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Arch Kirkwood CEO,Sponsor

Arch Kirkwood
Chairman, 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.

Michael Hewson
CFO, VP, & Treasurer
As a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, Michael brings years of experience to the financial leadership of AJK&A. Michael oversees all aspects of the company’s financial business and manages the accounting and IT Departments.

Aidan Culligan
Senior Vice President,
Bringing over 28 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.

Brad Hanenberg
Operations Manager
Brad has managed a variety of projects ranging in complexity during his tenure at AJK&A. Brad is now responsible for running his own team made up of Project Managers, Estimators, and Project Engineers.

Leah Zappia
Chief Operations Officer & Corporate Counsel
Leah started with the Company 14 years ago as a Project Engineer. She was promoted to Project Manager shortly after obtaining her Journeyman card and after running several successful projects for Team 3, she was promoted to Sr. Project Manager. She earned the position of Operations Manager in 2018 where she oversees a group of PM’s, PE’s and Estimators. She holds an MBA from the University of Redlands and a law degree from Western State College of Law. Leah is a California licensed attorney and assists the Company with legal matters.

Eric Fiorino
Executive Vice President
Eric began his career with AJK&A in the year of 2000, shortly after receiving a degree specializing in CAD design. Throughout the years, Eric has led many roles beginning as an Electrical field apprentice and now proudly serves as an Executive Vice President. Eric is passionate about delivering quality installation to his clients and offers the best of the best product lines in the industry. He thrives on doing things right and is thankful for the support of his team and fellow co-workers.

Sam Sandoval
Vice President, Sponsor
Sam is one of AJK&A’s most talented and committed leaders. Twenty-two 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.

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.


Henry Gutierrez
Operations Manager,
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.

Trent Stouvenel
CAD Department Manager
Managing a diverse group of professionals, Trent brings over 16 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.

Kathryn Christensen
Office & Human
Resources Manager
Managing an office and accounting support group serving nearly 600 employees is not an undertaking for the weak of heart. Kathryn has a big heart and an unwavering spirit in her pursuit of excellence.

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.