Very few family owned businesses are able to make it to the 4th generation, let alone the 5th. Not only has Skogman Companies, under the leadership of its president and CEO, Kyle Skogman, been able to do accomplish just that, but it they have also continued to thrive and expand. A family man working in a family business, Kyle has been able to use his role as president not only to better his company, but also the Cedar Rapids community.
Born and raised in Cedar Rapids with his four siblings, Kyle attended Washington High School. In 1974, Kyle continued his education at the University of Iowa where he earned a degree in Business Administration while on an athletic scholarship to play quarterback for the Iowa Hawkeye Football team. After graduation, Kyle moved into his first role at Skogman Companies overseeing the Pheasant Run Apartments project.
Kyle took what he learned from watching and working with his father, Roy, as well as his own business sense, and used that to continue the success of the Skogman Companies when he took over the company in 1990. When Kyle started, the company focus was mainly construction but under his leadership, has expanded to include real estate, insurance, and mortgage and loan businesses. During Kyle’s time with the company, over 6,000 homes have been built, all the while continuing his grandfather’s vision of “building great neighborhoods.”
A lot has happened since he first started work in the family business 42 years ago, all of which can be attributed to the value of hard work. It may be a family business, but nothing is handed to anyone. According to Taylor and Hunter Skogman, Kyle’s children, “everyone has to put their time in with high expectations and are pushed to excel at what they are passionate about.” Frank Mitvalsky, longtime friend of Kyle’s, commented that Skogman has been successful under Kyle’s leadership due to the focus on quality employees, the quality of the product they put out and the sincere interest in the satisfaction of their customers.
Kyle believes that “your business is no better than the community you work in”. He has certainly demonstrated this belief through his tremendous work to help improve the Cedar Rapids community. Over the years he has contributed to many organizations in the area, which include Four Oaks Total Child Campaign and the Wellington Heights initiative, as well as contributed his expertise following the Flood of 2008. His commitment to community has led him to sit on numerous boards, including, United Fire Group, the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library, Mercy Medical Center, United Way, Marion Cares and numerous others.
Noted as a strength by many, Kyle has an innate ability to “calm the waters’. He will sit back and listen to the conversation and step in with ideas and solutions that no one else is bringing to the table, states Jim Ernst.
Following the Flood of 2008, Kyle put his expertise in homebuilding to use when he led Skogman Homes, and proposed the building of 11 new homes in the Oak Hill Neighborhood. Through his efforts, flood impacted residents of Cedar Rapids have affordable and attainable housing in the aftermath.
With the core values of hard work and service passed down from each generation within the Skogman family, it is clear that Skogman Companies will continue to work towards more growth and prosperity, not only in business, but for the Cedar Rapids community. The value that Kyle holds dearest, however, is the value of family. He and his wife of 38 years, Susan, have two children: Taylor and Hunter, and three grandchildren: Teeghan, Gunnar and Harrison. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.