Matthew Kist

Matthew Kist, SKW’s new vice president of development services

Renowned for engineering and land surveying since 1950, Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) announced today the promotion of Matthew Kist, P.E., to vice president of development services.

Kist will transition from his current team leader position, where he’s heavily involved in the management of development projects, acting as a client liaison and overseeing the day-to-day operational activities of his project design team, to his new role effective Jan. 1, 2018.

“Matt brings a blend of proven experience and expertise, with a high degree of professionalism and a genuine commitment to service that SKW is looking for in its leaders,” said Brian Johanning, president of Infrastructure & Development at SKW. “His vision and enthusiasm for SKW’s future is reflected in the way he approaches every project, and we know that this area of our business will thrive under his leadership.”

Kist will work closely with Tom Smith, SKW principal and current vice president of development services, to ensure a smooth transition for existing and new clients. Smith has been with the firm’s development services department for 48 years and joined the board of directors in 1999, where he will continue to serve SKW’s clients and shareholders.

Smith noted that he is excited to have Kist assume this mantle of leadership and looks forward to sharing with him the skills and talents he’s learned and developed throughout his career. “Matt brings fresh ideas and new methodologies to the department and to SKW,” Smith said. “His time here as team leader of development services has been beneficial to the entire firm, and I look forward to the good work he’ll produce in the coming years.”

Kist noted that he’s eager to work alongside Smith and explained the importance of active mentorships in any organization. “From the person right out of school to the person who’s been around the building for three, four or five decades, it’s important that mentorship is available and visible,” Kist said. “Aside from the passing on of expertise, it also provides guidance; anyone can look up and say, that’s where I can go. It provides a career path as we continue to grow our group.”

Kist continued: “Tom is a walking encyclopedia regarding site development around the Kansas City metro area, and he knows who the key players are. Working with him will be important for my own, and the department’s, continued success.”

Likewise, as Kist assumes leadership for the development services department, Smith explained that he will be able to focus more time on projects while remaining an active SKW board member. “I look forward to the continuation of what I do well, and that’s developing relationships with new clients and serving our existing clients,” Smith said.

Kist has a bachelor of science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Originally from Columbia, Mo., Kist lives in Parkville, Mo. He enjoys outdoor activities, including golfing, hunting, fishing, and spending time on his family’s hobby farm near Columbia.