Vice president, Key Construction
Siegrist had an unusual second job during his first two years at Key Construction: quarterback for the Wichita Warlords and Wichita Stealth, two arena football teams that were active at the time.
“They hired me even though I was sometimes gone at the end of the week going to ballgames,” Siegrist said of Key. “They worked with me and allowed me to play football still.”
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Siegrist, 41, grew up in Andover, starring on its high school’s football team and earning a scholarship to Pittsburg State University. He started three years for the Gorillas, losing in the national championship game in 1995 and losing to the eventual national champions the next two years.
“We had some good runs,” he said.
Siegrist, who worked for his father Rick’s residential construction business growing up, majored in construction engineering at Pittsburg State. He started as an estimator at Key, was promoted to senior estimator several years ago and was named a vice president earlier this month.
His favorite part of the job is working with clients in Kansas and across the nation in the pre-construction phase of projects, when they’re deciding issues like what kind of materials will be used.
“A lot of it is working with interesting people on interesting projects,” he said. “I’ve worked with a lot of them multiple years. Having that relationship is important.”
Recently, he’s been involved in Key’s work at the new Greenwich Place development, the expansion of NewMarket Square and the soon-to-open Pottery Barn at Bradley Fair.
“That went really well,” he said of the latter. “We had a pretty tight schedule, but we made it work.”
Siegrist and his wife, Katy, have three children: Samantha, 8; A.J., 4; and Luke, 1.
“Our kids are pretty active in sports,” he said. “I coach everything from 4-year-old soccer to 8-year-old girls basketball. We spend a lot of time going to different sporting events.”