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