Here at KLEBS, every employee is a part of our team that delivers on our Mission of “we’re there.”
We’re committed to the best mechanical systems for the best customers, utilizing the best employees, providing the best value. Here is a snapshot of a few personnel that guide our team members in keeping with our mission:
President / Chief Executive Officer
Mike Klebs has been working in the mechanical construction industry since 1990. An active participant in the construction industry, Mike utilizes his over 27 years of construction and mechanical industry experience to further KLEBS Mechanical’s vision of putting “people first," by using integrity, commitment and enthusiasm to build up employees, the community and the industry.
Mike has well-rounded business experience and has held positions ranging from Board Chairman, Chief Financial Officer, Vice President, Preconstruction Manager, Division Manager, Construction Manager, and Senior Estimator.
In 2007, Mike was voted as one of “Alaska’s Top 40 Under 40” Professionals by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce. Mike has volunteered time and talent on non-profit boards, chaired committees, organized and operated a children’s camp, and worked on non-profit private school construction renovation projects as the owner’s representative.
Heath Martin PMP
Senior Vice-President / Chief Operating Officer
Heath has worked full time in the construction industry since 1992, following an active duty tour with the U.S. Navy. His experience is broad ranging, including large civil works projects, marine structures, vertical and specialty projects, oilfield, power generation and telecommunications.
Heath has held positions in the industry including President, Vice President, Division Manager, Senior Project Manager, Construction Manager, and Senior Estimator. He is certified by the Project Management Institute as a Professional Project Manager, recognized the world over as the gold standard in project management.
Heath is very much involved in community outreach, serving as either a director or officer on four non-profit boards serving the State.
Chief Financial Officer
Mary Klebs came to Alaska from Northern Minnesota where she fueled her passion for cross country skiing and learned to enjoy summer boat rides and fishing trips. After graduating from college, she moved to Alaska and began her career in accounting. As Chief Financial Officer for KLEBS Mechanical, Mary provides financial reporting and consulting support to the CEO and COO. She assists with prioritizing financial goals, is involved in strategic planning, works on tactical matters as they relate to budget management, prepares cost benefit analysis, and assists with financial forecasting needs. Mary is also the owner of The Tax Associates, a local accounting service company.
Tom Even joined KLEBS over 22 years ago after retiring from the military. His HVAC technical expertise and leadership skills have led to countless successful projects, and has generated many return client relationships. His dedication and loyalty to KLEBS not only prove his exceptional character, but also demonstrates KLEBS commitment to developing and retaining quality personnel for long term employment. Tom has lived in Alaska for over 26 years and is extremely knowledgeable of Alaskan construction challenges, techniques, and conditions. In a proactive approach to project estimating and management, Tom identifies critical path milestones, potential mechanical design issues, and long lead equipment items, then collaborates with a project’s design and construction team to develop and execute a plan to meet the overall budget and schedule. This begins during the preconstruction phase of the project – developing cost estimates, value engineering, and constructability input. Through KLEBS, Tom is an asset to have on your construction project.
Comfort Advisor & Planned Service Agreement Sales
Derek joined KLEBS in 2015 after developing an interest in the plumbing and heating industry. Derek excels in knowing the full gamut of HVAC residential products and, since joining KLEBS, he has completed many hours of continuing education in heating, plumbing, ventilation system products and installations. Derek is also currently working towards his certification as a Project Management Professional. As a residential sales estimator, Derek works with homeowners across Alaska to tackle every project ranging from leaky faucets to complete home systems and everything in between. He believes in improving the lives of Alaskans by providing knowledgable solutions to maximize comfort, efficiency, and indoor air quality.
In his free time, Derek enjoys spending time with family adventuring in the Alaska wilderness. He also loves spending time improving his creative musical abilities on the piano, drums, guitar and bass. It’s these same creative abilities that feeds his ability to offer HVAC solutions to our many customers across this great state.
Michael Hunsicker is a dedicated professional with natural leadership abilities and over nine years of construction experience. He has worked as a general construction laborer, estimator, quality controller and a project engineer. Michael is currently a project manager at KLEBS Mechanical, Inc.
As a project manager Michael is responsible for negotiating contracts, change orders, and discounts for clients. He develops work teams and assigns personnel to projects. Michael monitors overall job performance by tracking labor and material costs and adjusting schedules and performance as necessary to achieve budgeted goals.
Senior Project Manager
Jesse Hoffman has been in the mechanical construction industry for over 20 years. Prior to working as a project manager at KLEBS Mechanical, Jesse worked as a journeyman plumber, superintendent, project manager, and estimator in the plumbing, sheet metal, and HVAC field. In these positions, Jesse performed material take-offs, estimating, purchasing, scheduling, project management, and quality control. His experience includes construction of new installations, renovations, maintenance and repair of plumbing, heating, and ventilation systems for a wide variety of projects ranging from single family homes to large commercial projects in both urban and rural Alaskan communities.
Jason Lee is a dedicated professional with natural leadership abilities and over 18 years of construction experience. He has worked as a Project Manager, Estimator, Foreman, Journeyman Plumber, and Plumbing Laborer and has experience in all aspects of construction with a specific focus on mechanical plumbing and HVAC.
Service & Residential Install Division Manager
Bill began employment with KLEBS in early 2019 and brought with him his 42 years of experience in the HVAC Industry – all of which was earned right here in Alaska. Very few Alaskan companies possess the kind of talent and reputation Bill has in the HVAC and Mechanical Industry. From Wholesale Distribution Management, Sales, and Technical Support, to Manufacturer’s Rep and Contractor Service Department Manager, Bill’s breadth and depth of career experience solidifies KLEBS reputation as a leader in the residential home heating system installation and service markets in the Anchorage, Wasilla, and Palmer areas – and throughout all of Alaska. Bill leads a team of dedicated customer service representatives, dispatchers, service technicians, comfort advisors, and heating system installers, while ensuring success and comfort in every service completed in your home.
Bruce Kecskemety has been in the mechanical construction industry for over 36 years. Prior to working for Klebs Mechanical, Bruce worked as a superintendent/Mechanical QC for the past 22 years and before that as a journeyman plumber and industrial pipe fitter foreman. As a professional, with a track record of success in safety and regulatory compliance, quality control, design, planning and development, he is organized and able to effectively supervise and manage various size projects. Recognized as a team player and a performer with consistently completing projects on time and under budget.
As a project manager for Klebs Mechanical he has been responsible for the management of several projects and has showed his ability to resolve issues and to troubleshoot effectively and achieve challenging goals and objectives. Bruce is responsible for negotiating contracts, change orders, and discounts for clients while monitoring overall project performance by tracking labor and material costs.
Blaine grew up in a small desert town in California, and in 2001, moved up to the last frontier we call Alaska, seeking adventure and a place to call home. His passion for finding solutions to customer’s challenges has been fostered through working in the retail, auto sales, tourism, telecommunications, and restaurant management industries. His positive attitude, high standards for customer service, and HVAC knowledge of residential products serves homeowners well during their KLEBS experience. As a residential comfort advisor, he is enthusiastic to help homeowners make educated decisions on the best route for their home comfort systems including heating, cooling and filtration equipment. In his free time, Blaine likes to spend time with his children enjoying Alaska’s great outdoors, fishing, camping, hiking and the occasional game of Disc Golf.
MatSu Valley Manager
After retiring from professional golf in 2005, Rob moved to Alaska to begin a different career in the golf industry. A little over 10 years working all things golf in Alaska, he was ready for new challenges and joined KLEBS Heating and Air. Customer service, one of his major attributes, adapted well to the KLEBS philosophy of putting people (specifically the customer) first. As comfort advisor and estimator, Rob works with homeowners in the Mat Su Valley to ensure every project is exactly what the homeowner needs and wants, while meeting their budget. In true “comfort advisor” fashion, Rob strives to ensure the homeowner has all the knowledge to make a well-informed decision. Continuing to be a factor in the golf industry, Rob ranks among the best golfers in the State of Alaska. His competitiveness in the game motivates him to improve and better himself, which he applies to his career at KLEBS, and ensures that customers rank our service experience the best in the industry.
Gary Klebs was born and raised in Wisconsin, but has called Alaska his home for over four decades. Gary started working in the construction industry in 1970, in the sheet metal trade apprenticeship program. He worked his way through his apprenticeship and obtained his journey worker’s license. Upon becoming a Foreman, and later a Shop Superintendent, Gary moved to Alaska and was quickly hired into estimating and then into a General Manager position at a local Anchorage mechanical business in 1981. When the economy crashed, Gary started KLEBS Mechanical as a small sheet metal installation and metal fabrication business in 1986. He served as President and CEO of KLEBS, leading them forward for 30 years, developing it into the multi-faceted plumbing, pipe fitting, heating, air conditioning, and sheet metal fabrication company that we are today. Gary built KLEBS into a family oriented business that reflected the values of candor, teamwork, ingenuity and integrity that he himself learned while performing the work from his garage startup company. Under Gary's leadership, KLEBS has given back to the community in many ways through donations to local charities and religious organizations and supporting the community actively through sponsorship of various local sports teams – including the now defunct Alaska Aces professional hockey organization. Gary's knowledge, education, and involvement in the construction industry are very rooted. He was one of the founding members of the Associated Builders & Contractors of Alaska Chapter. He is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for ABC of Alaska Chapter. He is a past board member of the Municipality of Anchorage Building Board of Appeals. Gary is currently serving on the Associated General Contractors of Alaska Chapter Board of Directors, and was recently positioned on the Executive Board. Gary's favorite pastimes include fishing, hunting, time at the cabin with his family, and building weasel track vehicles in his personal shop.