Note from the Founder and President , Darryl Kratzer
In 1979, I was laid off from the railroad where I worked in the signal department. Cable TV had just arrived in Indianapolis and companies needed linemen to place cable lines. Most of today’s Cable TV managers came out of this period, and my contacts have endured through today. Because of a need and shortage of cable splicers, I was promoted and began working as a splicer of Cable TV equipment.
With the growth of cable in the area, there was a rising need for cable splicing. My Manager at Indianapolis Cablevision took me under his wing and helped me to incorporate my own company and gave me their splicing work. At that time, I added one employee.
Around 1994 fiber optics became the delivery medium as cable companies added more programing. All companies from phone to TV began to upgrade their backbone to fiber. For 6 months I worked for free to a contractor to learn fiber splicing. Using my established contacts, I started splicing fiber for those companies.
Using those contacts as a base, we have branched out to other companies and we continue to grow. What is most important to me is the relationships that have been formed throughout the years. At TAK the focus of our team is to continue those relationships, create new connections, and to work with excellence.
1996 | Darryl Kratzer| Founder and President
Meet Our Team
As President and Founder of T.A.K. Fiber Optics, Darryl Kratzer has over 40 years of experience in the cable and fiber optics business. Darryl loves being self-employed and when not working enjoys outdoor activities such as biking, walking his dog, and canoeing.
Teresa Kratzer has over 25 years in the information technology field. Her experience in innovation and technology implementation has proven to be valuable in her role as Vice President. Working with family, being a part of a growing company, and making a difference in the Telecommunication industry is what she loves most about working at T.A.K. When not at work, Teresa loves writing and playing the guitar.
DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS
As Director of Communications, Tanya brings over 30 years of customer service, branding, and building relationships to her role at T.A.K. Tanya’s favorite part of being part of T.A.K is making a difference in the communities by providing a quality product. When not working she loves working on her second book, hiking, and spending time with her grandchildren.
FIELD SERVICE MANAGER
As Field Service Manager, Jeff brings 19 years of expertise in the cable industry. With his extensive knowledge in fiber optic design, Jeff plays an instrumental role when it comes to understanding the fiber routes in Indiana. When Jeff isn’t working, he enjoys racing cars, coaching soccer, and being with his family.
Operations Manager, Duane Bohannon brings over 30 years’ experience in operations and project management, leading multiple teams. Duane’s leadership skills are an asset when it comes to getting jobs completed quickly and efficiently. His favorite aspect of working at T.A.K. is the satisfaction he receives when a job is completed well. When he’s not working, he enjoys working in the yard and spending time with his family.
LEAD FIBER OPTICS TECHNICIAN
When it comes to troubleshooting and testing, Lead Fiber Optics Technician, Joshua Bohannon is instrumental in the field with his analytical and technical skills. His favorite part of working at T.A.K. is seeing the underbelly of businesses and seeing new places. When not at work, Joshua loves the outdoors, fishing, playing the Xbox and spending time with his family.
LEAD FIBER OPTICS TECHNICIAN
With over 18 years of experience in the cable industry, Lead Fiber Optics Technician, Kris Starks brings professionalism and knowledge to the job. Kris enjoys working for family and helping to make a difference by providing quality fiber service in the communities. When not working, Kris loves being at home with his family.
FIBER OPTICS TECHNICIAN
Our newest Fiber Optics Technician, John Davis, brings over 30 years of valuable driving and mechanical experience to TAK. His attention to detail brings thoroughness and accuracy when completing a task. His favorite thing about working at TAK is the family atmosphere and when he isn’t working he enjoys traveling and spending time with his family.