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Kimberly D. Moore, President & Founder of KDM Engineering

Kimberly D. MoorePresident & Founder

Growing up on Chicago’s southside, Kimberly Moore had always been a fan of tinkering. Lovingly known to her family as ‘Ms. Fix It’, even at a young age she was able to focus on creative ways to solve problems. Moore received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University, playing D1 basketball for the NIU Huskies while an undergraduate.

After landing a job at a nuclear power plant, Moore soon gave in to the call of secondary education, pursuing her Master’s in Sound Engineering at NIU as well. After graduation, Moore worked in a few other positions before her entrepreneurial spirit ultimately drove her to pursue her dream of starting her own engineering firm.

In 2008, Moore created KDM Engineering to provide consulting services on engineering projects. Unfortunately, the effects of the recession, coupled with Moore’s father falling ill, resulted in the temporary closure of KDM while she went to care for him full-time. After his untimely death in 2011, Moore returned more determined than ever to build KDM into the successful company she had envisioned. Under Moore’s guiding hand and unique leadership style, KDM has become a proven leader in the industry, growing to over 100 employees and successfully completing work on thousands of projects.
 
Being among the first few black women to graduate from NIU with an electrical engineering degree, Moore knows firsthand what it’s like to be the only person in the room who looks and talks like her. She has made it her mission  to change that. Deeply committed to assembling a uniquely diverse team, KDM is proof of the unquestionable advantages to ensuring diversity in background, thought, and experience. Moore strongly believes that having different perspectives when solving complex issues will have a positive impact on our infrastructure well into the future.

A fierce supporter of women and minorities in STEM, Moore also created Calculated Genius, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping underrepresented youth explore and connect to engineering. Focusing on giving back to the local community, Calculated Genius funds a summer STEM and entrepreneurship program for local high school  students and provides scholarships to women pursuing STEM-related degrees at the collegiate level.

Moore sits on the NIU Alumni Association Board and the City of Chicago Affirmative Action Advisory Board. She has received several awards recognizing her success in building KDM Engineering into the thriving company it is today, including:

  • Enterprising Women of the Year, 2018
  • Engineering News-Record’s 40 Under 40 Midwest, 2018
  • Engineering News-Record’s 20 Under 40 National, 2018   
  • Consulting Specifying Engineer’s 40 Under 40, 2018
  • Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, 2019
  • Chicago Council on Science & Technology (C2ST) Young Professional Award, 2019
  • ATHENA Emerging Leader Award, 2019
  • U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois Rising Star Small Business of the Year 2020
  • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in STEM 2020
  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest 2020 Winner
  • NIU Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion’s Richard A. Flournory Engagement Award,
    2020
  • NAWBO Chicago Woman Business Owner of the Year, 2021

Kimberly D. Moore

President & Founder
Growing up on Chicago’s southside, Kimberly Moore had always been a fan of tinkering. Lovingly known to her family as ‘Ms. Fix It’, even at a young age she was able to focus on creative ways to solve problems. Moore received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University, playing D1 basketball for the NIU Huskies while an undergraduate. After landing a job at a nuclear power plant, Moore soon gave in to the call of secondary education, pursuing her Master’s in Sound Engineering at NIU as well. After graduation, Moore worked in a few other positions before her entrepreneurial spirit ultimately drove her to pursue her dream of starting her own engineering firm.

Growing up on Chicago’s southside, Kimberly Moore had always been a fan of tinkering. Lovingly known to her family as ‘Ms. Fix It’, even at a young age she was able to focus on creative ways to solve problems. Moore received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northern Illinois University, playing D1 basketball for the NIU Huskies while an undergraduate.

After landing a job at a nuclear power plant, Moore soon gave in to the call of secondary education, pursuing her Master’s in Sound Engineering at NIU as well. After graduation, Moore worked in a few other positions before her entrepreneurial spirit ultimately drove her to pursue her dream of starting her own engineering firm.

In 2008, Moore created KDM Engineering to provide consulting services on engineering projects. Unfortunately, the effects of the recession, coupled with Moore’s father falling ill, resulted in the temporary closure of KDM while she went to care for him full-time. After his untimely death in 2011, Moore returned more determined than ever to build KDM into the successful company she had envisioned. Under Moore’s guiding hand and unique leadership style, KDM has become a proven leader in the industry, growing to over 100 employees and successfully completing work on thousands of projects.
 
Being among the first few black women to graduate from NIU with an electrical engineering degree, Moore knows firsthand what it’s like to be the only person in the room who looks and talks like her. She has made it her mission  to change that. Deeply committed to assembling a uniquely diverse team, KDM is proof of the unquestionable advantages to ensuring diversity in background, thought, and experience. Moore strongly believes that having different perspectives when solving complex issues will have a positive impact on our infrastructure well into the future.

A fierce supporter of women and minorities in STEM, Moore also created Calculated Genius, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to helping underrepresented youth explore and connect to engineering. Focusing on giving back to the local community, Calculated Genius funds a summer STEM and entrepreneurship program for local high school  students and provides scholarships to women pursuing STEM-related degrees at the collegiate level.

Moore sits on the NIU Alumni Association Board and the City of Chicago Affirmative Action Advisory Board. She has received several awards recognizing her success in building KDM Engineering into the thriving company it is today, including:

  • Enterprising Women of the Year, 2018
  • Engineering News-Record’s 40 Under 40 Midwest, 2018
  • Engineering News-Record’s 20 Under 40 National, 2018   
  • Consulting Specifying Engineer’s 40 Under 40, 2018
  • Crain’s Chicago Business 40 Under 40, 2019
  • Chicago Council on Science & Technology (C2ST) Young Professional Award, 2019
  • ATHENA Emerging Leader Award, 2019
  • U.S. Small Business Administration’s Illinois Rising Star Small Business of the Year 2020
  • Crain’s Chicago Business Notable Women in STEM 2020
  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year Midwest 2020 Winner
  • NIU Office of Academic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion’s Richard A. Flournory Engagement Award,
    2020
  • NAWBO Chicago Woman Business Owner of the Year, 2021
Claire M. Williams, Executive Vice President of KDM Engineering

Claire M. WilliamsExecutive Vice President

From an entry-level marketing position to President and COO of Environmental Design International, Inc. (EDI) and now Executive Vice President of KDM Engineering, Claire Williams built a reputation of excellence, establishing herself as a 25-year business leader recognized in architectural, engineering and construction industries for corporate strategy, business development, and financial management, delivering data-driven solutions to public and private sector clients. Well-known for her ability to identify opportunities and resolve problems before they become barriers, Ms. Williams combines leadership experience with keen listening and assessment skills, helping her manage diverse teams and meet business goals.

A graduate of Rutgers University (B.S.), The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMT) and Central Michigan University (MSA), Ms. Williams began her career in the healthcare industry in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Joining EDI in 1996, she spent the next two decades working with EDI’s founder, the late Deborah Sawyer, to grow the professional engineering firm from six people to a robust 70-person team. As President and COO of EDI from 2015-2019, Ms. Williams was  responsible for the firm’s business strategy and operations, project management, and financial oversight.

During that time, her leadership experience and talent for collaboration resulted in the largest contract ever awarded to a M/W/DBE firm by the Illinois Department of Transportation for Phase III engineering services on a $100MM segment of the Dan Ryan Expressway. A concept taken to the Tollway as a contracting success story.

In a strategic career move, Ms. Williams left EDI in 2019 to join KDM Engineering as Executive Vice President and help drive the company’s long-term business strategy, as well as help to achieve the aggressive financial and team growth goals. Striving to become one of the preferred, multi-faceted engineering firms in the power and utility industries, KDM relies on Ms. Williams to provide the operational structure necessary to build upon the company’s early growth and success. Her exceptional ability to build and maintain relationships, as well as collaborate with a wide range of professionals has been a significant advantage as KDM expands their work to new sectors and clients.

A fierce supporter and advocate of women- and minority-owned businesses, Ms. Williams offers her expert insight into diversity through her involvement with Women in Transportation (WTS) Diversity Committee, Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) Diversity Committee, and the ICAT DBE Committee. She is also an active member of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a Director-at-Large on the Lambda Alpha International (LAI) Ely Chapter Board of Directors, and sits on the Forest Preserve Foundation Board of Directors, co-chairing the Conservation Cup, an annual fundraiser of the Foundation.

Claire M. Williams

Executive Vice President
From an entry-level marketing position to President and COO of Environmental Design International, Inc. (EDI) and now Executive Vice President of KDM Engineering, Claire Williams built a reputation of excellence, establishing herself as a 25-year business leader recognized in architectural, engineering and construction industries for corporate strategy, business development, and financial management, delivering data-driven solutions to public and private sector clients. Well-known for her ability to identify opportunities and resolve problems before they become barriers, Ms. Williams combines leadership experience with keen listening and assessment skills, helping her manage diverse teams and meet business goals.

From an entry-level marketing position to President and COO of Environmental Design International, Inc. (EDI) and now Executive Vice President of KDM Engineering, Claire Williams built a reputation of excellence, establishing herself as a 25-year business leader recognized in architectural, engineering and construction industries for corporate strategy, business development, and financial management, delivering data-driven solutions to public and private sector clients. Well-known for her ability to identify opportunities and resolve problems before they become barriers, Ms. Williams combines leadership experience with keen listening and assessment skills, helping her manage diverse teams and meet business goals.

A graduate of Rutgers University (B.S.), The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (CMT) and Central Michigan University (MSA), Ms. Williams began her career in the healthcare industry in her hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Joining EDI in 1996, she spent the next two decades working with EDI’s founder, the late Deborah Sawyer, to grow the professional engineering firm from six people to a robust 70-person team. As President and COO of EDI from 2015-2019, Ms. Williams was  responsible for the firm’s business strategy and operations, project management, and financial oversight.

During that time, her leadership experience and talent for collaboration resulted in the largest contract ever awarded to a M/W/DBE firm by the Illinois Department of Transportation for Phase III engineering services on a $100MM segment of the Dan Ryan Expressway. A concept taken to the Tollway as a contracting success story.

In a strategic career move, Ms. Williams left EDI in 2019 to join KDM Engineering as Executive Vice President and help drive the company’s long-term business strategy, as well as help to achieve the aggressive financial and team growth goals. Striving to become one of the preferred, multi-faceted engineering firms in the power and utility industries, KDM relies on Ms. Williams to provide the operational structure necessary to build upon the company’s early growth and success. Her exceptional ability to build and maintain relationships, as well as collaborate with a wide range of professionals has been a significant advantage as KDM expands their work to new sectors and clients.

A fierce supporter and advocate of women- and minority-owned businesses, Ms. Williams offers her expert insight into diversity through her involvement with Women in Transportation (WTS) Diversity Committee, Federation of Women Contractors (FWC) Diversity Committee, and the ICAT DBE Committee. She is also an active member of the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a Director-at-Large on the Lambda Alpha International (LAI) Ely Chapter Board of Directors, and sits on the Forest Preserve Foundation Board of Directors, co-chairing the Conservation Cup, an annual fundraiser of the Foundation.

Steven Robinson, Director of Operations for KDM Engineering

Steven RobinsonDirector of Operations

With over 20 years of successful senior and executive management experience in the construction and utility industries, Steven Robinson is a proven leader in strategic planning and change management initiatives. His operational expertise has been an invaluable asset in numerous leadership positions where Robinson was responsible for running company-wide operational functions, as well as leading large-scale projects and initiatives from inception to successful completion.

Robinson has a bachelor’s in Business and Construction Management from DeVry University, as well as his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. After receiving his Michigan Master Electrical License, Robinson owned and operated his own company for several years before leaving the business to pursue a management opportunity at ComEd. During this time, Robinson’s leadership team developed and implemented a company-wide safety program known as the S.T.A.R. (Stop, Think, Act, and Review) program, resulting in 74 percent fewer OSHA-recordable incidents over a two-year period.

After his time at ComEd, Robinson held numerous senior management positions at a variety of companies and industries throughout North America, working in business development and operations to help increase revenue and lower costs through the implementation of efficient operating procedures.

Known for making and implementing sound strategic decisions, Robinson joined KDM Engineering in 2020 as Director of Operations to help streamline the company’s policies and procedures across departments and office locations. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, he is also assisting in contouring and delivering the strategic vision and companywide financial goals. Robinson brings high expectations and standards to the KDM executive management team, focusing on ethical business practices, client satisfaction, and a commitment to pursuing creative and practical solutions to problems.

Robinson has several certifications and affiliations, including being a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a Construction Management Professional (CMP), member of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), and member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). He has also done extensive volunteering with Feed My Starving Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Make-A-Wish America.

Steven Robinson

Director of Operations
With over 20 years of successful senior and executive management experience in the construction and utility industries, Steven Robinson is a proven leader in strategic planning and change management initiatives. His operational expertise has been an invaluable asset in numerous leadership positions where Robinson was responsible for running company-wide operational functions, as well as leading large-scale projects and initiatives from inception to successful completion.

With over 20 years of successful senior and executive management experience in the construction and utility industries, Steven Robinson is a proven leader in strategic planning and change management initiatives. His operational expertise has been an invaluable asset in numerous leadership positions where Robinson was responsible for running company-wide operational functions, as well as leading large-scale projects and initiatives from inception to successful completion.

Robinson has a bachelor’s in Business and Construction Management from DeVry University, as well as his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management. After receiving his Michigan Master Electrical License, Robinson owned and operated his own company for several years before leaving the business to pursue a management opportunity at ComEd. During this time, Robinson’s leadership team developed and implemented a company-wide safety program known as the S.T.A.R. (Stop, Think, Act, and Review) program, resulting in 74 percent fewer OSHA-recordable incidents over a two-year period.

After his time at ComEd, Robinson held numerous senior management positions at a variety of companies and industries throughout North America, working in business development and operations to help increase revenue and lower costs through the implementation of efficient operating procedures.

Known for making and implementing sound strategic decisions, Robinson joined KDM Engineering in 2020 as Director of Operations to help streamline the company’s policies and procedures across departments and office locations. In addition to overseeing day-to-day operations, he is also assisting in contouring and delivering the strategic vision and companywide financial goals. Robinson brings high expectations and standards to the KDM executive management team, focusing on ethical business practices, client satisfaction, and a commitment to pursuing creative and practical solutions to problems.

Robinson has several certifications and affiliations, including being a member of the Project Management Institute (PMI), a Construction Management Professional (CMP), member of the American Institute of Constructors (AIC), and member of the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA). He has also done extensive volunteering with Feed My Starving Children, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Make-A-Wish America.

Kevin Swan, Director of Business Development

Kevin SwanDirector of Business Development

Raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Kevin Swan began his career as a financial professional after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Swan worked alongside his father at AXA Advisors, where the father-son duo were inspired to start Legacy Advisors in 2015, a financial planning firm dedicated to helping business owners, physicians, and individuals create strategies to pass their legacies to future generations by managing and protecting their wealth more tax efficiently. As a certified Retirement Planning Specialist Mr. Swan also worked with educators, helping them plan for financial security with a special focus on retirement planning.

After 16 years in the financial services industry, Mr. Swan pivoted in his career, becoming Director of Operations for KDM Engineering, PLLC in Chicago, a WBE/MBE professional engineering firm, focusing on power delivery, gas distribution and telecommunications design. In this role, he became responsible for HR, finances, facility management, program management, and resource management of over 50 professionals. Mr. Swan was also a key strategist responsible for driving and achieving KDM’s nationwide growth strategy, overseeing the establishment of the firm’s east coast offices in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Due to his success in KDM’s early growth, Mr. Swan transitioned from Operations to Director of Business Development, and is now overseeing and implementing strategies to achieve KDM’s aggressive new goals for expansion both within the company’s current service areas, as well as across the U.S. He is focused on relationship building with new clients and partners to bring in work from markets KDM has not done business with yet.

Mr. Swan resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Yolanda and their two sons, Kevin, Jr., and Kaleb. He has been a dedicated member of New Faith Baptist Church International for over 30 years. He sings in various choirs and is a member of the Trustee Board Ministry. Using his financial advisor experience, Mr. Swan volunteers his time leading financial workshops and seminars, particularly to younger groups, believing financial education to be a paramount component of a child’s development. Mr. Swan is also the President and Founder of the Rich South Alumni Association for his high school, whose mission is to encourage graduates to return and share their time and experiences with the leaders of the future.

Kevin Swan

Director of Business Development
Raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Kevin Swan began his career as a financial professional after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Swan worked alongside his father at AXA Advisors, where the father-son duo were inspired to start Legacy Advisors in 2015, a financial planning firm dedicated to helping business owners, physicians, and individuals create strategies to pass their legacies to future generations by managing and protecting their wealth more tax efficiently. As a certified Retirement Planning Specialist Mr. Swan also worked with educators, helping them plan for financial security with a special focus on retirement planning.

Raised in the south suburbs of Chicago, Kevin Swan began his career as a financial professional after receiving his Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Swan worked alongside his father at AXA Advisors, where the father-son duo were inspired to start Legacy Advisors in 2015, a financial planning firm dedicated to helping business owners, physicians, and individuals create strategies to pass their legacies to future generations by managing and protecting their wealth more tax efficiently. As a certified Retirement Planning Specialist Mr. Swan also worked with educators, helping them plan for financial security with a special focus on retirement planning.

After 16 years in the financial services industry, Mr. Swan pivoted in his career, becoming Director of Operations for KDM Engineering, PLLC in Chicago, a WBE/MBE professional engineering firm, focusing on power delivery, gas distribution and telecommunications design. In this role, he became responsible for HR, finances, facility management, program management, and resource management of over 50 professionals. Mr. Swan was also a key strategist responsible for driving and achieving KDM’s nationwide growth strategy, overseeing the establishment of the firm’s east coast offices in Baltimore and Philadelphia.

Due to his success in KDM’s early growth, Mr. Swan transitioned from Operations to Director of Business Development, and is now overseeing and implementing strategies to achieve KDM’s aggressive new goals for expansion both within the company’s current service areas, as well as across the U.S. He is focused on relationship building with new clients and partners to bring in work from markets KDM has not done business with yet.

Mr. Swan resides in the suburbs of Chicago with his wife Yolanda and their two sons, Kevin, Jr., and Kaleb. He has been a dedicated member of New Faith Baptist Church International for over 30 years. He sings in various choirs and is a member of the Trustee Board Ministry. Using his financial advisor experience, Mr. Swan volunteers his time leading financial workshops and seminars, particularly to younger groups, believing financial education to be a paramount component of a child’s development. Mr. Swan is also the President and Founder of the Rich South Alumni Association for his high school, whose mission is to encourage graduates to return and share their time and experiences with the leaders of the future.