Above Group

Founded in 2014 on Florida’s Space Coast, Above Group is an engineering firm that knows what it means to reach for the stars and go above and beyond. We believe in a people strategy as the fundamental driver of our organization. That is why we strive to do everything “Above the Standard. Above Expectations.”

Above Group is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business that specializes in highly technical building system knowledge and design expertise. Our services include mechanical, electrical, plumbing (MEP), fire protection, structural engineering, and technology design services. We provide innovative engineering solutions for multiple industries throughout the United States.

Our business mission is to demonstrate the love of Jesus Christ to those we reach. Our mission is evident in all we do by setting our minds on things above. We are a Business as a Ministry (BaaM), and strive to be an excellent business in order to have a sustainable Kingdom impact. We exist to support ministries and missions in a way that honors God and spreads the good news of Jesus Christ. This is reflected in how we conduct our business, how we serve our customers, and how we care for our employees – our greatest asset. We do believe we can impact all those in our organization and those we come into contact regardless of our margin along the way simply by the way we treat people. Learn more about our ministry efforts.

Our Mission

Demonstrate the love of Jesus
Christ to those we reach.

Our Vision

Empower excellent AEC professionals
to provide superior service.

Our Core Values

Christian Values

Humility, Honesty, Integrity, Respect,
Kindness, Social Responsibility


We are self-motivated, self-starting


We represent our brand
passionately and accurately


We take on the attitude and
responsibility of ‘owning it’

Extreme Team

Beyond just teamwork:
it’s how we work together


We run toward challenges
instead of away from them

Uncompromising Quality

We provide excellent results
all the time, every time

Above Group Leadership Team

Nicholas Kugler

President, CEO, Principal Engineer

Above Group’s President, Nicholas Kugler is a U.S. Army Veteran and licensed Mechanical Engineer with nearly 20 years of engineering experience. He carries himself with a vision to glorify Jesus Christ in all aspects of life to leave a lasting legacy that continues to glorify God.

Skilled in the foundational Leadership and Management of HVAC, Plumbing, Process Piping, and Fire Protection Engineering and Design, Nick delivers equally strong cross-discipline knowledge of Architecture, Structural, Civil, and Electrical engineering.

Ben Jones

Director of Operations

Director of Operations, Ben Jones is a passionate leader in the areas of continuous improvement, collaboration, accountability, and customer service.

Ben is a licensed electrical engineer with 19 years of progressive experience, including several years in facilities, maintenance, and construction management, and has a proven track record of achieving successful outcomes while in positions of significant responsibility.

John Raine

Director of Engineering

Director of Engineer, John Raine is a leader both in and out of the office, and it is no surprise that John’s interpersonal skills are one of his greatest strengths. He is responsible for Above Group’s Quality Assurance program.

John’s project management experience gives him the ability to manage multidisciplinary architecture and engineering design projects efficiently so that each team member can do their part to their highest capability which results in a top-notch design for the Owner. He has experience in the electrical design of facilities from the incoming utility to branch circuit loads. He has experience in the design of low-voltage systems such as telecommunications, security, and access control.

Ashley Hartman

Director of Business
Development & Marketing

Director of Business Development & Marketing, Ashley Hartman is a proven leader in establishing strategic business development and marketing plans for Above Group. Ashley is responsible for growing  client relationships, helping lead strategic pursuits, and directing marketing efforts.

Having studied architecture and environmental design and managing architectural design projects before taking on a full-time client-facing business development role, Ashley stays active throughout the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry, including memberships with the Society of Military Engineer (SAME), Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP), and Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Most recently Ashley has been a volunteer judge for the SMPS Marketing Communication Awards program, regionally and nationally.

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