Ken leads Plante Moran’s construction and real estate consulting practice, providing guidance to industry executives to improve their company's effectiveness and profitability. He also leads the firm’s advanced costing & estimating solutions practice, providing guidance regarding industry best practices to dramatically improve costing and estimating visibility and accuracy.
Ken combines deep industry expertise with a pragmatic approach to develop practical, effective solutions. His construction experience includes heavy/highway, specialty trade, and general contracting segments. Ken works extensively in strategic business planning, operations, business process improvement, performance management systems, and supporting information technology.
In addition, Ken has more than 30 years of industry and consulting experience working with manufacturing companies, ranging from low volume, make-to-order job shops, to high-volume, repetitive manufacturers, to improve their costing and estimating processes. He has designed and implemented cost management solutions to support improved decision-making in areas such as process improvement, make versus buy, product estimating/pricing, product/customer rationalization, budgeting, and capital investment.
Ken is a frequent author and speaker on a variety of topics impacting the industry, including the use of new technologies and best practices in costing/estimating processes, field reporting, equipment/fleet management, inventory management, and project management. Ken has a B.B.A from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Production and Inventory Manager, a licensed residential builder, and a licensed real estate salesperson.