PHILOSOPHY | TEAM | HISTORY | VALUES
PHILOSOPHY | TEAM | HISTORY | VALUES
With decades of experience in the Landscape Management, Snow & Ice Control, Interior Plantscaping and Holiday Decorating industries, KEI looks at the business from every angle and understands the customer perspective to produce the best results. KEI has a track record of effectively attending to the many details necessary to perform services efficiently, meticulously and with a personal touch not found elsewhere.
At the heart of KEI’s culture is an overall philosophy and a formal value system. It guides us toward our goal of making your life easier as the premier full-service, four-season Landscape Management contractor. Our values are driven by a boundless desire to reach higher levels of performance, to give our best possible effort, to make the most of our talents, and to always strive for excellence in all things – at work, at home and in our communities. We believe that our success can only be measured in terms of high client satisfaction and progressive employee development. If we can excel at this, the rest will follow.
At KEI, everything we do is guided by something called MAGIS. For us, MAGIS is a term grounded in a long history of distinction, selflessness and generosity. Simply translated from Latin, MAGIS means "more." As a philosophy, its greater meaning is taken from St. Ignatius of Loyola's Jesuit challenge to "strive for excellence in all things."
MAGIS inspires everyone here at KEI to reach their highest potential, to rise above being mediocre, average and complacent. The truth is, being average is easy. Being great at what you do is hard work, but the rewards are immeasurable. In everything we do, at home, at work and in our community, MAGIS guides us. We believe that to better serve our families, our customers, our neighbors and ultimately ourselves, we must lead with vision and character. We strive to exceed expectations and work hard to achieve excellence in all things. We believe we should always make the most of our talents and abilities.
At KEI we wouldn't have it any other way.
Wherever we are and in whatever we do, we are committed to bettering the lives of our clients, our team and our community. We do this by heading the CALL of what we know as The Orange Standard
We care about each other, our customers, our results and our communities. We deliver on our promises and do what we say we are going to do. We “earn our spot on the bus” everyday. We are loyal to each other, our clients, and our vendors. We value long term relationships and the trust inherent in them.
We are good to each other and our customers. We give back to the communities we serve. We expect character and honor in all interactions. We admit mistakes and correct them. We do not place blame. We are all part of a greater family. We help each other when needed and take pride in each other's successes.
We do the right thing and do what it takes to make it right. We lead by example. We identify the problems that need solving and arrive with solutions. We are not afraid to raise an issue. We are only as good as our word. We treat others the same way we hope to be treated.
We take responsibility for our own development. We educate ourselves on our products, services, customers and industry. We ask for feedback and are open to hearing it. We are not happy doing things the way they have always been done. We are always looking for the next best idea.
We've developed a very dedicated and quality-driven staff; each member possesses the particular educational and professional experience necessary to ensure your project's success. Our Leadership Team and Managers share decades of experience. Our crew leaders and skilled technicians have years of field experience and participate in ongoing, professional and company-sponsored training to keep abreast of the latest advancements in techniques and materials.
The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) offers Landscape Industry Certification and the Accredited Snow Contractors Association (ASCA) offers a Snow Professional Certification (CSP) . These programs are a perfect way to support our commitment to the growth and development of our people while achieving our industry's standard of professionalism. Less than 1% of all landscape professionals have achieved this prestigious certification.
Our goal is to certify every foreman, supervisor and senior manager. We provide fees, in-house training and study time, and the test time required for these certifications. At KEI, we're proud that we've certified more landscaping professionals than any other firm in the state of Wisconsin, and that many of our employees hold multiple certifications.
In 1926, F. Scott Fitzgerald introduced us to The Great Gatsby. The newly opened Route 66 showed a growing country the way west. Calvin Coolidge was President, and on June 2nd a young rookie from Columbia replaced Wally Pipp at first base for the Yankees. Lou Gehrig went on to play another 2,130 consecutive games on his way to the Hall of Fame.
That same year, Joe Kujawa and Peter Benka planted the first seed for what would become today's KEI. With little more than their good names, the two hard-working brothers-in-law established Cudahy Flour and Feed, and provided agricultural seeds, supplies and equipment to meet the demands of southeastern Wisconsin's growing population.
The company evolved and transformed itself a number of times over the years, adapting to the many challenges they faced. They made it through the Depression selling live poultry and farm supplies. During prohibition they saw a spike in sugar sales. When it was repealed they delivered the first legal truckload of beer in Milwaukee County. During the war years they organized metal drives and made other sacrifices on the home front. The '60s and '70s saw the company prosper as a landscape restoration provider to the local utility companies, and the '80s saw KEI's rise as a respected landscape management contractor. KEI continued to expand its service offerings throughout the '90s to meet the ever-changing needs of its growing client base.
Today, KEI ushers in the 21st Century as a third-generation, family-owned business recognized nationally as an industry leader. We have more than 150 dedicated employees delivering a complete array of services to a long list of well-recognized and well-respected commercial, residential and municipal clients.