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.

Bryan Ploetz, Senior Project Manager

Bryan is a Senior Project Manager here at Sierra, whose project history is stacked with tilt-ups and a few big-box retail projects. Starting in 1999, Bryan was a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Colorado. Some recently completed projects include all phases of the Des Moines Creek Business Park, and the currently underway SeaPORT Logistics, Building 1.

What is your favorite project type? Building concrete boxes is where it is at.

How do you spend your weekends? My kids are getting to the age that sports is picking up, right now it is soccer games.  Fishing and camping with the family when we can.

If you could only drink one type beer for the rest of your life, what would be it? Everyone knows I am a wine guy.  Probably a nice Rosé.

Dawn Searles, Payroll

Dawn has been in Sierra’s accounting department for over 15 years. She found her niche in construction accounting after working for a flying school at Paine Field, an insurance company and a hospital. “The HR person at Sierra got me in touch with Nancy and fifteen years later here I am!” Her first jobsite visit was one of Sierra’s largest projects to date in Kent.  “The size of the project was enormous and so impressive. Seeing all the hard work the crew put in to make it be another quality project was impressive.”

What did you do for work before Sierra? During high school I worked for a flying school at Paine Field.  After college I worked for a large insurance company that was in the UDistrict and then went to work at a hospital in Everett for a while.  I finally found my niche with construction accounting.

Where is your favorite place to be? Camping and riding around in our RZR. Enjoying the dunes and beach with family and friends.

What is something you can’t resist? Anything chocolate – except if it’s mixed with coffee (Yuk!)

What is your favorite pastime? Spending as much time as possible with my granddaughter.

Dan Windon, Superintendent

Dan Windon became a part of the team as a Carpenter in 2004. Before starting at Sierra, Dan worked as a wood framer, concrete finisher and carpenter with experience on tilt-ups – so he fit right in here at Sierra! Through the years he has made his way through the ranks and is now a Project Superintendent. Dan’s portfolio here includes projects of every type, but his biggest accomplishments have been Sierra’s largest projects to date; Structural Superintendent at Amazon BFI4 and Project Superintendent at Amazon Troutdale.

What is your favorite part of working at Sierra? The people and friendships that get built.

Where is your favorite place to be? Camping with my wife and kids, siblings and their kids.

What is your favorite pastime? A home game for Oregon football, Raider football or my beloved Blazers.

What are your three most overused words? “Basically”    “you with me?”     “what up?”

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I am the second youngest out of my Mother and Father’s 10 kids.

Lisa Diebler, Project Administrator

Lisa is a Project Administrator for Sierra Construction. Becoming part of the team in 2014, Lisa had previously been a Permit Tech for the building department in Reno, Nevada. “I also did Accounting for a Construction company in the area before Sierra, but I’ve also been the Strawberry girl at the Nugget and worked for a Flood Project in the desert… Go figure!” When asked what her favorite part of working at Sierra; “The people and watching the projects come together! I’m so grateful to be a part of this group.”

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

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I am a huge Prince fan

What are your three most overused words or phrases? Yes, No, Are your chores done?

What is your ideal vacation? Anywhere with blue skies, sandy beaches and waiters!

What is your favorite color? Purple

Jarrod Cooper, Service & Warranty

Jarrod became a part of Sierra in 1999 as a carpenter. He later became Sierra’s Service and Warranty Department Manager in 2003. Jarrod’s projects include small works jobs for past and present clients which can include complete tenant improvement projects to simple single-room make-overs. A recent project he managed was the 5th-floor renovation at Emerald Downs.

What is your favorite type of food? I am really into smoking meats right now, trying to perfect the brisket.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? I would love to be a farmer/rancher, seriously, a lifelong dream.

What’s your favorite fruit/vegetable? Any vegetable swimming in butter, any fruit covered in chocolate.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I have a 25 year old daughter and a 7 year old daughter with 2 sons and 2 more daughters in between!

Andy Repass, Project Manager

Andy Repass came to Sierra in 2014, bringing with him years of experience in the industrial field; and warehouses are his favorite project type. “I like building warehouses. I find them interesting; there is a lot of mechanical and electrical coordination.” His resume includes work from cold storage warehouses to complex distribution centers. Some of Andy’s project highlights at Sierra include Building 1 at Hogum Bay Logistics and Phase 1 and 2 of the Powdermill Business Center. But Andy’s time on a construction site began long before his career.

Where is your favorite place to be? Boating with my wife. On a nice summer morning we get up early and put our boat in the water; we bring our coffee and a snack and enjoy the morning sun.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. After college I worked as a forester for about 4 years. Most days I was out in the woods setting up timber sales. I worked for Longview Fibre and the Washington DNR in several locations; Leavenworth, Sedro Woolley, Arlington and Darrington. Also, I can do a cartwheel.

What food can’t you resist? My wife is an awesome cook, so I like everything she makes. She has a new cook book by Joanna Gaines (you know, Fixer Upper); Shes been making the enchiladas and biscuits and gravy. Both delicious; I totally pig out on both dishes.

What is your ideal/dream vacation? Wine tasting in Walla Walla with my wife; we have been going each spring for the past few years, we always have great time.  I also love boating and crabbing with my two sons, Alex and Ethan.  We crab in the Anacortes area and explore the San Juan Islands.