Kimbel Mechanical Systems CEO Brad Smith Now Also Owner


Kimbel Mechanical Systems CEO Brad Smith Now Also Owner
Brad Smith of Kimbel Mechanical Systems. (Michael Pirnique)

When Brad Smith joined Kimbel Mechanical Systems of Springdale in 2000, he was the company’s fourth employee. Now, he owns it.

Smith, 44, became Kimbel’s CEO 18 months ago and bought out Rob Kimbel earlier this year. In February, Kimbel Mechanical was named Arkansas Business of the Year in the category of companies with 76-300 employees, and Smith was a finalist in the Business Executive of the Year category.

“It was one of the most natural things that ever happened,” Smith said. “My perspective has not changed a whole lot since I was COO or an employee. My goal was always to work as hard as I could and make the best product.”

Smith said Rob Kimbel approached him about selling the company to him and COO Dustin Hayes, who bought a minority share. Kimbel is an active real estate investor in northwest Arkansas and still serves as a consultant with Kimbel Mechanical, which does plumbing, electrical and HVAC work on residential buildings.

Part of the redirection of the company was to simplify after the recession of 2007-08. Smith said the company stopped chasing all kinds of work and focused on single-family and commercial housing such as apartments, military residences and assisted-living facilities.

That has allowed Kimbel to expand its operations regionally to as many as 22 states. As CEO and owner, Smith oversees a staff of 230 employees and 200-plus sub-contractors.

The strategy has paid off with revenue projected to grow from $66 million in 2015 to $76 million this year. Revenue has grown an average of 22 percent per year for the past four years.

His goal is to reach $100 million in sales within the next three years.