Koehler Electric names new generation as company president

From left, Jim Koehler, Kevin Koehler (seated) and Tim Koehler. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

The leadership of J.W. Koehler Electric Inc. has been passed to a new generation with the recent promotion of Kevin Koehler to president.

Mr. Koehler represents the third generation of Koehlers to attain the position of company president. He follows his father Timothy Koehler (2006-2022) and grandfather James Koehler (1969-2006). 

Mr. Koehler joins a leadership team that includes: Robin Rollins, CEO; Tim Koehler, now chairman of the board; and Lesley Wolfe, secretary-treasurer.

“I am honored and excited with the opportunity. I understand that I have big shoes to fill and I am committed to the bright future of Koehler Electric,” Kevin Koehler said in a statement released Tuesday, Jan. 25.

Mr. Koehler grew up in the electrical construction industry, working in it since 2002. He joined J.W. Koehler Electric in 2005. He completed his electrical apprenticeship through the IBEW Local #145 in Moline. A certified master electrician through Block & Associates, he has extensive experience in the commercial and industrial electrical industry.

The company was founded in 1969 by his grandparents, Jim and Marcia Koehler. The firm concentrated on residential service work, house wiring, and heating and air conditioning control systems. 

The business began in a building in the Five Points neighborhood in Davenport before moving to its current location at 2716 W. Central Park Ave. in 1972. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, the home construction market began to slow down, and a decision was made to expand into the industrial market – an area of expertise for the founder. The estimating staff was expanded in both the commercial and industrial areas and quickly grew in those markets.

In 2017, the company became certified as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC).  

The business philosophy has always been “get things done. Just don’t talk about it, get things done,”  Timothy Koehler said in a video on the company’s website.

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