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.

Sam McVey, Project Manager



Sam came to Sierra in 2011 with 7 years of construction field experience. Starting as Project Engineer, Sam has been involved with various product types including multi-family/mixed use, commercial retail, concrete tilt, industrial rehab, and auto dealership. Now a Project Manager, Sam’s most recently completed project was River’s Edge Apartments in Monroe, WA and is currently managing Eclipse Apartments in Seattle, WA.  

Favorite place to vacation? Idaho

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, obviously. 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Stay at home Dad

Dream car? Grave Digger

 

Keith Liebhauser, Superintendent



Keith Liebhauser became part of the Sierra family as a Foreman in 1996. “I heard from a friend that this little company up North was doing good work. He was right.” He then led Sierra’s Service Department from 1998 through 2005, managing tenant improvement and service projects for existing clients. “It’s been great being part of the crew and seeing us grow to what we are now.” Now a Superintendent, Keith’s portfolio is largely focused on industrial warehouses, including projects such as Hogum Bay Logistics Center and Northwest Logistics Building 2. What does Keith say after 25 years with Sierra? “I love the fact that we are still a small, family-minded group. You’ve happened across a good thing here. Ask around.”

How do you spend your weekends? A great weekend involves a Bike ride, a fun drive, seeing something new, and wrap it up with Family and a cold beer.

What are your top three life highlights? Surviving growing up in Miami, seeing my kids born, beating that little bout with cancer.

What is your favorite type of food? Southern BBQ done right. Slow cooked and sauced while cooked.

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, who would you like to see cast as you? Dennis Quaid

 

Kristine Walz, Senior Project Manager


Kristine started her career at Sierra in 2005. She new from a young age that should would end up in construction. “I started drawing floor plans in kindergarten. When other kids were trying to draw stick figures, I was trying to draw my house’s elevation. I would get so mad at Lincoln Logs because you could never build a proper shed roof.” After graduating from the University of Oregon in Architecture, she began at Sierra as a Project Engineer. Her first projects included big box retail stores like Kohl’s and Walmart. Now a Senior Project Manager, she has managed large scale industrial projects including Amazon Troutdale, and is currently wrapping up Bridge Point I-5 in Portland.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without. Besides the obvious (my children, my husband, etc.) I would have to say audio books. 

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Big cat whisperer

What is the best book you have ever read? My favorite book of all time is The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley. I read it for the first time when I was 14, and I read it at least once a year. 

Tell us something that might surprise us about you? I’m a crazy cat lady. It’s not the number, it’s the mindset. 

What is your favorite color? Pink. The hotter the better. 

 

 

 

Scott Mathis, Superintendent


Scott is a Superintendent here at Sierra. He came to Sierra in 1995 as a Carpenter, and has since worked his way to Superintendent. Over the years he has worked on projects of all types, but his favorite project was the Sammamish Library. “I love building and being able to see what was accomplished at the end of the day. There’s no such thing as a typical day, especially in the multifamily world.”

What did you do for work before Sierra? Dairy farming and cabinet making.

How do you spend your weekends? Farming, remodeling and spending time with my family.

Least favorite fruit or vegetable? I can’t stand mushrooms (why would anyone knowingly eat fungus). I pick the little ones from cream of mushroom soup out of casseroles.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The power to heal

What is your dream vacation? Ireland