Matthew J. “Matt” O’Bryan
“I commit myself every day to my father Pat O’Bryan’s
memory, progressively taking KLA Laboratories to heights he
could never have imagined while proudly serving our clients
with the honesty, integrity and passion he instilled in our
The 88-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.
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.
Matt earned an
Associate Degree in Business Administration from Henry Ford
Community College in 1998. Around that time, he 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.
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.
“I am inspired every day by the knowledge and depth of
experience at KLA.”
Tommy Cataldo met Matt O’Bryan in 1986 when they both
tried out for the men’s golf team during their sophomore
year at Henry Ford Community College, and he became fast
friends with Matt and his family. Seven years later in 1993,
after spending the first part of his career in the golf
industry in addition to enduring continuous pressure by
Matt’s parents, Norma and Pat O’Bryan of KLA Laboratories,
Tommy joined the company as a cable installation technician.
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
A golf enthusiast to his core, Tommy
was captain of the men’s golf team during his sophomore year
at Henry Ford Community College, and captain of the men’s
golf team in his senior year at Detroit College of Business
in 1990, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business
Administration in marketing and management. He resides in
St. Clair Township, Michigan.
“I don’t leave until the job gets done. That is just how
I am wired.”
After a career in management, Tony Verdun shifted paths
and joined KLA Laboratories as an installer technician in
2001. Today, as director of distributed antenna systems
(DAS) solutions at KLA, Tony is responsible for overseeing
an eight-person wireless telecommunications department.
Working alongside Matt O’Bryan, then president and
COO of KLA, Tony was the catalyst behind the creation of the
company’s DAS unit, which did not exist prior to his joining
KLA 15 years ago. Tony and his team have completed complex
client projects throughout the United States, Canada,
Mexico, Germany, Spain and India for Verizon Wireless, Ford
Motor Company, AT&T and T-Mobile. They have harnessed a
strategic method of deploying voice and data services to
mobile devices where service is limited or nonexistent.
A classic car enthusiast, Tony enjoys restoring and cruising
in his 1934 Ford Coupe and 1940 Chevrolet. He resides in
South Rock, Michigan with his wife and daughter.
“We have unparalleled technological intellect.”
After a distinguished 41-year career as
a network technician with the US Army, General Motors, and
Ford Motor Company, Dwaine Polio brought his vast expertise
to KLA Laboratories in 2007 to establish and develop the
company’s network services division. Over the past ten
years, Dwaine has harnessed his vision, passion, knowledge
and trusted industry relationships to secure a stellar team
of experts that design and build complex network technology
systems for clients such as Verizon Wireless, Ford, Fiat
Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Detroit Lions and Michigan
Motion Picture Studios.
In 2017, Dwaine was named
Director of Technology Innovation. In his new role, he
responsible for developing and implementing strategies that
drive technology innovation and growth to create innovative
solutions that meet and exceed both current and prospective
customer’s needs. He is also responsible for leading
research and development to uncover new, creative ways for
customers to use the Internet of Things (IoT) to automate
their processes within KLA Laboratories verticals.
Dwaine earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in
computer information systems from Davenport University and a
Master of Science Administration in information resource
management from Central Michigan University. He and his
wife, Kathleen, have been married for 31 years, reside in
Dearborn, Michigan, and have five children and seven
“I am inspired by new challenges every day.”
When he attended his first Detroit Tigers game at six
years old, Don O’Bryan realized for the first time that his
father, Pat O’Bryan, then president of KLA Laboratories, was
in charge of the sound system at Tiger Stadium. Eleven years
later, when his dad set him up as a cameraman at the iconic
ballpark, Don’s career path in the audio/visual systems
industry was forged.
While earning his Bachelor of
Arts degree in journalism from Arizona State University in
1982, Don was a videotape editor at World Audio Video
Entertainment (WAVE), and worked on some of the first music
videos to air on MTV. He moved home, began videotaping horse
races at KLA client, Northfield Downs, and officially joined
his father’s company in 1976. Don was promoted to vice
president of sales in 1991 after his father died and his
mother, Norma, took over the family business. He became an
installer technician, and since 2013, Don has served as
senior DAS project manager, working on every major sports
venue in Michigan in addition to sites throughout the United
States such as prisons, hospitals, casinos, even limestone
Don’s dedication to his mother (who, at 92,
still comes to work), his clients, his family-owned company
and his wife runs deep. A new commitment to exercise and a
healthy diet helped Don lose 60 pounds in 2016.
“We maintain relationships with our customers through
Growing up, it was always Mary O’Bryan’s dream to work at
KLA Laboratories and follow in her father’s (the late Pat
O’Bryan’s) footsteps. After a successful stint in the
hospitality industry in Orlando for Hyatt and Wyndham
Hotels, Mary returned to Michigan in 1986 to work for her
family business, and is proudly celebrating her 31th
anniversary at KLA in 2017.
Mary’s extensive experience at the company serves her
well in her current position as director of public relations, a department she has built over
the past several years as KLA has expanded its products,
services and national and global footprint. She began as a
receptionist, moved quickly into the accounting department,
and in 1991, when her mother, Norma O’Bryan, took over the
company after her father’s death, Mary began working in
sales. She represented KLA at conventions, worked in the
rental as well as shipping and receiving departments, and
became educated about the extensive range of equipment and
services offered to clients such as audio/visual systems,
networking, DAS, and antennas.
Mary studied business, management and marketing at
Kaplan University. An avid gardener and dog lover, Mary’s
pride and joy is her daughter, Megan.
“KLA is a company full of fantastic employees where the
sky is the limit.”
Prior to joining KLA Laboratories in January 2016, Glen
Sutphin enjoyed a successful corporate career at several
leading global companies. During his tenure at vice
president of sales and marketing for Modernfold and
president of the U.S. division of DORMA, Glen kept in
contact with his old friend, KLA President and CEO Matt
O’Bryan. When Glen began exploring his next career move,
Matt offered him the opportunity to lead KLA’s expansion in
the western United States.
As Director of KLA’s West Region in Henderson,
Nevada, Glen is expanding KLA’s customer base and developing
strategic partnerships in the casino, convention and
hospitality industries. He also serves the company’s
existing clients in the region and is partnering with other
businesses not licensed to provide cabling and KLA’s other
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 in Matt’s
award-winning band, The Wrenfields. Glen was introduced to
his wife Laura by KLA’s Mary O’Bryan.
“Customer service is my main objective.”
A serendipitous service appointment in 2011 at the home
of Matt O’Bryan, then president and COO of KLA Laboratories,
resulted in a new career path for AT&T technician, John
Sattler. After striking up a conversation and impressing
KLA’s Dwaine Polio during a subsequent interview, John
joined the company as a network support manager and network
Working primarily on the Ford Motor
Company account for almost five years, John assisted in
maintaining and repairing network infrastructure at 85 of
the automaker’s data centers and business and engineering
locations in Michigan, as well as over 50 additional sites
across the United States. In March 2016, he was promoted to
director of network services, leading a team of 20 skilled
engineers and support staff that handles Day 1 network
deployment and refresh services and Day 2 support services
once the networks are running. Other clients include Cisco
Systems, Inc. and AAA Life Insurance Company in Michigan,
Georgia, Tennessee, Illinois and Florida.
certified in Cisco CCNA, CCDA and CXFS. He also proudly
serves as a police reserve officer, a role he has fulfilled
for the city of Woodhaven, Michigan for the past 13 years.
“Our clients become believers.”
From presidents, pop stars and the pope, to music
festivals with 100,000 fans and keynote addresses with 100
guests, Neil Sever’s passion is achieving audio perfection
that presents clients at their best. As events production
manager and front of house (FOH) engineer at KLA
Laboratories since 2005, Neil and KLA’s experienced
production staff work tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure
that the intricate audio/visual systems they rent, design
and implement for events run smoothly. Equally valuable to
clients is the preparation, grace under pressure and immense
skill exhibited by Neil and his team when inevitable
glitches do occur, which are assessed and corrected
Neil, who was associated with KLA for
10 years prior to joining the company, has grown the
department by over 500% in the past 11 years. He also works
closely with KLA’s other divisions to implement innovative
wireless solutions and systems to enhance the event
experience for attendees.
Since the age of three when
he starting 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.
“I strive to exceed KLA’s high standards of excellence
Nick Vettraino possesses a passion for
sports, so his first job out of college as a statistics
consultant for ESPN in Connecticut on the network’s Stats
and Analysis Team was a great fit. But he missed his family
in Michigan, and moved back in 2010 to utilize the skills he
honed at ESPN in his new role at KLA Laboratories.
Nick was quickly promoted to Operations Manager in 2011,
taking over responsibility for day-to-day operations.
In 2016, Nick was promoted to Director
of Operations where he leads a team of 45 installer
technicians and oversees purchasing, safety, and logistics.
This includes coordinating both labor and material needs for
job sites globally as well as training and scheduling for
KLA’s installation team. It was his responsibility to
coordinate the opening of KLA’s Technical Engineering Center
in Dearborn, Michigan in 2015, which provides additional
space for the company’s network and wireless in-building
Nick served as the defensive line coach for the
Brother Rice High School varsity football team, helping them
win three state championships. He earned a Bachelor of Arts
in Psychology from the University of Michigan in 2007, and
recently enrolled in the Wayne State University Masters of
Business Administration program. Nick and his wife, Erin,
reside in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
“If one succeeds, we all succeed.”
For over 26 years, 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 eight, 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. He currently
resides in Farmington, Michigan.
“Customer satisfaction is what it’s all about.”
One phone call from Tony Verdun, KLA Laboratories’
director of DAS solutions, was all it took for Walter
Szpulak to join the company as a project manager in 2015
after a successful 28-year career as an estimator,
technician and project manager with Clover Electric Inc. in
Ohio and Motor City Electric Co. in Detroit.
who was promoted to director of information structure at KLA
in 2016, 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 to petroleum,
outstanding service, open communication and honesty are of
paramount importance to Walter. He appreciates the
supportive, family-focused environment at KLA.
plays hockey and has completed 13 full, 26-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. He resides in Clinton Township, Michigan.