Facebook icons twitter icon Register | Login

Career Networking for the Built Environment
Resumes | Employers | Jobs | Answers



Details of Perry Klein

Perry Klein

Principal Mechanical, Engineering Department

Rapid City, South Dakota, United States
Industry Category: Design Build Firms- EPC
Relocation Preferences: Open
Career path opportunities

Perry Klein'S Overview

Perry Klein
12949 Lacy C Ranch Road – Hot Springs, SD 57747
605-391-3148 (C) – perryklein1[AT]gmail.com
Senior Operations Executive
Business Development / Project & Construction Management / Engineering Management / Operations Management / and Financial Management
Created ground floor markets as Director/Manager of Business Development for companies with various clientele and overseen these new markets from conception through there completion.  Leader with track record of success managing and providing the general direction for all work related to the design, engineering, construction, maintenance, and operation of electric utilities facilities, including hospitals, clinics, commercial and residential facilities. Manage matrix and risk management, construction risk, and ensure quality results in large EPCM & EPC construction endeavors. Demonstrated ability to lead internally and have strong industry relationships. Act with an owner’s prospective, present well to development partners, and work closely with senior management team across functions, and instrumental in the due diligence in expanding growth and revenues within a business. Solid history of building and developing strong relationships with customers, employees, senior level management and vendors. PE. MBA.
  • Start-Up of Mechanical / Electrical / Plumbing (MEP) Division – Overseen the start-up and management of FourFront Design’s MEP Division in the USA and International Market, 2013–Present.
  • Department of State / USAID – Senior Energy Program and Strategy Advisor to USAID for the country of Afghanistan’s Energy Sector Program, 2011-2013.
  • Department of Interior / Bureau of Reclamation O&M Division – Implemented a new maintenance program to improve the availability and performance of the hydro-electric generators, 2008-2011.
  • Start-Up of Electric Utility Division – Overseen the start-up and management of West Plains Engineering’s Electric Utility Engineering and Design Division, 2006–2008.
  • Start-Up of Wind Energy Consulting Division – Overseen the start-up and management of West Plains Engineering Wind Energy Engineering Consulting Division, 2006–2008.
  • Formed Alliance with an Outside Consulting Company – Overseen forming an alliance with Sega, Inc. an outside consulting firm in order to obtain a three-year engineering services contract with PacifiCorp and a contract for providing a EPCM proposal for a 500 MW wind energy farm for Xcel Energy.
  • Owner/Operator of Electric Contracting Company – Owner and operator of electrical (residential, commercial and industrial) contracting company.
    Areas of Expertise
Creating New Markets via Business Development – Strategic Planning – Alliances – Multi-Site Operations
Complex Construction Projects – Design Build – Negotiations – Construction Safety – Matrix & Risk Management
Business Acumen – Finance and Multi-year Budgets – Organization Design and Development
Capital Investment Analysis – Labor/ Union Relationship
Professional Experience
FourFront Design, Inc., Rapid City, SD, June, 2013 to Present
FourFront Design, Inc. is a professional design firm consisting of architects, interior designers, civil engineers, mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, landscape architects, surveyors, and other professionals who are dedicated to expertise-driven design. As a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), FourFront Design directly serves Federal Government clients and helps fulfill Small Business contracting requirements for key large business partners. With over 50 employees in offices located in South Dakota, Wyoming, and North Dakota, and professionals licensed in 14 states.
Mechanical /Electrical Engineering Department Principal
Responsible for the efficient production of MEP Engineering projects in accordance with client expectations, company financial objectives, and current engineering knowledge and practices of both disciplines.
Responsible for the development of the MEP’s business objectives of the Firm including evaluating and developing strategies for broadening the MEP Engineering services base of the firm, strengthening the Company’s position in the local MEP Engineering marketplace and increasing its status as a strong regional presence.
Provide support of the Firm’s marketing objectives. I am also responsible for developing and maturing the MEP Engineering and Management staff. This involves internal training for all MEP Engineers and Managers in general and the development, implementation and administration of an Engineering Mentor program. As the firm continues to grow, I have assumed the responsibility for recruitment of new staff members and the continued growth of current staff members.
  • Overseen the conception/start-up/implementation of establishing FourFront Design to provide consulting services in the International Market, specifically the Middle East Market.
  • Reported and submitted business plans to FourFront Design’s Board of Directors
  • Overseen the implementation of the MEP Division (i.e. human resources, budgeting, gaining customers, sales, marketing, etc.) for FourFront Design and continue to oversee the financial and personnel growth of this Division.
  • Overseen Multiple Department of Veteran’s Affair’s New/Renovation projects:
    • Sheridan, Wyoming VA’s:
  • New Mental Health Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Facility
    • Building 6 – MEP Renovation
    • Optometry & Medical Services Renovation
    • Building 86 HVAC Renovation
    • Energy Reduction Phase III
  • Hot Springs, SD VA – M&E As-Built CADD Updates
  • Nashville, Tennessee VA – Existing Building Renovations
  • Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery Renovation of Buildings
    Department of Defense/Department of State – USACE/USAID, Kabul, Afghanistan, Oct. 2011–June 2013
    Senior Advisor to USAID for the country of Afghanistan’s present and future Energy Program.
Senior Energy Program and Strategy Advisor
Served as the Senior Energy Program and Strategy Advisor in the USAID/Afghanistan Office of Infrastructure, Engineering and Energy (OIEE) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Responsibilities included planning, execution and oversight of USAID’s energy programs and projects, worked with executive management leaders of national power companies, Da Afghanistan Breshan Skerkot (DABS), members of the Ministries of Electricity & Mining, Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Energy and Water, and other stakeholders to strategically plan, coordinated and executed Afghanistan’s Electrical Transmission and Generation (T&G) short- and long-range planning of large electrical and energy projects worth $1.2B. Qualified and certified as USAID/COTR (Contracting Officers Technical Representative) and serve in that position for the $335M Tarakhil Power Plant Project, Darunta Hydro-Electric Power Plant Rehabilitation Project of three generating units, Kabul Electric Service Improvement Program (KESIP), Afghanistan’s Capacity and Commercialization Building Programs. Participated in strategic planning for supply of additional power to Afghanistan, including Southeaster Power System (SEPS) Program and Kandahar, including the completion of Kajaki Dam’ Rehabilitation of two generating units (GU) and for the installation of the third GU and Northeastern Power System (NEPS) Program for the northern region of Afghanistan including the City of Kabul.
Advisory tasks involved setting up specific programs and schedules for USAID and implementing contractors, in support of the US Army Corps of Engineers, for the development and program/project management of reconstruction of electrical power generating units, transmission lines, and substations for NEPS & SEPS.
  • Implementation of Afghanistan’s Capacity and Commercialization Building Programs
  • Reconstruction of hydro-electric generating power plants, transmission lines, substations, distribution lines, and metering for NEPS including the city of Kabul
  • Reconstruction of hydro-electric generating power plants, transmission lines, substations, distribution lines, and metering for SEPS including Kandahar City
  • Reconstruction of the Kandahar Province transmission lines, substations and power grids for the outlying provincial towns and villages
  • Implementation of wind and solar power projects throughout Afghanistan
  • Engineering Program Support of Afghanistan’s PTEC (NEPS/SEPS) Program
    Department of Interior – Bureau of Reclamation (BOR), Mills, WY, October 2008–October 2011
    The Great Plains Region manages over 150 major water storage and delivery structures associated with 80 reservoirs. The region's 21 powerplants generate over three billion-kilowatt hours of electricity each year.
    Chief of Operations and Maintenance Division
Provided managerial and technical oversight and direction for the development, execution, scheduling of operations and maintenance activities, and coordination of programs involving general administration, planning, engineering, design, construction, and hydro-electric power plant operations. Coordinated the preparation and review of construction plans and specifications for repair and replacement of Area facilities and equipment. Served as Area Office Management representative and expert relative to labor-management relations and in the administration of the negotiated labor agreement contract. Provided long-range planning in connection with prospective changes in functions and programs; periodic & comprehensive evaluations of program goals and objectives; and adjustments or redefinition of broad objectives. Ten (10) manager/supervisor departmental direct reports.  Approximately 113 employees in my O&M Division.
  • Responsible for a $52M O&M budget
  • Oversee RFPs and negotiated short and long-term EPCM contracts each worth $100K to $15M
  • Directed the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the BOR’s 12 Wyoming, two Montana and six eastern Colorado generation facilities (20 total) to insure optimization of the facilities
  • Directed the efficient scheduling and dispatching of the Bureau’s 20 generation facilities to obtain the most economical hour-to-hour supply of bulk electric energy consistent with contractual arrangements and accepted standard operating procedures (SOPs)
  • Developed long- and short-range work programs to efficiently schedule manpower and equipment, coordination with other area departments both internal and external to the Bureau to provide scheduling and financial control necessary to ensure efficient operation of required facilities
     West Plain Engineering (WPE), Inc., Rapid City, SD, July 2006–October 2008
    Privately held engineering firm, specializing in the design of mechanical and electrical systems for commercial design build projects and electric utility transmission, distribution and substation engineering /procurement / construction management projects with more than 45 employees in four offices located in SD, WY, and IA.
    Director Electric Utility Engineering Division / Business Development Executive
    Provided overall leadership and direction to the following areas: pre-sale engineering, post-sale engineering, engineering and technical / field services and EPCM / Design Build Projects. Overseen A&E contracts, performed periodic inspections, enforced contract provisions, reviewed and approved change orders and payment requests. Developed and recommended short and long-range objectives consistent with corporate and business unit guidelines. Recommended scopes, and planned capital investments. Prepared multi-year budgets and regular financial reporting processes through forecasting and reporting of revenues, reimbursements and expenditures. Duties included review of estimates and bids for transmission, distribution, and substation power projects, fiscal responsibilities of division’s performance, and overall direction of division’s goals set by WPE Board of Directors. Four (4) direct reports.
  • Handled RFPs and negotiated short and long-term EPCM contracts worth $100K to $66M
  • Hired by South Dakota Science & Technical Authority and by Sanford Underground Science and Engineering Laboratory at Homestake Mine as a consultant to aid in reopening National Science Foundations underground neutrino mine project by providing engineering design of all electrical work.
  • Met with large industrial and commercial customers, IOU’s, Cooperatives, and Municipals to provide these clients with generation, transmission, distribution and substation engineering and design.
  • Reported and submitted business plans to West Plains Engineering’s Board of Directors
  • Overseen the conception/start-up/implementation of the Electric Utility Division (i.e. human resources, budgeting, gaining customers, sales, marketing, etc.) for WPE and continued to oversee the financial and personnel growth of this Division. Provided EPCM proposals/contracts worth $50K to $66M.
  • Overseen forming an alliance with an outside consulting firm in order to obtain a three-year engineering services contract with PacifiCorp and a contract for a wind energy farm with Xcel Energy.
  • Responsible for growing West Plains business resulting in two consulting firms approaching West Plains Engineering on proposing the purchase of West Plains Electric Utility Division
    Burns & McDonnell, Kansas City, Missouri, March 2006–June 2006
    Burns & McDonnell is headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.  Today more than 350 engineering, architectural, construction, environmental and consulting services are offered to clients.
    Manager Telecommunications Business Development
    Provided overall leadership and direction to the following areas: fiber optics, digital microwave, wireless data and Land Mobile Radio (LMR) systems for a wide array of critical applications. These telecommunications technologies enable Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, Energy Management Systems (EMS), Substation Automation (SA) systems, Distribution Automation (DA) systems, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) systems, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), enterprise Wide Area Networks (WANs), public safety communications and remote security surveillance of your mission-critical assets. Interaction with prospective clients, professional consultants, contractors, vendors and suppliers.
  • Handled RFPs and negotiated short and long-term EPCM contracts
  • Developed proposals for new business opportunities
    Black Hills Corporation (BHC), Rapid City, SD, 1992–2005
    Publicly traded diversified energy company with 28 U.S. locations, 1,200 employees and annual revenues of $2B.
    Manager of Sales and Marketing Retail & Energy Services Department, 2004–2005
    Established relationships with architects, engineers, subcontractors, consultants, public officials and clients. Responsible for BHP’s and BH Fibercom’s customer service functions, including meter reading, rates structures, and customer billing. Trained staff in retail operations, inventory, purchasing, scheduling, cash management, problem resolution, and profitability enhancement. Represented company before SD Public Utilities Commission. Responsible for $1.2M O&M annual salary.  Seven (7) direct and 17 indirect reports.
  • Served on long-term Strategic Planning Committee for Black Hills Power and Fibercom Subsidiaries.
  • Cut customer complaints by 90% with South Dakota Public Utilities Commission by becoming proactive with customer service and working with customers to educate them and solve their problems.
    General Manager of Mayer Radio Communications, Subsidiary of BHC, 2000–2005
Managed operations, including accounting and finance, administration, business development, IT, HR, engineering, procurement, inventory/quality control, and maintenance with four (4) direct and five (5) indirect reports.
  • Secured $7.6M in internal financing through company and advised the President and CEO regarding financial decisions relating to development projects.
  • Negotiated $1.2M vendor contract with 3-year ROI for high tech project that involved design, engineering, financing and construction of two communication tower sites in the Black Hills of SD, including steel towers, microwave, fiber optic and communication buildings.
  • Served on long-term Strategic Planning Committee for Black Hills Power and Fibercom Subsidiaries.
    Manager of Black Hills Power Metering Department, 1996–2004
Managed procurement, design and development of construction and engineered maintenance facilities. Responsible for BHP’s customer service functions, including meter reading, and customer billing. Served on IT Task Force until 2005. P&L responsibility for capital and operating budget with four (4) direct reports.
  • Worked with BHP Rates Department on recommending revenue requirements and rate structures consistent with sound business principles, BHP and PUC policies.
  • Presented business plan to Black Hills Corporation regarding leading Black Hills Powers Utility Company’s Standards and Purchasing Committee to make changes in their present metering standards.
  • Presented business plan to the Corporations Senior Management regarding the prospect of Black Hills Power utilizing Automated Meter Reading (AMR) for the utility company. Implemented pilot program.
  • Saved 22% annually by recommending annual and multi-year system improvement projects.
    Supervisory Electrical Engineer, 1992–1995
Managed procurement, design and development of construction and engineered electrical facilities. Evaluated project needs, site limitations, developed scope, and budgetary proposals. Project Manager/Construction.
Klein Electric, Yankton, SD, 1986–1988
Owner and operator of electrical (residential, commercial and industrial) contracting company.
Education, Certifications and Professional Affiliations
MBA degree, University of South Dakota, Vermillion, 1995
BS, Electrical Engineering, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, Rapid City, 1991
Electrical Construction & Maintenance, Mitchell Area Vocational and Technical School, Mitchell, 1979
Professional Engineer – PE #6663
South Dakota Electrical Contractor License – EC #1388
USAID Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) – Oct/2011 to June/2013
South Dakota Electrical Council, 1993–Present
Toastmasters, 1995–2005
Related keyword:

Join Built.com and Create Your profile, It's Free