Our Mission is to consistently provide conclusive, unbiased, and accurate forensic investigation services with the fastest turnaround time and best customer service in the industry.
  • Objective
  • On Target
  • Completeness
The Target
We aim to keep our work on target, exceeding our clients’ turnaround time and customer service expectations at a fair, competitive price.
The Level Rod
We strive to provide expertise that is conclusive, objective and on the level.
The Number Seven
In biblical scripture the number seven symbolizes completeness; we work to consistently deliver a complete service, with exceptional quality.
OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Lyle Donan is a Professional Engineer and the third-generation leader of Donan, a family-owned business formerly known as Donan Engineering. Lyle joined the company in April 2000 and currently serves as the company’s president and CEO. He is a licensed civil engineer in 14 states and a licensed private investigator.

Lyle focuses his professional efforts on understanding and advancing the technical investigation processes of property claims, specifically within the property insurance industry. Under Lyle’s leadership, Donan provides forensic engineering, fire investigation, component testing, and litigation support. Ranked by project volume, the company is the largest forensic investigation company in the United States.

Lyle began his formal education studying civil engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and graduated with a degree in mining engineering at Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Lyle has been married for 13 years, has three children, and resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Connect with Lyle on LinkedIn.

Kevin Abell
Sales & Marketing
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Duane Battcher
Chief Operations Officer
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Dan Hennessy
VP of Human Resources
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Gary Mudd
Chief Financial Officer
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Stephen Gotlieb
VP of Information Technology
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David B. Riggs
VP of Strategic Initiatives
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Kevin Abell
VP of Sales & Marketing

Kevin Abell is Donan’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing operations, where he ensures the consistency of Donan’s message to its clients and within the company. Since joining Donan in August 2006, Kevin has also held leadership roles in the firm’s Client Services department. With over 16 years of executive leadership and management experience, Kevin managed and built up a fledgling marketing department and has continued his leadership in Sales.

Prior to joining Donan, Kevin gained experience in banking/financial services and private secondary education sectors with various roles in marketing, sales, and customer service management. Kevin graduated from Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Public Relations. He lives in Louisville, Kentucky, with his wife and daughter. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.

Duane Battcher
Chief Operations Officer

Duane Battcher is Donan’s Chief Operations Officer where he ensures the consistency and excellence of all operations. Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Innovation and Strategic Initiatives.

Prior to Donan, he spent 28 years at a top-ten carrier where he worked in several different capacities, supporting organizational objectives in Marketing, Sales, Operations, and Accounting roles. Duane spent the majority of his career in Claims where he led numerous regional and national claim operations, as well as the design and development of property claim processes.

Duane graduated from Winona State University and holds a MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management and a Certificate in Management from Darden School of Business. He lives in Prospect, Kentucky with his wife Kathy and their two children. Connect with Duane on LinkedIn.

Dan Hennessy
VP of Human Resources

Dan Hennessy is the Vice President of Human Resources for Donan and has served in that role since joining the company in March 2011. He oversees all human resources functions for the company including recruitment and staffing, benefits administration, performance management, safety and health, employee relations, strategic HR leadership, and training and development.

Dan’s experience and education have been highly focused on the human resources field. Prior to Donan, he spent 10 years in human resources management for a global chemical manufacturing company. Dan has a B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis on Human Resources Management from Bellarmine University in Louisville. He has also earned his Professional in Human Resources Certification (PHR) and his Society of Human Resources Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) designations. Dan is currently pursuing his Master’s Degree in Legal Studies from Arizona State University. Dan is a Louisville native, is a graduate of Trinity High School, and is married with one son. Connect with Dan on LinkedIn.

Gary Mudd
Chief Financial Officer

Gary Mudd has more than 25 years of experience providing financial leadership and management in both the manufacturing and professional services industries. He joined Donan as Chief Financial Officer in August 2013 and oversees the Accounting, Finance, and Tax areas. Gary’s primary role is to ensure the financial stability of Donan through financial analysis, accounting guidance, business planning, cash management, tax planning, and continuous process improvements.

Gary began his career in auditing with a national accounting firm performing financial audits for companies across many industries. After public accounting, he went on to work for two large international manufacturing companies in various financial management roles.

Gary graduated from Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. He is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant. Gary lives in Louisville, KY with his wife and three children.

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Stephen Gotlieb
VP of Information Technology

Stephen Gotlieb joined Donan as the Vice President of Information Technology in November 2016. Stephen’s primary responsibilities include developing, implementing, and supporting the IT strategy for Donan in alignment with the business needs. He brings 18 years of experience leading teams of contract programming, IT, call center support, implementation, and professional services. Stephen worked in the Healthcare Information Systems and Systems Integration industries, including 10 years with GE Healthcare. He is a 9-year veteran of the U.S. Army and Army National Guard where he served as an Armor Officer.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a concentration in management information systems, from the University of Vermont. He has been married to his wife Erika for more than 20 years. They currently reside in Prospect, Kentucky and have a daughter. Connect with Stephen on LinkedIn.

David B. Riggs
VP of Strategic Initiatives

David B. Riggs, PE, CFEI, CVFI, is the Vice President of Strategic Initiatives at Donan. He is responsible for the development and execution of new products, services, and technology.

In 2006, David began with Donan as their first project manager in the products lab. Since then, David has worked in nearly all aspects of Donan’s business. He has led numerous services and initiatives for a variety of customers in the insurance and litigation sectors. Prior to Donan, he worked in mechanical engineering design and construction management of commercial buildings.

David graduated from the University of Louisville with a Master of Engineering and Business Administration. He is a Louisville native, along with his wife Laurie, and their two children. Connect with David on LinkedIn.