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!”


Dennis Klumb, Jr.

President & CEO

Dennis Klumb, Jr. serves as President & CEO. Dennis has over 20 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.

Mike Ahearn

Chief Operating Officer

Mike brings extensive knowledge and experience in Operations to his role as COO. He is responsible for working with the executive leadership operational leaders of KS Energy Services to ensure safety, quality and productivity of field teams. Mike started his career as a field engineer at GE and has most recently held the role as the North America General Manager for FieldCore, prior to his role at KS. Mike earned his B.S. engineering degree from the State University of New York Maritime College.

Rick Klumb

SVP – 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.

Heather Hipke

VP of Finance

Heather brings over 23 years of accounting and finance experience and a diverse industry background to our team. In her past, she has worked with large public companies in trucking logistics, clinical software solutions, cable services, and manufacturing. She has supported implementing new systems and software solutions to support company growth. At KS, she leads and focuses her team to be trusted financial consultants and partners with the operational leaders to drive informed financial decisions. Heather holds a B.S. Degree in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Luis Cartagenova

VP of Estimating

Luis holds the role as VP of Estimating. He received his bachelor’s degree in Structural Engineering from Catholic University of Ecuador. Luis has spent over 25 years in pipeline construction. He’s held a variety of different positions, from field engineer to project manager. His most recent work was with Fluor as Director of Estimating for EPC projects ranging from a few hundred thousand to multi-billion-dollar projects. His role at KS is to develop and implement a structured estimating process, build a database of historical information, maintain consistency in the company’s proposals, and help mitigate risk providing bidding certainty.