After years of working and living in the Milwaukee area, Brian Kilb and Bob Landaas had close friends in common, but they had never met until the birthday party of a mutual acquaintance.
At the time, Brian was seeking a new challenge.
Brian had already achieved top jobs in accounting, finance, administration and operations for a variety of manufacturers involved in everything from medical technology and aeronautics to disposable wipes and sustainable decorative lighting. But he was seeking something more fulfilling.
Before he left his last company, Brian prepared a detailed career plan that weighed his strengths and weaknesses, listed his priorities in life, and specified what he wanted out of work.
His pursuit, Brian wrote, was a career through which he could support his family, help those around him achieve their potential, and satisfy his own intellectual curiosity.
Until he met Bob, Brian hadn’t considered working in financial services, but friends who knew them both encouraged Brian to talk to Bob. Not only did Brian appreciate the long-term, client-oriented approach Bob created, but he found at Landaas & Company the position he was aiming for with his career map.
“I would have never thought of this job as something that would fulfill that list,” says Brian, who joined Landaas in 1997. “I recognize the intellectual challenge of understanding markets and the economy, appreciate the opportunity to interact with and impact client lives, and enjoy the chance to remain active in management.”
Brian grew up in the Cleveland area and received a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Notre Dame. Brian and his wife, Lynn, have two daughters. He enjoys coaching, fitness, reading, music and his faith. Among his community activities, Brian is on the board of directors of the Lutheran Home Foundation.