February 16, 2017
February 10, 2017
Sundt Graphic Design Specialist MC Herrera.
Sundt Graphic Design Specialist MC Herrera joined the company in January, moving from Austin to Tempe. She was born and raised in San Diego and has been a full-time graphic designer for five years.
This isn’t her first time living in Arizona: She attended Northern Arizona University from 2008-10 before graduating from The Art Institute of California – San Diego in 2012.
What made you want to work at Sundt?
I have a friend who works for Sundt and she has always said positive things. After learning more about the position and the company, I knew this was a place I wanted to be. I joined Sundt because I knew I would be challenged as a designer, but I would still be having fun. The ESOP was also another reason why I decided to join the company. Not every company has that available so it made Sundt stand out from others I was considering.
What does your job entail?
I’m helping the proposal team in creating and updating graphics. Secondly, I will be creating internal/external marketing collateral as well as website building, video-editing and logo design for our joint venture projects.
What inspires you when you’re designing?
I like seeing what other designers have done. If I see something cool while surfing the internet or get nicely designed junk mail, I save it! When I start a project, I use this as inspiration and it sparks multiple ideas that then turn into a campaign. I’m always sketching. While an idea might not be the best for one project, it might work for another.
How much of change is it to enter the construction world?
It’s definitely a new world to me but I’m a sponge and soaking in every detail.. So far it has been really fun and my team has been awesome in bringing me up to speed as I learn. I feel like I’m getting challenged in my design skills and it’s allowing me to grow as a designer. Everyone at Sundt is available if you have any questions so it’s not such a scary world.
You recently moved to the Phoenix area from Texas. Do you have some favorite activities there?
I’m scouting the city by checking out new places to eat, shop and take my dog. I am also a few hours away from my hometown of San Diego, so I see myself spending a few weekends back at home or cheering on the San Diego Padres during spring training in Peoria (let’s not talk about the Chargers). I’m also pretty stoked to head up to Flagstaff and check out my old stomping grounds at NAU.
What are some of your hobbies away from work?
I like to binge-watch on Netflix. I just finished watching Abstract: The Art of Design and I’m counting down the days until Season 5 of Orange is the New Black.
February 3, 2017
Sundt Project Manager John Lewis.
Project Manager John Lewis has been with Sundt since 1996, filling a variety of roles: Field Engineer, Project Engineer and Superintendent.
Born in Tacoma, Washington to a military family, John moved every couple of years, setting him up for a career of going from one jobsite to another.
How did you get involved in construction?
I started in architecture at Arizona State University and quickly learned that I would rather be building and managing projects than drawing and designing them. After two short years of architecture school I changed my major to construction management. One of the best decisions I ever made!
What was it about Sundt that convinced you to work here?
My first intention, some 20 years ago, was to get an internship. I heard from several people that Sundt was a good company that specialized in several kinds of work. Once on board, I quickly learned that Sundt is a good company with a great reputation in the community. It was also nice to see that several employees had been with the company for many years, a testament that Sundt has created a good culture with good people that I wanted to be a part of. The ESOP was also a good motivator to join the Sundt team.
Which project are you working on?
I’m currently working on the Biomedical Sciences Partnership Building in downtown Phoenix. I’ve had the good fortune to be able to work on this campus for the last five years. The project is a 10-story research/administrative labs, roughly 245,000-square-foot cast-in-place concrete structure. The copper façade matches the previously completed phases. It’s a must-see project in the downtown area.
What do you like to do when you’re away from work?
The family and I enjoy travelling; we try to take a significant trip each year. We also enjoy spending time at the kids’ sporting events. My son plays competitive basketball and my daughter is in competitive cheer and volleyball. We also enjoy camping up north as well as at the sand dunes in California.
What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
Treat people like you want to be treated. As we all know, in this business, the likelihood of dealing with the same person sometime down the road is inevitable. There are many occasions where I see someone years later and they always have something nice to say because even in cases when interactions are not positive, I’ve always treated them with respect.
February 2, 2017
San Antonio Area Manager Pat Beal.
Pat Beal recently joined Sundt as our San Antonio Area Manager for transportation work. He has more than 25 years of experience working in various construction roles, including field engineer, project engineer, superintendent and estimator.
He was previously a project manager on several major freeway projects across Texas. His experience includes the reconstruction of the US 75 North Central Expressway in Dallas and the Loop 410 in San Antonio. Most recently, Pat worked on a $900 million, design-build construction of State Highway 99 Grand Parkway in Houston.
What interested you about working at Sundt?
Sundt puts an emphasis on people. Everyone is an owner and you get the feeling that we are all working as a team for success of the company as a whole. Our goal is to all succeed together. I like that.
What have you been doing in your first few weeks with the company?
My first few weeks with the company involved taking care of required training. After that, I started getting involved in the San Pedro Creek Improvements project that we have under contract with the San Antonio River Authority and also began looking at upcoming bid opportunities with the Texas Department of Transportation in the San Antonio area.
How do you spend your time away from work?
I try to spend as much time with my family as I can. My daughter is on her tennis team in high school, so I try to catch her games on weekends. My son is attending Texas A&M University, so I’ve been able to make a couple of Aggie football games as well. There’s nothing like watching the Texas Aggie Band perform at Kyle Field on a Saturday afternoon. Most of my remaining weekend time is spent in my hometown of Shiner, Texas. I enjoy helping my dad on his farm. Whether it’s fixing fences, feeding the cows or shredding weeds, there is always something that needs to be done on the farm. Some people may call it work, but I call it fun.
Have you seen any interesting TV shows recently?
I got caught up in a Netflix series recently called “The Ranch.” A bunch of misfits trying to run a ranch in Colorado. It’s got several actors from “That ’70s Show.” If you enjoyed “That ’70s Show,” you’ll enjoy watching “The Ranch.”
January 27, 2017
Sundt Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Ron Stuff.
Sundt Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer Ron Stuff has been named winner of the 2017 Arizona Corporate Counsel of the Year Award in the Large Private Company category. The award is sponsored by AZ Business Magazine, the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Council and the State Bar of Arizona.
Ron is responsible for all corporate legal matters pertaining to our company. He advises management and oversees the company’s legal department. Ron is also on the Executive Committee and a member of Sundt’s Board of Directors where he advises the Board on legal and ethical compliance in our business operations.
Ron, a Harvard Law graduate who started with Sundt in 2014, was “very surprised and extremely honored” to be selected for the award.
“In circumstances like this,” Ron said, “I am reminded of the words of an early mentor who told me, ‘It’s easy to look good when one is surrounded by good people.’ The legal team and the entire Sundt organization are the ones who made this possible.”
Candidates in several categories were recognized for extraordinary legal skill and achievement across a full range of in-house responsibilities, exemplary leadership and for contributions to the Arizona community.
Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist JP Jaramillo.
Born and raised in Phoenix, JP Jaramillo joined Sundt as a Senior Talent Acquisition Specialist in 2012. Prior to joining Sundt, JP worked as a recruiter for Ebay, Lucas Group Executive Search, Zareq Information Technology Search and owned a recruiting firm in the early 2000s, specializing in acquiring construction talent for some of the largest general contractors in the Southwest.
Since joining Sundt, JP has been involved in hiring more than 660 administrative employee-owners.
What is Sundt doing to attract and recruit the best talent in today’s extremely competitive market?
Sundt has an incredible brand that helps when having conversations with new prospects. Our benefits package is extremely competitive, our training is top-notch and getting even more robust with its offerings to employees, and our employee stock and 401k match program can be very lucrative for our craft and admin employees. Most of all we have great people working at Sundt. People want to be part of something great and feel like their work matters. What better way to do that than build the schools, hospitals, roads, bridges, airports and communities we live in and use? Sundt offers all of that and more.
How does being an employee-owned company help in attracting top talent and retaining existing employees?
Being employee-owned creates an incredible team environment where everyone focuses on high performance and reaping the rewards in retirement savings. With how competitive our industry is these days it says a lot about a company that can contribute up to 14 percent of your base salary into your retirement account. That doesn’t include dividends or stock appreciation. It motivates you to think long-term and want to work hard with those around you so everyone wins. In order to succeed we need every employee-owner to bring his or her very best day in and day out and that’s the type of company that I love being part of.
How would you describe the work environment here?
Sundt is one of the most diverse companies in our industry, which makes it really cool to work here. I always tell candidates if you want to work for a company that gives you the ability to work on a wide variety of projects, learn self-perform scopes and become a well-rounded builder – then come to Sundt. You can walk into one of our buildings and see people in suits and ties, superintendents with boots and hard hats and even laborers starting their first day in the industry filling out their new hire paperwork. You feel at home with Sundt regardless of where you are in your career or the role you play.
Aside from work, what else are you passionate about?
I absolutely love my family. My wife, daughter and son are my world. I have a huge family full of brothers, sisters and nephews/nieces and we’re all very close. Those who know me know I spend about three-quarters of the year in the mountains chasing adventure and hunting. I have a huge passion for the outdoors and pushing myself to the limit. Packing into a wilderness area to chase bears, hunting elk and deer and long-range shooting are probably my biggest passions.
What’s one thing on your Bucket List?
Definitely a trip to Alaska to hunt big game and do some salmon fishing. It would be a dream to see grizzly bears, moose, caribou, wolves and all the other wild adventures that only Alaska offers. Fresh salmon sashimi on the river banks would top it all off.