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.

Stephen Pagliari

Chief Financial Officer

As CFO at KS, 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’ commercial strategy. He oversees client interactions making sure all functions and teams within KS 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.