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.

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!!!

 

 

 

 

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…)

 

Dan Reed, Project Superintendent



Dan Reed started at Sierra in 2012. His first project was the Four Corners outlet mall redevelopment, which involved new construction, and significant renovations to the overall center in Maple Valley. Since that time, he has worked solely on a industrial tilt-up warehouses and distribution centers, including Stryker Business Center, Sumner West, and is currently the Project Superintendent at Des Moines Creek Business Park, Phase IV

 

Where is your favorite place to be? Teannaway (Eastern Washington)

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? The President.

How do you spend your weekends? Hunting, fihing and camping.

What is your least favorite fruit? There is no reason for pineapple to exist.

Jon Gebow, Project Superintendent



Jon started at Sierra back in 1998 as a laborer apprentice on an Eagle Hardware in Smokey Point. A graduate of Sno-Isle Construction Trades program, Jon now supports the program providing project tours to current CT students. Over the years, Jon has covered everything from public works to large scale mixed-use apartment complexes and industrial warehouses. Most recently, Jon has been focusing on multi-family projects, including Uptown 11 and the Village at Beardslee Crossing, and the currently in-progress Linden Flats.

What is your favorite project type? Anything new and challenging, but if I had to choose, mixed use.

What brought you to Sierra? I knew I wanted a job in the construction field, just thought construction was a cool job for me. Figured what the hell! My dad worked on the Tramco project at Paine Field for Sierra, and he recommended I start there.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would be a ship captain. Ocean vessel. A really big boat.

What is your dream vacation? Just travel Europe with no destination in mind.

How do you spend your weekends? Remodeling my house or someone elses!

Jamey Clark, Project Superintendent



Jamey came to Sierra in 1992 as a carpenter. Throughout the years, Jamey has worked on just about every project type there is; highlights including Tramco Hangar 3, the North Creek Technology Campus, and his personal favorite, Project Wulf. For a time he was also head of our Warranty/Service department, where he handled all post-project customer concerns and issues. Throughout the years Jamey works his way to Project Superintendent, and is currently assigned to  a 1,100,000 square foot industrial center in the Port of Tacoma.

What is your favorite part of working at Sierra? I really enjoy the commute to and from work.  It allows sufficient time to plan my day on the way in and then reflect on how much ass the Sierra crew kicked on the way home.

What is your dream project location?  This is really a toss-up between Sumner and Tacoma.  The smells are so different.  I would have to flip a coin!

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? I would like to fly stunt planes at Sky Combat Ace, Las Vegas.  Pretty sure one day I will do it.

How do you spend your weekends? I try to have as much fun as possible 4-wheeling, riding quads and working on projects with buddies.  I might drink a beer or two if I feel like getting really crazy.

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.