Every day, we install the pipes and cables that power our lives—from lighting offices to heating homes. While this paints a pretty picture, our work is just pretty tough. We dig. We cut. We build. Every time we climb into a protected hole, we’re taking a risk. The smallest mistake may cause an accident. This work demands safety, perfection, and efficiency. It’s Mission: Impossible. At KS, we live for it. We build energy infrastructure that you depend on. In this industry, everyone is good. WE ARE BETTER!”


Mike Ahearn

President & Chief Operating Officer

Mike is the President and COO for KS Energy based in its headquarters in New Berlin, WI.  In this role, he is responsible for a team of more than 1200+ field service personnel executing across various Gas, Electric, and Telecom Distribution networks supporting utilities and service providers.  Mike attended New York Maritime College and graduated with a B.S. degree in Engineering in 1995.  He joined General Electric soon after graduation as a mechanical field engineer and progressed in various management positions, then into executive leadership positions over his 24 years of service.  Mike joined KS Energy in 2019 as the Chief Operating Officer.  In March 2022, Mike was appointed President & COO of KS Energy.    

Stephen Pagliari

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO at KS Energy, Steve leads all finance and accounting functions. He has over 20 years of experience as a financial leader. Prior roles include GM, CFO and FP&A Leader roles at both organizational and corporate levels. Steve was a member of and later one of twelve leaders in GE’s Corporate Audit Staff organization and is a graduate of GE’s Financial Leadership Program. Steve holds a B.S. Degree in Finance from Penn State University.

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Dan Smith

Chief Commercial Officer

Dan has ownership of KS Energy’s commercial strategy. He oversees client interactions making sure all functions and teams within KSE are coordinated and equipped to satisfy our clients and customers. Dan and his team are accountable for leading and supporting client relationship management, establishing optimal pricing to balance profit and customer satisfaction, business development, estimating, and contract management. He has over 25 years of business to business account management and sales strategy execution experience within the utility sector. Dan has a B.S. in Business Management.

Rick Klumb

Senior Vice President – Gas & Pipeline

Rick has over 36 years of hands on experience performing major natural gas projects throughout the country including large steel projects. He is experienced in tapping, tie-ins, fusing, house piping, inspecting and relighting of appliances, boring and operating machinery. Rick oversees our work in Central and Southern Illinois, Eastern Iowa, and various steel projects throughout our territory. Some of the customers he has performed work for include Alliant, Nicor, Ameren, We Energies, Xcel Energy, NSP, Duke Power, WPS and Consumers Energy.

Dennis Klumb, Jr.

Senior Advisor

On March 1, 2022 Dennis retired from his position as President & CEO and has taken the role of Senior Advisor. Dennis has over 25 years experience in the utility industry and has served on a number of industry Boards including President of the Wisconsin Underground Contractors Association, Distribution Contractors Association (Director), Midwest Energy Association (Executive Board as Treasurer) and also served as Chairman of the Board of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin in 2004. He has a BA degree from Marquette University, a Law Degree from Hamline University School of Law and is a member of the California and Wisconsin Bars.