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The A.J. Vater team is made up of an outstanding group of people who are knowledgeable and experienced in the painting and decorating industry. Everyone on our team takes pride in our company and stand behind the work we complete for clients.

Dan-VaterDan Vater – President
Dan is 3rd generation and has worked entire career at A. J. Vater & CO., INC.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh and graduated from Indiana University.
Began as an estimator in 1982 and became president in 1995.
Dan has a corporate overview of the entire company but mainly concentrates his efforts in West Virginia.
Over 30 years of experience in estimating, project management, and billing.
Dan and his wife Stephanie donate their time, treasures, and talents to western pa chapter of the cystic Fibrosis foundation and the First Tee of Pittsburgh.

Andy-Vater-Vice-PresidentAndy Vater – Vice President
Andy is 3rd generation at A. J. Vater and has over 25 years of experience in project management and estimating.
Andy graduated from St. Vincent college.
Andy is a board member of the Pittsburgh Builders exchange and a former president of the western pa PDCA.

Mark-Vater-Controller-TreasurerMark Vater – Controller/Treasurer
Mark graduated from Penn State
Mark has several decades of experience in accounting with newspapers and ad agencies before coming to work at A. J. Vater in 1995.
Mark is also in charge of A. J. Vater’s safety plan and is our CFO and safety director.

borisBoris Brindar, Chief Conservator
A second generation art conservator, Boris started young with his dad, who was holding a position of Head of Conservation Labs at the Russian State Museum in Leningrad. Boris received his degree in conservation and art history from the Academy of Fine arts in Leningrad. At the Academy Boris specialized in oil paintings and religious icons.
Of over 33 years of professional experience – last 25 years in the US were filled with unique projects ranging from a renovation/restoration of a cathedral to historic landmarks and private art collections. Boris may boast impressive references and coverage in media, including Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Tribune Review, WQED-13 “Houses Around Here” and a DVD release “Samuel Rosenberg Pittsburgh’s Painter Laureate” by Kenneth Love.

John W. Kohler – Estimator
Over 30 years experience estimating for commercial painting projects
Specializes in commercial build outs, church and institutional projects, high end finishes, and wall fabrics.
Graduated from Duquesne University.

Bob-BonnettRobert “Buck” Bonnett – Estimator
Buck has been with A. J. Vater since 1982.
He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Buck has decades of experience bidding and project managing commercial, residential, and light industrial painting projects.

Ryan-DunbarRyan Dunbar – Estimator
Ryan has been with A. J. Vater since January, 2012
He graduated from Bowling Green State University
Ryan is the fourth generation to come work for A. J. Vater
Ryan’s duties are mostly in West Virginia where he does estimating and Project management.

Jaime-MisselwitzJaime Misselwitz – Executive Assistant

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