President & CEO
Kim Bassett took an unusual path to company leadership. In 1994, Kim approached her father about the possibility of joining the family business. She and her sister were always encouraged to find their true calling and to consider Bassett Mechanical as one of those opportunities that may or may not be right for them. At the time, Kim was working as a speech pathologist.
Kim and her dad, Bill Bassett, consulted a career counselor, who helped her choose an appropriate major that married her interests with the needs of the business. She returned to school for a second Master’s degree in Management Technology with an emphasis in Construction.
Kim then went through a thorough apprenticeship in the business, starting in sales and moving through each division, one by one, as she developed a working knowledge of each area. Depending on her ability and available opportunities, some divisions took 6 months, others up to 2 ½ years. After more than 10 years of rolling up her sleeves and earning her place at the table, she spent an additional year shadowing Bill as Executive Vice President. The 10+ years Kim spent learning about and contributing to every aspect of the company have been invaluable in creating the kind of experienced and committed leader that most other companies would envy.
Kim became President and COO of Bassett Mechanical in January 2007, successfully transitioning the companies from second to third generation leadership. In December 2009, she was named President and CEO.
Kim has been featured in local and national publications as an exemplary leader. In November 2009, she received the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry’s Athena Award. The Athena honors women business leaders for their exceptional contributions to their companies, their industries, their communities, and the Chamber, as well as to the advancement of women in business.
Kim is a charter member of the Wisconsin Family Business Forum and helped to establish their “next generation” and “leadership development” peer groups. Other professional associations include the Union Bargaining Committee for the Mechanical Contractors Association and Sheet Metal Contractors Association. She has also served as a board member for both organizations. Over the years, Kim has been – and continues to be – an active board member and volunteer for several area organizations and charities, including Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Shelter.
Chairman of the Board
Currently Bassett Mechanical’s Chairman of the Board, Bill Bassett served as President and CEO for 33 years. He became the company’s second generation of family leadership when he joined Bassett Mechanical in 1974.
Under Bill’s leadership, Bassett Mechanical expanded its scope of operations to meet and exceed the needs of our clients. Employing the “We Answer to You” philosophy, Bill established the company as a market leader in designing, building, and servicing refrigeration, air conditioning, heating, dust-collection, process piping, and plumbing systems for commercial, industrial, and marine applications.
As a result of this philosophy and the company’s ability to adapt to the needs of the market and our customers, Bassett Mechanical’s sales increased 2000 percent under the direction of Bill and his management team.
Bill earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Technological University. He worked as a Design Engineer and group leader at Union Carbide for eight years before joining Bassett Mechanical. He has and continues to volunteer his time and expertise to a variety of causes and organizations, including serving as President of the Mechanical Contractors Association of North Central Wisconsin, as Vice Chairman of Government Issues for the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, as a member of the fundraising committee for Harbor House domestic abuse shelter, and as a committee member of the Winnegamie Wetlands chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
Bill proudly passed the leadership torch to his daughter Kim Bassett in 2007, successfully transitioning the company to the third generation of family ownership.