HTK New Hire Spotlight…Q&A With Brad Kiehl!

Brad R. Kiehl, is a new addition to the HTK team as Director of Project Development with over 29 years of experience. As an educational planning expert, Brad fully understands how the physical environment can support teaching and learning. He is adept at guiding communities and stakeholders through a collaborative process to define goals and create solutions that meet their educational needs. Brad is a registered architect and has a proven track record in educational facility planning. He will be a tremendous resource between the design/engineering team and the construction management team.

We sat brad down for a quick Q&A session where he offered his insight into life, experience, success, and the ever changing world of education!

What’s your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?

Being outdoors boating on the lake and camping with family and friends.

What’s the coolest (or most important) trend you see today?

How quick technology and the younger generation are changing the landscape we live in.  Students are being more innovative and creating unique opportunities for them to succeed in life, sometimes before they graduate high school.

What’s one thing that happened to you that had a positive impact on your life?

I had a friend in college who challenged me to workout.  32 years later, I still start every day with a workout.  This one activity not only changed who I was physically but mentally gave me the independence and self-confidence I needed to be successful in my career.

How do I define success?

Success is achieving peace of mind in life through self-satisfaction knowing you have given your very best and being thankful for all you have achieved.  Simply put – it’s having family and friends around you that love you and support you through life.

What do I like most about my job?

I love that I get to work with awesome colleagues at HTK and meet new people and work with them and their communities to change the educational landscape for their children in the hopes of a brighter future.

What’s your favorite podcast and why?

I love to listen to “How I Built This with Guy Raz”.  The show takes you into the stories of the innovators, entrepreneurs, and idealists behind some of the world’s best-known companies.  They are great stories of people some of which who failed numerous times but never gave up.

Share your favorite quote?

“A leaders job is not to do the work of others, its to help others figure out how to do it themselves, to get things done and to succeed beyond what they thought possible.” By Simon Sinek

If you were not an Architect what would you want to be?

I would love to be a firefighter.  I had an opportunity to be a volunteer firefighter and loved it.

What traits would you name that defines you?

Openness, Conscientiousness, Compassionate, Adaptable and Driven

What’s your biggest accomplishment?

Having an amazing family with three great children and watching them turn into young caring adults.

Please visit Brad’s profile on our website at to learn more about his experience and what he brings to the HTK team.
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