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CEO and President
Ken’s career started as a Local One Ironworker in the Chicago area for over ten years. In 1991, he returned to college to further his education. In October 1995, KAM Industries Ltd. d.b.a. Cordeck was incorporated. As CEO and President of Cordeck, Ken’s job is to continually look for new product lines and expansion opportunities. Currently Cordeck has six locations within the United Sates that manufacture and distribute Metal Deck and related products.
Ken was on the Board of Directors at the Bank of Kenosha from 2000-2013. In 2003, we developed a retail strip center called the Kenosha Trade & Commerce Park. In 2017 we will have a total of 7 buildings totaling over 70,000 sq. ft. retail space.
In 2008, Ken was named “Business Person of the Year” by KABA and the Kenosha Area Chamber of Commerce. Ken says, “This was a wonderful surprise that my team at Cordeck and other business affiliates in Kenosha nominated and voted for me. I feel very lucky to have a great team to work with and a loving family that give me the opportunity to make a difference in my community.”
In 2016, Cordeck was awarded the Ovation Award for the “fast five” for being one of the fastest growing business in Southeastern Wisconsin.
Of his personal life, Ken says, “I am happily married to Liz and have three wonderful children, Meagan, Kenny, and Kaitlyn.”
When not at work or with his family, Ken likes to work out. In 2012, Ken ran and completed a full Ironman competition in Madison, Wisconsin. He has competed in many half Ironman races and completed many half and full marathons.
Ken’s favorite quote is: “The opportunity for anyone is there. All you have to do is reach for it.”
David is responsible for Sales and Customer Service at Cordeck. His team includes Metal Decking and Wire Management. David says the focus is making certain Cordeck treats each customer well and meets all of the customer’s needs. On time service is the priority from the moment an initial request comes in through the entire process, ending with an on time delivery. David’s team emphasizes treating all customers “fairly, honestly and with respect.”
David’s career has encompassed a variety of family owned businesses in roles that included inventory management, sales, customer service and operations. The common theme in all of the places he has worked is the need and desire for great customer care. David’s education includes a BA from Marquette University.
As for David’s time away from Cordeck: “I love spending time with my family. We have worked hard to create a strong family bond and we enjoy spending time together and having fun. I have a beautiful bride and we have two great sons. We enjoy traveling and taking adventures. I am a big fan of the Green Bay Packers. I enjoy working and make all that I do a great experience.”
Rich’s responsibilities as Operations Manager for Cordeck includes the management of all manufacturing operations and serving as company’s Safety Director and Quality Manager. With 40 years of engineering, engineering management and operations management experience, Rich brings “where the rubber meets the road” skills and leadership experience as he helps Cordeck with its current plans and future growth.
Rich earned a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Operations Management from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, and a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Milwaukee School of Engineering. He began his career as an Industrial Engineer and before taking on increased responsibility in operations management of facilities with up to 300 employees.
In his time away from Cordeck, Rich enjoys spending quality time with his family and four grandchildren and “keeping my sanity” with as much time as possible on the golf course.
Bob has been with Cordeck for 20 years and the company’s Plant Manager for 12 years. Bob is responsible for overseeing numerous employees across the organization, daily production – and making sure that the plant is running smoothly, efficiently and safely.
Bob is recognized as a key leader in the growth of Cordeck, including the expansion of facilities throughout the United States.
During his free time, Bob likes golfing and boating in the summer months. He enjoys baseball and football sporting events, as well as spending time with his two very active teenagers.
As Cordeck’s Purchasing Manager, April oversees purchasing of all raw materials, plant supplies, safety supplies and all materials needed for special projects. April strives to source high-quality materials at a price point that will meet customers’ needs.
April is a veteran of the business, with nearly two decades of experience in the metals industry – more than 15 years of that concentrated in the areas of metallurgy and procurement. April studied psychology, social work and accounting at the University of Wisconsin River Falls and the University of Phoenix, but ultimately decided that she enjoyed being a “steel nerd.”
Away from the job, April spends time with her husband and two children. She also enjoys volunteering as the assistant camp director for Royal Family Kids, a summer camp for children living in foster care. April is very passionate about trying to bring positive change to the lives of children that have suffered abuse and neglect.
Kristine is one of the key team members involved with aligning and tracking Cordeck’s business goals. Kristine also works to enhance Cordeck’s brand by overseeing the development and implementation of marketing strategies to help reach new prospects and to nurture existing Cordeck relationships.
Kristine’s educational background includes an Associate’s degree in Graphic Design from Gateway Technical College and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Concordia University Wisconsin. She also retains over 15 years of experience in managing corporate market research and loyalty programs.
In her personal time, Kristine enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons, camping, and going to the gym. She believes in treating others with the same respect as how you want to be treated.
HR Manager / Office Manager
Kelly keeps the wheels running smoothly in her oversight of the general office and accounting departments. Kelly is also responsible for all Human Resource functions for Cordeck: employee documents, payroll, time & attendance, insurance, 401k, etc.
Starting as a receptionist at Cordeck in 1999, Kelly expressed a desire to grow with the company and widened her experience by assisting other departments. Kelly’s path included Accounts Receivable and the Sales department, eventually becoming the Office Manager in 2005 and the Credit Manager in 2006. Kelly later included the HR Manager role. In 2009, Kelly returned to college to further her education, obtaining an Associate's degree in Business Management. In 2017, she returned to college again and currently is working towards a Bachelor's degree in Human Resource Management.
In her personal time, Kelly enjoys spending time with her family, bowling, and going to AMC car shows. Kelly’s favorite quote: “When life hands you lemons; make lemonade.”