For East Troy-based KS Energy Services Inc., business is a family affair. Led by president and chief executive officer Dennis Klumb Sr., the company’s principals include sons Dennis Klumb Jr., Shawn, Rick and Mike Klumb and “honorary brother” Tom Schaitel.
“Being able to work alongside your brothers and your dad is pretty unique,” said Dennis Klumb Jr., vice president and secretary.
The familial bond that created KS Energy Services in 2005 extends to every corner of the business, Klumb Jr. said. It drives the company’s management style and corporate culture.
“You see a young person come in who is green and works his way up,” Klumb Jr. said. “Now he’s married, has a family and can afford a new car or a first home. We’ve always prided ourselves on helping to do that for somebody. You’re helping to see them succeed.”
The employees, in turn, have helped KS Energy Services succeed. The company totaled $28 million in revenue in 2007 and expects to top $50 million in 2008.
“We’ve been raised by our parents, and it’s the company philosophy to give back to others if you are successful,” he said. “It’s just a big part of what we do.”
KS Energy Services and its employees have donated time and money to more than 25 charities and groups, including more than $1 million to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin over the past 12 years.
Patti Gorsky, president of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Wisconsin, said the KS Energy principals treat even their philanthropic partners as family.
“They not only donate, they also give generously of their time and talents to make each group with which they work a better organization overall,” said Gorsky, who nominated Klumb for the Bravo! Entrepreneur Award.
Address: 1988 Energy Drive, East Troy
Web site: www.ksenergyservices.com
Industry: Natural gas and utility
Revenues: $28 million in 2007; $50 million projected in 2008