Prompted by rapidly expanding market influence in our six office locations, we are excited to introduce the following key leadership changes.
Neil Smeenk is moving into a newly created role of Director of Engineering. Neil has been with KCL Engineering since 2012, has served as the active Des Moines Office Lead since 2021, and has been part of the executive group since 2018. Neil’s responsibilities as Director of Engineering will include overseeing engineering standards across all offices, implementing new technologies and practices to enhance quality and efficiency, and guiding the development of the company's engineering talent to ensure future growth and innovation.
Nick Johnson is stepping into the role of Managing Principal of the Des Moines Office. Nick has assumed numerous leadership roles since joining KCL Engineering in 2016 including managing several of the company’s largest projects and client relationships, advancing management tools and quality control initiatives, and serving as Electrical Department Lead. As Managing Principal, Nick will focus on expanding the office's client base, streamlining operational procedures, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement and client satisfaction.
Eric Heynen has been tapped as the new Des Moines Electrical Department Lead. Eric has been with KCL Engineering since 2018 and has built a reputation as a diligent project manager and effective communicator. Eric will lead KCL’s team of seven Des Moines electrical team members with responsibilities including team assignments, workload management, and mentoring.
Neil Smeenk expressed enthusiasm for this new role, stating, “I'm excited to broaden my reach within the KCL family knowing the Des Moines office will continue to operate without missing a beat. Nick and Eric have long demonstrated their abilities to manage projects and people; their ascension into these roles will truly feel seamless to staff and our clients.”
Founder and CEO, Kris Kunze, reflects on this chain of leadership advancements: “As a growth-oriented company, KCL’s foundational emphasis on cultivating next-generation leadership is essential in executing growth plans on a department, office, and company-wide scale. I’m delighted to see this leadership shift play out perfectly. These changes not only recognize the incredible talent and dedication of Neil, Nick, and Eric but also set the stage for KCL Engineering's continued success and expansion in the years to come.”