Renowned for engineering and land surveying services since 1950, Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) announced today the hiring of Michael Kellam, AICP, as its vice president of business development for infrastructure and development services.

Kellam brings more than 12 years of city planning and community development experience to SKW and will actively identify project opportunities, seek out and maintain client relationships and contribute to SKW’s continuous effort to help make life better, easier and safer for the communities it serves.

“Mike brings a level of experience, professionalism and a servitude approach which is exactly what SKW is looking for,” said Brian Johanning, president of Infrastructure & Development at SKW. “We believe that he will excel at making others in the supply chain successful because he’s proven time and again that he understands that true value is derived from the achievements of community partners. A hire of this caliber is a testament to where our firm is going, and we couldn’t be more excited about bringing enhanced opportunities to our clients in the very near future.”

Before joining SKW, Kellam was executive director for the Parkville Economic Development Council in Parkville, Missouri, where he — through the cultivation of personal relationships and marketing outreach — created an exponential increase in project activity, which later led to job creation programs and overall business retention and expansion in the area. His work there also allowed him the opportunity to get to know and collaborate with SKW leadership and introduced him to the firm’s passion for building and bringing communities together.

“I share in that passion,” Kellam said, eager to build on SKW’s legacy of engineering and surveying expertise. “Since 1950, SKW has worked with a broad range of communities, municipalities and land development experts. I’ve always had a love for this kind of work and it’s exciting to get to know and now have the opportunity to take part in a vision that actively changes lives and communities for the better.”

And he’s jumping right in. “The entire Kansas City metro area is well-positioned to experience huge growth and I plan to take advantage of the opportunity,” Kellam said. “People are starting to realize what kind of options are here and — from infrastructure driving economic development — SKW is ready to dive into that and help communities grow in a responsible and cost-efficient way.

“What I love about SKW is that it’s a one-stop-shop for clients in need of anything surveying, engineering or construction related. There’s a breadth of experience under one roof, from figuring out what your property looks like and getting the lay of the land to understanding what it takes to develop that land via site and land-use planning. We build partnerships start to finish.”

Kellam earned his bachelor’s in communications and public relations from Missouri Western State University and was named Parkville Area Chamber of Commerce Community Partner of the Year in 2016. He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife, Sally and two children, Cole and Kaitlyn.