President & CEOREAD BIO
Matthew J. O'Bryan
President & CEO
The 91-year-old heart of KLA Laboratories continues to beat strong at every client job site, with every technological advancement, and inside every dedicated employee as Matt O’Bryan, youngest son of Norma and the late Pat O’Bryan, fervently forges innovative new paths with his entire team at the global communications technology company.
Matt began working at KLA in 1984 at age 16 in the shipping and receiving department and became an audio/visual technician after high school graduation. Though Matt had been unsure about his life’s direction, his career path crystallized when his father, then KLA President Pat O’Bryan, passed away suddenly in 1991. His mother Norma took over as president, and Matt was named Vice President of Operations while still in college, earning his Bachelor of Business Administration from Cleary University in 1992, after earning his Associate Degree in Business Administration from Henry Ford Community College in 1998.
Ten years later in 2002, Norma sold KLA to Matt, who was promoted to President and COO, as well as to her son Donald and her daughter Mary. The second-generation owner began expanded the company’s product and service offerings, and KLA’s annual revenue soared from $2.5 million that year to $11.9 million in 2005.
Matt’s vision and strength as a leader were both indisputably solidified when the company’s market share and profits dropped to dangerously low levels as the recession began to hit in 2007. Laser-focused on KLA’s future, the company began selling, engineering and installing hardware for the cabling and Wi-Fi networks they built. KLA created a Network Services Division and Network Staging Center as well as established expertise in distributed antenna systems (DAS). These new offerings led to rising revenues, reaching $30 million in 2015, with projected revenues of $40 million in 2016.
In January 2016, Matt became President and CEO of KLA, leading a growing team of approximately 150 employees with clients in 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico. Every KLA team member feels a part of the KLA family. Collaboration and the freedom to fail, grow and learn from mistakes are a big part of the corporate culture Matt has continued to strengthen throughout his tenure.
Around 1998, Matt was diagnosed with hairy cell leukemia, which has been in remission since 2000. Matt serves on the board of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Michigan Chapter, and was honored as one of the Crain’s Detroit Business 40 Under 40 class in 2007. In 2018, he received the Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in Michigan and Northwest Ohio.
One of Matt’s personal passions is playing rhythm guitar, singing and performing nationwide with his country-rock band, The Wrenfields. They have released three critically acclaimed albums and won six Detroit Music Awards.
Executive Vice President & COOREAD BIO
Executive Vice President & COO
Tommy met Matt O’Bryan in 1986 when they both tried out for the men’s golf team during their sophomore year at Henry Ford College. After spending the first part of his career in the golf industry, Tommy joined KLA Laboratories as a Cable Installation Technician in 1993. Tommy grew with the company, moving from the field to become Purchasing Manager in 1995 and Operations Manager in 1999. He was named Vice President and General Manager of KLA in 2005 and promoted to Vice President and COO in 2016. Today, Tommy and Matt, President and CEO of KLA, work side by side overseeing every aspect of KLA’s operations, growth, and success.
Executive Director & Vice President of Business DevelopmentREAD BIO
Glen Sutphin joined KLA in 2016 after a successful career with DORMA, including serving as their U.S. division president. At KLA, Glen’s focus is expanding the brand in the Western United States. Working out of KLA West in Las Vegas, Glen provides executive leadership focused on delivering the same level of customer devotion that KLA Laboratories has delivered throughout the Midwest and globally for almost a century. KLA’s focus on western expansion has resulted in the deployment of several significant projects in the west, including MLB stadiums, large conference centers, and high-rise hotel-casinos. As Executive Director and Vice President of Business Development, Glen is integral in creating and maintaining relationships with customers across all KLA offerings.
Glen received a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Baldwin Wallace University and a Master of Arts in behavioral pharmacology from Western Michigan University. A musician since college, he performs nationally and frequently opens for Matt O’Bryan’s award-winning band, The Wrenfields.
Sean Galbraith has honed a highly sophisticated, extremely tactical skill set in the complex accounting and commercial debt restructuring arenas. In 2007, the former CFO of Aztec Manufacturing and Eclipse Capital Group collaborated closely with Matt O’Bryan, then president and COO of KLA Laboratories, in an independent contractor role during very difficult economic conditions and in 2010, was named KLA’s CFO.
Sean is responsible for KLA’s internal financial reporting and forecasting, long-term strategy, bank financing and overseeing accounts payables and receivables. He is the primary liaison between KLA and its bank, insurance company and other business partners, steering a team of five, including himself. His vast knowledge, targeted approach and implementation of a specialized financial software program have been the keys to cementing KLA’s ability to optimize its operations.
Sean received a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting from Albion College in 1989.
Executive Director of Operations, Planning & StrategyREAD BIO
Nick began working with KLA Laboratories in 2010, after working as a Statistic Consultant for ESPN on the network’s Stats and Analysis team. He was promoted to Operations Manager in 2011 and Director of Operations in 2016. He coordinated the opening of KLA’s Technical Engineering Center in 2015, which houses the company’s network and wireless in-building services. In 2020, Nick was promoted to Executive Director of Operations, Planning, and Strategy. He is responsible for the operational oversight at KLA Laboratories and acts as a liaison between Directors and Chief Executives. He works to constantly improve the company’s performance through strategic planning and consistent coordination with various specialty groups at KLA.
Nick serves as the defensive line coach for the Brother Rice High School varsity football team, helping them win three state championships. Nick graduated from the University of Michigan in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and earned a Master of Business Administration from Wayne State University in 2019.
Executive Director of Human ResourcesREAD BIO
Andrew worked for McLaren Health care in Human Resources for 10 years focusing on employee and labor relations prior to joining KLA Laboratories. He is the Executive Director of Human Resources at KLA and has been with the company since 2016.As the company’s HR lead, Andrew is responsible for the smooth and efficient operation of KLA’s HR department. He focuses much of his time on the development and implementation of legally compliant and strategic programs and policies designed to support and enhance KLA’s culture and mission.
Andrew attended the University of Michigan Flint and received his Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration with minors in Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management. In his free time, he enjoys being with friends and family and spending time in Northern Michigan.
Vice President, Partnerships – Arenas & VenuesREAD BIO
Shawn is a 20-year veteran of the sports and entertainment industry. Prior to joining KLA, he served as Vice President of Business Development- Music & Sports at Entertainment Benefits Group, a Creative Artist Agency (CAA) owned company. Shawn’s experience in the sports and entertainment universe also included roles as General Manager at Learfield Sports- Hurricane Sports Properties, Vice President of Sales and Retention for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Vice President of Sales and Fan Experience for the Florida Panthers, and Senior Vice President of Sales and Service at Palace Sports & Entertainment for the Detroit Pistons and Palace of Auburn Hills.
Shawn joined KLA in 2019 as Vice President of Partnerships – Arena & Venues. He oversees the growth of partnerships in the sports, entertainment, and hospitality verticals for KLA. Additionally, he manages the KLArity Partner Ecosystem. The KLArity Ecosystem is a collaboration of technologies and platforms that focuses on technology advancement through revenue generation and monetization.
Shawn graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Shawn and his family currently reside in Jupiter, Florida.
Accounting ManagerREAD BIO
Amelia has over 30 years of business, financial, and accounting experience. She previously worked in the steel industry for 23 years. In September 2018, Amelia joined KLA Laboratories as the Accounting Manager. As an essential part of the Accounting Team, she is responsible for developing department standards and processes, as well as tracking, monitoring, and evaluating day-to-day accounting functions and activities within the company. She also maintains relationships with KLA’s financial institutions, vendors, and customers.
Amelia studied accounting at Michigan State University. She loves to travel, spend time with her family, and is an avid reader.
Purchasing SupervisorREAD BIO
Prior to joining KLA Laboratories, Amanda owned an online retail shop selling women’s apparel. She began to miss working in an office environment and wanted to get back to focusing on purchasing. She began working in KLA’s purchasing department in 2017 and is now KLA’s Purchasing Supervisor. She oversees the ordering of materials and equipment and maintains long-lasting relationships with KLA’s vendors.
Amanda graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Advertising and a Bachelor of Science in Retailing. She enjoys snowboarding, volleyball, and traveling.
Public Relations LiaisonREAD BIO
After a 28-year career in education, which included teaching at several large public-school districts and serving as a Director of UAW-Ford CDC, Laura King decided to change career paths and began working at KLA West. She had been acquainted with the O’Bryan family since the 1970s and decided to make the move after seeing the multitude of employees who enjoyed working at the company. At KLA, she works closely with executive team members to provide support and perform a variety of administrative duties for KLA’s Las Vegas office. She also assists the Marketing and Public Relations departments to manage KLA’s brand.
Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Houston Baptist University and a Master’s in Educational Psychology from the University of Houston. She enjoys living in Las Vegas and visiting her friends and family in Michigan.
Marketing CoordinatorREAD BIO
Prior to joining KLA Laboratories in 2018, Kelly spent several years in the retail industry. She moved back to the metro-Detroit area in 2018 and joined KLA Laboratories as an Administrative Assistant. After a couple of months at KLA, she was quickly promoted to Marketing Coordinator. Kelly is responsible for all forms of print and digital media at KLA including managing KLA’s social media and website, and creating content for presentations, brochures, and advertisements. Kelly has also coordinated several KLA events including the annual KLA charity golf outing.
Kelly graduated from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Marketing. She enjoys living in downtown Detroit, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Human Resources GeneralistREAD BIO
Charone spent over eight years working on the Assembly Line at Ford Motor Company before taking the Education Buyout Ford offered to attend Baker College. There she completed her Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Human Resource Management. She had previously attended college at Tennessee State.
Charone joined KLA Laboratories as a Human Resource Generalist in 2018.The family culture and team environment were exactly what she was looking for in an employer, and what ultimately drew her to KLA. At KLA, Charone is responsible for weekly payroll processing, benefit administration, union reporting, and all other HR-related concerns. In her free time, she loves to travel, spend time with her family and friends, and regularly attends church service.
Human Resources RecruiterREAD BIO
After working in a variety of positions, including Client Coordinator, Account Manager, Business Development, and Talent Acquisition Specialist, Mollie found her true passion in recruiting and Human Resources. In October 2021, Mollie joined KLA Laboratories as an HR Recruiter. In her position, she is responsible for implementing a full cycle recruiting strategy to attract a diverse pool of qualified and highly engaged talent. She also assists the Human Resources department with various HR duties, including recruiting, event planning, onboarding, job posting, and administrative support.
Mollie studied at School Craft College. She enjoys traveling, camping, seeing live music, and spending time with her family.
Vice President of Mobility SolutionsREAD BIO
Jason has over 20 years in the telecommunications industry in mobility and wireline sales and leadership with AT&T and AT&T Solutions Providers. Jason has been friends with KLA’s President and CEO, Matt O’Bryan, and his family for nearly 20 years. Jason and Matt have similar business mantras, and Jason has always liked that KLA is a family environment with one team, one mission, and one goal to be successful in all endeavors. The two have always wanted to work together, and Jason joined the KLA team in 2020 as the Director of Business Development. In 2022, Jason was promoted to Vice President of Mobility Solutions. In his role, he is responsible for the program management and oversight of Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) resources in the cellular wireless networks area, including indoor and outdoor DAS.
Jason was born and raised in Michigan but moved to Tampa, where he currently resides. He completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. Jason enjoys doing anything on the water, from paddle-boarding to boating and fishing. He enjoys traveling and attending concerts and sporting events.
Director of InfrastructureREAD BIO
Walt joined KLA Laboratories in 2015 as a Project Manager after a 28-year career as an estimator, technician, and project manager with Clover Electric Inc. and Motor City Electric. Walt was promoted to Director of Infrastructure in 2016 and currently oversees seven project managers. He reviews all proposal estimates as well as the financials over the course of completing jobs for every KLA client. Whatever the customer’s industry, from automotive to sports and entertainment, outstanding service, open communication, and honesty are of paramount importance to Walt. He appreciates the supportive, family-focused environment at KLA.
Walt plays hockey and has completed 13 full, 26.2-mile marathons. He has an Associate of Arts degree in liberal arts from Macomb County Community College and is working on his Bachelor of Arts degree in public affairs from Wayne State University.
Director of Network ServicesREAD BIO
John joined KLA Laboratories as a Network Support Manager and Network Engineer in 2011. He was previously a Technician for AT&T and joined KLA’s team after a service appointment at the home of Matt O’Bryan, then President and COO of KLA. John was promoted to Director of Network Services in March 2016. He leads a team of 36 skilled engineers and support staff that handles Day 1 Network Planning, new and refresh deployments, and Day 2 support. He oversees the maintaining and repairing of network infrastructure at Ford Motor Company’s data centers and business and engineering locations in Michigan, as well as additional sites across North America.
John is certified in Cisco CCNA, CCNA Wireless, CCDA, and CXFS. He proudly services as a police reserve officer, a role he has fulfilled for the city of Woodhaven, Michigan for the past 18 years.
Senior Manager of A/V Solutions & Event ProductionREAD BIO
John started working at KLA as an intern between his junior and senior year of college at Michigan State University. After graduation, John started working with KLA full-time and is now Senior Manager of A/V Solutions and Event Production. He leads a team of over six technicians that provide design and installation services for all types of professional audio, video, and lighting systems. He also leads the team in providing A/V Event Production services for events of all sizes. The group has received multiple awards from Michigan Meetings + Events Magazine as part of their “Best of” awards for their AV and Event Production work.
John graduated from Michigan State with a bachelor’s degree in Telecommunications. He has a passion for music; and enjoys playing, mixing, and experiencing live entertainment and concerts. His other interests include snowboarding, golf, hockey, and traveling.
A/V Solutions & Event Production SupervisorREAD BIO
Andy’s audio career began in 1995 while working with his dad during high school. After high school, he attended Western Michigan University. While in college, he was the head Sound Engineer for the Jazz Department and earned his Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Management. After college, he worked for several A/V companies as a freelancer before joining another A/V company as their Rental Manager for 12 years.
Andy had worked for KLA Laboratories before and knew several employees in the A/V group. He had previously been sub-contracted by KLA for the Detroit Music Awards as the Lighting Director. He made KLA his new home in 2018 and is the A/V Solutions & Event Production Supervisor. He oversees the A/V and Event Production technicians, is responsible for all lighting projects, and assists with installation designs for audio, video, and lighting. He has his level 1 and 2 certifications in both QSC Q-SYS and Dante Audio.
Andy enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, woodworking, and photography. He is always excited to tell people about KLA and their history.
Director Engineered SolutionsREAD BIO
Jim spent 36 years at Ford Motor Company working at Ford Credit and Ford IT, where he managed the Global LAN Planning group, with teams in India, Europe, and North America. He became familiar with KLA through his role leading LAN Planning at Ford. KLA was leveraged for in-plant wiring projects and provided Day One implementation planning and support. Jim joined KLA in 2019 as a Senior Technical Consultant, supporting Business Development, and was quickly promoted to Director of Engineered Solutions. In this role, he is responsible for survey, design and engineering of route, switch/LAN, WiFi, IoT, and CBRS networks for KLA customers.
Jim graduated from Michigan State University with a BS in Computer Science. Jim is married with two children. His wife (a U of M Dearborn graduate) worked at Ford Credit, where the two of them met. He enjoys sports, likes to play golf, and sometimes spends time binging on Netflix or Amazon Prime.
Senior Fellow of Wireless Innovation & TechnologyREAD BIO
Doug got his start at Royal Radio in Royal Oak as a Technician for Automotive and Home electronics. He was then hired at Ford Motor Company as an Apprentice Engineer for the Audio Engineering group designing radios for Ford vehicles. He also worked at Metro Cell communications, before working for 28 years at Verizon Wireless. He held many positions at Verizon, including Director of Engineering. When he left Verizon, he was a Principal RF Engineer working on 5G network deployments.
He has received numerous recognitions from his previous employers, including the 2011 Verizon Network Employee of the Year. He holds a patent for a new type of Ultra-Wide-Banded Antenna that is used in stadiums or venues beginning in 2017 (#9,761,957).
He first heard of KLA in 2008 as a customer to Ford. He designed, installed, and integrated a DAS network into a nearly 80 million square foot office and plant floor space for six months with the help of KLA. He is now the Director of Wireless Solutions at KLA, where he works with DAS, eFemto’s, ERAN, Wi-Fi and other solutions for all business verticals.
Doug was raised in Sterling Heights, Michigan and is a graduate of Macomb Community College. After Macomb, he attended Lawrence Technology University and graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree. He enjoys playing golf, walking, hiking, and woodworking. He spends weekends at his family house on McCullum Lake.
Manager of Advanced Technology SolutionsREAD BIO
Mike has spent nearly twenty years working in Manufacturing Environments, with technical experience in the design, implementation, and ongoing support of machine control systems. It was during this time he realized the potential of expanding these systems and the benefits of allowing them to communicate with each other and various enterprise systems. He earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Tech University and later attended Cisco Networking Academy at Henry Ford College where he expanded on his knowledge at CCNA and CCNP levels.
Mike began his career at KLA Laboratories in 2010 as a Network Engineer. He has worked successfully with advanced routing and switching, Wi-Fi, and the Internet of Things/OT for customers in various industries such as enterprise, sport, entertainment, financial, and manufacturing. Mike has mentored several of his colleagues and continues to foster growth within KLA.
Lead Technical ManagerREAD BIO
Ali Yassine Ali earned a degree in Mathematics from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon. After moving to the United States, he enrolled in the Cisco Academy at Henry Ford College where he earned his CCNA and CCNP. In 2009, he joined KLA Laboratories as a Lead Technical Manager.
Ali has implemented Cisco Systems upgrades and surveys for Ford Motor Company, including migration to Cisco IP Telephone systems. He has worked with General Motors, Michigan Motion Pictures, Bed Bath and Beyond, Law360 and Market Strategies. He also assisted AAA Life Insurance to become PCI compliant while supporting their day-to-day operations from routing and switching, to VOIP and MPLS. Ali managed and supported work at Ford Field in Detroit, MI with their network/wireless as well as Little Caesars Area (LCA) in Detroit, MI.
Ali lives in Dearborn, MI with his family and enjoys soccer, volleyball and keeping up with Cisco innovations.
Network EngineerREAD BIO
Kyle joined KLA in October of 2011 as a Network Engineer, having previously worked as a Customer Engineer at Ford Motor Company. He is responsible for pre-sales engineering, solution design, implementation, and client support. Kyle studied at Henry Ford College and the Cisco Networking Academy. He is a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE #58072) and is also certified in Gigabit Ethernet Passive Optical Network (GPON).
Kyle has implemented many systems migrations and integrations in a wide array of industries, including manufacturing, education, sports and entertainment, and most recently hospitality, where he was responsible for deploying a Corning GPON LAN solution at Resorts World Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV.
Kyle lives in Brighton, MI with his growing family, having recently welcomed their second child. He plays competitive hockey and enjoys golfing in Northern Michigan during the summers.
Senior RF EngineerREAD BIO
Alawi has over ten years of experience in Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS). He designs systems for stadiums, airports, high-rise buildings, manufacturing plants, etc. His work includes designs for Ford Field, Comerica Park, Firekeepers Casino, University of Michigan hospital, and more. Before joining KLA Laboratories, he was a Customer Engineer at Ford Motor Company through a third-party contractor. He joined KLA in 2012 and is now a Senior RF Engineer. He is responsible for the design, commissioning, optimization, and analysis of data for Distributed Antenna Systems. He validates and ensures carrier/enterprise KPIs are met. He also helps Project Managers with RFP’s and is a second eye for the designers.
Alawi was born and raised in Yemen. He has a bachelor’s degree in Information Technology and is iBwave Level 3 Certified. He is a handyman and enjoys working around the house.
RF EngineerREAD BIO
After a 4-year telecommunications career with the United States Navy, Kirby Skidmore attended Baker College for Information Technology. He then went on to work in the Cellular Network Industry for Delphi, AT&T, RF Connect, and Verizon Wireless. He spent 15 years in this field before joining KLA Laboratories. He had worked with KLA for four years while at Verizon Wireless and decided to join the company as an RF Engineer in 2019. At KLA, he is learning the Wi-Fi side of the RF industry to begin designing and implementing converged networks.
Kirby is an iBwave level 3 certified technician, Corning level 2 certified, and CPI certified for Private LTE CBRS deployments. He deployed the nation’s first LAA network at an NFL football stadium during his time at Verizon and built the largest SpiderCloud Wireless network and Ericsson DOT network. He enjoys vacationing with his family by the water, boating, riding motorcycles.
A/V Solutions ConsultantREAD BIO
Neil was associated with KLA Laboratories for 10 years prior to joining the company. He was previously the Events Production Manager, Front of House (FOH)Engineer, Director, and is now an A/V Solutions Consultant for KLA. Neil and KLA’s experienced production staff work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that the intricate audio/video systems they install, rent, design, and implement for events run smoothly. He works closely with KLA’s other specialty groups to implement innovative wireless solutions and systems to enhance the event and installation experience for attendees and clients.
Since the age of three when he started playing drums and piano, Neil’s first love has always been music. Both on and off the road, he has installed PA systems, mixed sound for internationally renowned artists and performed in a band since his teens.