EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT 2019-05-09T16:13:10+00:00

Employee Spotlight

The Employee Spotlight highlights individuals within Sierra Construction. Each month, we highlight individuals within our company that have reached certain anniversary milestones. Read about the passions, hobbies, history and unique personalities of some of our employees, and get to know the people who have helped make Sierra what it is today.

Lisa Diebler, Project Administrator

Lisa is a Project Administrator for Sierra Construction. Becoming part of the team in 2014, Lisa had previously been a Permit Tech for the building department in Reno, Nevada. “I also did Accounting for a Construction company in the area before Sierra, but I’ve also been the Strawberry girl at the Nugget and worked for a Flood Project in the desert… Go figure!” When asked what her favorite part of working at Sierra; “The people and watching the projects come together! I’m so grateful to be a part of this group.”

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Teleportation

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I am a huge Prince fan

What are your three most overused words or phrases? Yes, No, Are your chores done?

What is your ideal vacation? Anywhere with blue skies, sandy beaches and waiters!

What is your favorite color? Purple

Jarrod Cooper, Service & Warranty

Jarrod became a part of Sierra in 1999 as a carpenter. He later became Sierra’s Service and Warranty Department Manager in 2003. Jarrod’s projects include small works jobs for past and present clients which can include complete tenant improvement projects to simple single-room make-overs. A recent project he managed was the 5th-floor renovation at Emerald Downs.

What is your favorite type of food? I am really into smoking meats right now, trying to perfect the brisket.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? I would love to be a farmer/rancher, seriously, a lifelong dream.

What’s your favorite fruit/vegetable? Any vegetable swimming in butter, any fruit covered in chocolate.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I have a 25 year old daughter and a 7 year old daughter with 2 sons and 2 more daughters in between!

Andy Repass, Project Manager

Andy Repass came to Sierra in 2014, bringing with him years of experience in the industrial field; and warehouses are his favorite project type. “I like building warehouses. I find them interesting; there is a lot of mechanical and electrical coordination.” His resume includes work from cold storage warehouses to complex distribution centers. Some of Andy’s project highlights at Sierra include Building 1 at Hogum Bay Logistics and Phase 1 and 2 of the Powdermill Business Center. But Andy’s time on a construction site began long before his career.

Where is your favorite place to be? Boating with my wife. On a nice summer morning we get up early and put our boat in the water; we bring our coffee and a snack and enjoy the morning sun.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. After college I worked as a forester for about 4 years. Most days I was out in the woods setting up timber sales. I worked for Longview Fibre and the Washington DNR in several locations; Leavenworth, Sedro Woolley, Arlington and Darrington. Also, I can do a cartwheel.

What food can’t you resist? My wife is an awesome cook, so I like everything she makes. She has a new cook book by Joanna Gaines (you know, Fixer Upper); Shes been making the enchiladas and biscuits and gravy. Both delicious; I totally pig out on both dishes.

What is your ideal/dream vacation? Wine tasting in Walla Walla with my wife; we have been going each spring for the past few years, we always have great time.  I also love boating and crabbing with my two sons, Alex and Ethan.  We crab in the Anacortes area and explore the San Juan Islands.

Tim Clark, Superintendent

Tim Clark has been a part of the Sierra family for over 25 years. Starting off as a carpenter at the Tramco Hangars, Tim became a Superintendent during the North Creek Technology Campus days. Since then, he has been the Superintendent of over 20 projects ranging from distribution centers and big-box retail to office parks. “The management really cares about us. I have worked for other companies and employees weren’t really valued like here at Sierra.” Some of Tim’s project highlights include Phases 1 and 3 of the Des Moines Creek Business Park, Audi Seattle, Marine Technology Center and Building I at the North Creek Technology Campus.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Flying would be cool.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? Selling beach chairs and margaritas in Mexico.

How do you spend your weekends? Usually working on stuff, or vacation with family and friends in the sun.

What is the best book you have ever read? Last of the Mohicans

Evan Heeringa, Project Manager

Evan joined the Sierra team in 2013 as a Project Engineer. A diehard Coug, Evan did grow up watching his dad work in the engineering field of construction. It was time spent at an internship at Sierra that sold him on his career path. “I had no set intention of being a contractor or engineer but I spent one summer on the thinking end of a shovel and decided to pursue the CM program at WSU. Coming back to Sierra after graduation was a no-brainer” His first project was a MOD Pizza remodel in Bellevue. “It was fun to work with the one and only Bob Graff.  We worked around the clock to do a facelift of the space in a week and it turned out great.” Over the years Evan has completed a wide variety of projects, including small-scale retail remodels, tilt up distribution centers and multi-family apartment buildings. He is currently working in Redmond on the Blackbird Apartments project.

Top three life highlights? The birth of my daughter, marrying my wife, and the 2012 Apple Cup.

What is your ideal vacation? 10 days anywhere warm in February, when the Northwest is at its most miserable.

What is your favorite color? Not purple.

What is your favorite pastime? Watching the Mariners when they were good.

Phil Leu, Foreman

Foreman Phil Leu has always been in construction. Beginning his career in Central California, Phil moved to Washington and started with Sierra in 2007. His first project was the South Hill/Puyallup Walmart. Over the past 10 years he has worked on numerous product types, but his favorite are tilt-ups. Phil is presently working on one of Sierra’s largest projects, a 811,000 square foot tilt-up called Hogum Bay Logistics Center in Lacey.

Where is your dream project location? Would have to be on the coast somewhere.

How do you spend your weekends? Watching my son play football and spending time with my family.

Favorite food? Apricots are my favorite fruit, and cauliflower my favorite vegetable.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? AIf I wasn’t in construction, I would be flying helicopters.