Member Spotlight by Drew Clausen, AV Project Manager, KLA Laboratories, Inc.
Tell us about your company’s mission and values.
KLA prides itself on detailed design, consulting, project management and on-time completion. Any size project, anywhere, can begin with a simple call. With KLA’s 88 years of experience in the communications industry, your project is safe.
What are the services you use the most (or are looking forward to using) from the Columbus Chamber?
Having the Chamber as an advocate in local, state, and regional government and as a liaison to foster relationships with other businesses offers KLA an opportunity to serve them and our city better.
How do you stay engaged with trends that you see in your industry?
KLA’s is a projects and services company with expertise ranging from Audio/Visual to all wireless technologies, to networking. The collaboration between the different groups encourages an atmosphere whereas “out of the box” ideas and solutions are found by having points of view from other industry viewpoints. KLA encourages employees to keep up with industry specific certifications and credentials allowing KLA to stay on the forefront of technology.
What is your company culture like?
KLA has been in business for 88 years and has been owned by the O’Bryan family for over 65% of that time. Mr. O’Bryan’s passion for communications created an atmosphere of creativity that allowed for the employees to find ways to help customers solve their complex technology needs while providing for an atmosphere where family came first. The O’Bryan family treats each of its employees with respect and encourages personal development while allowing the individual to put their family first. One well knowing saying around KLA is that “You can’t retire from a hobby”.
What does it take to be a successful employee at your company?
Knowledge and opportunity breed success and each member of the KLA team brings a unique skill set that continues to add to KLA’s legacy.
What makes Columbus such a great place to do business?
Columbus has a level of consistent growth not found in other cities. Columbus embraces its core business sectors and fosters that growth through new initiatives and supporting organizations (like the Chamber!)
What pieces of advice have you found to be the most helpful since starting your career?
Never stop learning! Our company thrives in multiple technology ecosystems and keeping pace with new ideas and implanting them is paramount.
How do you achieve a work/life balance?
First and foremost by supporting family and friends. Our team supports each other and that translates from the office to home environments.
Where is your favorite place to have a meeting outside the office?
Our team would say the golf course, but sharing a meal and breaking bread always helps facilitate new relationships.
About KLA Labs
Established in 1929, KLA Laboratories, Inc. continues to be a national industry leader in the design, installation, certification, and commissioning of communication systems. KLA provides turn-key solutions for networks, premise cabling, in-building wireless systems, video and sound system installations. KLA also provides Audio Visual Event Production for events of all sizes including corporate presentations and festivals.