Bassett Mechanical, an MCAA member, announced several leadership promotions that position the company for continued growth as well as delivering on its vision of Creating Customers for Life. Jerod Steigenberger will become president of the 86-year-old family enterprise. Kim Bassett will assume the role of chairperson of the board and CEO, and Bill Bassett will become chairman emeritus. Patty Van Ryzin will be the chief human resource officer.
Kaukauna, Wisconsin-based Bassett Mechanical has been on a journey of corporate realignment and restructuring over the past few years to better serve customers and be positioned to continually adapt and evolve as an innovative and solution-oriented organization.
“Bassett is a strong family enterprise made up of over 525 associates who work tirelessly to provide quality, safe solutions to our customers with a reputation for quick response and unparalleled customer service,” Steigenberger said. “I am honored to work alongside the most talented and committed people in our industry and carry on the industry-leading reputation that the Bassett family has created and sustained over the years.”
As president, Steigenberger will be responsible for executing the vision and overseeing the day- to-day sales and operational management of the organization. In this expanded role, Steigenberger will continue his partnership with Kim Bassett, who was previously named CEO and president in 2009. “Jerod has brought to our organization a rare combination of financial savvy, operational excellence, and strategic thinking that has contributed to our growth trajectory in the past several years,” said Kim Bassett.
As the third generation of family leadership, Chairperson and CEO Kim Bassett is responsible for vision-setting, long-term strategy, sound governance, and stewardship of the family values and culture that have propelled Bassett to succeed. When she took on the role of CEO and president, she implemented Lean and continuous improvement initiatives that resulted in significant growth while continuing to sustain the strong culture and elevate the Bassett brand.
As the human resource leader, Van Ryzin has been instrumental in establishing and executing a strategic organizational structure and long-range talent management initiatives. She started with Bassett Mechanical in 1990 and held various positions before becoming vice president of human resources in 2004. Company patriarch Bill Bassett stated, “Patty has been a great partner to the leadership team and advocate for Bassett Mechanical. She was instrumental in guiding the family business succession from me to Kim and embodies our spirit as an organization.”
Bill also noted, “I am confident we have the right leadership and strategy to ensure we continue to lead our industry for decades to come.” Bill served as president for 35 years, guiding the company through significant change and growth, and previously transitioned to the Chairman of the Board in 2009. He will still be actively involved with the board of directors and leadership engagement.