Transmission & Distribution Operations:
President, Transmission & Distribution
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Vice President of T&D, Colorado
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Commercial & Industrial Operations:
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.).
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.