Meet Our Rock Solid Staff

Meet Our Rock Solid Staff


Greg Bruening


Keith Bruening

Hi. I am Keith and I am the Secretary / Treasurer at BRP. I have worked for BRP for the past 32 years. I am a Decorah High School graduate, and attended Luther College in Decorah from 1976-1978 where I was a letterman in football and baseball. I went on to graduate from Iowa State University in 1980 with a B.S. degree in Industrial Management and a minor in Accounting and Religion. I am married to Amy Carlson and we have three children: Michael, Katherine, and Rebecca. Here are some other accomplishments:

  • A.G.C. of IA - Board of Director 1993-1998
  • Decorah Kilties Drum & Bugle Corp.
    • Member from 1964-1972
    • Drum Major in 1972
    • Vice President of Board of Directors (1991-1999)
    • Booking Agent for Corp (1992-1998)
  • Aase Haugen Board of Director
    • 2000 - present
  • Member of St. Benedicts Catholic Church (53 years)
  • Member of Oneota Golf & Country Club (32 years)
  • Member of Sivercrest Golf & Country Club (5 years)
  • Coach of Little League Baseball and Basketball (9 years)
  • Board of Director of Independence Bancshares
    • Security State Bank
    • N.E. Security Bank

Duane Bruening

Hello, I am Duane. When I was a very small boy, I wanted to be many things from a cowboy to a race car driver, but my first clear memory was to be an engineer as I enjoyed building things. When I entered college, I declared my major as an electrical engineer, but transferred from Iowa State to Loras College and became a double major in Economics and Accounting.

I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps while I was in college at Loras. I was called to active duty a few days after I graduated in 1952. I was commissioned to a 2nd lieutenant that August. I was released in August of 1954 as a captain. I came back to Iowa and began my new career in the family business. The next 50 years I was an excavating contractor with BRP. When I moved back to Decorah, I bought half of the business with my father. At that time, we had just seven employees. All these years later, two of my sons, Greg and Keith, and two of my grandsons, Tyler and Jacob, are following in their father's and grandfather's footsteps.

I am now retired and was previously the President of BRP, Inc. I still have an office and love being able to go there and spend time with the employees. It is so great to be able to see the company grow and do so well. I recently celebrated my 80th birthday and my family hosted a party for me at the office. I couldn't help but reflect on all the wonderful memories I have from my life with the company.

My wife, Eileen and I were married back in our days in Dubuque. We have eight children, five boys and three girls. We have had many years enjoying our children grow into adulthood. Sadly, God has taken our two youngest sons to be with him in heaven. We have been blessed with seventeen grandchildren. Our granddaughter, Natalie, was called into the loving arms of Christ. I enjoy our grandchildren very much! My wife and I are relishing in our golden years! We are both in fairly good health and have a vacation home in Arizona, which helps us escape Iowa's winters.

  • I am a member of the St. Benedict Catholic Church.
  • I served as a Luther College Board of Regents for terms 1995-2001, 2001-2003, and 2003-200 and am a Regent Emeriti.
  • I am also serving on the Northeast Iowa Community College Foundation Board.
  • And finally, I am a Associate General Contractor Hall of Fame  member.

Tyler Bruening

Hi. I am Tyler and growing up as a kid, I always wanted to be involved with the family business. I spent many summers working on the crews helping out however I could. After I graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, IA with a BA in Sports Management, it was only natural to move back home and start working full time. I am currently going into my third year as the Safety Director for Bruening Rock Products and Skyline Construction and I love working in the business. Being the Safety Director means a lot of things, but I am able to get outside and work with the guys and teach safety on the job sites, while also getting to work with the Insurance side of Construction, like injuries and work comp, which has its challenges, but I am learning every day.

Jacob Bruening

Hi. I am Jacob and I am the youngest of Greg's children. I have worked on and off for the company over the last 6 years. I started with Izzy in the shop and spent a  year in our mine in knoxville, IA. While in the mine, I worked on the powder crew loading explosives and can say I was glad to be back on the surface again. Currently,  I work in our central lab working with Mac.

Steve Courtney

Hi. I am Steve and I started working for Bruening Rock Products in the summer of 1986. At that time there were probably 60-70 employees. We have grown over the years to over 300 employees in 3 different states and several different companies. My duties have included Payroll, Accounts Payable, Property Management, dealing with Iowa Departments of Transportation, Agriculture, Natural Resources, etc. I am preparing to now to relocate to help manage our expansion in the Southern part of North America or the Carribean.

Greg Ames

Hi. I am Greg and I started with BRP in September of 2006. I currently take care of Accounts Receivable for Skyline Ready Mix, Skyline Materials and parts of Minnesota for Bruening Rock Products. I also take care of Accounts Payable for Ziegler Cat for all companies.

Danny Sanden

Hi- I am Danny and I have been employed as Controller at Bruening Rock Products, Inc. since 1997. I deal with almost all aspects of the Company business in some way or another, including contract management, financials, audits, insurance, taxes and the like.

Being from Minnesota, I always like to fish, hunt, and ride motorcycle.

Ron Fadness

Hi. I am Ron. I serve as the General Counsel for the Bruening Companies. I am a native of Decorah, graduated from Decorah High School in 1983 and Central College in 1987. I also completed a Master of Arts in Education at the University of Iowa in 1991, and was a high school and community college teacher before entering law school.

I graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law with a High Distinction in 1999, having served on the editorial board of the Journal of Corporation Law, the Moot Court Board, and as a research assistant to Professor Arthur Bonfield.

I am the Vice President of the Decorah Community School District Board of Education, a trustee of Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, and am actively involved with the Real Estate Section of the Iowa State Bar Association.

I am married and have two children.

John Courtney

Hi. I am John and I started at BRP in the Fall of 2009. I work with DOT Compliance issues (permits and licenses) and Accounts Receivable. I live in Decorah with my two boys- Jordan and Joseph.

Chase Riehle

Hi. My name is Chase and I started with BRP in September of 2007. Soon after, operations were expanded into Missouri and Minnesota, making it an eye-opening experience for me to see how fast the company had grown and continues to grow! My responsibilities include Payroll, Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable for Jennerjohn & Holthaus, Inc. and Skyline Trucking, Inc., as well as Accounts Receivable for S & S Quarries and G-71 Sand Pit, and processing incoming payments for all companies.

Jesse Delaney

Hi. I am Jesse and I am a Project Engineer. I grew up in Lansing, Iowa from a family of 9 kids.  I Graduated from Iowa State University and married Heather Grady in 2002.  We have three children, Logan, Mari and Beckham.

You can contact me by either calling our office at 563-382-2933 or by calling my cell at 563-380-4103.  I am ready to answer any questions you may have.

Brian Svestka

Hi, I am the Chief Financial Officer for Bruening Rock Products. I started with Bruening Rock in April of 2009 on a construction crew. Since then, I have done a variety of different positions within the company including: Scale Operator, Loader Operator, Rock Tester, Payroll Manager, and Chief Financial Analyst.  It has been a blast learning about all the different aspects of the company, and it has helped me gain a better understanding of the business. 

Mac

Hey everyone- I'm Mac. I've been with BRP since 1989. I am a senior rock testing analyst.

Ryan Delaney

Hi. I am Ryan and I am an Ag Technician / Assistant Project Manager / Project Estimator. I grew up in Lansing, Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa in 2009. I started with BRP in May of 2005. I worked my way through school before deciding to work full time for the company.

You can contact me by phone at 563-380-0621.

Dennis Kleve

Hi. I am Dennis and I started for BRP in March of 2000. I am a sales associate for Northeast Iowa. I am an Ag-lime professional so give me a call if you are looking for quality aggregate or lime. I am also in charge of snow removal- so if you need dug out- give me a call.

I can be reached at the office, on my cell: 563-380-0143.

Smokey Doyle

Hi. I am Smokey. I graduated from Loras College with a B.A. degree in Economics. I am married to Sue and we have two children, Connor and Brianna. I have over 30 years experience in Sales and Management. Since joining BRP, my main area of emphasis has been sales development in the new areas where we have recently expanded. I call on contractors, businesses, farmers, cities, counties, cooperatives, and individuals to learn their needs and offer assistance in filling those needs in the most economical manner and will also help in coordinating the completion of individual projects.

I can be reached at the office, on my cell: 563-380-8619.

Mike Torgerson

Hi. I am Mike and I am the Minnesota Salesman. I have been with BRP since Feb. of 2009. I live in Lanesboro with my wife, Raquel and two sons, Zachary and Logan. I have been in the Aggregate business my entire life and enjoy what I do. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, give me a call at 507-236-5591.

Bob Rodenberg

Hi. I am Bob and I started working for BRP in May of 2010. I started out at the Watson Quarry in Elkader, and also oversee Blum, Bernhard, Johnson, St. Olaf, and Tucker Quarries, along with the Bente Sand Pit. I take care of sales, estimating, and am the project manager in the Clayton County area. I live in Garnavillo, with my wife Vickie. We have 4 boys, Dustin, Adam, Anthony, and Rob (wife is Joan), and 2 grandchildren, Haley and Ella.

You reach me by calling 563-380-3300.

Jim Zwiener

Hi. I am Jim and I am a Minnesota Salesman. I just started with BRP. If you have any questions or would like to place an order, give me a call at 507-358-9249.

Chris Wilder

Hi. I am Chris and I started with BRP in May of 2013. I currently work in Accounts Receivable for Material Billing in Iowa and Minnesota. I also assit with Payroll. My wife and I live in Decorah.

Ben Staley

My Name is Ben and I am the Payroll Administrator.  I graduated from the University of Northern Iowa and have a degree in Finance. I had spent several years living and working in Des Moines before moving back to NE Iowa to be closer to family. I have enjoyed working at Bruening's and love tackling any new challenges that come my way.

Suzy Sutton

Hi everyone! My name is Suzy, I started with Bruening Rock in June 2014 as the Receptionist & now am working in Material Billing & Collections as well.  My husband David & I enjoy camping, fishing & spending time with our 9 grandchildren.