Although each member of the team brings something special to the group, SSB is focused on our team as a collective group. What we accomplish together is what makes us successful. Each member is an irreplaceable asset to the team. We work tirelessly to provide a rewarding place to work, offering opportunity and encouragement so that each member of the team reaches their potential.
Additionally, SSB is dedicated to being involved in our community. From its inception over 70 years ago, SSB has promoted the values of Solid, Sustainable, Building—not just in our work, but in the community we all love and share. In accordance with these values, many members of our team love to give back in a variety of ways.
Stephen has spent over 25 years in the construction industry, and works in every aspect of the business. As a young man growing up in Salinas around the construction business, he understood the importance of developing long-term relationships with clients. It’s one of the things that make his job rewarding. Because of his long history in construction, he has learned the importance of focusing on the needs of the client and utilizing the trends of the industry. Stephen is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute.
Stephen currently sits on the boards of the Natividad Medical Foundation and the Hartnell College Foundation. The Natividad Foundation is dedicated to assisting women, children, and families receive quality health care regardless of their ability to pay. There are countless stories of the impact that this foundation has had on those in the community, including this: http://goo.gl/NVhi8T.
Hartnell College, and the Hartnell College Foundation, are pillars of the educational community on the Monterey Peninsula. Preparing students for a variety of jobs, from health care, to farming and engineering, contributes to the growth and vitality of our region. Being on the board allows for SSB to give back to our community.
Stephen is also proud to serve on the Board of Directors for the Andrew and Phyllis D’Arrigo Charitable Foundation. Andy’s vision for helping the children in this community thrive, particularly those who have faced adverse circumstances in their life, has been an inspiration to Stephen and the entire SSB team. Stephen is honored to help carry out Andy’s legacy of giving back to this community.
Stephen is dedicated to feeding the homeless as well. Every Saturday you can find him working with Pass the Word Ministries of Monterey. His desire to help people who need and want assistance is closely aligned with SSB’s values. Stephen is also passionate about visiting Third World Countries and practicing and teaching yoga.
Since beginning his career in the Salinas-based family business as a carpenter, Jeff worked as the Estimator/Project Manager until he graduated from Hartnell College and purchased the family business with his brother in 1990. With 30 years experience in the construction business, Jeff has developed invaluable skills and insight that give him a competitive edge in dealing with clients’ needs.
Away from the business, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family. He’s also an avid football fan who enjoys hunting and fishing on his ranch in Idaho when he gets a chance.
Alicia has over 20 years of experience in finance, office, and HR management. Raised on the Central Coast in Atascadero, Alicia also served 4 years in the US Army. After her military service, she lived and worked on the east coast for 15 years before moving back to the Central Coast.
Prior to starting this position, Alicia worked in finance for a local agricultural company. Her prior experience prepared her well for her position at SSB, where she is controller, HR manager, and safety coordinator. She quickly became an integral, and well-respected member of the team. Alicia particularly enjoys the family atmosphere at SSB.
Alicia loves the outdoors, and she enjoys camping, hiking, 4 wheeling, kayaking, gardening, and golf. An interesting note about Alicia is that she is preparing with her team for an off-road race that takes place over several days throughout California.
Sherrill has been with SSB for 19 years. In that time, she has developed a strong understanding of what the company needs on a day-to-day basis and she works hard to give every situation her complete focus.
Being born in Watsonville and raised in Salinas, Sherrill is glad to be able to raise her three sons in the same area she grew up in. Although keeping up with her family consumes most of her time, she also enjoys finding time to cook.
Johnny’s inspiration to enter the construction industry was first fueled by his older brother and brother-in-law. His first position was as in an apprentice program, where he became a foreman after only three years and eventually earned the position of general superintendent. He enjoys the diversity and freedom that comes with his position and is equipped to deal with any construction issues as they may arise.
Being raised in the Salinas Valley, Johnny is a diehard fan of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers, San Jose Sharks and the Golden State Warriors. He spends his time with his wife, Adela, and their two kids. They are involved in the student foreign exchange program and have hosted several students. Their son is currently an exchange student in Australia.
Ray worked in construction at 14 years of age. After that he served in the navy as a Seabee, doing two tours of duty in Vietnam. Having worked as a General Superintendent for over 30 years with SSB, he is now officially retired, but because of his love for the business and its clients he still finds time to offer his expertise from time to time.
Ray enjoys volunteering his time to help others in the Salinas Valley where he grew up. He also is a regular supporter of Relay for Life.
Matt holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Sonoma State College. The path to a career in construction began as an apprentice carpenter for Matt, eventually becoming a journeyman carpenter. Now, as manager/estimator, he is able to incorporate his hands-on expertise with his skill in managing each client’s unique situation.
Being born and raised in Hollister, Matt grew up developing a love of the outdoors that he now shares with his wife, Amanda. They like to take road trips as often as they can to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
With over 40 years of experience in the construction industry, John brings extensive knowledge to his position. He started his own company in Salinas, Associated Rebar, where he worked for 13 years. His background includes estimating and managing various types of commercial and industrial construction projects, including high-rises.
One of his favorite hobbies is fly fishing. He and his wife have two grown children and try to enjoy every moment they can with their six grandchildren.
James has a diverse background, with over 30 years as a project manager in commercial, educational, multi-family units, and industrial construction. He also has worked on historical renovations, specifically on foundation repairs to historic buildings, and remodeling of historic buildings into offices that keep the integrity of the original design, while giving it a modern utility.
His industrial experience in managing LEED projects, tilt-up, pre-engineered buildings, processing facilities, and storage facilities, fit perfectly with SSB’s belief in Solid, Sustainable, Building. The problem solving skills developed over the last 30 years, means that James always brings solutions to the table.
James has been married to his wife Cathy for 30 years, and they have one child, Jaymie. He has lived in the area his entire life and enjoys fishing, gardening, and cooking, in his spare time. He is also active in helping foreign exchange students.
Ross comes with a lifetime of experience in the construction industry. After graduating from the University of Nevada in 1970, he served with the US Army Corp of Engineers for 6 years. He went on to work throughout California and Arizona for large firms like Howard White, Peck & Hiller, and Rudolph & Sletten.
The breadth of some of Ross’ jobs is astounding. He helped to construct the 500,000 sq. ft. Intel office building, 2 parking garages at Apple headquarters, and the 650,000 sq. ft. and a 350,000 sq. ft. garage at Moffet Towers. These projects were as high as $400,000,000 dollars.
His time in the Army Corp of Engineers gave him the ability to use his adept problem solving skills. This has transferred wonderfully to his current position, where he can find solutions and implement new processes that save time and money.
When Ross isn’t working, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, skiing, and traveling.