Bassett Mechanical Announces Executive Leadership Advancements

A Continued Commitment to High-Quality Solutions for Customers

Published Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Bassett Mechanical has announced four strategic promotions on its executive leadership team. These organizational realignments will continue to position the company for growth and increase its ability to offer full-service solutions to its customers. “These executive advancements are not only well deserved, but also the next step in creating a strong future for our business and our customers who trust us to provide customized solutions for their unique needs,” says Kim Bassett, President & CEO.
Jerod Steigenberger, Chief Operating Officer. Throughout the past year, Jerod has been serving in a dual role as both Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and Chief Operating Officer (COO). During this time he has been engaged with Bassett Mechanical’s HVAC, Plumbing, and Industrial Refrigeration teams and has gained advanced knowledge about the industry. Prior to joining Bassett Mechanical, Jerod worked in a variety of financial roles within Oshkosh Corporation’s Defense Segment, allowing him to bring broad experiences and skillsets to his roles at Bassett. Jerod has accepted the role of full-time COO, which will allow him to make an even greater impact on the sales and operations of the organization.
Craig Lamers, Chief Financial Officer. Craig joined Bassett Mechanical one year ago as the Senior Director of Finance. He 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. Moving forward in his role as CFO, Craig will be responsible for directing the financial management of the company including strategy development, budgeting, forecasting, reporting and analysis, treasury, tax, and risk management. He will also oversee the company’s procurement and IT teams.
Lee Schmidt, Vice President of HVAC & Plumbing Solutions. Lee has been with Bassett Mechanical for 15 years, most recently serving as Senior Director of HVAC & Plumbing Solutions. With more than 20 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’s role as Vice President will include management of the HVAC & Plumbing segment with a keen focus on providing industry-leading solutions for customers’ unique needs.
Wade Uhlenbrauck, Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Wade has held numerous business development roles with Bassett Mechanical over his 14-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. As Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Wade will oversee new sales growth opportunities including strategic account management of the HVAC, Plumbing, and Industrial Refrigeration customer base, and lead new strategic initiatives to ensure Bassett Mechanical continues to carry out its vision of Creating Customers for Life™.
“My goal is to make sure our company is providing individualized, safe, full-service solutions for our customers,” Kim states. “That means surrounding our company with great leaders who care as much about our associates and our customers as I do. These are leaders who want to ensure our customers get the best solution and best experience with us. I want to thank Jerod, Craig, Lee, and Wade for their continued drive and passion for making our company the best it can be.”
Bassett Mechanical applauds these individuals on their hard work and commitment to Creating Customers for Life™.
About Bassett Mechanical 
Bassett Mechanical provides custom-built industrial refrigeration, HVAC, plumbing, metal fabricating, and preventative maintenance service solutions to customers throughout the United States and the world. Their 268,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility is headquartered in Kaukauna, Wisconsin, with additional locations in Madison, Milwaukee, and Wausau, Wisconsin.
Bassett Mechanical is a 3rd generation family business that began in 1936 to service home refrigerators and light commercial units. Their rich and vibrant history is a testament to their customer-centered business philosophy, showing that Bassett Mechanical’s growth as a company has always been the direct result of listening, responding, and adapting to changing markets and customer needs.
Today, Bassett offers mechanical engineering and design, fabrication, installation, repair, and service that includes industrial refrigeration, HVAC, industrial ventilation, metal fabrication, plumbing and piping, hygienic duct solutions, controls, laser cutting, pressure vessels, process safety management (PSM), testing and balancing, and preventive maintenance. They provide maintenance services regionally, construction services nationally, and ship fabrications globally.
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