example, is accessible, supportive, and hands-on. She leads the department to have a productive mindset, a willingness to serve, and a desire to be results-oriented by improving processes in order to deliver consistent, accurate, timely, and reliable financial information.

    Coming from a diverse background, she has an appreciation for the uniqueness and authenticity of each personality she meets, and strongly values integrity and a positive attitude.

    Annie loves discovering new cultures and places. She enjoys riding her beach cruiser along the Florida coastline, admiring the ocean and its majestic beauty. Other pastimes include doing puzzles and listening to Jazz. She has a deep appreciation for art and nature, and truly loves living in Delray Beach.

  • Gretchen Mey

    Director of Operations

    Gretchen began her career with Joe Taylor Restoration as an HR Generalist in the beginning of 2020. She most recently stepped into the role of Director of Operations where she oversees Human Resources, IT, Fleet, and the Administrative/ Customer Service Department.

    Gretchen comes from a Human Resources, Recruiting, and Operations background. She has her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Masters Degree in Organizational Psychology, and recently obtained her SHRM-CP Certification.

    She aims to always align human resources initiatives with the business strategy and company culture in order to provide an unmatched employee experience. She also strives to lead a unified team of operational and administrative professionals who are dedicated to improving and creating systems and processes that empower Joe Taylor Restoration as the company continues to grow and succeed.

    Gretchen loves being a part of a company that always encourages employees to be their best both inside and outside the workplace.

    When outside the office, Gretchen enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and volunteering for local non-profit organizations.

  • Glenda Galarza

    Branch Manager, South East Florida

    Glenda started her career at Joe Taylor Restoration in February 2016 as an Assistant Manager. And because of her attention to detail and hard work, was promoted to management in January 2018.

    For over 11 years, Glenda directed remediation operational functions, and has extensive experience in fire, biohazard and the construction industry.

    She was born in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico and moved to Miami in 1992, where she attended her first American school. During high school, she was promoted to Captain of the Varsity Volleyball team and was a member of the Varsity Soccer team.

    For many years, Glenda honed her leadership skills on the field and now uses these skills to provide both customers and employees with a supportive, collaborative and professional work environment.

    Glenda received her certification in AutoCad design and Digital Architecture from PBSC. She currently has a certification in IICRC WTR and is completing IICRC AMRT, and LEED Green Associate certifications.

    Glenda is the mother of an amazing boy and enjoys spending time with her family, creating memories while skateboarding, biking, swimming, and supporting people working toward their goals.

  • Rod Ribeiro

    Branch Manager, South West Florida

    Rod started as a part-time Water Department Technician during the 2004 hurricane season, joining a small team of JTR employees. He was soon promoted to a full-time position as a Production Team Leader, after mastering the required skills and knowledge.

    In 2014, Rod helped expand operations to the company’s first remote branch in Southwest Florida, originally located in the Fort Myers area. This branch continues to expand, most recently opening a larger location to accommodate it’s continuous growth and customer base.

    Rod grew up in Brasilia, Brazil, where he obtained a Bachelors degree in International Relations, then relocated to Florida in 2003. He has certifications in Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, Carpet Repair & Reinstallation, Applied Microbial Remediation, Fire & Smoke Restoration, OSHA, Journeyman Water Restorer, and Master Water Restorer.

    During his off time, he loves spending time with his wife and two kids. He also enjoys returning to his native Brazil with his family, where they appreciate the beautiful beaches and spending time with family and friends.

  • Jay Tessmer

    Branch Manager, Central Florida and Jacksonville

    Jay started with the company in 2008 and worked as a Cleaning Department Technician for over a year. But because of his of his tenacity and work ethic, he was soon promoted to Estimator.

    After 9 years in his Estimator position, Jay was promoted to Orlando’s first Branch Manager in May 2018. His certifications include the State of Florida Licensed Certified Building Contractor and Mold Remediator.

    Jay is originally from Cochranton, Pennsylvania, and moved to Miami in 1991, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami.

    During the late 90’s he enjoyed a successful career as a professional baseball player with the Milwaukee Brewers, Colorado Rockies, and New York Yankee organizations. His career spanned 8 seasons and was a member of the 1998, 1999 and 2000 World Series Champion New York Yankees teams.

    Jay is married with three children. His hobbies include attending sporting events, traveling and fishing.

  • Kyle Brownell

    Branch Manager, Tallahassee

    Kyle started his career with Joe Taylor Restoration (JTR) as a Branch Manager in 2022. Since joining the team, he has jumped in with both feet, training in all facets of the production and administrative sides of the business throughout the 2022 hurricane season. As the hurricane season wound down, he spent a few months in a leadership role assisting the Joe Taylor Restoration Tampa Office, honing the experience needed to launch and operate his own branch.

    In the beginning of 2023, Kyle launched his branch of JTR in Tallahassee Florida with a small team, and is now striving to compete within and outside the organization. The branch is thriving, and as it continues to grow, Kyle is always looking for new tenacious team members to join the team under his leadership.

    Kyle is originally from Dallas, Georgia and lived there until he left for the U.S. Army in 2012 as an Air Traffic Controller. He quickly found himself in a leadership position. After serving 5 years in the Army, Kyle left the military and moved to Tallahassee, FL. There, he took an Operations Director position with a finance company and worked for them for 5 years before the company relocated in 2022.

    Kyle met his wife right after departing the military, and now they have a young son and are expecting a daughter in November 2023. His hobbies include traveling with his family, playing and watching golf, fishing, and the fine art of grilling.

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