SunSteel, LLC has a team of highly experienced and well respected individuals in the industry. Known for their depth of knowledge in construction, these leaders assist in the company’s daily growth. Click on a team member below to learn more about them.
Blake oversees the management for the company, reviewing revenues and establishing goals. As part of the overall cost evaluation and implementation of company initiatives, Blake ensures that SunSteel, LLC has a competitive advantage.
Prior to becoming President at SunSteel, LLC, Blake held the Vice President of Sales position for Steel, LLC, SunSteel's sister company, for 7 years where he was Involved with pricing proposals, general sales performance, project estimates and more.
Blake currently works closely with internal departments, and through the use of sub-contractors before deciding which projects to pursue. Often times his role requires him to take on larger, complex structures and design-build projects where SunSteel, LLC inherits the risk from general contractors.
Brandon Hoyle joined the management team of SunSteel LLC in 2015. As the Department Head of Accounting, Brandon is responsible for monitoring and directing financial policy. He also, assists in improving business processes and provides business planning & budgeting for SunSteel, LLCs overall strategy.
Prior to joining Sun Steel, LLC, Brandon spent two years in public accounting at Frazier & Deeter, LLC providing HIPPA/SOC analysis and planned and performed various financial statement audits, ranging from start-ups to well established markets within the private and public sector, as well as performed various litigation support. Brandon also spent time in the Accounting Department of SunSteel’s sister company Steel, LLC.
Brandon has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting from Georgia State University and is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants. In his spare time, Brandon enjoys playing the guitar and sports, he enjoys hiking in the mountains and has hiked the Chilkoot pass in Alaska.
Mike Eckert came to SunSteel, LLC in 2014 as the Plant Manager in Sunnyside, Washington. Prior to 2014 Mike worked as Plant Manager for Canam Steel in Lafayette, Indiana and Washington, Missouri. In his current position Mike is the Vice President of Operations for the company, overseeing Production, Maintenance, Safety, Environmental, Quality and Freight.
In Mike’s spare time he enjoys working with his hands to build or remodeling any type of building, shed or home.
Paul Willden serves as the Vice-President of Pre-Construction for SunSteel, LLC. Paul joined the SunSteel, LLC / Canam team in 2011. He began his career in 1999 with a Salt Lake City area fabricator/erector. Paul has held positions as Estimator Manager, Estimator and in Production Support. He currently manages the sales and the estimating staff to make sure SunSteel’s proposals are thorough and competitive. He also works closely with our project management and accounting teams to make sure our customer expectations are exceeded and projects comes in on budget. Paul has extensive conceptually project estimating experience to help clients with budgeting, schedule development and value engineering to see their project from an idea to completion.
Paul loves spending time with his family camping and fishing. He also enjoys gardening and trying new restaurants.
Dan joined the Sunnyside team in 2000 soon after graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Dordt College. His start in the estimating department gave him a detailed and useful knowledge base for steel construction and dozens of design/build projects bolstered his engineering skills. Many of the projects were managed by Dan from cradle to grave diversifying his overall skill set to include project management experience. Dan transitioned to the structural steel sales team in 2008 and has since proven his knowledge of the product, ability to understand and meet clients’ needs and develop relationships leading to repeat business. In addition to his 18 years of experience in the steel industry, he also has a unique understanding of metal building systems, open web joists and deck. Dan is also well versed in scheduling/sequencing, erection planning, mill ordering, estimating, tax law, insurance, cash flow analysis and holds multiple contractor’s licenses.
In Dan’s free- time he enjoys coaching baseball and basketball and enjoying water sports, camping, golfing, snow skiing and spending time with family and friends.
As Director of Design Services for SunSteel, Kim and her team work closely with owners, contractors, and engineers on the optimal design for steel structures with extensive expertise on lateral seismic design. She has authored numerous articles on seismic design, speaks regularly on seismic related topics at conferences and was a contributor to the AISC Seismic Manuals. She is the recipient of the "Engineer of the Year" Award from the Structural Engineer's Association of Utah for 2013-2014 and also the "Engineer of the Year" award from the Utah Engineer's Council in 2014.
Kimberley is a former AISC Regional Engineer and is registered in 7 states. She was the President of the Structural Engineer’s Association of Utah (2016-2017) and is an ATC – 20 and CalEMA Post Earthquake Evaluation of Buildings inspector. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Utah, her alma mater where she received the prestigious “Outstanding Graduating Student Leadership Award” for the College of Engineering. She currently serves on the Industrial Advisory Board for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and received their "Distinguished Alumni" Award in 2014.
Kim enjoys hiking, four Wheeling, and her Pomeranian "Fizgig". Mostly, she enjoys spending time with her new grandbaby.
Damion started as a Project Manager with SunSteel in 2015. In 2018, he accepted a position with the sales team serving the Pacific Northwest and the interior Western United States.
Damion's previous history in the steel industry includes, project management positions with miscellaneous structural and industrial firms, as well as, estimating positions. This experience lends itself well for the transition to sales. He has experience with design build projects, steel erection sequencing, scheduling and contract administration.
In the last 15 years in multiple states, Damion has experienced projects in the hospitality industry, office buildings, medical facilities, government, mining, oil and gas and many others. His involvement with these types of projects gives him the unique experience to help steer the contract negotiations so both client and SunSteel will be successful.
In his spare time, Damion enjoys spending time with his very active 3 sons, playing baseball, basketball and football. They also spend time as a family snowboarding, hiking, fishing and floating rivers. His beautiful wife keeps him busy with home improvement projects, which he enjoys, and he particularly enjoys making furniture and woodworking.
Carey joined the SunSteel, LLC, team in 2015 as a regional sales manager to focus on the Oregon and Northern California market. His prior experience with a steel erector and as chief estimator for a design-build steel specialty firm for over 17 years has provided valuable knowledge to assisting clients with design options and project framing solutions to provide the best value for each project. During his career in the construction industry Carey has developed relationships with Engineers, Architects and suppliers throughout the PNW. He has had involvement from early design discussions and pre bid stage of projects up through contract negotiations.
Carey is a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators.
Carey’s personal interests include scuba diving, working on cars and home improvement projects.
Jim joined SunSteel in 2014, as a Project Manager and in early 2015, assumed his current position as Project Management Director. In his 36 years in the fabrication and erection industry, Jim has been involved and managed a diverse number of projects nationally and internationally; including multiple large scale commercial, airport/aviation, industrial, entertainment parks and major professional sports stadiums and facilities. He has also been involved in numerous traditional lump sum, design-assist, and design build construction projects in his career.
Jim has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Mary Washington College, Fredericksburg, Virginia. Jim also has a love for music and enjoys spending time at his son’s swim meets.
Tamra joined the SunSteel, LLC., team in 2015. Prior to joining the team, she worked for a non-woven textile company and as an On-Site Account Manager for a large temporary staffing agency, but the majority of her prior experience was in the Hospitality Industry as a General Manager, overseeing a variety of different Marriott brands, from limited service to extended stay.
Tamra enjoys land speed racing, which she shares with her husband and father. They currently have the record for the world’s fastest 1931 ford coupe, stock body, in the vintage class. She also enjoys camping and gardening.