Located right outside of our nation’s capital, Kenseal Beltsville has accomplished so much since its opening in 1984. It all began with Mike Blair, the current manager of Kenseal Beltsville, making calls to potential customers in the Washington metropolitan area in May of that year. It was a grassroots effort – started by selling product out of his car from our former West Orange, NJ office. Fast forward a few months to later that summer when Bill Lineburg (now a Senior Account Manager out of Kenseal Chantilly) joined the team and helped open a location on Bacon Drive, across from our current warehouse. After many successful years in Beltsville, Kenseal expanded yet again in the greater DC area with a location in Chantilly, VA.
From Parkway Drive to the Capitol’s Dome, the Beltsville team has supported some monumental projects in Washington DC and the surrounding areas. Let’s learn more about the Beltsville team and hear about some of their favorite projects and accomplishments:
Mike Blair, Sales Manager: As the Sales Manager for Beltsville, Mike has supported his team to achieve many successes throughout the years. “My biggest accomplishment at Kenseal has been developing and retaining a great team, who are the best guys to go to battle with each day! Being able to work with my team to help them be successful and grow professionally so they can achieve their personal goals. We work very hard for our customers and they can’t put a price on that value!”
Brant Hoeflich, Operations Manager: “The most satisfying aspect my job would have to be the awesome team that we have and the camaraderie that we enjoy. We spend more time together than we do with our families. That goes out beyond Beltsville as well. I have family up and down the coast. Many of us have spent decades together learning, teaching and pushing each other to be the best at what we do. It amazes me the level of trust that we have with each other. I can’t say enough about them. It starts at the top and goes right down the line to the most recent hire. We expect nothing more than 100% all the time. Our families deserve it.”
Ben Delisle, Outside Sales: Ben was able to work on the United States Capitol Dome when it was undergoing renovations. Due to its age, this symbol of American democracy and architectural icon is subject to cracks and other deficiencies. Restoring the Dome ensures it can safely serve future generations of visitors and employees as the roof of the Capitol. Ben utilized his product expertise and market knowledge to provide our customer with MasterSeal NP1, backer rod, and bond breaker tape.
Craig Flater, Outside Sales: “Between 2006-2008, we worked on a China Embassy job, and I got to work with three separate Chinese contractors, mostly through translators, which made it an incredibly interesting cultural experience. More recently, I’ve been involved in the CSX Tunnel project with Andiemac Waterproofing. The job is still ongoing with phase 2 mobilizing in April 2017.”
Ted Branthover, Outside Sales: Ted supported multiple components of construction on the new MGM National Harbor, located about 10 miles outside of Washington, DC. The resort includes a 24 story hotel tower, 3,600 slot machines, 160 table games, a theater, 234 hotel rooms, 12 restaurants headed by notable chefs, retail space, and more. Ted worked closely with valued Kenseal customers to provide materials for the foundation waterproofing, roofing, and expansion joints.
The Inside Sales Team includes Allyn Bonney, Johnny Lang, Frank Napagal, and Cedric Slye have had the opportunity to work on some awesome projects together– one of which is the Jehovah’s Witness Kingdom Hall. Allyn tells us he, “watched in amazement as the building went up. The fellow Parishioners scurried about every day busily learning as they worked. They only broke for meals which they all ate together. I never ceased to be amazed at the work accomplished by people devoted to working toward a common goal. And all for free. Many took time off their regular jobs to work at the Hall. Once it was under roof, the inside had a lot of detailed aspects to it and to think it all had been done by volunteers was amazing.”