ALL4’s Employee Spotlight: Bob Kuklentz
Posted: September 25th, 2011Author: All4 Staff
Each quarter ALL4 will interview one of it’s employees highlighting some of their careers and thoughts about ALL4. This months employee spotlight is on Project Manager Bob Kuklentz.
What did you do before you joined ALL4?
When I graduated from college I got a job as a plant environmental manager for a chemical specialties manufacturer. I had plant responsibilities for environmental, health, and safety. At the time, many of the company’s products contained chemicals that were being phased out due to their ozone depleting potential. I was heavily involved in the transition to alternate chemicals, including educating customers on the product changes forced by the elimination of many of the solvents that had served industry for many years. It was an interesting time. After about three years I accepted a corporate environmental position at a multi-site paperboard packaging company. Over the years I had environmental responsibilities for up to 10 facilities in the U.S. and Canada. During my tenure the company transitioned from solvent- based printing to water-based printing, and greatly reduced emissions. I worked there for 17 years working my way to corporate environmental manager.
What one piece of advice would you give to college students looking for a position in the consulting business?
Specifically with regards to consulting I would tell college students to be ready to learn. In consulting, there are so many different project opportunities. The more things a person can put in their toolbox the more valuable they become. I would also tell them to be ready for a fast pace. There are never dull days!
What are your roles at ALL4?
My primary role at ALL4 is as a Project Manager. I manage projects for a wide range of clients. This includes managing staff, budget, communicating with the client, and ensuring top quality deliverables. I also serve as the technical staff coordinator for the Kimberton office. In this role I have the opportunity to coach our technical staff, with the goal to help them grow in their job roles here at ALL4. It is a fun, challenging, and rewarding role that adds variety to my day to day activities.
What do you like best about your career?
I vividly remember that while in 11th grade I decided that I wanted a career in the environmental field. Of course, at the time I am not sure I knew what that meant, but I knew I had an interest in the environment. So, here I am. Having spent 20 years in industry, the switch to consulting has been a refreshing change. I really enjoy the variety, the fast pace, and the opportunity to learn new things every day.
What do you not like about your career here?
I have no complaints.
What was your biggest challenge in your first year?
There were so many challenges I could never list them all. Adjusting to being “billable,” gaining new clients, and gaining the trust of my co-workers are a few that come to mind.
What was your biggest surprise since joining ALL4?
The biggest surprise is how well everyone works together, how much everyone helps each other, and how dedicated everyone is to making ALL4 great.
Why did you decide to join ALL4?
I felt that after 20 years in industry it was time for something new. I was lucky to find this opportunity. I can’t say it was an easy decision, as change is always hard, but I’ve never looked back.
Who is the best dresser at ALL4?
I am the wrong person to ask this question as I consider myself to be completely incompetent when it comes to fashion. It would be hard to say who has the nicest shorts and flip-flops here.
Give me an example of an event, system, person, or that best represents the ALL4 culture, and why.
There are so many examples I could give. For me, the biggest example is the benefits. ALL4 provides their employees with unrivaled benefits. But the true culture shows in the day to day operations. Everyone at ALL4 helps each other, and that makes for a great work environment.
What makes you great?
I don’t think I am great. I try to come to work every day, work hard, and go home to my family. I happen to be lucky enough to be riding on a pretty good wave here at ALL4, and I don’t take that for granted.
What is the most unique thing about working here?
Without a doubt it is the people. It is fun to work at a place where everyone is pointed in the same direction. Everyone here looks out for each other, and that has the company on a great track for growth and success.
As a big Phillies fan, give me your 4-man pitching rotation for the playoffs, 1-4 and a prediction on the playoffs.
Halladay, Lee, Hamels, and Worley…yes, Worley. How can you argue with the year the Vancelator is having? The guy just wins. Phils versus Brewers will be a fun NLCS. But, it all comes down to pitching, and no team can touch our pitching. I’d love a rematch against the Yankees, but I think it will be Phils versus Red Sox. Oh…and did I mention that John Mayberry Jr. should be playing left field?