James Tavernelli Named Vistage Impact Award Winner

07.17.19
James Tavernelli, PE, LEED AP, MBA
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Vistage, the world’s leading executive coaching organization for small and midsize businesses, recognized James Tavernelli, PE, LEED AP, MBA, President and COO of KLH Engineers (KLH), with the Impact Award at the Cincinnati Vistage Executive Summit on July 16, 2019. The award recognizes remarkable development and achievements in executives with between one and five years’ tenure at Vistage.

Rich Bova, Vistage member and Vice President of School Outfitters, nominated Tavernelli for the award.

“Jim always has a takeaway from our check-ins, general discussions and speakers. But more importantly, he shares insights from his personal journey that helps other members,” said Bova.

Tavernelli’s journey at KLH started in 2001 as a project electrical engineer. Now he is leading the firm’s reinvention through his innovation-centric technical strategy. Driving this approach from a top-down commitment, to data-driven design through Revit, to a bottom-up execution strategy with all levels of the organization participating, he is shaping the firm’s future.

Tavernelli expressed appreciation for the recognition.

“It is truly an honor to be selected for the Impact Award by the same accomplished business and community leaders that I have aspired to be like,” said Tavernelli. “I have experienced tremendous professional growth during my past five years at Vistage. The advice and mentorship from Jean Lauterbach, as well as the entire Vistage family, has been invaluable. They have always offered unique perspectives and shared best practices without hesitation. I am very grateful for their support and hope I can pay it forward to others.”

About KLH:

KLH Engineers is nationally ranked among the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology engineering firms. As a leader in the AEC industry, KLH leverages BIM and advanced in-house technology to deliver innovative and value-driven solutions. KLH is licensed in all 50 states and serves the civic, commercial, education, healthcare and retail markets. Offices are located in Ft. Thomas, Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky; Columbus, Ohio; and New York City, New York.

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