SAN DIEGO — Kleinfelder recently hired three new client account managers to its energy market division. Each will be responsible for managing client relationships in key market segments — Lynnette Wood in wind energy, Richard Knox in solar energy, and Mike Manning in oil and gas.
“Our approach in hiring Lynnette, Richard, and Mike has been very strategic, in both philosophical and geographical respects. They all come from backgrounds that will allow them to thrive within their respective market segments,” said Bill Siegel, Kleinfelder CEO. “Ultimately, their presence will serve to strengthen our ability to successfully deliver projects to energy clients in areas of the country where we expect significant growth.”
Wood will be working out of Kleinfelder’s Kansas City, Kan., office, where she will work closely with delivery teams to package and market Kleinfelder’s service lines to wind energy clients. She will also support delivery needs for many of Kleinfelder’s existing solar clients with a focus on projects in Texas and the Southeastern United States. Prior to joining Kleinfelder, Wood was a project manager with the wind energy division at juwi Holding AG, where she managed and provided support for commercial-scale wind development projects.
Knox will be working out of Kleinfelder’s Tempe, Ariz., office, where he will be working to ensure that solar clients are well-positioned to align project development needs with construction and interconnection objectives. Prior to joining Kleinfelder, Knox was the permitting director for Stirling Energy Systems and Tessera Solar, where he managed various projects and oversaw permitting activities for Tessera Solar’s development pipeline, ranging from 1.5 MW to 709 MW.
Manning will be working out of Kleinfelder’s Cranberry, Pa., office, where he will be responsible for cultivating relationships with Kleinfelder’s oil and gas clients as well as overseeing project delivery for major oil and gas projects. He has 20 years of experience leading sales and business development efforts for the energy, engineering, inspection, finance, and manufacturing industries, most recently serving as vice president of sales and marketing and director of special projects and planning at Orbital Engineering. Manning is also an active member of the American Petroleum Institute and Western States Petroleum Association.