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.

Jon Gebow, Superintendent

Jamey Clark, Superintendent



Jon started at Sierra back in 1998 as a laborer apprentice on an Eagle Hardware in Smokey Point. A graduate of Sno-Isle Construction Trades program, Jon now supports the program providing project tours to current CT students. Over the years, Jon has covered everything from public works to large scale mixed-use apartment complexes and industrial warehouses. Most recently, Jon has been focusing on multi-family projects, including Uptown 11 and the Village at Beardslee Crossing, and the currently in-progress Linden Flats.

What is your favorite project type? Anything new and challenging, but if I had to choose, mixed use.

What brought you to Sierra? I knew I wanted a job in the construction field, just thought construction was a cool job for me. Figured what the hell! My dad worked on the Tramco project at Paine Field for Sierra, and he recommended I start there.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would be a ship captain. Ocean vessel. A really big boat.

What is your dream vacation? Just travel Europe with no destination in mind.

How do you spend your weekends? Remodeling my house or someone elses!



Jamey came to Sierra in 1992 as a carpenter. Throughout the years, Jamey has worked on just about every project type there is; highlights including Tramco Hangar 3, the North Creek Technology Campus, and his personal favorite, Project Wulf. For a time he was also head of our Warranty/Service department, where he handled all post-project customer concerns and issues. Throughout the years Jamey works his way to Project Superintendent, and is currently assigned to  a 1,100,000 square foot industrial center in the Port of Tacoma.

What is your favorite part of working at Sierra? I really enjoy the commute to and from work.  It allows sufficient time to plan my day on the way in and then reflect on how much ass the Sierra crew kicked on the way home.

What is your dream project location?  This is really a toss-up between Sumner and Tacoma.  The smells are so different.  I would have to flip a coin!

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would like to fly stunt planes at Sky Combat Ace, Las Vegas.  Pretty sure one day I will do it.

How do you spend your weekends? I try to have as much fun as possible 4-wheeling, riding quads and working on projects with buddies.  I might drink a beer or two if I feel like getting really crazy.

Travis Torgerson, Project Manager



Travis came to Sierra after graduating from the University of Washington with a BA in Economics, and a Certificate of Construction Management. His first project was unique; a tilt-up warehouse in SeaTac with a sloped slab. Since then, he has been assigned to quite a range of projects including a Lululemon T.I., two tilt-up warehouses over 500,000 square feet, and a public works project. Travis’ most recent project was the Lynnwood CarMax store.

Notable Projects:
Stryker Business Center, Phase II
Hawks Prairie Building K
Northshore School District Transportation Center

What attracted you to Sierra? I think it was the font Nancy used on the job posting she had listed on Craigslist.  That, and I was doing condo conversions and was looking for a change and it was too good of an opportunity to pass up.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Definitely would be on Wall Street like Gordon Gekko.

How do you spend your weekends? Trying not to add more responsibilities in my life in order to postpone becoming an actual adult.

What is your ideal vacation? Anywhere tropical and warm with beaches.

 

 

 

Jef Krohn, Project Manager



Jef Krohn started at Sierra in 2012 working on the New Seasons in Portland. Armed with over 20 years of prior project experiences, Jef jumped right into some of Sierra’s larger Portland jobs, but has also managed multiple tenant improvements. Jef is attracted to construction because he doesn’t work the same day twice; each project comes with its own challenges and a new set of lessons. He is currently working on a multi-story self-storage facility in Portland.

Notable Projects:
Bouchon Park
Prologis PDX 20

 What brought you to Sierra? The size. It’s not so big that I would be just a number and not so small that it couldn’t withstand market fluctuations. Big enough to do the larger projects but small enough that there is still that sense of ‘family’ and pride in what we do.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A rock star.

What is your favorite pastime? Living vicariously through my kids…I coach my daughters ASA 14u softball team and my son is an avid golfer and we hit the links anytime we can.   

Tell us something that may surprise us about you. I was a golden glove boxer. 

Kory Knudson, Senior Project Manager



Kory is a Senior Project Manager for Sierra. With project management experience going back to 2000, Kory came to Sierra in 2012.  He is known as one of Sierra’s multi-family and mixed use construction ‘gurus’, with a record of managing over 2,500 units across over 20 projects throughout the years. Kory is currently managing two multi-family projects in the Puget Sound area, including Linden Flats in north Seattle.

Notable Projects:
Village at Beardslee Crossing
Dwell at Kent Station
Bothell Apartments

What is your least favorite fruit or vegetable? I hate kiwis. And Onions. Oh and pickles. The worst.

What is your favorite part of working at Sierra? The people. Hands down.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you? That I’m an awkward duck.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? I would continue my pursuit of my law degree. That or I have always wanted spelunking. Not really.

What is your favorite color? Obviously the same as everyone else, Crimson and Grey.

 

 

Marissa Jacobson-Ojinaga, Receptionist



Marissa came to Sierra in 2012 after moving back to Washington from Phoenix, and is our Woodinville office’s receptionist. The first person to greet those visiting or calling into the Woodinville office, Marissa is the go-to person for any question in the office. She is known as the office Foodie, and keeps up on every national day-of holiday (and yes, there are 365 of them incase you were wondering!).

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A NYC Rockette

What is the best book you have ever read?  Coreyohgraphy!!!! Hands down

Tell us something that might surprise us about you? I am borderline obsessed with Tom Petty and Steve Miller…. and I was almost arrested for “loitering” at Steve’s house. 

What is your favorite fruit/vegetable? Least? Generally if it’s green I won’t eat it… I do like brussel sprouts though, and apples – I DETEST lettuce.

What is your favorite pastime? Eating, preferably tacos or donuts.