Meet the Team

Optimized Systems’ team of experts includes design engineers, but we don’t do design. We also have control specialists and master programmers, but we don’t sell controls. And we have former facilities managers, so we understand day-to-day operations, because we’ve lived it. We all work together to deliver a level of knowledge and understanding of building systems you simply can’t find elsewhere.

Rick Kmiecik

Rick Kmiecik

President

Rick is President and Founder of Optimized Systems. He’s known as a creative, forward-thinking problem solver who is passionate about energy. You’ll find his enthusiasm contagious and his wit quick.

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Commissioning

Kelly, who is key in the development of many of the company’s innovative commissioning processes, likes modeling the concept of “work anywhere” by frequently working at home, in the car, at job sites, and client locations.

Rick Harris

Rick Harris

Building Advocation

Rick leads Optimized Systems’ building advocation services. His primary focus is helping clients keep their buildings maintained and operating well. Rick’s secondary focus is getting “advocation” added to the dictionary.

Tyler Mueller

Tyler Mueller

Energy Systems Engineer

Tyler is an Energy Systems Engineer. He is also an engineer by education, a programmer by training and an energy buff by passion. Tyler's other passions include anything with a throttle!

Scott Erlenbusch

Scott Erlenbusch

Project Specialist

Scott is an Energy Project Technician, but given everything he does, he’s more like a human Swiss army knife.

Nick Combs

Nick Combs

Operations

Nick is the hub of the company’s operations. He is a seasoned achiever with an insatiable curiosity. When it comes to facility operations, he may know more than Google.

Donny Zimmerman

Donny Zimmerman

Building Optimization

As the company’s optimization czar, Donny focuses on developing and implementing HVAC energy-saving strategies. But he seems to have the most fun measuring the millions of dollars we are saving our clients in energy costs!

Melanie Stewart

Melanie Stewart

Sustainability

Melanie is Optimized Systems’ Sustainability Manager. She has a passion for reducing energy and emissions and knows that true sustainability doesn’t just help the environment, it saves money and improves human health too.

Art Malenfant

Art Malenfant

Project Specialist

Art is an Energy Project Specialist with diverse skills. Now that he has been on the team for a while, we're convinced that his mind is stuck in “occupied mode,” because he’s always thinking and always doing.

Dakota Zimmerman

Dakota Zimmerman

Project Technician

Dakota assists everyone with just about everything. He is a quick learner and quality conscious. His positive attitude and natural aptitude should make his life easier – it has ours!

Chad Smith

Chad Smith

Systems Specialist

Chad joined our team as a Systems Specialist. While Chad does many things, his primary role is supporting our growing Building Advocation Services. So, that's what a System Specialist does!

Ryan Hansen

Ryan Hansen

Systems Integrator

Ryan came to Optimized Systems as an accomplished electronics and automation whiz that has done it all. And we’re still learning what “all” is.

Marcus Houser

Marcus Houser

Energy Systems Technician

If it’s a piece of HVAC equipment, Marcus has probably fixed it. His extensive hands-on experience makes him a great team asset for testing and commissioning and we “plug him in” on any project we can.

Justin Tweedy

Justin Tweedy

Commissioning

Justin is our newest Commissioning Project Manager. He has experience in programming, installation, and large scale project management. We’ve tried to give him a problem he can’t solve, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Tim Klusaw

Tim Klusaw

Product Testing & Training

Tim is a HVAC Product Testing & Training Coordinator for Optimized Systems with vast hands-on experience with HVAC and electrical systems. With his professional musical background, he can really make a system hum.

Mike Taylor

Mike Taylor

Business Development

Mike is in charge of Optimized Systems’ marketing and business development. Coming from the environmental industry, he’s excited to be representing a service that customers want!