To provide a combination of client satisfaction with industry expertise, KLM has assembled a team specific to the needs of our clients. KLM’s team have an extensive knowledge base specializing in water storage systems; whether it be inspection, recondition, coatings, new tank or telecommunications. To ensure each project is held to the highest of standards, our team consists of engineers, and certified inspectors by the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) and American Welding Society (AWS).
Shawn A. Mulhern - President/ CEO
Mr. Mulhern has been inspecting, testing, and evaluating water towers for over 36 years. He has been involved in the inspection of over 300 elevated water towers, ground storage reservoirs, and industrial tanks of sizes ranging from 50,000 gallons to 120 million gallons. Shawn is a NACE Level III Certified Coatings Inspector and an American Welding Society (AWS) Associate Welding Inspector. He is also an avid volunteer and educational presenter nation-wide.
Rodney J. Ellis - Vice President/ COO
Mr. Ellis has extensive experience working with a wide range of municipalities, military, and industrial facilities. He has worked on hundreds of water storage reservoirs, lead abatement projects, industrial tank reconditioning projects, water treatment plants, and bridges over the past 29 years. Rodney is a NACE Level III Certified Coatings Inspector, and an AWS Certified Welding Inspector. Rodney offers significant benefits to clients because of his work with all types of contractors on many types of complex projects.
Jerry J. Tell, P.E. - Structural Engineer
Mr. Tell is a registered Professional Structural Engineer who has held licenses in multiple states. Jerry has a strong background in structural design of plate structures including heavy lift cranes, water filtration tanks, bulk material silos/ bins and elevated structures. Jerry brings to KLM experience in engineering management with an emphasis on multi-million-dollar projects. Jerry offers KLM clients a dedication to quality workmanship and extensive skill sets in structural analysis and designs.
Ben Feldman, P.E. - Civil Engineer
Mr. Feldman has worked in both the private and public sectors starting out his career as an engineer and project manager with the Midwest leader in the design of state-of-the-art municipal facilities and other complexes. Ben’s project experience ranges from treatment plants, pump stations to distribution studies, and maintenance plans. He is also an active member of the Minnesota section AWWA as Board Security-Treasurer for over four years. Ben provides KLM’s clients with creative, cost-effective solutions, exceptional service, and a level of quality as if it were his own.
Scott Kriese - Project Field Supervisor
Mr. Kriese is a NACE Level III Certified Coatings Inspector with fourteen years of experience on projects including surface preparation, coating application, and inspection services during reconditioning, new tank construction, and structural repairs on water storage tanks and towers. Scott is currently a Project Field Supervisor overseeing NACE inspectors who are performing daily inspections of new and reconditioned water storage tanks. Scott has provided resident inspection services or oversite on hundreds of potable water and fire protection tanks during his tenure at KLM.
Tadd Oachs - Telecom Manager
Mr. Oachs has worked in the telecommunications industry for over 9 years. His knowledge and skill in the field, along with his experience with some of the newest technologies, are an asset to KLM projects. Tadd’s extraordinary focus and strategic way of thinking, with his uncanny ability to facilitate clear communication between different teams and departments, is invaluable to completing projects on-time and within budget.
Laurie Sylte - Finance Manager
Mrs. Sylte has been in the finance management industry for over 20 years. Of these years, 15 are specific to water storage systems. Laurie excels in project support and budget management for tanks ranging from 25,000 to over a million gallons. She works directly with clients to ensure accounting and budget timelines are met and executed to the city and/or council requirements.
Dewey Prinzing - Vice President of Business Development
Mr. Prinzing has been in the construction, inspection, testing, and evaluation industry for more than twenty years. He has been involved in the inspection of elevated water towers, ground storage reservoirs, and industrial tanks of sizes ranging from 50,000 gallons to 3 million. Dewey transitioned his knowledge as a NACE Inspector to his current role in sales. In sales, Dewey successfully assists clients with their various needs whether it be on rehabilitation, new tank construction, structural repairs, evaluations, tank cleaning, or mixing.
James Creed - Great Lakes Regional Sales Manager
Mr. Creed is the Regional Manager located in our New Lennox, Illinois office. He has a combined 30+ years in the coatings industry primarily in General Industrial, OEM, Marine, Protective Coatings and Linings. The knowledge and understanding of protective coatings, surface preparation, and local, federal, and industry regulations Jim brings to KLM, confirms clients are receiving the most reliable guide for their assets. Jim is also a NACE Level III Certified Coatings Inspector and SSPC Certified Concrete Coating Inspector.
Tom Quammen - West Central Regional Manager
Mr. Quammen is the Regional Manager located in our Prairie Village, Kansas office. He has a combined 30+ years of water tank/ tower experience, first as a NACE and UT inspector for a small structural engineering firm in Minneapolis, then as a Principal Tnemec Company Representative, first in MN, then CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, UT, and WY. In addition, he has knowledge of structural engineering, extensive protective coatings experience, and ACI/ ICRI training. His skills and experience are an asset to KLM and our clients.
Michael Novitzki - Director of Business Development
Mr. Novitzki has been in the sales and marketing industry for over four years. Since joining KLM, Michael has been able to utilize his skills in sales to excel in the water storage industry with a desire to assist communities of all different sizes. Michael has been involved in projects ranging from 50,000 to over one million gallons. Michael’s goal to make sure every community has a positive experience regarding their water storage tank is evident in his superior workmanship and making sure the needs of his clients are taken care of. He is also a valued member of the AWWA Young Professionals and a MAC Committee liaison.
Michelle Nelson - Operations Coordinator
Mrs. Nelson has been in the water storage industry for more than ten years with an emphasis on operations. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin- River Falls. She has experience working on projects ranging from 50,000 gallons to 2 million gallons in size. She brings to her position a broad range of support skills from project management to customer support for antennas, new construction, and reconditioning projects. Her dedication and expertise allow her to streamline communications and workflow to ensure project satisfaction.
Olivia Harrington - Administrative Assistant
Ms. Harrington comes from a background in human resources, administration and business. Currently, Olivia uses her skills to provide support to our marketing and field department with assembling marketing material, management of KLM’s file system and database as well as a key member of our customer service team. Olivia also manages the mixer product line with the department of health submittals to inventory control protocols.