River City Six: Jeff Killeen
Engineered Controls Inc. (www.engineeredcontrols.com) is a locally owned and operated business specializing in building automation, access and security control solutions. Headquartered in Omaha, Engineered Controls also has full-service branch offices in Lincoln and Des Moines, IA, providing sales, consulting, construction and 24/7 services support. Jeff Killeen is the Business Development Manager for Engineered Controls Inc.
Tell us a little about your business.
As a leading building control technology contractor, Engineered Controls’ goal is to provide customers with products and services to create efficient, safe and comfortable building environments. Engineered Controls offers complete turnkey building control solutions including system design, new construction and owner-direct retrofit sales, installation, repair service, and preventative maintenance work for smart buildings. We employ over 90 people throughout Nebraska and our employees collectively represent over 825 years of industry experience. When combined with our hands-on experience, this ensures that our clients receive the most cost-effective and professional service possible.
How did you get started in the business?
I just recently joined Engineered Controls within the past 6 months. Having my father in the business for 40+ years, I was always around it growing up so when an opportunity presented itself earlier this year, it felt like the right time to make a change to an industry I’ve been around all my life.
What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced professionally?
Developing a good understanding of local/regional economy and all of the different vertical markets that Engineered Controls is involved in. ECI can provide solutions for building automation systems including HVAC controls, security & access controls, lighting controls, gas detection systems, and parking management systems.
Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married to my beautiful wife, Jessica, for the past 9 years. We have two very busy children, Brynn (7) and Gavin (5), and a dog, Nala. Jessica works as a kindergarten teacher in the Elkhorn school district and both kids are active in swimming and gymnastics.
What do you see as one of the biggest turning points in your life?
I feel like I’ve had several, from playing college football, to getting married, to the births of my children. Probably the most recent major turning point was the decision to switch career paths and come to work for Engineered Controls.
What is your favorite thing to do on a day off?
Swimming or boating with my wife, kids, and friends.
What is the most unique or interesting thing about you that most people probably don’t know?
I am also a registered pharmacist.
What are you the most proud of?
My kids. They make us laugh a lot and are growing up to be good friends and people.
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
Communication is the key.
If you could choose only one descriptive word to be remembered as, what would it be?
If you could choose any other profession to be successful in, what would it be?
Professional athlete. I’d love to get paid to play sports for a living.
What is your favorite book or the last good book you read?
I recently read all of the Game of Thrones books and enjoyed them a lot.
What is your favorite movie?
I’m a big Indiana Jones fan!
What is your favorite local restaurant?
Oscar’s Pizza & Sports Grille.
If you could have dinner with one famous person from the past or present, who would it be?
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