Karl has been the President & CEO of KE since 2015, and has grown the company to new heights. His work ethic and dedication to doing things the right way, the #KEway for the Knobelsdorff customers and team members is the foundation of the recent years of success, and the success that is yet to come. Karl likes to take challenges head on, and has built the team to solve them all.
Karl and his family reside in rural Goodhue, MN and enjoy spending time together in the outdoors.
Jason Thompson joined KE spring 2021. After earning his BS in engineering from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, Jason entered the electrical industry. He served a variety of roles throughout his career including business development, field engineering and operations management. His primary areas of focus include driving business growth, employee development and strategic corporate alignment and integration.
When he is not working, Jason enjoys spending time with his family and friends at his cabin in northwest Wisconsin.
A business advisor with KE since 2019, Aaron’s outgoing personality and sense of humor is what makes him a true mentor to the team. His extensive background in the renewable energy market has allowed him to help develop and refine operating practices at KE and support company growth.
Aaron graduated from Minnesota State University, Mankato with a degree in Construction Management. He has continued to build his professional acumen with plethora of continuing education courses focused in construction execution/design, business management and leadership.
Aaron is heavily involved in his family farming operation in Pine Island, MN and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
Shane is the longest tenured employee here at Knobelsdorff. He’s been a part of the growth since he graduated high school and began his electrical apprenticeship 20 years ago. After learning the ways of the electrical industry from the early days, to now teaching the younger generation of Electricians here at KE, Shane has become a great example for the Knobelsdorff brand and represents the #KEway.
Shane has a wife and 3 kids that he enjoys camping with, and he also likes to do projects around the house.
Melanie joined Knobelsdorff Electric in 2014 with 17+ years of accounting experience and 12+ years in human resources. Her formal education includes degrees from both MN State College SE Technical – Red Wing (AAS Accounting) and Metro State University (BA HR Management).
Melanie’s abilities to multi-task and adapt to the changing needs of a growing organization have helped her become an irreplaceable member of the Knobelsdorff team. She is also a Minnesota Notary and a member of SHRM.
When she’s not working, Melanie spends time with her husband
Rich joined Knobelsdorff Electric in the fall of 2016 as our Automation Manager. Primarily self-taught, Rich has been in the technology field for 34 years, 24 of which were in industrial automation. His professional credits include Instructor, Applications Engineer, Sales Engineer, Project Manager, Controls Engineer, and Automation Manager. His experience ranges from machinery and robotic control to process control.
Rich’s diverse background in automation technologies, combined with his experience in sales, engineering, and management, gives him extensive knowledge of and capabilities within the entire automation project lifecycle.
Rich served in the United States Navy for eight years where he attended both technical and leadership training. During his service, he specialized in the Tomahawk Cruise Missile System during the Desert Storm era and was awarded two Navy Achievement Medals: Expert Marksman in rifle and pistol and Master Training Specialist. When he’s not working, Rich enjoys fishing, hunting, and making trips to the cabin.
Jason joined KE in early 2021 in the newly created position of Director, Business Development. With more than 20 years of engineering and electrical experience, Grahek began his career as a project engineer for The Lakeland Companies and moved on to focus on sales and business development. His impressive career also includes working for AGI/CMC and Industrial Automation Engineering.
Grahek holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from The University of North Dakota. A native of Hibbing, MN, Jason and his family reside in East Bethel, MN and enjoy spending time at their cabin in Grand Rapids.
"Knobelsdorff means outstanding, forward-thinking service. Whether responding to after-hours emergency situations or planned maintenance outages or major capital projects, they are a valued partner. They have provided my teams with first class service in multiple locations. They always look at the bigger picture and help us to position ourselves for future growth with the least expense. Their technicians learn the facility and take ownership of everything that their services encompass.I would recommend them to anyone who is looking for a reliable partner in any aspect of electrical services, from basic power distribution to PLC programming and panel building."See All Testimonials
"In Knobelsdorff, we have found like-minded, aggressive, out of the box thinkers, always striving to deliver“best value”, quality solutions for their clients. This has led to a partnership between our firms that encourages each of us to focus on the services that we deliver best – civil site and foundations for Frattalone and electrical for Knobelsdorff."See All Testimonials
"Knobelsdorff has worked on two community solar garden projects for Nautilus Solar and brought both projects on line and on time. Even in the dead of Minnesota winter, KE performed well on site. Their extensive work experience, skill set, and expertise allows for an efficient team on site. Knobelsdorff is currently under construction on a 3MW solar site and are ahead of project schedule. We can speak very positively about working with this company."See All Testimonials
"We have been using Knobelsdorff for our full service electrical, hazard monitoring, PLC, and programming needs since 2010. Their proactive and forward-thinking approach when setting up new construction plans or replacing 60-year-old equipment has really set us up right for the first time in our facility. I highly recommend Knobelsdorff to anyone looking for the qualities of a contractor that are professional, proactive, safety conscious, with top-notch service and reliability."See All Testimonials