Lexington Plumbing

Our Team

Tom Axtell

Tom is the President of Lexington Plumbing. He is the third generation of the family business and has been managing the Service Department for the last ten years. Tom is a Master Plumber and licensed in all of the municipalities in the Metro Area.

Wes Hotze

Joining Lexington Plumbing in 2007, Wes brings with him over 10 years of industry experience. Wes has worked on projects ranging from high-rise commercial buildings and medical hospitals, to industrial facilities, municipalities and single tenant remodels. His experience with design build projects allows for accurate cost analysis and value engineering at early stages of a project. He currently holds plumbing licenses in Kansas City, MO, Independence, MO, Wyandotte County, KS, Johnson County, KS, and Lawrence, KS. Wes has successfully completed OSHA 10 Hour Training, OSHA 30 Hour Training, Confined Space Training & Rescue, and Trenching & Excavating. His current duties involve executive management of the construction department, estimating, and project management.

Dan Axtell

Currently serving as Chairman of the Board, Dan brings more than 40 years of experience to the team. His past experiences range from journeyman plumber to project management, estimator to CEO. Dan sits as an advisory board member of United Missouri Bank. He has also served on the boards of both the Mechanical Contractors Association of Kansas City and the Plumbing Contractors of America. Dan has served as Chairman of the Joint Apprenticeship Committee and as a trustee of both the Local Health & Welfare and Pension boards.

Don Lawhon

Don is a third generation plumber with over 35 years experience and has been with Lexington Plumbing since 1988. Don has worked as a journeyman plumber and advanced to foreman on several construction projects. He has been estimating work and managing projects for over ten years with experience in all phases of the plumbing industry. Don is a licensed plumber with certifications in medical gas systems, backflow preventers, water heating, natural gas piping systems, water distribution and waste piping.

Cindy Hansen

Cindy began with Lexington Plumbing in 2006 as a part time accounting clerk. With a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Iowa, her job soon developed into a full time position. Cindy now performs all accounting responsibilities in the office as well as being the service coordinator. She schedules service calls, dispatches the calls to the technicians and maintains customer relations.

Brian Switzer

Brian is a second generation plumber who grew up in the plumbing trade with over 10 years in the industry. Brian joined Lexington Plumbing’s team in 2009. Brian came from a family owned Plumbing Company so making the transition to Lexington Plumbing was a seamless fit. Brian received his Masters Plumbing license at the age of 21 and has continued to further his knowledge in the plumbing field. Brian has worked in the field on new construction and also as a service technician. Brian now works in the office estimating and managing Service work. His knowledge and love for the industry makes him an excellent resource for customers when troubleshooting problems with their plumbing system. Brian has also been an active member in the AAKC participating on committees and teaching the CAMT Plumbing class for maintenance technicians.

Kip Knoche

Kip started his plumbing career with Lexington in 2003. He has been a foreman for seven years and is now the construction department field operations manager. Kip’s experience has ranged from new residential houses to multiple floor hospital construction. Kip is a licensed journeyman plumber with certifications in medical gas, backflow, OSHA 30, Uponor and various other plumbing trade products. He graduated William Jewell College in 1996 with a B.A. in history and then served six years in the Navy. Kip is a father of three boys, enjoys atv riding and learning new products and procedures in the plumbing industry.

Ian Walters

Ian Benjamen Walters is experienced plumbing professional with over 15 years in the business and is known regionally for his professional approach to every job. He joined the Lexington Plumbing team in 2014 and is committed to maintaining the company's strong reputation as an industry leader. Ian has gained valuable technical experience working on complex commercial and residential projects, starting as a journeyman plumber and advancing to foreman and superintendent. He has managed many multi-million dollar projects throughout Kansas City, and for the past 6 years has been mainly committed to cost estimation and workflow management for corporate and individual clients. Ian is knowledgeable in all phases of the plumbing industry including: backflow preventers, central domestic mixing valves, water heating, natural gas piping systems, water distribution, budgeting preventative maintenance and waste piping. Ian is a proud partner with the AAKC and a member of the MCA.

Shona Farrell

Joining Lexington Plumbing Shona brings over 8 years of accounting and budgeting experience. Shona’s responsibilities in the office include accounts receivable and billing. She also schedules services calls and maintains customer service.