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.

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.

 

 

Mike Stout, Project Engineer



Mike Stout joined the team in 2012 after graduating from the University of Washington. Mike’s first project was a Walmart Supercenter in Tacoma. Since then his experiences have included a tenant improvement project in Yakima and multiple 200,000+ square foot concrete tilt-ups.

Notable Projects:
Walmart Supercenter
SeaPORT Logistics

What is your dream project location? San Juan Islands, it seems like a challenge and I would love staying out there.

What attracted you to Sierra? Being a small(ish), local company with a family atmosphere. 

What is your least favorite fruit or vegetable? Cucumbers should be made illegal.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Mayor of Seattle, just to help get the Sonics arena project rolling.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. My fiancé and I are adopting 2 elephants at a sanctuary in Thailand this year. We are going to visit them on vacation in Fall.

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.

 

 

Josh Boettner, Project Manager



Josh is a Project Manager for Sierra. Originally he completed a B.A. in Organizational Communication from WSU in 2009, and returned to school to complete a Construction Management certification from UW in 2012. Beginning as a Project Engineer, his first project was the Four Corners Retail Center in Maple Valley. Following that retail project, Josh has now focused on multi-family projects and is currently working on his third.

Notable Projects:
Stadium Apartments
Dwell at Kent Station

What is your favorite pastime? Hunting, Fishing, Traveling and Barbecuing.

How do you spend your weekends?  I spend a lot of time outdoors with my Wife and 11 month old Chocolate Lab. I also spend a lot of my time Hiking, and Bow Hunting.

Where is your favorite place to be? My favorite place to be is out on the water or up in the mountains. My favorite Vacation destination is Mexico.

 

 

 

 

Matt Enany, Project Manager



Matt is a Project Manager for Sierra. Hired in 2008, his first project was the Kilo 6 Hangers at Paine Field in Everett, where he was a project engineer for both Building C and B’s shell and tenant improvements. In 2011, he left to pursue marketing, a field he had always wanted to try. After multiple ‘meetings’ with Bryan Ploetz, Matt was convinced 18 months later to come back to Sierra, and says it was the best decision he’s made. Matt is currently working on a 770,000 square foot tilt up near Port of Tacoma for Prologis.

What is your dream project location?  Woodinville, WA

What brought you to Sierra? Back in 2007 one of my old roommates (Jared Lyons) was a PE for Sierra and he always talked about how great of a company Sierra was and how much fun the team had at work and outside of work.  I interviewed with HR and the rest is history.

What is your favorite place to be? At home with my family, on the water fishing, or in the woods.

What is the best book you have ever read? The Checklist Manifesto.