KCI recognizes that by providing our workforce opportunities for talent advancement, we benefit from our employees increasing levels of responsibility and promoting from within the organization.
As prime examples of the firm’s dedication to professional development, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Nathan Beil, PE, D.WRE, and President and Chief Operating Officer Christopher Griffith, PE, CCM, for example, are home-grown leaders. Mr. Beil joined KCI in 1988, shortly after receiving his master’s degree in civil engineering. Within four years he started the company’s water resources division, which became one of KCI’s top-performing business units. He continued to move up the corporate ladder until he was appointed president in June 2006, chief executive officer in 2018, and chairman of the board in 2021. Mr. Griffith joined KCI in 1997 after serving as an officer in the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps and within two years was leading KCI’s construction management group as senior vice president. His continued success led to his appointment of executive vice president in 2006, discipline manager in 2010, chief operating officer in 2017, and president in 2021, overseeing KCI’s performance measures, financial goals, business development and risk management. These success stories permeate the KCI culture, where employees have the freedom to think creatively, and accomplishments are rewarded.
Newly hired employees are provided the opportunity to receive guidance and support from seasoned professionals through KCI’s formal mentoring program. Our rotational engineer/scientist program is for new engineers to experience work with various disciplines for the purpose of broadening the knowledge base of our future workforce.
We further advance career development and training through KCI’s internal Emerging Leaders, Professional Leaders and Advanced Leadership programs. A comprehensive Project Management Academy is available to entry, mid and senior level project managers. In addition, KCI also offers annual training in first aid, CPR, fall protection, and other safe work practices.
Employees are encouraged to pursue advanced degrees through a generous tuition reimbursement plan. Professional and technical training is promoted for learning new skills and to maintain licenses, registrations and certifications. We encourage employees to attend work related seminars and conventions. KCI supports membership in professional and technical organizations and societies.
During our Annual Awards Luncheon, the company recognizes employees’ professional registrations, certifications, superior performance of project teams, academic and other special achievements.