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Leadership Team

SERVING OUR CUSTOMERS, COMMUNITY, AND ASSOCIATES

Creating Customers for Life®

It has been said that each of us have a family we are born into and a family we choose. Bassett Mechanical is where those two families converge. We are proud of our family roots, successfully transitioning to our third generation of Bassett Family leadership in 2007. We are equally proud of the family we chose…leaders with character, vision, and hearts dedicated to serving others. We invite you to get to know our Bassett Mechanical Family.

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Kim Bassett

President & CEO

In her current role as President and CEO of Bassett Mechanical, Kim Bassett focuses on developing the company’s short and long-term strategy, managing overall operations, lean oversight, establishing the culture, and leading the company to safely achieve its vision. Kim provides a link from the Board to the Executive Leadership Team and serves to engage the Leadership Team in strategic planning and execution. Kim’s goal is to ensure the preservation of corporate values and principles and uphold the company's vision of Creating Customers for Life®.

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Kim Bassett

President & CEO

In her current role as President and CEO of Bassett Mechanical, Kim Bassett focuses on developing the company’s short and long-term strategy, managing overall operations, lean oversight, establishing the culture, and leading the company to safely achieve its vision. Kim provides a link from the Board to the Executive Leadership Team and serves to engage the Leadership Team in strategic planning and execution. Kim’s goal is to ensure the preservation of corporate values and principles and uphold the company’s goal of Creating Customers for Life®.

In 1994, Kim approached her father, Bill Bassett, about the opportunity of joining the family business. She returned to school for a second Master’s degree in Management Technology with an emphasis in Construction.

Kim began in a sales role and worked within each division, developing an in-depth knowledge of each area. Kim worked in the shop and field assisting with duct installations and ammonia piping projects and also served as an HVAC and refrigeration estimator and project manager.

After more than 10 years of rolling up her sleeves and working alongside the various trades, she spent an additional year shadowing Bill as Executive Vice President. Kim became President and COO of Bassett Mechanical in January 2007, successfully transitioning the company to third-generation leadership. In December 2009, she was named President and CEO.

In 2006 Kim led the company through a Lean and Continuous Improvement initiative which transformed the way Bassett Mechanical provides value to its customers. In 2016 the company implemented a successful Behavior Based Safety program to better proactively reduce safety risks and hazards for associates and customers. Under Kim and her leadership team, the company has grown in both sales and competitive offerings and has expanded to more than 450 associates and 4 locations across the State of Wisconsin.

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, honoring 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’s commitment to the safety of our customers, associates, and community has been recognized by her induction into the Wisconsin Safety Council Safety Hall of Fame and acknowledgment in the National Safety Council Health + Safety Magazine’s 2020 “CEO’s Who ‘Get it’”.

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 Negotiation Committee Member for MCA North Central Wisconsin and Wisconsin Fox Valley Sheet Metal Contractors. She has also served as a board member for both organizations. Kim believes it is important to stay engaged in the community and has served as 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, United Way Fox Cities, and the Harbor House Domestic Abuse Shelter.

Kim plays a key role in building relationships with Bassett Mechanical’s strategic customers and implemented Creating Customers for Life® as the company’s way of proactively providing full-service solutions to customers’ unique industrial refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, metal fabricating, and service needs.

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Bill Bassett

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 significantly expanded its scope of operations to meet and exceed the needs of our customers. 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.

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Bill Bassett

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 significantly expanded its scope of operations to meet and exceed the needs of our customers. 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. Early in his leadership of the company, Bill introduced the “We Answer to You®” philosophy, creating the guiding principles for the culture of the organization.

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 grew exponentially 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.

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Jerod Steigenberger

Chief Operating Officer
(COO)

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Jerod Steigenberger

Chief Operating Officer
(COO)

As Chief Operating Officer (COO), Jerod is responsible for overseeing sales and operations for the company including leadership and development of strategic initiatives.

In 2015, Jerod was hired as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) where he was responsible for directing the financial management and strategy development of the company along with overseeing the company’s Procurement and Information Technology teams.

In 2017, Jerod took on an expanded role as General Manager of the Service division where he provided leadership and support to this team of more than 100 associates. In 2020, Jerod assumed a broader operational role as full-time COO.

Jerod excels at challenging the status quo, and has enhanced the strategic planning process to provide a framework for growth and stability of the company.  He is a strong mentor to other leaders and is a proponent of providing career growth opportunities within the organization.

As leader of these diverse areas, Jerod believes in focusing on serving the needs of our customers, building long-term relationships, and Creating Customers for Life®.

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Patty Van Ryzin

Vice President of Human Resources

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Patty Van Ryzin

Vice President of Human Resources

As Vice President of Human Resources, Patty is responsible for developing corporate Human Resource strategies and programs, and manages the growth and development of Bassett Mechanical’s greatest asset, its people.

In her role, Patty creates leadership pipeline models to position the company for successful transitions through various personnel advancements and changes. She successfully led the transition of our business to third generation family-ownership.

Patty initiated a recruitment strategy to hire and retain top talent, implementing long-term improvements that will fill the pipeline and facilitate retention for current associates.

Patty believes in hiring and retaining quality associates who support our culture and core values.  Through this strategy, the company is best positioned to give customers an unrivaled experience and execute our vision of Creating Customers for Life®.

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Craig Lamers

Chief Financial Officer
(CFO)

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Craig Lamers

Chief Financial Officer
(CFO)

As Chief Financial Officer, Craig is responsible for the oversight of the finance, procurement, IT functions.

Craig joined Bassett Mechanical in 2019 as the Senior Director of Finance. Craig came to the company with a background in construction and quickly expanded his role providing valuable insights to his team and the company’s overall initiatives.

In 2020 Craig transitioned into the CFO role where his primary focus is on financial management, strategic development, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and analysis, treasury, tax and risk management. In his role today, Craig also helps lead the strategic planning and execution process.

Craig has a passion for leading his teams to support the company’s overall strategic goals and initiatives as well as providing an unrivaled experience to our internal and external customers.

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Paul Kayser

Vice President of Refrigeration Solutions

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Paul Kayser

Vice President of Refrigeration Solutions

As Vice President of Refrigeration Solutions, Paul leads the refrigeration segment including engineering and design, controls, project management, operations, process safety management, and field installation and service solutions.

Paul joined Bassett Mechanical in 2007 as Director of Construction. In 2011 Paul was promoted to Vice President of Mechanical Contracting.  In his current role, Paul monitors industry trends and identifies and analyzes new markets and offering opportunities. He develops strategies to penetrate and operate the Refrigeration division successfully.

Paul believes strongly in keeping our associates and customers safe and puts a substantial emphasis on safety best practices in each of his areas of operation. Paul also encourages Lean and continuous improvement engagement and elimination of waste to support high quality and customer satisfaction.

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Wade Uhlenbrauck

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

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Wade Uhlenbrauck

Vice President of Sales and Marketing

As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Wade oversees new sales growth opportunities including strategic account management of the HVAC, Plumbing, and Industrial Refrigeration customer base. Wade is responsible for leading new strategic initiatives to ensure the company develops new ways to continue healthy and consistent growth within our chosen markets.

Wade has held numerous business development roles with Bassett Mechanical over his 16+ year career including sales professional, sales manager, and most recently Senior Director of Business Development. He has earned several awards and obtained numerous sales training certificates through industry networks.

Wade is committed to leading new strategic initiatives to ensure Bassett Mechanical continues to carry out its vision of Creating Customers for Life®.

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Lee Schmidt

Vice President of HVAC and Plumbing Solutions

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Lee Schmidt

Vice President of HVAC and Plumbing Solutions

In his role as Vice President of HVAC and Plumbing Solutions, Lee oversees both the HVAC and Plumbing segment with a keen focus on providing industry-leading solutions for customers’ unique needs.

Lee has been with Bassett Mechanical for more than 17 years, most recently serving as Senior Director of HVAC and Plumbing Solutions. With more than 25 years of business development and operational leadership experience, Lee has excelled in a number of roles including General Manager and Director of Operations. Lee has become a vital leader in all aspects of the HVAC and Plumbing segment from controls and engineering to field execution.

Lee has a passion for creating an unrivaled customer experience, and empowers his teams to build relationships that support our company commitment to Creating Customers for Life®.