Our team

Benny M. Koontz


In April of 1978, Benny joined his father, Keith Koontz, who founded the company in 1958. Benny holds a BSEE degree from the University of Arkansas/Fayetteville graduating in May of 1972. He was formerly E & I Foreman and E and I Maintenance Engineer for Green Bay Packaging’s Arkansas Kraft Division, a fully integrated 1100 tpd paper mill in Morrilton, Arkansas. Benny holds a Masters license for the State of Arkansas with over 44 years of heavy industrial power and controls experience. In 1994 Benny acquired sole stock ownership from his father and has served as President and CEO ever since. On January 16, 2001, Benny was inducted to the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame’s second class. In April of 2006, Benny was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Electrical Engineers.

Dean Hoover

Executive Vice President / COO

Dean joined the KECI staff in November of 1990. He is responsible for all construction operations activities including project design, construction management, and engineering. Dean has over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry in design and construction management with broad design experience in power generation and distribution, controls and instrumentation, automated control (PLC's, PC's, DAS), and airport lighting. He was formerly a design engineer for Garver and Garver, PA of Little Rock, Arkansas for five years.

Matt Zimmerman

Vice President / CFO

Matt joined the company in 2005. He began his employment at Koontz Electric as payroll clerk and moved on to billing, office manger, and VP Finance.  He is responsible for all financial and administrative activities of the company, including accounting, personnel administration, IT, and other administrative functions. He earned a Bachelor of Science, major of Economics and Finance in 2001 from Arkansas Tech University.   

Bryce Koontz

Vice President / Business Development

Bryce became a member of the permanent work force at Koontz Electric in 1987, having graduated from Arkansas Tech University in May 1995. Summers, extended holidays, etc., saw Bryce on the payroll learning the basics of the electrical trade. Since April, 1997, having had several years of in-the-field experience, Bryce was promoted to Estimator/Project Manager; where he performed the various duties/responsibilities of day-to-day project management, estimating, and construction scheduling.
Bryce is QA/QC certified with the US Army Corps of Engineers, has over 30 years in computer applications, and has completed Project Management / Building Construction Management courses at Purdue University. He holds completion certificates for Primavera Scheduling software and CONEST electrical estimating software. Additionally, Bryce has earned Masters Electricians and Contractors licenses’ for multiple states including Arkansas, California, and Alaska.
In August of 2013, Bryce was promoted to Vice President of Business Development for Koontz Electric Company Inc. Currently, Bryce assists in supporting both the Project Management and Administrative sides of Koontz Electric Company by seeking out new business opportunities via, Computer Database Research, Marketing, and through participation in various Industrial Conferences and Trade Shows across the country.

Richard Dold

Vice President / Director of Field Operations

Richard joined Koontz Electric Co. in 1978 as an apprentice electrician after graduating from Sacred Heart High School in Morrilton. With over 40 years of experience, he holds a Master Electrician License in multiple states and is QA/QC certified with the US Army COE. Over the years he has served as General Superintendent for various electrical projects such as Commercial Office Buildings, Data Centers, Paper Mills, Solar Power Systems, Power Plants and Substations up to 500KV. He now serves as General Superintendent and Director of Field Operations.

Jeff Ludwig

Vice President / Sr. Project Manager

Jeff joined the company in August of 1988, while furthering his education at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, where he earned his BSEE. His experience with KECI includes: high voltage substation installations; SCADA/Data Acquisition Systems; Lock and Dam Power and Control systems; Switchyard Rehabilitation; Hydroelectric powerhouses; and other electrical installations. Previous to this employment, he served in the U.S. Army, 63rd Signal Battalion and in the White House Communications Agency, Washington, DC, as senior lead power technician responsible for providing quality service for the executive branch of the government throughout the world for audio visual and communication needs. Jeff is a certified teacher in the apprenticeship training program through Associated Builders and Contractors.