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 deep 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.