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 additional offices in Southwest and Central Florida, and the JTR team has grown to almost 100 employees across the state.
Joe is originally from New Jersey, but has enjoyed living in South 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 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 50. 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 Boca Raton. He and his family are very active in their community and continue to work with charities like Compassion International, First Care, and Spanish River Church.
Cathy Penyak joined Joe Taylor Restoration in 2016 with over 20 years of diverse experience in finance and accounting. She brings her continuous drive, attention to detail, and work ethic to her position and the organization.
In her current role, Cathy is responsible for the Finance Department, which includes Accounting, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable, as well as budgeting, cash forecasting, and payroll.
She currently holds a B.S. degree in Accounting from Allentown College, as well as an MBA degree from DeSales University, Pennsylvania. She obtained her undergraduate degree as a non-traditional student; working full time, raising an active young family and attending school in the evenings.
Cathy relocated in 2016 to Florida from Easton, PA where she built her career and raised her family. She currently resides in Delray Beach with her husband, Jim. She has three sons, David, Kevin and Brian.
Cathy is an avid reader, enjoys boating, kayaking, and watching the sunrise over the ocean. She has recently taken up running and has participated in several 5-K races, including a Color-Run, and is looking forward to her first 10-K race.
Director of Operations
Karen joined Joe Taylor Restoration in 2018. She currently helps oversee operational functions within the corporate office and remote branches, including customer service, HR, recruiting, fleet and safety. With over 15 years of operational experience under her belt, she looks for creative ways to make improvements, and increase internal and external customer satisfaction by introducing different methodologies.
In 2012 Karen earned her Black Belt certification in Lean Six Sigma, which helped her lead successful large-scale projects across start-ups, medium, and large sized companies. Karen has a Bachelors in Marketing and an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration.
Karen is originally from North Carolina and currently resides in Boca Raton. Away from the office, she enjoys writing, business coaching, acrylic painting, and pursuing other fun adventures.
Director of Sales
Lauren joined Joe Taylor Restoration in 2019 as the Director of Sales and brings more than 20 years of nationwide sales experience to the team. She built her career on business strategies, sales, marketing, talent development, and customer service.
Her area of expertise is producing high performing teams that deliver financial results. This native Floridian describes her leadership style as fast-paced, detailed oriented and direct. She is not afraid of a challenge and is constantly looking for ways to improve her personal performance and the performance of the team. “I like to bring enthusiasm and energy to what I do.”
As a wife and a mom, she is devoted to her family and friends. Outside of work, she enjoys new cuisine, traveling, and running.
SEFL Cleaning Department Manager
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 5-year old boy and enjoys spending time with her family, creating memories while skateboarding, biking, swimming, and supporting people working towards their goals.
SEFL Water Department Manager
Clegg joined the Joe Taylor Restoration team in 2003, shortly after the doors opened, and helped with every aspect of the growing startup company.
As the company grew, Clegg focused his efforts on water mitigation and has successfully managed countless structural drying projects of every shape and size. He is a results-oriented, high energy, hands-on professional with skills in customer service, quality assurance, and program development. He has a thorough knowledge of the company’s best practices and has a clear vision of company goals.
Clegg, a business minded team player, has grown and developed his department through attracting, mentoring and retaining world-class team members, while always utilizing cutting edge technology. The South East Water Department is the best at bringing customers the highest quality service product on the market.
Clegg grew up in Florida, and graduated from Rollins College in Winter Park. He enjoys fishing, hunting, and sharing experiences with family and friends. His other hobbies include aviation, cycling, and reading.
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.
Branch Manager, Central Florida
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.