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CHIEF KOHLMANN - Chief of Inspiration & Ethics

Chief Welcome to Chief Integrations, where our mission is to accelerate our customer’s success.

I am Chief Kohlmann, the inspiration behind the name and values of Chief Integrations.

One day, when Mark Kohlmann was thinking about starting his own company, he looked down at me and had a lightbulb moment. Mark thought: “There is nothing more loyal, dedicated and dependable than a Golden Retriever, and Chief is the best Golden Retriever in the World!” And just like that, the name Chief integrations was born. Just as I am dedicated to the happiness of my family, our family here at Chief integrations is dedicated to bringing you, our customer, the highest level of professional skills, integrity, and service. Our goal is to make you wildly successful. My professional background includes passing the AKC Good Citizenship test, as well as successfully completing my certification as a licensed Therapy Dog. Most days you will find me heavily engaged in the business, sleeping under a desk or at someone’s feet during important phone calls, a constant reminder of our dedication and codes of ethics.

Contact Chief via email: chief@chiefintegrations.com

MARK KOHLMANN - Founder, Chief of Customer Success: Technology

Mark-200x150My parents tell me that before I can even remember, I was intrigued by how electricity, lights and sounds worked together. My room at home gradually morphed into an electrical / video lab and assembly area. This passion led me to build complex radio control airplanes, shoot and edit videos as a business, build computers, and create a range of electrical devices of my own design. Many of these things are commonplace today, but were leading edge in my youth.

I began Crestron programming almost seventeen years ago. I programmed, part time, for a Crestron Elite Dealer in Southern California. My first major AV project, done on my own with my own engineering, was a major sound system and video upgrade for my high school’s gymnasium, shortly after I graduated from that high school.

Soon after college at UCI, I entered into the AV industry in a serious way focusing on Crestron Programming, earning Creston’s Master Diamond certification and engineering complex AV systems for large residential and commercial applications. After all these years of experience, I am still passionate about this dynamic industry, and am very excited about the Elegant Solutions we are able to provide to our customers.

GENE KOHLMANN - Founder, Director of Customer Success

GeneI am incredibly pleased to have the opportunity to partner with my son, Mark Kohlmann, here at Chief Integrations. My role is to execute and build the business model to compliment Mark’s extraordinary technical talents and experience.

Growing up in the San Francisco Bay area, I spent my younger years in competitive sailing, representing the United States in two world championship races. While majoring in Economics at Stanford, I taught sailing lessons and purchased a yacht brokerage company. This led to a position at Ericson Yachts and I moved to Newport Beach, CA. I served as CFO, then COO, and at the age of 29 became CEO/President of Ericson Yachts until it was acquired 12 years later by Pacific Seacraft.

The majority of my career was spent as CEO, C-suite executive or consultant in yacht manufacturing companies, domestically and internationally. After my time at Ericson Yachts, I formed a consulting company to focus on small business overall business strategy and execution. Often, I would take short term executive roles with my consulting clients to help with execution. My consulting approach was that “Ideas are rarely enough.” Execution matters.

In addition to executive and consulting roles at yacht manufacturers Ericson Yachts, Pacific Seacraft, Nordhavn and Northwest Trawlers, I have extensive experience in yacht services, composite manufacturing, snack food manufacturing, software development/sales, electronics assembly, and custom window/door manufacturing as a supplier to custom homebuilders.

My decades of experience are now singularly focused on the business of Chief Integrations. I find my experience in large yacht manufacturing and yacht services is especially relevant to the business of Chief Integrations.

Meet Our Team

CHIEF KOHLMANN

Chief of Inspiration & Ethics

CHIEF KOHLMANN

Chief

 

 

 

 

Welcome to Chief Integrations, where our purpose is to accelerate or customers’ success.

You see, I am the inspiration behind the name and values of Chief Integrations.

One day, when Mark Kohlmann was thinking about starting his own company, he looked down at me and had a lightbulb moment. Mark thought: “There is nothing more loyal, dedicated and dependable than a Golden Retriever, and Chief is the best Golden Retriever in the World!” And just like that, the name Chief integrations was born. Just as I am dedicated to the happiness of my family, our family here at Chief integrations is dedicated to bringing you, our customer, the highest level of professional skills, integrity, and service. Our goal is to help make you wildly successful. My professional background includes passing the AKC Good Citizenship test, as well as successfully completing my certification as a licensed Therapy Dog. Most days you will find me heavily engaged in the business, sleeping under a desk or at someone’s feet during important phone calls, a constant reminder of our dedication and codes of ethics.

MARK KOHLMANN

Founder, Chief of Customer Success: Technology

MARK KOHLMANN

Mark-200x150My parents tell me that before I can even remember, I was intrigued by how electricity, lights and sounds worked together. My room at home gradually morphed into a fully operational electrical / video lab and assembly area. This passion led me to build complex radio control airplanes, shoot and edit videos as a business, build computers, and a create range of electrical devices of my own design. Many of these things are common place today, but they were leading edge in my youth.

I began Creston programming almost seventeen years ago, in my teens. I programmed, part time, for a Crestron Elite Dealer in Southern California. My first major AV project, done on my own with my own engineering, was a major sound system and video upgrade for my High School’s gymnasium, shortly after High School graduation.

Soon after college I entered into the AV industry in a serious way focusing on Crestron Programming, earning Creston’s Master Diamond certification and engineering complex AV systems for large residential and commercial applications. After all these years of experience, I am still passionate about this dynamic industry, and am very excited about the Elegant Solutions we are able to provide to our customers.

GENE KOHLMANN

Founder, Director of Customer Success

GENE KOHLMANN

Gene

 

 

 

 

I’ve spent my business career running my own businesses and then consulting with small businesses. The majority of my time was spent as CEO or C-suite executive in yacht manufacturing companies, domestically and internationally. My consulting work focused on overall business strategy and execution of that strategy. Often I would take short term executive roles with my consulting company clients to help with execution. My consulting approach was that “Ideas are rarely enough.” Execution matters.

In addition to yacht manufacturing C-suite roles, I have extensive experience in composite manufacturing, snack food manufacturing, software development/sales, electronics assembly, international deposition services, customer window/door manufacturing as a supplier to custom homebuilders, and sailing instruction.

I am pleased that I now have the opportunity to partner with my son, Mark, to complement his extraordinary technical talents. My role is to execute and build the business model. My decades of experience are now singularly focused on the business of Chief Integrations. I find my experience in large yacht manufacturing and yacht services is especially relevant to the business of Chief Integrations.

Code of Ethics

  • If you “mess up, fess up” – immediately.
  • Integrity and fairness guide everything we do.
  • You demonstrate good judgment when:
    • You ask for assistance.
    • You assist.
  • Respect for all people.
  • Respect for all people’s things and personal spaces.
  • Sobriety on the job.
  • Safety first.
  • All work requires a new work order, and no side work.
  • No tips accepted or needed.

Code of Ethics

  • If you “mess up, fess up” – immediately.
  • Integrity and fairness guide everything we do.
  • You demonstrate good judgment when:
    • You ask for assistance.
    • You assist.
  • Respect for all people.
  • Respect for all people’s things and personal spaces.
  • Sobriety on the job.
  • Safety first.
  • All work requires a new work order, and no side work.
  • No tips accepted or needed.
Cretsron Services Provider - Master Programmer Diamond Certification
Cretsron Services Provider - Master Programmer Diamond Certification