The disciplines of Land Surveying and Civil Engineering are closely related, both in practice and philosophy. To take advantage of this close relationship, in 1998 Bryan Land Surveying and Kyes Engineering merged together to become KEBS, Inc. From the start the two companies shared the common goal of providing the highest quality engineering and surveying service to the Mid-Michigan community and for the past 22 years KEBS, Inc. has done just that.
Larry Bryan, PS started Bryan Land Surveying in early 1979 with one employee. Steady growth in the mortgage market and land surveying allowed Larry to add personnel and consequently offer more diverse services to his clients. Today KEBS continues to provide clients, from The Thumb to Southern Michigan, with exceptional professional surveying services based on his years of experience. After 40 years of surveying, Larry retired in March of 2017.
Upon Larry's retirement in 2017 the management of the Survey Department was divided between two capable individuals, Dane Pascoe and Erick Friestrom. Dane started working for KEBS in 2003 upon his graduation from Ferris State University. Through the years he progressed from Crew Chief to Project Manager to Department Manager tp Vice President and in 2023 became President.
Erick began his work experience in 1999 with the Michigan Department of Transportation in Grand Rapids and then in the U.P. In 2002 he graduated from Ferris State University and spent time as Lead Surveyor with a local company before joining the KEBS family in 2011. In his time here, he has been a Crew Chief in both Construction and Surveying, then moved to Project Manager, Vice President, and in 2023 became Chief Executive Officer and Survery Department Head.
Kyes Engineering and Associates, Inc. was formed by Walt Kyes, PE in 1972. For more than two decades Kyes Engineering grew to become one of mid-Michigan’s premier engineering consulting firms and was responsible for designing many prominent projects across the state. Although focused on private development, Kyes Engineering was also instrumental in the design of diverse projects for various cities, townships, drain commissions, and road commissions.
In 1996 Walt’s son, Jeff Kyes, PE, took over leadership at Kyes Engineering with the mandate to continue the outstanding level of service expected of the firm. When the KEBS, Inc. merger took place Jeff became Vice President and head of Engineering. In 2017, upon Larry's retirement, Jeff took the reins as President until his retirement in 2022.
Following Jeff’s retirement two of KEBS Professional Engineers took over the management of the Engineering Department. Allen J Patrick graduated from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and hired into KEBS in March of 1998. Greg Petru graduated from Michigan State University and hired into KEBS also in March of 1998. Both worked closely with Jeff through the years and continue to promote the same values, integrity and commitment to their clients that have been the cornerstone of KEBS from the start, making this a seamless transition. We are fortunate to have their combined experience of 50+ years moving forward.
Where We Are Today
Since 1998 KEBS, Inc. has acquired several surveying firms and their records giving us a broader more comprehensive range of data that allows greater efficiency and accuracy. In January, 2002, KEBS, Inc. acquired Groat Land Surveying, P.C. in Marshall, Michigan. This acquisition allowed us to expand into the south-central Michigan market where we serve clients in several surrounding counties.
Today KEBS, Inc. is staffed with four licensed Professional Surveyors and three licensed Professional Engineers supported by personnel certified by national examination boards. Our staff strives each day to provide high-quality services while maintaining a partnership with each client resulting in projects that consistently meet and exceed expectations. Our clients continue to be our driving force and we look forward to new relationships, new challenges and a long future serving Michigan.
KEBS, Inc. maintains records for the following companies:
Kyes Engineering & Associates
Bryan Land Surveying, P.C.
Marv Fouty Surveying and Mapping
R.W. Steadman & Associates
James A. Porter
Groat Land Surveying, Inc.
Christenson Land Surveys
Arden Pierson Surveying
General Land Surveying
The owners of KEBS, Inc. are:
Jeff Kyes, PE, President, Engineering
Dane Pascoe, PS, Vice President, Surveying
Erick Friestrom, PS, Vice President, Surveying