Our People Are Our Greatest Asset
Vice President, WB-Koester Construction, LLC
Rick is responsible for the management and oversight of the WB-Koester Construction Team. Rick is a Professional Engineer with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Evansville. Rick joined the WBK Team in 1990 and has played a key role in WBK’s largest projects. Rick has managed multimillion dollar projects for American Electric Power, Duke Energy, NIPSCO, Big Rivers Electric Corporation, Chicago Bridge & Iron, AES/Indianapolis Power & Light, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, and AK Steel. Rick was promoted to Vice President following the retirement of Gregory Head.
President & CEO, Weddle Bros. Construction Co., Inc.
Lee is head of all Weddle Brothers Companies. Lee is a 1978 graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and has been with Weddle Brothers Construction since 1981. He has served as President and CEO since 1997.
Sr. Project Manager & Estimator
Bob splits his time between Project Management and Estimating. Bob is a Civil Engineer and graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Bob has recently managed projects for ALCOA, Brampton Brick, Ameren, Duke Energy, Electric Energy Inc., Hoosier Energy, Meijer, Vectren, St. Mary’s Health System, Valero, and the Evansville Regional Airport Authority. Bob joined the WBK team in 1992.
Brian coordinates the estimating for new projects, working closely with the WBK estimating group, subcontractors and vendors to provide quality, competitive proposals for our clients. Brian is a Professional Engineer with a Construction Engineering and Management degree from Purdue University. He also holds an MBA from the University of Southern Indiana. Since 2003, Brian has overseen estimating, project management and business development for projects in power generating facilities and heavy industrial facilities throughout the Midwest. Brian joined the WBK team in 2018.
Project Engineer and Project Manager
Steve fills dual roles as a Project Engineer and Project Manager. Since he joined the WBK Teamin 2008 he has served as a Project Engineer for construction projects at Prairie State Energy, Duke Energy, IP&L , and the Evansville Regional Airport Authority. He also has served as Project Manager for the Casey’s General Store Distribution Center, NIPSCO, ALCOA, and ATS. Steve graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Building Construction & Management.
Brad coordinates all AutoCAD Civil 3-D DrawingTake-offs and builds all GPS Total Machine Control Models for the WBK fleet of dozers and graders. Brad was employed at The Lochmueller Group for 16 years, as their Private Development Designer, prior to joining the WBK Team in 2014. Brad has an Associate Degree in Science Technology from Vincennes University.
General Field Superintendent
Mike coordinates all of the daily field supervision which can include multiple projects at the same time. Mike has a wealth of experience keeping projects with a tight schedule on track and in budget. He has been a part of the WBK Team since 1978. Mike began as a Project Foreman and worked his way up to the General Field Superintendent, a position he has held for the last 12 years. Mike is responsible for managing all WBK field personnel.
Doug manages all of the WBK repair technicians, both in the shop and in the field. He also is responsible for a fleet of construction equipment that includes over 200 pieces of machinery. Doug has been in the equipment maintenance field all of his working career. Prior to joining WBK in 2007 Doug had worked for Old Ben Coal, Mining Machinery Inc., and Brandeis Machinery.
Denise oversees all of the WBK daily office operations related to payroll, payables and receivables. Denise multi-tasks as Vice President-Rick Niehaus’s Executive Assistant, lead administrator on preparation of bid documents, and also supports Project Management. Denise joined the WBK Team in 2018.