Renowned for engineering and land surveying services since 1950, Shafer, Kline & Warren (SKW) announced today the hiring of Robert Joerger as its Chief Financial Officer.

Joerger brings more than 30 years of financial, accounting and business management experience to the firm and will manage the financial risk, planning, record-keeping and reporting of SKW to its Board of Directors and business unit leaders. He’ll also actively manage the firm’s financial strategy, reporting, as well as the ongoing development and monitoring of control systems.

“SKW’s ability to recruit outstanding professionals like Bob only enhances our ability to engage with our clients and their communities, whose lives’ we’re always striving to make better, easier and safer,” said Ron Petering, CEO of SKW. “Bob brings diverse experience and expertise with customers, sales groups, operations and more that will help drive SKW forward.”

Before joining SKW, Joerger was vice president and assistant treasurer of financial strategies at Black & Veatch. His time there totaled 10 years, where he also held titles of vice president for finance of accounting operations, associate vice president of financial planning and analysis and senior manager of corporate accounting and financial reporting.

Prior to his time there, Joerger was director of accounting and finance at The Kansas City Star from 2002-2007 and with Sprint Corporation beginning in 1991.

“I’ve been tremendously fortunate to have worked with some really great individuals and teams in Kansas City,” Joerger said. “The common threads through these positions are the very motivated people and highly ethical cultures that worked diligently to achieve the same goal: help the organization be successful. That’s something that makes you better and it makes everyone around you better. It can’t be underestimated, and it’s important that you bring that with you wherever you go.”

As Joerger enters his new role, his first priority is to learn about the firm’s six lines of business and its wholly owned subsidiary, Enterprise Solutions. Once he has an understanding of what these businesses are doing well, he plans to quickly learn how to support, maintain and improve upon that work. “The leadership here has related to me the vision they all have for the company and I look forward to contributing to that future,” Joerger said. “I’d like to ensure I understand what good things are happening today, then quickly begin helping the business adapt to a changing marketplace.

“From a very early stage in my career, I learned how important it is to not only do the right things, but to do the right things the right way.”

Joerger is a CPA and earned his B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Iowa and currently resides in Lenexa, Kansas with his wife, Amy. He has four children: Ashley, Ryan, Austin and Abby.