Kurt Kohler, PE, LEED AP, CxA
What’s your current position at Randall Lamb?
Division Leader, Building Commissioning and Building Science
What is your most challenging task?
After 36 years here at Randall Lamb, I don’t really consider my job to be the most difficult or challenging aspect of my life. I’ve grown accustomed to dealing with the challenges of running an organization like ours. The daily challenges differ so much every day, that it never gets boring and I never see a challenge as something we can’t solve or overcome, as long as we work together. Balancing the needs of our clients, working out tough technical solutions, or dealing with sensitive employee issues are all part of what I signed up for when I decided I wanted to be in this field as a business owner. I love what I do professionally. Being committed to having a successful organization takes dedication and time that ultimately impacts your personal life. That’s where my biggest challenge comes into play. Balancing what I need do at work with what I need to do at home and with my family is always an issue.
What is your favorite pastime?
Building anything and everything….it runs in our family blood starting with my grandfather, my father, my uncle and my brother. Houses, barns, cars, trucks, boats, tractors, motors, you name it and we’ve probably done it, and it seems we’re never quite finished tinkering with things. I’ve bought and renovated 5 homes since moving to San Diego in 1980. Designing and building something from the ground up is the only way to really appreciate the effort that goes into things we all rely on to make our daily lives comfortable.
What would be your first choice for a new venture?
Before I went to college, I dreamed of moving to Canada and being a ski guide. However, common sense kicked in and I went to school, got a great job and made enough money to eventually take several incredible ski trips in the Canadian Rockies and paid those ski guides to take me to the best powder skiing in the world. The harsh reality of a ski guide’s life sets in when you see the daily risks they take in a very harsh and unforgiving environment. I chose wisely when I was young.
Today if I were to start over, I would open an electrical contracting company. If money wasn’t an issue, I would probably get involved with an organization like Habitat for Humanity and build homes to help the less fortunate people in our own country.