We are resourceful & we G.S.D. We are devoted to our customers, our families and our team. We do all of this with a fun energy and positive attitude. We are KNOBELSDORFF and this is the #KEway

Karl von Knobelsdorff

Karl von Knobelsdorff, President & CEO

I couldn’t be more proud of my team and what we’ve done to get where we are today, I’m excited for our future, not only for the company and our customers, but for my KE family as well.

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.

Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson, General Manager - Enterprises

I really enjoy coming to work every day. This is a great place to work and we have a great bunch of people.

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 Jermey and their son Zack on their sheep farm. As a family, they enjoy traveling to sheep shows, fishing, and hunting. Both Melanie and her husband are active in the Pierce County 4H and the Ellsworth FFA. They enjoy seeing their son Zack compete in wrestling, football, and track.

Shane Matthees

Shane Matthees, General Manager - Electric

My coworkers are like family, everyday is fun and we all work together to get things done. When you work at KE you’re treated like a person and have a great set of bosses that help you learn and grow.

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.

Rich Kuechenmeister

Rich Kuechenmeister, Automation Manager

We keep things organized at Knobelsdorff, and it shows up in the quality of work our clients see. It really means something to work for a company with a strong reputation in its industry and in the community.

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.

Brandon Lexvold

Brandon Lexvold, Senior Project Manager - Electric

Being apart of this team pushes you to be the best and no one here expects anything less. It allows us to grow as employees and as people. I enjoy working here and the challenges everyday brings to allow me to get better.

Brandon has been apart of the KE team for over 15 years and has been a staple to the ongoing success. He is often seen with a dirty set of clothes from whatever job site he is on, and it seems to bring a smile to his face. His work ethic and experiences are shared with the team he has around him, showing the younger guys what it takes to bring success to the Knobelsdorff team and the customers we serve.

Brandon, along with his wife and 4 children enjoy spending time together outdoors and working on their farm.

Randy Vos

Randy Vos, Senior Estimator

I enjoy working with our KE team to G.S.D. Everyone here has a winning attitude and are great to work with

With 30 years of being in the Electrical field, the experiences of change and updates to everything in the industry since he started, Randy has the ability to take a look at every piece of a project pre-construction and see what lies ahead. Along with the wherewithal to recognize issues before they happen, saving time and money for our customers. He has, or has held licenses in 10 different states and is a Master Electrician in the State of Minnesota.

He also has 15 years of estimating experience and a broad range of Commercial & Industrial Electrical experience.

Randy and his wife Calista have 5 kids, all that are out of high school. 

In his free time he enjoys working on acreage with Calista, ice fishing, and wood-working.

Jamie Kells

Jamie Kells, Sales & Marketing Manager

When given the opportunity to join the KE team it was a no-brainer. It didn’t take long to realize that there is a great level of work ethic, comradery and professionalism with everyone that works at KE and I feel welcomed and excited to be a part of this team.

Jamie joined the Knobelsdorff Enterprises team in 2019 with a background of 15+ years of sales and marketing experience, Jamie is a great addition to the KE family. She has the enthusiasm, work ethic and personalized service that goes into everything she does. Jamie believes in developing trusting relationships by listening to your needs, finding a solution and making it happen.

Jamie lives in Red Wing with her husband Brady and two little girls Harper and Leighton. Her family enjoys skiing, spending time with family and friends, gardening, and being outdoors.

Mitch Peters

Mitch Peters, Project Manager

I am extremely grateful to be working for a great company, with incredible people, and for a generous and understanding boss. I feel like the KEI staff is an addition to my family tree: caring, sharing, and willing to lend a hand whenever it’s needed.

Mitch joined Knobelsdorff in the summer of 2014 as a Site Foreman. From there, he worked his way to a Project Manager position where he spends the majority of his time on industrial projects, including grain and flour milling, production facilities, grain elevators, and wastewater treatment plants.

Mitch is a graduate of the Construction Electrical Program at Riverland Community College and has been in the electrical trade since 2000. His experience includes everything from residential electrical work to industrial automation and project management. He brings a positive attitude, strong work ethic, a vast skill set, and a desire to succeed at every opportunity. Throughout it all, he enjoys the variety of work, the people he works for, and the challenges he encounters.

Mitch is the proud father to three wonderful children and husband to an amazing wife. Quite the outdoorsman, Mitch enjoys hunting, fishing, and lending a hand at the family farm.

Derek Klein

Derek Klein, Project Manager

For me, KEI is more than a job. This place is an extended family for me, and I try to watch out for it as KEI has watched out for me. I take great pride in working here. I love what I do and who I do it for.

Derek joined Knobelsdorff in 2008. At the time, industrial automation electrical work was new to him, but he had a strong foundation in residential, agricultural, and commercial electrical work. Working with Knobelsdorff pushed Derek outside of his comfort zone and challenged him to continue growing his skill set and learning every day. Now, he helps others learn through the KEI apprenticeship classes at the shop.

Derek began his electrical career when he asked a local electrician if he could shadow him for a high school project, and he started an apprenticeship soon after. Now, Derek is a Minnesota licensed journeyman and a Certified Panduit Installer. He is currently working toward his Minnesota Master Electrician License.

When he’s not working, Derek enjoys spending time with his loving girlfriend and their two dogs. He also enjoys spending time outdoors and getting the most out of Minnesota’s four seasons.

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