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 35 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.
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 28 years. Rodney is certified as a NACE Level III Coatings Inspector, APII 653- above ground storage tank inspection 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. He has the ability to produce positive results under the most adverse conditions.
Jerry J. Tell, P.E. - Structural Engineer
Mr. Tell is a registered Professional Structural Engineer. 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
Ben has worked in both the private and public sector starting out his career as an engineer and project manager with the Midwest leader in design of state-of-the-art municipal facilities that included high school campuses, county jails, and school athletic complexes. His projects involved numerous interior and exterior production facility improvements, significant treatment plant and pump station electrical upgrades, supply conduit maintenance practices, and distribution pressure studies. Those that participate in the MNAWWA Section may recognize Ben’s name as he is an active member and recently completed a four-year term on the MNAWWA Section Board as the Secretary-Treasurer. Ben is dedicated to providing 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 has over a decade of experience supervising projects, ranging from coating applications, inspection to reconditioning and new tank construction. Scott is currently the Project Field Supervisor with a strong background in lead paint removal and abatement as well as project management. Scott is also a NACE level III Certified Coatings Inspector.
Chad Beyer - Telecom Supervisor
Mr. Beyer has been in the telecommunications industry for over eleven years. Chad is an experienced certified tower climber and project manager. Chad began his career with installation and designing of cellular equipment allowing him to have extensive knowledge in reviewing drawings, requirements, and field inspection. He has expertise in turn key consulting and inspection of antenna projects on water towers, monopoles, buildings, and privately-owned towers.
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 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. Mr. Prinzing holds a certification as a NACE Coatings Inspector. 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, or new tank construction, structural repairs, evaluations, tank cleaning, or mixing.
Michael Olesen - Wisconsin Sales Manager
Mr. Olesen has been in the water storage systems industry for over thirty years. His experience is drawn from involvement on projects ranging from 50,000 gallons to 2 million gallons. Michael started out managing city water systems and transitioned into the consulting and sales, where he uses his experience to provide cost efficient solutions for his clients. Mr. Olesen holds a Water Supply Operator certification through the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
Tom Quammen - Central Regional Manager
Mr. Quammen is KLM’s Central Regional Manager located in our Kansas office. He has a combined 30 years of tank/tower experience, first as a NACE and UTM inspector for a small structural engineering firm in Minneapolis, then as a Principal Tnemec Company Representative, first in MN, then CO, ID, MT, NM, 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. Prior to joining KLM, Michael was the Director of Sales in the financial credit industry. Mr. Novitzki is a graduate of Holy Cross College, with a degree in business, specializing in finance. Since joining KLM, Michael has been able to utilize his skills in sales and 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 a million plus gallon tanks. 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 in the most beneficial way. He is also pursuing his M.B.A.
Michelle Nelson - Operations Coordinator
Mrs. Nelson has been in the water storage industry for more than ten years with an emphasis in operations. Michelle holds a Bachelor’s 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 antenna, new construction and reconditioning projects. Her dedication and expertise allows her to streamline communications and work flow for ensure project satisfaction.
Jennifer Becker - Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Becker is an Administrative Assistant for the Field Department at KLM Engineering, Inc. She brings over 12 years of experience in the administrative field, providing extensive knowledge in all administrative tasks, including expertise in project coordination and correspondence. Having held positions in engineering, accounting, and business fields, Jenny is able to tailor her broad range of skills to meet the needs of her environment. Currently, she maintains field paperwork, ensuring proper documentation is complete; transcription of meeting minutes, providing project updates to city, client, and job-site personnel; project close outs, assembling final invoices, paperwork, and photos; as well as various miscellaneous tasks that arise.
Kim Grandt - Marketing Assistant
Ms. Grandt has been working in the administrative-business field for over six years. She comes to KLM with a range for support skills, specializing in business management and marketing. Kim currently maintains KLM’s vast database, as well as processing RFQ’s, documentation submittals and general customer service inquires to facilitate KLM’s customers’ needs from project start to finish. Ms. Grandt also works directly with KLM’s Association networks to ensure KLM stays current with Industry standards, State and Federal Regulations.
Olivia Harrington - Administrative Assistant
Ms. Harrington is KLM’s newest member. She come from a background in administration and business with an emphasis in human resources. 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 department of health submittals to inventory control protocols.