LEADERSHIP

Building Strong Leaders

Exceptional leadership is essential to how we operate. We know that in order to retain and attract top talent, quality leadership is essential to create a positive workplace. We focus on continual development within our teams to advance skills and enhance future opportunities for our team members. We know that to bring the best quality to our customers, we need strong leaders, and we work with each employee to help them achieve their fullest potential.

 


MEET OUR LEADERSHIP

Eric Michel, PE

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

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Eric Michel, PE

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Eric joins KLJ with energy and passion for the engineering industry. He brings decades of construction, engineering, and executive leadership to our company, with an enthusiasm for KLJ and its history. A leader with a heart for people and a mind for business, in his role as CEO, Eric is looking forward to helping KLJ reach its full potential by building on the strong legacy and foundation built over the company’s nearly 85-year history. A straight-forward and candid leader, Eric enjoys getting out in the field, connecting with KLJers across the company, and with the clients and communities we have the opportunity to serve.

Kurt Zmich, PE

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

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Kurt Zmich, PE

Chief Operating Officer (COO)

Kurt works with the leadership of our company to ensure business performance and attainment of strategic goals. He leads the operations management teams in our business – the technical services and project delivery side of our house. He brings more than 30 years of professional experience and progressive responsibilities in environmental engineering, civil engineering, and project management, as well as extensive experience in enterprise-level operations leadership. He is a husband and father that enjoys the outdoors and attempting to be a chef – and we are excited he is part of the KLJ team!

Dan Greenfield

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

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Dan Greenfield

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)

Dan brings significant experience to KLJ regarding financial analysis and strategy, helping us make the right investments as we grow. He helps us provide an exceptional experience for our clients, which is the bottom line we care most about.

Martin Fritz

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

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Martin Fritz

Chief Administrative Officer (CAO)

Martin brings a continuous fire in the belly to KLJ and provides strategy development, leadership, and management oversight of KLJ safety, legal, risk management, insurance, office / facilities leasing and construction, and related administrative management.

Mark Anderson, PE

Senior Vice President, Environment and Public Works

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Mark Anderson, PE

Senior Vice President, Environment and Public Works

Mark is known for his knowledge, compassion, and expertise as a great engineer and leader. Mark leads our environment and public works division and continues to mentor others on how providing an exceptional customer experience can lead to a great career.

Lanny Harris, PE

Senior Vice President, Energy and Natural Resources

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Lanny Harris, PE

Senior Vice President, Energy and Natural Resources

Lanny leads our energy and natural resources division, bringing decades of experience in telecommunications, as well as leading one of our previous subsidiary companies. Lanny is straightforward, bringing a positive outlook at each opportunity.

Emily Johnson

Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Communications

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Emily Johnson

Senior Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Communications

Emily is the chattiest member of our leadership team, which is fitting as she leads our Talent Acquisition and Communications department. Paying attention to where and how we are represented, Em works with an awesome team to represent the company in the most creative ways and align our recruiting efforts and our brand.

Ben Dzioba

Vice President, Construction Management Services

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Ben Dzioba

Vice President, Construction Management Services

Ben is passionate about taking an idea and turning it into reality. He ensures projects reach their greatest potential and are kept on-schedule and within budget through oversight to our construction resources.

Jackie Dylla

Vice President, Environment and Corridor Services

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Jackie Dylla

Vice President, Environment and Corridor Services

With more than 20 years of engineering consulting expertise Jackie knows that projects require and a comprehensive approach. Which means connecting stakeholders, agencies, and helping everyone identify and understand all environmental aspects, early on, so your project is always moving forward.

Jeff Ostrom

Vice President, Sales

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Jeff Ostrom

Vice President, Sales

Jeff lives KLJ’s brand promise – An exceptional experience. Combined with his extensive background in customer and stakeholder engagement, he brings a strong understanding of the importance of communication and collaboration in the project pursuit and development process.

Cody Aldinger

Vice President, Information Technology

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Cody Aldinger

Vice President, Information Technology

Cody operates with an entrepreneurial spirit, bringing innovative ideas and processes to our company – helping us meet our internal and external needs!

Michelle Miller

Associate Vice President HR

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Michelle Miller

Associate Vice President HR

Michelle oversees employee relations as well as KLJ’s compensation and benefit programs. Her extensive HR knowledge and witty sense of humor are just a few things that make KLJ a great place to work.

Jess Karls, PE

Associate Vice President of Transportation

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Jess Karls, PE

Associate Vice President of Transportation

Jess oversees the client management of our transportation services. Her love of all things transportation and engineering will help ensure our transportation projects are delivered effectively and efficiently utilizing all infrastructure-related services KLJ provides.

Jon Markusen, PE

Production Director

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Jon Markusen, PE

Production Director

Jon’s been with KLJ for more than 20 years and it’s safe to say he understands our business and knows our clients well. His technical expertise is in transportation planning and design. He’s used that experience to mentor many within the company looking to develop their technical careers. As a production director, Jon oversees components of KLJ's production and project work, ensuring we deliver professional engineering and related services and works to help develop our technical talent as they progress with the company.

Jennie Krause, PE

Operations Planning and Performance Director

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Jennie Krause, PE

Operations Planning and Performance Director

Jennie brings energy, experience, and enthusiasm to our Operations Planning and Performance team. Her strong project management background, and cross-discipline experience means there isn’t much Jennie hasn’t encountered on a project. Her focus on developing strong technical project management processes and capabilities allows the company to continue to evolve, grow, and deliver progressive infrastructure solutions to communities around the nation.

Bill Wuolu

Safety Director

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Bill Wuolu

Safety Director

Bill recently rejoined KLJ as our safety director and we are excited to have him back. With more than a decade in the safety profession and experience in multiple industries he knows safety matters, and works each day to keep everyone at KLJ, and those we work, safe.