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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Damion Strain joined the SunSteel sales team in 2018 from our own Project Management Department. Damion came to SunSteel with nearly 15 years of Project management experience. Previous experience in his career includes working for Stair/Misc. fabricator, Large structural fabricator/erector as well as an industrial fabricator. Being born and raised in Utah; Damion enjoys snow sports, water sports and the great outdoors. He spends time with his 3 sons and wife in his free time.Read More »
Roger O’Hara joined SunSteel in 2019 and brings 40 years of experience in the design, detailing, fabrication, and erection of structural steel. Roger started as field engineer and progressed to project engineer, connection engineer, QA/QC manager, chief engineer, design-builder, sales manager, general manager, director and corporate officer. Projects have included high-rises, office buildings, hangars, convention centers, parking garages and medical facilities throughout the US, South Pacific and Asia.
Roger received his Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara, is a registered engineer and has been active in the American Institute of Steel Construction. Away from work, Roger enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, boating and wrestling with his 75 lb grand dog; a Black Lab named Jameson.
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.
Lazaro has been with the company since July 25th, 1995 right after graduating high school. He started off in the shop as a fitter, painter, welder, quality control, machine operator, then leadman, and then worked his way up to supervisor in the year of 2008. As a leadman he used to run the parts department and once he became supervisor he worked to oversee the parts department. He is great with communicating with his team and creating a positive and productive environment. His wife and two kids are what motivates him to take on new challenges and grow in the company. He enjoys hunting with his son and friends, fishing, camping, hiking, and watching his kids play sports.Read More »
Sham Thompson joined the SunSteel team in 2013 as an estimator. He then became the Estimating Manager in 2015, relocating to the Pacific North West. As Estimating Manager, Sham is responsible for monitoring and directing the estimating team. He also heads up the training & quality controls for the entire estimating department. Sham is also responsible for helping the sales team with conceptual estimates.
Prior to joining Sun Steel, Sham spent 13 years with a fabricator/erector in Utah as the Estimating Manager. Through his career he has had the opportunity to work on some very fulfilling projects such as OHSU Medical Center ( Portland) , City Center Casino ( Las Vegas) , IHC Medical Center (Utah), California Academy of Science, and the San Diego Central Library, to name a few. Sham started his career in the steel industry working for an erector in California.
Sham has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Business Management from La Vern University. He has also been a member of the American Society of Professional Estimators for many years. In his spare time, Sham enjoys blacksmithing, woodworking and gets his greatest enjoyment from coaching his kids in football and lacrosse.