EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT 2018-07-03T13:40:39+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.

John Barnes, Senior Project Manager

This year marks John’s 25th year with Sierra! A Senior Project Manager, John has worked on just about every product type. His favorite would have to be Public Works projects; “everything is black and white.” A University of Washington graduate, a friend called to see if he was interested in interning at Sierra. The project in question was Tramco. “I loved the comradery (particularly Purple Thursdays). I am still here 25 years later.”

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Closer for the Mariners or lead guitarist for Led Zeppelin.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? Retired in Palm Springs.

What is your favorite pastime? Golfing very poorly or playing tennis decently.

Kris Milarii, Foreman

Currently working on Prologis’ Georgetown Crossroads, Kris is a Foreman here at Sierra. He came to us with experience in a little bit of everything from low volt wiring to heavy equipment operating, installing miles of fence and working on somewhere around 1000 decks. So why the construction industry? “There is rarely a dull moment and it’s an extremely rewarding industry to be apart of.” However, in a perfect world he would be somewhere with water and no cell service. “I’m sure Hawaii could use a tilt-up or two!”

Would you rather be a giant hamster or a tiny elephant? Giant Hamster for sure. Hamsters have way more fun.

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

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Pro racecar driver.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My BBQ

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!!!