Management Team

Transmission & Distribution Operations:

Terry Roberts
President, Transmission & Distribution
Mr. Roberts began his career in power and electrical construction in 1978. He is industry minded with experience ranging from Lineman, Foreman, District Manager and Vice President. In 2015, Roberts obtained his position as President of Sturgeon Electric Company’s Transmission & Distribution Division.

As President, Mr. Roberts has been essential in improving safety programs within Sturgeon Electric Company. He has pioneered programs used to help implement high standards for project management skills and requirements. He has successfully built and fostered relationships essential in increasing overall performance in T&D throughout the company. Mr. Roberts’ qualifications include his significant contributions to strategy, operational and safety leadership as well as his extensive technical expertise and knowledge of the industries Sturgeon Electric Company serves.

Roberts completed a 3 year apprenticeship training program and 4 years at the University of Tennessee National Training Institute’s Train the Trainer program. He is has past experience as Program Instructor with Mountain States Line Constructors Joint Apprenticeship and Training Program (MSLCAT). He is currently President of Western Line National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and Board Member with the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC).

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Mark Sterkel
Regional Vice President, Transmission & Distribution

Mr. Sterkel began his career in 1978 as a Groundman with Sturgeon Electric. In almost 30 years with the Company, he has served in multiple leadership roles of increasing responsibility including General Foreman, District Manager and Vice President until he obtained his position as Regional Vice President of Sturgeon Electric Company’s Transmission & Distribution Division in 2014.

During his time with Sturgeon Electric Company, Mr. Sterkel has managed staff and operations of large projects and connected key players throughout Colorado, Kansas, Wyoming, Nebraska, and Montana.

In his current role as Regional Vice President, Mr. Sterkel has been responsible for building and fostering the Company’s most notable partnerships and alliances. He has extensive management experience of people and processes within aspects of transmission, distribution, mechanical, gas, fiber optic and commercial and industrial applications. These relationships have been essential in the Company’s significant T&D growth.

Sterkel’s education includes completion of a 4-year electrical apprenticeship program. He has attended numerous management courses and leadership development programs. He currently serves as Trustee of the Mountain-States Line Apprentice Program, Chairman and Board Member of EICA Advisory Committee, Board Member of Wester Line NECA and is affiliated with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). He is certified in High Voltage Live Line, Welding Structural Steel and Mig Aluminum and Cable Splicing.

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Mindie McIff
Regional Vice President, Transmission & Distribution

Ms. McIff has been in the transmission and distribution industry for over 25 years. She began her career MYR Group subsidiary, The L. E. Myers Company, as a payroll supervisor/accounts payable manager. Since then, she has assumed various roles of increasing responsibility which have included estimator/project manager, operations manager, and district manager. In 2011 she was promoted to vice president of the Utah Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Group.  In 2012, McIff assumed responsibility for the MYR Group Corporate Estimating department, which she continues to oversee. In 2014, McIff was promoted to her current role of regional vice president of Sturgeon Electric’s T&D Division overseeing Washington, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Nevada.

Ms. McIff has been essential in building collaborative partnerships with union representation. Her experience includes contract negotiations, market/economic research, bargaining, and leading contractual agreements.

McIff obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Utah and has participated in multiple project management and cost estimating training programs. She attended both leadership development and organizational impact courses at the Center for Creative Leadership as well as the Program on Negotiation (PON) at Harvard Law School.

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Commercial & Industrial Operations:

 JEFF WANEKA 2015Jeff Waneka
President, Commercial and Industrial

Mr. Waneka joined Sturgeon Electric Company in 1991, and throughout his 25 years with the Company, has served in various roles of increasing responsibility including Project Manager, Operations Manager, District Manager, Director of Business Development, Vice President, and most recently, President of Sturgeon Electric Company’s Commercial and Industrial Division.

In his current role as President, Mr. Waneka is responsible for devising and leading the overall growth and operational strategies of the Company’s Commercial and Industrial Division throughout Colorado, Arizona, Nevada and Washington.

Mr. Waneka has pioneered several successful programs at Sturgeon Electric Company that have helped to transform the Company into an industry leader. He was instrumental in executing a paradigm shift in Sturgeon Electric Company’s safety culture through the implementation of various impactful safety programs in the late 1990’s. The success of these programs ultimately led to Sturgeon Electric Company’s award of VPP STAR Status by OSHA – a status that has been maintained for nearly a decade.

He also strengthened and energized the Company’s pre-construction services group through a realignment of duties and purpose to make the group more creative in their customer focus, and helped to foster and implement continuous improvement in all aspects of safety, operations and technology.

Mr. Waneka received a B.S. in Industrial Construction Management from Colorado State University. He is also a certified as a Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) by the Council of Certification on Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists, and has undergone Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques (S.T.A.R.T.).

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Don Egan
Regional Vice President, Commercial and Industrial

Mr. Egan has more than 25 years of industry experience. He began his career with Sturgeon Electric in 1991 in field operations.  Since then, he has held the positions of project manager, operations manager, district manager, and vice president. In 2016, he was named regional vice president of Sturgeon Electric’s Commercial & Industrial (C&I) Division.

As regional vice president, Mr. Egan is responsible for the oversight, supervision, and accountability of Sturgeon Electric’s operations and all C&I projects generated out of the Colorado and Nevada district offices. He is well-versed in all phases of C&I electrical construction and has been heavily involved in Sturgeon Electric’s recent growth throughout the western U.S.

Prior to his role as regional vice president, Mr. Egan managed the Company’s high-tech/data center/manufacturing work. He established and maintained long-standing relationships with several of the largest data center entities in the West, and led major projects for clients such as Ebay, Verizon, Fortrust, Viawest, Visa, Oracle, and Sungard.

Mr. Egan spearheaded the development Sturgeon Electric’s Data Center University, an in-house training course for electricians working in live data center facilities, and the Energized Work Training program, a hands-on course for those authorized to perform work in other energized facilities.

He was also instrumental in obtaining UL® certification for Sturgeon Electric’s pre-fabricated power whip cable assemblies, which have significantly increased levels of safety, quality, and productivity on several jobsites.

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Wayne Dorris
Regional Vice President, Commercial and Industrial

Mr. Dorris has more than 22 years of industry experience, focused on operational and project management oversight for major commercial and industrial projects throughout the U.S.

As regional vice president, Mr. Dorris is well-versed in all phases of electrical construction for various commercial and industrial facilities and has managed contracts over $30M. He is responsible for the oversight, supervision, and accountability of Sturgeon Electric’s operations in Arizona, Oregon, and Washington. As part of his duties, Mr. Dorris oversees the preconstruction services in his districts which provides conceptual budgeting, alternate system review, life cycle system analysis, cost, and constructability review services to our clients.

Prior to his role as regional vice president Mr. Dorris has held numerous roles within the organization including project manager, senior project manager, chief estimator, operations manager, and vice president which has allowed him to develop long term relationships with many of the nation’s top builders.

He has successfully supervised teams of over 75 to meet milestones and deliver projects on time, on budget, and on value. He is knowledgeable in Integrated Lean Principles of Design (ILPD) and has experience implementing these concepts in various projects in his district.

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BOB SMITH_2013Robert M. Smith, Jr.,
Vice President, Commercial & Industrial

Mr. Smith’s 40+ years of experience in electrical construction began in 1973 as an Apprentice with Green Electric, where he worked until 1979.

From 1980 to 1989, Mr. Smith worked for Howard P. Foley Electric and MMR Foley Electric as a General Foreman and General Superintendent. Notable projects for Mr. Smith included the Tucson Mall, University of Arizona Science Building, and the University of Arizona Medical Center Cancer Research Building.

Mr. Smith joined MYR Group subsidiary Sturgeon Electric Company in 1990 as a General Foreman and has held several roles of increasing responsibility including Operations Manager, Regional Manager, Vice President and Group Vice President.

In his current role as Group Vice President, Mr. Smith oversees the business development and operational functions of Sturgeon Electric Company’s commercial and industrial division throughout Arizona.

Mr. Smith’s education included completion of a 4-year electrical apprenticeship program. He has also attended numerous leadership and contract negotiation training classes. He has been the President of the Southern Arizona chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) for the past 14 years and serves as a Board member of NECA’s District 7 Apprentice Contest.

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Tom Eslick
Vice President, Commercial & Industrial

Mr. Eslick has over 45 years of industry experience, focused on project management oversight, supervision, and accountability for Sturgeon Electric’s major commercial and industrial projects generated out of the Southwest Region.

Mr. Eslick joined Sturgeon Electric as a senior project manager in 2000. Since then, he’s held numerous roles within the organization including operations manager and district manager where he was responsible for electrical contracts and services within the C&I group. In 2014, Mr. Eslick began his role as vice president of southwest C&I.

As vice president, Mr. Eslick has experience overseeing preconstruction services in Arizona. In 2017, Mr. Eslick managed $115 million in electrical contracts. Notable projects include Banner University Medical Center, Marina Heights Building, Tilden Data Center, and Raytheon Expansion.

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Joseph Badaracco
Vice President, Commercial & Industrial Field Operations

Mr. Badaracco has over 36 years of experience in the electrical construction industry, beginning his career with Sturgeon Electric in 2000 as a superintendent.

After over 18 years working with Sturgeon Electric, Mr. Badaracco was promoted to the role of vice president in January 2018 where he maintains responsibility for field operations throughout the Company’s Commercial & Industrial (C&I) business units.

In this role, Mr. Badaracco reports directly to the COO, providing ongoing field operations direction and tracking of project activity. He plays a key role in strategic development initiatives including implementing key supervisor and foreman leadership training programs.

Prior to this, Mr. Badaracco served as a field operations manager for the Denver, Colorado business unit. Joe led efforts in developing field processes and foreman leadership programs that are being used throughout the C&I business units for Sturgeon Electric, as well as MYR Group’s Canadian subsidiary, Western Pacific Enterprises.

He has had the privilege of supervising some of Sturgeon Electric’s largest C&I projects including hospital/healthcare facilities valuing over $50M.

Mr. Badaracco is an active member of the Colorado Start Electric Board and the IBEW LU-68.