Mr. Joel Keels

Education/Registration:    Mr. Keels received a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, in 1986.  He received a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Construction Management) from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD, in 2005.  He achieved professional designation as an Engineer in Training in 1986 (Maryland), and certification as a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) in 2005.


Military Service:   Mr. Keels served in the Civil Engineer Corps (CEC) of the U.S. Navy.  Duty Stations included the Naval Weapons Station (NWS), Yorktown VA, as the Assistant Resident Officer in Charge of Construction supporting construction projects at NWS Yorktown as well as other military bases on the Virginia Peninsula; and U.S. Navy Cargo Handling and Port Group (NAVCHAPGRU) at Cheatham Annex, Williamsburg VA, as Engineering Officer for the Seabee (Construction Battalion) component within NAVCHAPGRU.  Deployments included Honduras, and Thailand, as well as Bahrain and Saudi Arabia in support of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.


Professional Experience:   Mr. Keels has been with KCI Technologies Inc. (Sparks, MD) since 1999 – KCI is a 100% employee-owned, multi-disciplined engineering firm employing more than 1400 in offices throughout the U.S.  He has held positions with KCI beginning as a field Construction Manager, and progressing to Vice President – Construction Management.  He is actively involved at both the local (Baltimore – Chapter President 2014) and national level with the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), and has been directly involved in 7 CMAA Chapter award-winning projects (St. Mary’s County Courthouse, Lexington Park Library, McKinley Technical High School, Delaware Solid Waste Authority Demolition and Electrical Renovations, Lancaster County Administration Building, Robinson Nature Center, and West Nursery Road Bridge).  He was selected for the Leadership Maryland (Class of 2015) program, an independent statewide program that cultivates the interest/statewide knowledge/leadership capabilities of 50 of Maryland’s most accomplished leaders.


Athletics/Interests:   Mr. Keels is originally from North Carolina (Monroe, NC).  He lettered in football, tennis, and track in High School.  He competed in squash, tennis, soccer and softball intramural athletics at the Naval Academy; and competed in racquetball tournament competitions during active duty in the Navy (placing as high as 2nd in tournaments).  He was proud to serve as an Adult Leader alongside his son throughout his son’s Boy Scout journey to earning the Eagle Scout rank.  He is a 3rd Dan (WT - Kukkiwon) Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, is a UNTN Certified Instructor, and actively continues his TKD journey with Tae Kwon Do Network – as a student at the York JCC location, and as an Instructor at the York City YMCA location.



Mr. Keels speaking at our Annual Black Belt Promotions & Team Exhibition!

Mr Keels has managed the engineering / construction oversight for some of the largest projects in the Country.