Erick Kniestedt- Chapter President

Erick has over 26 years of construction and Facilities Management experience. He has worked in both private and public sector as well as operating his own business.  He comes from a working class family and knows the meaning of hard work. He began working in the construction industry at age 15. Being an entrepreneur at heart, he started his own general construction company in 1992. In 2006, he transitioned the company from general contracting to a construction consulting firm. Erick is now the Assistant Vice President of Facilities & Asset Operations for Twinstar Credit Union as well as the CEO of K&D Property Solutions LLC, a real estate investing and renovation company.

He began his public career with the Department of Revenue in 1993, working in the Agency’s warehouse. His ambition, hard work, and tenacity helped him to quickly excel through the ranks of warehouse operations, purchasing operations, and finally in 2001 to the Office Services and Facilities Manager position where he managed Warehouse/Mail Operations, Purchasing, and Facilities Management for the Agency. He also leads the Agency’s sustainability, emergency preparedness, hazard mitigation, continuity of operation, safety, fleet management, enterprise risk management, insurance, Commute Trip Reduction (CTR), and inventory activities.

During his tenure, Erick received numerous awards in leadership and providing excellent customer service. He was recognized by former Governor Gary Locke for this leadership in developing the first sustainability plan for the Department of Revenue.

Erick’s experience in both the private and public sector has made him well versed in Facilities Management, project management, Energy Star performance rating, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), construction concepts and designs, drafting, sustainability, strategic planning, contract negotiations, National Incident Management System (NIMS), and Incident Command System (ICS).

He has strong family values and believes firmly in being a man of integrity and that attitude is everything. He starts each day with his favorite quote: “Today, I will be too calm for worry, too noble for anger, and too strong for defeat. Today, I will believe anything is possible. I will walk through fear without hesitation. Today, I will stand for something. Today, I will make a difference.”

Board of Directors

Zakary Swannack- Chapter Vice President

 Zak has been involved in Facilities Planning and Operations since 2001 and has served as IFMA Secretary and Vice President for the South Puget Sound Chapter from 2007.

In addition to possessing an AAS from Pierce College, Zak is a 2000 graduate of Western Washington University with a BA in Planning and Environmental Policy.  His Facilities career has spanned four state agencies. 

He currently serves as the Facilities Planning Manager for Capital Facilities at WSDOT.   Zak oversees space planning and leasing functions throughout Washington most notably in the South Sound Headquarter region.

Erick Kniestedt- Chapter President

Erick Kniestedt
TwinStar Credit Union
e-mail: ekniestedt360@gmail.com

Treasurer

Erick Kniestedt
TwinStar Credit Union
e-mail: ekniestedt360@gmail.com

Director - Communications
Justin Tankersley
TwinStar Credit Union
e-mail: jtankersley@twinstarcu.com

Justin Tankersley - Secretary
Justin Tankersley
TwinStar Credit Union
e-mail: jtankersley@twinstarcu.com