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, lightning investigation, and component testing services. 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 thirteen years, has three children, and resides in Louisville, Kentucky. Connect with Lyle on LinkedIn.
With over 16 years of executive leadership and management experience, Kevin Abell is responsible for leading Donan’s sales & marketing departments. Since joining Donan in August 2006, Kevin has seen his focus shifted several times throughout sales, marketing, and client services. His original position within the organization was to manage and build the fledgling marketing department ahead of planned geographic expansion. Within a year, Kevin’s role expanded to include the management of the firm’s sales team. In 2012, Donan made the strategic decision to add a separate Marketing Director position enabling Kevin’s focus to shift to Donan’s Client Services department as well as his continued leadership of Sales. In 2018, Donan once rearranged executive management responsibilities and Kevin is now the Vice President over the sales and marketing organizations.
Prior to joining Donan, Kevin spent time in banking/financial services and private secondary education sectors with various roles in marketing, sales, and customer service management. Kevin is graduate of Western Kentucky University with a B.A. in Public Relations. Connect with Kevin on LinkedIn.
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, KY with his wife Kathy and their two children. Connect with Duane on LinkedIn.
Dan Hennessy is the Vice President of Human Resources for Donan and has served in that role since joining the company in March of 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 ten 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, graduate of Trinity High School, and is married with one son. Connect with Dan on LinkedIn.
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 of 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, KY. 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 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 US 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, KY and have a daughter. Connect with Stephen on LinkedIn.
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.
Glenn Sieja serves as the Managing Director of Donan Engineering Co. Inc. (DECI) which includes Forensic Engineering and Fire Investigation – the legacy services for which Donan is best known. Glenn is tasked with ensuring excellence across all aspects of DECI operations: resource allocation, site inspection protocols, client communication, report quality, etc.
Glenn is a 10-year Navy veteran whose military career includes service on the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (Norfolk, VA), the frigate USS Blakely (Charleston, SC), and a shore facility in Little Creek, VA. Prior to joining Donan, he was an engineer in both nuclear- and coal- fired power plants for Kentucky Utilities, President and General Manager at MMAGS Automotive Products and, most recently, Vice President of Engineering at Invensys Rail. Glenn has an undergraduate degree from Florida Tech in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Sullivan University. He has been married to his wife Sherri for 29 years. They currently reside in Louisville, KY and have three children. Connect with Glenn on LinkedIn.