EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT 2018-09-06T09:32:36+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.

Wayde Turner, Superintendent



Superintendent Wayde Turner’s time at Sierra goes back to the Tramco hangar days at Paine Field. He was drawn to Sierra because of their expertise in concrete work. “What brought me to Sierra was that we performed the site concrete with our own crew. We have a great crew and its fun to work with these guys. Definitely a family atmosphere here with the field and office people.” Wayde also appreciates that there is no ‘typical’ day for him. “You never know whats going to happen from day to day.”

What would you be doing if you weren’t in construction? Probably the ball boy for the Seahawks.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A Harley Davidson test rider.

Favorite food? Steak and potatoes. But I can’t resist a good avocado.

What is your dream project location? Anywhere north of Seattle, and where it doesn’t rain… just a dream.

What is your dream car? Convertible 1963 Lincoln Continental

Matt Fletcher, Superintendent



Rounding out his 5th year here at Sierra, Matt Fletcher is a Superintendent based out of the Portland office. Before finding his way to Sierra, Matt spent 12 years in foundation and flatwork and 5 years of general construction. His first project was Sierra’s concrete-only Project Granite in Dupont, Washington, which became Amazon’s BFI3. What was his favorite project? “Columbia Tech Center’s #649, Parkside Shops; it was my first building as a Superintendent. I have a lot of pride in how it turned out.” Matt was most recently on Project Piper PDX9, a 857,000 square foot distribution center in Troutdale, Oregon.

If you could have one super power, what would it be? Flying would be pretty awesome

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? A pro golfer! That sounds like a great day.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without? My wife, and that is a fact. She is what I treasure most in life for sure.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I like to play guitar and sing.

If you could only drink one beer for the rest of your life, what would it be? Drop Top Amber from Widmer Brothers Brewing.

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!!