Meet the Aquila Team
Steven Kohlman, Owner & President
Steve is the Owner and President of Aquila. Steve grew up in Fond Du Lac, WI as the son of a Pharmacist and a stay-at-home mother, and was one of five children.
Steve has been an inventor since he was a little boy, which caused his parents a bit of added concern from time to time. After high school, Steve entered the United States Air Force and served for 4 years. He then went on to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh. After graduating, Steve worked for two Fortune 500 Companies as a Sales Professional.
After his father was taken ill and became a paraplegic, he was compelled to help. He left his job and invented the first Aquila cushion to help his father live a comfortable and pressure sore free life. Since then, 17 years have passed and Steve continues his commitment to help those in need. In his free time, Steve enjoys motorcycling, travel, playing pool, and doing home improvement projects. Continuing to be an inventor at heart, Steve holds 5 patents and thoroughly enjoys product improvement and research and development.
Justine Kohlman, Vice President
Justine grew up in Northern Minnesota on Dark Lake in the Superior National Forest. She spent many hours on the lake and in the woods with her grandfather where he grew up when his family settled there after arriving from Finland. He taught her everything he knew about the woods and her childhood was rich because of him.
Justine attended the University of Wisconsin – Superior for Music/Vocal Performance, and later transferred to Mankato State University for Education.
Justine enjoys flower gardening, being outdoors in the sun, her dogs, motorcycling, travel, music, and spending time with her friends and loved ones.
Key Team Members
Siiri, Administrative Assistant
Siiri is currently attending the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse double majoring in Music/Flute Performance and Women’s Gender Studies. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors, especially the North Shore in Minnesota, practicing her flute, and spending time with her many friends and family.
She has been performing with UW-L’s top Wind Ensemble and Orchestra groups as the Flute Section Leader for the past three years and continues to do so. She has also been on the Dean’s list each semester since her college career began. Siiri is a firm believer in protecting and preserving our environment.
She is an extremely dedicated and determined young lady who doesn’t complete a task unless it is done 110% perfect, making her perfect for Aquila. She has been working with Aquila for almost three years as of 2016. She performed for 3 years with the La Crosse Youth Symphony Orchestra and hopes to perform in the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra while attending college.
Jeff, Lead Production Technician
Jeff works in the manufacturing department of Aquila Corporation. He grew up in the area and is a sports enthusiast. When Jeff and his wife are not at one of their 4 children’s events he enjoys being at any ballgame he can. Traveling and long walks with the family dog are also some things he enjoys.
Jeff enjoys working at Aquila because he feels that we provide hope for people that are looking for some comfort in their everyday life.
Ashley, Customer Service and Technical Support Lead
Ashley was born and raised in upper Michigan and grew up with Lake Michigan as her back yard. To this day, she loves the water. She moved to the La Crosse area late in 2002 where she attended the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She went on to do a short stint in graduate school at the University of Northern Iowa before returning to the area.
Ashley is passionate about social justice and she considers herself an advocate in many forms. In her spare time, she enjoys camping, canoeing (anything on the water), traveling, and spending time with her friends, family, pets and especially her daughter Amelia, who was welcomed in the world in October 2016.
Chris, Electronic Production Technician
Chris was born and raised in Rushford, MN. After high school, he attended Winona State University.
Chris now resides in the La Crosse area. In his spare time, Chris prefers to spend his time hiking, fishing, and camping.