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Candice Shum

CEO
Candice is the third-generation owner of Culligan’s 70-year history in the Kansas City area.  Following in the footsteps of her mother, she is proud to be a Certified Woman-Owned Business.   Having been raised in the family business, she has a lifetime of familiarity with the benefits of water treatment from households to manufacturing plants.  Given the chance, Candice proclaims she can turn anyone into a “water snob” with just a little exposure to the Culligan lifestyle. “Once you live with soft water, and have purified drinking water at your fingertips, I guarantee you will never go back to tap.”

Candice states that redesigning the company’s culture has been her proudest professional accomplishment to date.  “It never gets old watching smart, kind, hard-working humans come together to get things done.  When Leadership genuinely wants every member of the team to succeed, and they live that in their daily interactions, there is no telling just how far we can go.”

 

Off the clock, Candice is a Kansas Jayhawk with a Bachelors in English Literature.  “When I should have been getting an MBA and learning to golf, I was in London studying the Shakespearean stage.” The three greatest joys in her life are being married to Joe, watching her three children find their self-confidence, and a really good Netflix binge.

David Luckinbill

Director of Operations
Dave Luckinbill leads the company’s operations with primary responsibility for inventory, purchasing and human resources. He is also responsible for payroll, fleet and building operations and audits. In the two decades prior to working with Culligan, Dave has served in leadership capacities in various industries including food service, retail and operations. In these roles, he gained valuable knowledge in logistics, sales, asset management, inventory and human resources. All this combined knowledge is put to application in his role at Culligan.

Dave holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Keller Graduate School and a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Fun tidbits:

– married, 5 nieces/nephews, 2 Siberian huskies

– avid numismatist (coin collector)

– enjoy history, particularly American, European, Roman & Greek

-Sports fan – anything Univ. of Wisconsin, Chicago Bears (I guess Chiefs too) and Chicago Blackhawks

-played 1 season of tennis in junior college, all-conference honors

– Born in Merriam, moved to Milwaukee suburb in 5th grade. After college, moved to and lived in Chicago for 10 years, then moved back to KS about 10 years ago. I currently live a mile away from where I grew up in Olathe.

Brian Buenger

Director of Residential Services
Brian Buenger has 20 plus years of experience in the service and sales industry. His professional career began in sales and progressed to the leadership of a multi-state team of 200+ employees. Brian’s first job was a paper route when he was 10 years old, where he was responsible for delivering papers and collecting from all customers. Culligan has provided him with a new challenge that has turned out to be the best career decision he made in his life. Brian loves the business and the people he works with! 

He is married with 3 amazing children and a dog. He is a proud graduate of Iowa State University and enjoy watching and playing most sports. 

If you need an obscure sports fact, Brian would be the one to ask! 

Outside of work, he enjoys time in the outdoors camping, hiking, and fishing with his family.

Joe Shum

Director of Commercial & Industrial Services
Joe Shum grew up as a farm kid in a small town in Northeast Kansas, where he learned commitment and hard work. He attended Kansas State University and worked as an equipment manager for the K-State football team, learning responsibility and dedication. Joe has been married for 15 years and has 3 fantastic kids, both which require patience and love! Joe loves everything outdoors – especially Table Rock Lake. To Joe there is nothing better than life at the lake with friends and family! He especially enjoys this job because he gets to work with so many intelligent, knowledgeable, and focused peers.

Joe Hammontree

Director of Commercial & Industrial Operations
Joe Hammontree started his first job working for his father at the family appliance repair company at 10 years old. His father taught him the best way to learn is by pulling up your sleeves and doing it. He is married with 5 amazing children, which he says is the cause for all of his gray hair! Joe enjoys golf, hunting, fishing, and just about anything outside. But his favorite place is the beach, it just doesn’t get any better! Joe thinks that Culligan has been the best career choice he ever made.