EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT 2018-05-20T14:09:29+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.

Stephen Carey, Carpenter

Stephen has been a carpenter since High School. Originally a residential carpenter, Stephen began his search to step into the commercial construction industry and came across Sierra. He has been with the company for over five years now, during which graduated from the CITC Apprenticeship program. “I enjoy coming to work at Sierra, which is the most important thing.”


What is your favorite type of food? My favorite type of food is Mexican. Everyone gives me a hard time because I order a different variation of the same thing, regardless of the restaurant.

How do you spend your weekends? I spend my weekends taking the kids to ballet, softball, and the ever present friends birthday parties. I also play basketball most Sunday nights.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I am a certified scuba driver.

Ulises Gonzalez, Foreman

Ulises has been with Sierra since 2012, beginning as a carpenter. “My favorite project type has to be industrial.” Specifically, Project Wulf, also now known as Stryker Business Center.  “It was fun and challenging, and I was able to be on the project for quite a while.” His favorite thing about working at Sierra? “The people, the guys, the environment. People get along really well.”


How do you spend your weekends? We usually go on spontaneous road trips, or we just grab everyone and find snow, or in the summer just hit the road for a camping trip.

If you could do any other job just for a day, what would you do? Test drive cars!

What is your favorite and least favorite fruit? Granite fruit is definitely my least favorite – Mango all the way for favorite!!

Nolan Vella, Project Manager

Nolan started at Sierra after graduating from University of Washington fall 2012. His first project was the Prologis Distribution Center in Fife. After that he has worked on various projects including Audi Seattle and Des Moines Creek Business Park Phase 3. Nolan is now currently wrapping up Seaway West in Everett.


How do you spend your weekends? I spend most of my free time in the summer riding my bikes in Whistler. I mostly ride downhill but you’ll find me pedaling from time to time if I don’t have a lift to take me to the top. During the winter you can usually find me at the Snorting Elk at Crystal Mountain. Sometimes I actually ski. I travel as much as possible.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My dog, my truck, my bikes, Hornitos, and my fiancé. In no particular order.

Where is your favorite place to visit? Malta and Whistler but I love travelling to new places.

What is the best book you have ever read? I just finished Shantaram and would recommend it to just about anyone.

What is your dream car? Sierra fleet car.

What is your favorite type of food? I like everything.

Billy Hohenstein, Journeyman Carpenter

Billy is a Journeyman Carpenter at Sierra. A part of the team since 2012, his first project was Four Corners in Maple Valley. Billy is currently working on Prologis Park Tacoma’s site, home to two (a 770,195 square foot and a 319,000 square foot) industrial warehouses.


What has been your favorite project so far? My favorite has to be Kent Station apartments. The standards were set high for that site and I enjoyed the challenge.

What is your favorite vacation spot? I go to Blue Lake every summer. I love that place. I was going there ever since I was a baby. Now I get to share those experiences with my kids.

What is your favorite pastime? I love watching the Seahawks! We usually have friends over to watch the games, eat good food and might have a drink or 2 or 20 lol. GO HAWKS!!!

May Jensen, Project Admin

May joined the Project Administration team at Sierra in 2012. She has over 15 years of experience in construction finance and contract work, combining experience at a bank as well as residential and excavation contractors. Her favorite project to date was the Audi Seattle project, as it was her first major project here at Sierra and she appreciated the uniqueness of the final product.


If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? I would love to work with the less fortunate and volunteer more (like at Children’s Hospital.)

What is your favorite pastime? Camping, golfing, road trips, concerts, and shopping for good deals – I am a bargain shopper for sure!

Can you share a random fact about yourself? I don’t drink coffee never have!

What is your favorite type of food? I love Mexican food; I could eat it every day.

Ryan Hogan, Project Manager

Ryan is a Project Manager here at Sierra. Starting at Sierra in 2012 after graduating from the University of Washington, Ryan came on as a Project Engineer. Over the past 5 years Ryan has grown to become a Project Manager and has taken on large scale, concrete-specialty projects, including the Stryker Business Center and multiple concrete-only subcontractor projects for Sierra.  Ryan is currently the Project Manager for the three story, 589,615 square foot distribution and industrial project, Prologis Georgetown Crossroads.


What was your favorite project? The Bel-Kirk Hub Building. It’s something challenging and different from what I typically do.

In another life, what would you be doing? In another life, I could have been a professional skeet shooter.

What brought you to Sierra? I used to work for a local airplane manufacturer and wanted a change from the large corporate atmosphere. After I got my degree, Sierra was one of the first companies to offer me a job. Seemed like a good fit.

What is your favorite color? Black & Gold, duh. (Steelers fan…)