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HOW WE THINK

We’re connected to the places where we live and work. After five, you’re likely to find Breck Dalley, graphic designer and ultra-runner, putting in miles on one of the many trails in the Pocatello area.

Our first projects were for small towns throughout the West — big needs, small budgets. Our history has taught us a few things: How to be creative, how to pitch in, and how our work makes a difference in the lives of everyday people. Our scope may be much bigger now, but we haven’t strayed from our core values. We still take pride in our work and aim higher than we need to, no matter what.

EVERYTHING WE DO IMPROVES LIVES.

CORE VALUES

  • Nimble

    Nimble

    We’re not rigid in our thinking or our approach. Why limit the possibilities?

    We’re nimble because we’re open – open to new ideas, different approaches, and different opinions. ‘Open-door policy’ is an understatement at Keller. And you never hear, ‘Because that’s the way we’ve always done it.’

    — Janell G., Accounting

     

    Janell making sure everyone is clear on Keller’s open-door policy while visiting a salon in Emmett.

    I love the energy and passion at Keller Associates. We are the right size – not so big we drown in bureaucracy, and yet not so small that we can’t compete and do great projects. Plus, we get things done.

    — Roger S., Senior Project Manager

    Working with a team of passionate, creative people allows us to successfully tackle any project. Plus, we get to have a lot of fun doing it!

    — Jason K., Project Manager

     

    Jason (second from left) takes a break from the office with Keller employees Emily, Michael, and Michael’s wife, Lauren, at Keller’s Young Engineers Summit in McCall.

    Just because we have done something one way before doesn’t mean it’s the best way. Keller is constantly open to improving our processes. When we improve or build upon a methodology or approach, those changes and knowledge are quickly shared across the company and improve all of our projects.

    — Emily F., Project Engineer

     

    Emily tackles the Grinnell Glacier Trail in
    Glacier National Park, Montana.

  • Connected

    Connected

    We’re proud of our roots, our connections, and our work. Our beginnings taught us that every relationship is valuable and deserves to be cultivated and cared for.

    I have worked with the City of Mountain Home for 19 years. Our connection, countless relationships, and meaningful projects have really helped the community, and that makes me smile. I’m not just an engineer, I’m improving lives.

    — James B., Principal

    I have worked with James Bledsoe and Keller Associates for over 15 years as a Councilman and now as Director of Public Works.  They make sure the best interests of the City of Mountain Home are always at the top of their list on any project tasked to them.  True professionals.

    — Richard Urquidi, Director of Public Works,
    City of Mountain Home, Idaho

    Every community is unique in its values and leadership. Successful connections take that into consideration and have a positive impact, not only the community as a whole, but also on individual lifestyles. As a 28-year resident of the Emmett Valley and a Keller team member, I get to experience both sides of our connection. I know first-hand that Keller gets it right!

    — Janell G., Accounting

     

    Janell shows off her hometown at the edge of the city limits.

  • Principled

    Principled

    Would it make mom proud? If not, we don’t do it.

    Life is pretty simple if you live by this rule. I like the unregulated and empowered philosophy at Keller Associates. I’m far, far from perfect, but I do strive for excellence, and do want to make Mom proud.

    — Rod L., President

     

    Rod and the mom who taught him well, Jean.

  • Unfussy

    Unfussy

    We’re not slackers, but we also don’t stand on ceremony. We’ll take a can-do attitude over a big title any day.

    Work is enjoyable when everyone leaves their egos at the door. Regardless of title, we all pitch in. Plus, I get to drive my career with excellent mentorship.

    — Jason K., Project Manager

     

    Jason conquering mountains with his wife, Liz.

  • Conscientious

    Conscientious

    We’re careful with our projects and our people. We don’t burn bridges and we don’t burn out employees.

    A large part of life is spent at work. I strive to work on projects with clients and team members that improve community. I also stay very active outside of work. We know when to buckle down and when to seek balance, focusing on other interests and enjoying life.

    — Peter O., Salem Office Manager/Project Manager

     

    Peter having a bit too much fun at a wedding.

    “Keller’s culture puts an emphasis on finding balance in life. Individuals are encouraged to excel both personally and professionally without having to sacrifice one or the other. This balance results in a happier life and a great place to work. Serving as president of the Panhandle Bass Anglers is just one of the many hobbies that I am able enjoy outside of work.”

    — Kyle M., Coeur d’Alene Officer Manager/Project Manager

     

    Kyle’s personal best — a Smallmouth Bass caught on Dworshak Reservoir weighing in at 7.03 lbs.

     

  • Diverse

    Diverse

    We seek diversity in our projects and in our people. Diversity gives us the tools — and mindset — we need to tackle anything.

    I want the best ideas and best solutions, and those come from people of different backgrounds and experiences. Everyone is welcome here at Keller Associates.”

    — Larry R., Principal

  • Balance

    Balance

    We want our people to grow both at work and in life. We realize happiness doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

    After a fruitful work week, most of us here at Keller Associates enjoy being out in nature. We run marathons, golf, hike, camp, fish, raft, mountain bike, or snowmobile. I dirt bike. We recharge our spirits by rising to the challenges nature throws at us. We bring that sense of success back to the office, where we pull together and conquer whatever obstacles and opportunities may come our way during the week.”

    — Cassie L., CAD Technician

    Cassie comes face-to-face with a massive redwood
    in a California forest.

    I love coming to work. It feels good to be part of a committed team — it’s similar to the time I spend with my family or pursuing my unique hobbies. I’m happy to be a part of Keller.

    — Marvin F., Project Manager

     

    Marvin with his non-work family atop Menan Butte.

    Keller Associates recognizes there is life outside of work, and that a healthy work-life balance leads to better results for our clients and employees. My coworkers are equally likely to ask about current projects and weekend adventures — we like to work hard and play hard.”

    — Emily F., Project Engineer

     

    Emily playing hard during a trip to the Menagerie Wilderness.

  • Collaboration

    Collaboration

    Our team may be spread out across cities and states, but our teamwork doesn’t recognize boundaries.

    When I started the Clarkston office in 2012 as a one-person show, I relied heavily on other offices and talent for support. Luckily, our culture fosters collaboration — and my expectations were exceeded. That spirit persists today as we grow and share work.

    — Stillman N., Clarkston Office Manager/Project Manager

     

    Every fall I officiate high school football games, and it takes teamwork to do our jobs right. (Stillman, second from left)

    At Keller Associates, every team member is accessible and eager to help. We constantly collaborate across offices to share knowledge, resources, and lessons learned. Keller fosters a shared knowledge base that each individual contributes to and can draw upon.

    — Emily F., Project Engineer

  • Human

    Human

    Acts of kindness are encouraged. That’s how we roll. We look to serve, volunteer and help out wherever we can – be human.

    I help others and volunteer several times a month. It’s just part of my life. It’s like Booker T. Washington said: ‘If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else.’

    — Crystal W., Administration and Graphics Guru

     

    Crystal (left) having a blast giving back on Red Nose Day.

    “With encouragement from Keller Associates, my family of ten made an unforgettable trip to Puerto Rico following the devastating hurricane.  While there, we had the opportunity to visit communities that were affected by the hurricane and share our love and support. What a great experience, connecting with some of the amazing people in Puerto Rico!”

    Justin W., Project Manager