Meet Kirk Kreisel, an accomplished professional with over 20 years of experience in leadership, business management, and construction management. Kirk earned his degree in Nuclear Engineering from the esteemed University of Missouri Science & Technology in 1995, and later served as a Nuclear Trained Officer on board the USS Abraham Lincoln. During his service, Kirk qualified as an Officer of the Deck and as a Nuclear Trained Watch Officer, where he was responsible for overseeing one of the two Nuclear Powered Reactors on board.
Post-Navy, Kirk went into the construction industry, holding various management roles. He is known for his passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and product reuse – qualities that have made him a pioneer within the energy sector. In 2012, Kirk established Artisun Solar, an installation construction company. Under his guidance, Artisun Solar has become a reputable Solar Company, with a niche focus on commercial, industrial, and agricultural solar PV projects. His vast experience in the solar industry has led to the successful installation of over 43MW of solar PV projects.
Mat Kiefer’s achievements speak volumes about his expertise in the field of business development, sales, and sales management. As the Vice President of Sales at Artisun Solar, his leadership and strategic thinking have been instrumental in driving the company’s growth and success. Mat’s technical, financial, sales, and marketing background, combined with his unique out-of-the-box thinking, have proven invaluable in launching and growing start-ups and growth-phase businesses throughout his impressive career.
With over 30 MW of solar projects sold and managed, Mat’s primary focus has been on commercial and industrial clients, helping them to achieve the long-term benefits of clean, renewable energy. His impressive track record in fueling growth for financial, agricultural, and energy companies is a testament to his ability to think strategically while coloring within the lines. Mat Kiefer is a game-changer in the industry, and his contributions to the field are undeniable.
Peter, a diligent and driven professional, began his career at Artisun in June of 2020 immediately after graduating with honors from the prestigious University of Kansas. His well-honed skills and focused demeanor have made him an integral part of the team at Artisun where he is responsible for originating and closing new opportunities across their expansive service territory. Peter has not only excelled in his role at Artisun, but he has also maintained strong relationships with his past clients, ensuring their continued satisfaction and success.
Since joining Artisun, Peter has sourced over 70 innovative projects that have totaled over 20 megawatts of solar installed across the Midwest and South regions of the United States. In his free time, Peter enjoys participating in outdoor activities like golfing, traveling to explore new destinations, and passionately cheering on his favorite sports teams, especially the Kansas Jayhawks and Minnesota Vikings.
Steve Pascal brings a wealth of experience to the table with over ten years of leadership, team building, and project management skills. His diversified background includes having graduated with an Architectural Engineering degree from the prestigious University of Kansas, and serving as a Nuclear Trained Officer on board the USS Dallas for four years. Steve also worked as an intelligence analyst with ONI for two years, which has added to his extensive knowledge and expertise in the field.
In 2020, Steve shifted his focus to the solar construction industry and joined the dynamic team at Artisun Solar. He has since made significant contributions as the lead project manager, successfully spearheading numerous projects in the organization.
While being a valuable member of Artisun Solar, Steve also remains active in Navy reserves, serving with the Military Sealift Command. His dedication to his country and his profession is truly inspiring, and we are grateful to have him on our team.
Julie’s journey with the Artisun team began in January of 2023 as a consultant. Her exceptional performance and leadership qualities lead to her promotion as the Vice President of Business Development in March of the same year. In her role, Julie has taken charge of spearheading the team responsible for acquiring new clients. As a leader, Julie brings profound expertise in sales systems and team growth strategies, which she has garnered through her twenty years of leading teams. Julie is a vibrant, enthusiastic, charismatic, and highly skilled speaker and leader with a proven track record of training and coaching teams to achieve success quickly. She is an expert at establishing solid and fruitful relationships and building a team culture that is creative, collaborative, and highly effective.
Julie’s passion for community development goes beyond her role at Artisun Solar. She enjoys spending time on several volunteer opportunities and serves on the board of various groups in the KC area. When she isn’t working or doing community work, Julie enjoys spending time outdoors with her two children and loved ones. Her robust professional and personal life makes her a well-rounded individual who has lots to offer to the people around her.
Brett is an indispensable part of Artisun since October 2021, with his exceptional educational background from the prestigious University of Kansas. His impressive skills and expertise made him a valuable addition to Artisun, and he was brought on-board full-time in May 2022. Brett’s outstanding performance in sourcing new opportunities for Artisun, across a vast service territory, has been instrumental in the company’s success. His efforts have resulted in sourcing over 25 projects, spanning eight states, and contributing over 7 megawatts of solar installation in the Midwest and South regions of the United States.
Moreover, Brett is a multifaceted individual with diverse interests. In his free time, he enjoys performing music, traveling, golfing and passionately supports his alma mater’s Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs. With his remarkable talent, exceptional skill set and dedication, Brett continues to make significant contributions to Artisun’s growth and success, making him a key team player.
Garrett is an invaluable member of the Artisun Solar team, bringing a diverse set of skills that make him a true multi-talented professional.
His versatility means he can manage various responsibilities such as canvassing, website development, marketing, and warehouse management with consummate ease. With his exceptional abilities, he has been able to generate over 30,000 leads for the company from all corners of the Midwest region. His creativity and marketing knowledge have been significant catalysts for the company’s exceptional growth over the past few months.
When he’s not at work, Garrett enjoys exploring beautiful bike trails, immersing himself in video games, and going on adventurous camping trips. We truly value his contributions to the team and are excited to continue working alongside him as we continue our journey of growth and success.
As an experienced service professional, customer service has always been at the forefront of my career. It brings me immense satisfaction to provide assistance to all those in need. Growing up in Belton, Missouri, I developed a deep attachment to the energetic community that Kansas City provides. I am inspired by this city, and it is an honor to join the Artisun Solar team in 2021.
My experience with Artisun Solar has been phenomenal, and I take immense pride in aiding our clients to attain their objectives. I am capable of overseeing projects from initiation to completion, and revel in watching them flourish into beautiful masterpieces. As a mother to my beautiful daughter Lydia, I strive to maintain a balance between my professional and personal life. During my leisure time, I like to travel, hike and immerse myself in nature. Being part of the thriving business community in Kansas City is a privilege, and I am excited to embark on new endeavors in the future.