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 Evans, Project Manager

Project Manager Sam Evans has been a part of Sierra since 2015. Before living in the Pacific Northwest, he was a Project Engineer for VECA Electric in Northern California. Now as a Project Manager for Sierra, over the past five years Sam’s portfolio includes multiple concrete tilt-up projects and their associated tenant improvements, including Prologis Park Tacoma and Portside 55.

If you could do any job for just one day, what would it be? General Manager of the Seahawks.

What is your favorite pastime? Playing soccer.

Favorite book? I read The Boys in the Boat recently and highly recommend it.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing for your career? Accounting or Engineering. Something heavily math based.

What is something you can’t resist? Anything with chocolate in it.

John Dahlman, Superintendent

Superintendent John Dahlman has been in the industry for over 30 years. He began his career as a residential construction carpentry apprentice in 1978, doing rough and finish carpentry. He also spent time managing a restaurant in Mukilteo before his time in the construction field. So why construction all these years? “I’d rather build them, than work in them – and there is no ‘typical day’!” Here at Sierra, John’s portfolio is filled with office, public works, retail, mixed use and the occasional industrial project. Most recently, his projects included Blue Origin, Carmax Lynnwood, and Sierra’s own new headquarters.

Tell us something that may surprise us about you. I like driving anywhere in the world, on the left hand side.

If you weren’t in construction, what would you be doing? Painting coconuts on a beach in Hawaii

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be? Race car driver!

What is the best book you have ever read? Pillars of the Earth

If you could have one superpower, what would it be? I’d like to fly to work to avoid the traffic….

Kyle Eldred, Project Manager

Project Manager Kyle Eldred has a portfolio filled with tilt-ups and concrete-focused projects. A Central Washington University graduate, Kyle always had his sights on the construction industry. “I was a Lincoln log kid, and it grew from there. I enjoy the ever changing challenges. No day is ever the same.”  In his time here at Sierra, Kyle’s projects have included mega-warehouses such as Amazon Troutdale and Stryker Business Center’s Amazon BFI4. “When I took my first 5 steps into the old Woodinville office I was told “You’re heading to Kent”. When I got to the jobsite my jaw hit the ground when I saw how massive the site was. That site was Amazon’s BFI4 – Project Wulf.”

How do you spend your weekends? Carpentry, fishing or golf!

Tell us something that might surprise us about you. I used to play in a classic rock band. I played keys and sang. “Don’t stop…believin’!”

What is your ideal vacation? Adventuring the back countries of Hawaii or any tropical place

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

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.