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Arch Kirkwood CEO,Sponsor

Arch Kirkwood
CEO, Sponsor
The Kirkwood family has been serving the electrical industry for four generations.  Arch began his career working part time at Kirkwood Electric during high school and college.  In 1964 Arch purchased the company from his father and, in a short number of years, quickly turned Kirkwood Electric into one of the largest electrical contractors in Southern California.  Wanting to create an Employee Owned Company, Arch started AJK&A in 1996. Arch has now grown AJK&A into a significant player in the Southern California construction market.

James Klassen
President. Sponsor
James joined AJK&A in 2003 and worked his way up to Sponsor and Vice President, and, in 2012, was named to the position of company President. A graduate of UC Irvine, James previously worked for CLP Resources, a construction staffing company where he served as a Regional Vice President. His strong work ethic and desire to serve AJK&A’s clients, employees, and venders have been instrumental in AJK&A’s success.

Aidan Culligan
Senior Vice President,
Sponsor
Bringing over 26 years of experience to the company, Aidan’s track record of hard work, integrity, and leadership has earned him the respect of over 300 of the most qualified field personnel in the industry.  In addition to his corporate and sponsor duties, Aidan directs and chairs the labor committee.

Michael Hewson
CFO, VP, & Treasurer
Michael is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara with a Bachelors degree in Business and Law with an emphasis in accounting. He joined AJK&A six years ago and has earned his way to the position of Chief Financial Officer. Michael oversees all aspects of the company’s financial business and manages the Accounting and IT Departments.

Sam Sandoval
Vice President, Sponsor
Sam is one of AJK&A’s most talented and committed leaders. Twenty years of electrical experience has benefited him as he has managed the growth of the company’s Special Projects Team. He is dedicated to his family: two of his children work full time for AJK&A.

Eric Fiorino
Vice President, Sponsor
Eric began his career with AJK&A after receiving a degree from ITT Technical Institute in electrical and CAD design. His many years of fire alarm and special systems experience brings a dimension to AJK&A that few other electrical contractors are able to match; the resources and skills to complete a project and achieve the Certificate of Occupancy on Schedule.

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Henry Gutierrez
Team Leader,
Sponsor
A born leader, Henry has led the charge on many of AJK&A’s most challenging projects both during his tenure in the field and during his time in the office. Henry is now responsible for running his own team made up of Project Mangers, Estimators, and Project Engineers.

Derek Morris
Safety Director
No one in the organization has more energy and commitment to excellence than our safety director. Derek is unrelenting in his pursuit of a completely safe work environment in each nook and cranny on every work site. AJK&A enjoys an enviable safety record because of his efforts.

Kathryn Christensen
Office & Human
Resources Manager
Managing an office and accounting support group serving 400 employees is not an undertaking for the weak of heart. Kathryn has a big heart and an unwavering spirit in her pursuit of excellence.

Trent Stouvenel
CAD Department Manager
Managing a diverse group of professionals, Trent brings over 14 years of electrical and fire alarm design experience to AJK&A’s engineering group. His ability to adapt to evolving design and construction standards, coupled with his strong drive to always exceed customer expectations, makes him an essential leader in our organization.

Mike Toyer
Director of Information Technology
Mike served our country in the US Army Corp Signal Corp. After being honorably discharged, he earned degrees from DeVry Institute of Technology and Cal Poly Pomona. In addition, Mike brings over 20 years of IT experience through managing his own company and is a huge asset for AJK&A.
*Sponsor is a high level executive who leads a team of qualified estimators, project managers, project engineers and field management personnel to achieve an annual revenue and profit goal with complete client satisfaction.