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People of Purpose

Connecting people to their unique human experience through Purpose.

May 11, 2019

Keith Warta is currently serving as the CEO of Bartlett & West, Inc. a Midwest employee-owned engineering and technology solutions company.  The company’s focus is to improve communities by positively affecting every organization and every person that comes within their footprint. Bartlett & West delivers unique value to clients throughout the country and was named one of the 175 largest design companies in the US by the Engineering News Record.  Zweig-White, an industry consultant, has also listed Bartlett & West as one of the Hot 100 Firms in the country for four years in a row. Every employee at Bartlett & West is an owner and the company promotes involvement of all employees in important company decisions like charitable giving, strategy development, and documentation of purpose and core values. Prior to his current role, Keith’s focus was on the design and management of major flood control and transportation projects.  His technical expertise is in hydrology and hydraulics associated with urban infrastructure. As part of his graduate work, Keith authored a study that examined design storm assumptions and the impact that they have on flood control system sizing and costs. Keith has a passion for community improvement at the grass roots level & he has volunteered for leadership positions in organizations providing senior services, education and community economic development.

Listen as we talk about:

  • How a trip at age 10 opened his eyes to how he can help in his community
  • How having multiple jobs has helped him retain an open mind
  • How he strives to meld his religious standards and his work environment
  • What makes his company a stark contrast to others around it
  • Why he sees employee ownership as the key to his business' success
  • How he balances authority with humility
  • How he stays in good mental health
  • How he uses his faith to ground himself
  • The importance of being a family man
  • Recommendations to others wanting to be family centered while still being involved with work


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