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 30 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 Sunday you can find him working with Al & Friends in Monterey. His desire to help people who need and want assistance is closely aligned with SSB’s values. Stephen is also passionate about visiting developing nations, practicing and teaching yoga, climbing mountains, and jumping out of perfectly good airplanes.
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.
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.
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.
Eddie is a lifelong resident of the Salinas Valley. After receiving an AA in Construction Management from Heald College Salinas. After spending several years in the industry, he joined SSB Construction in 2018.
As an estimator and project manager Eddie has worked on a number of Roof Coating projects.
When he isn’t providing quality service to SSB’s valued clients, Eddie can be seen spending time with his lovely family, including his wife and two young children, a son and a daughter, as well as their beloved family pet Honey, a Weimaraner dog. While Eddie loves to try new foods, according to him, he is a, “sucker for a gourmet hamburger”.
Growing up in the valley of San Juan Bautista, and being born into a family that has been involved in agriculture for generations, it was almost certain that Mike would be involved in the food industry. Mike did not stray far from the expected path and spent 15 years of his career in operations management, where he developed a solid understanding of facility layout and process flow. A large part of his career was spent managing the various construction projects that came with the territory of running a large agricultural facility. He was able to gain understanding of the electrical and mechanical systems that are required for day-to-day operations. He has a deep appreciation for what is required to take a project from conception to completion. As a longtime client of SSB, he brings a unique perspective to estimating and project management, he believes this viewpoint can give him a great opportunity to bring value to projects he manages.
Mike often enjoys the outdoors with his family, whether they are riding dirt bikes, target shooting, or hiking, they are usually together. When Mike is home, he is almost always in the garage with a tool in his hand, trying to satisfy his endless curiosity.
Sara is a lifelong Salinas Valley resident, having been born and raised in Chualar. She graduated from Cal Poly in 2017 with a degree in business entrepreneurship.
She now works at SSB Construction as an administrative assistant. When asked about working at SSB Sara said her favorite part about coming to work each day is the rewarding, caring, and positive culture she has found there.
Sara is known around the office as a lover of all animals. In addition to the strays she has fostered, taken care of, and nursed back to health (before finding loving homes for them!), she also volunteers at local animal shelters in her free time.
Antonio served in the US Military, in the Navy between 2002-2006, and we thank him for his service. After his military service Antonio became a produce broker, where he worked for 9 years before coming to construction.
At SSB Construction, where he started in 2017, he works as a project manager and estimator. Construction had always been a draw for Antonio, as he has a long family history of construction and millwork. His progress has been exceptional. With attention to detail and customer service paramount in his approach he has truly enhanced the main ethos of SSB. Also, Antonio’s produce experience gives him excellent insight into SSB’s agricultural construction, from greenhouses to processing facilities.
Outside of work, you can catch Antonio with his family, or outside playing sports or on a hiking trail. Millwork is also a hobby he enjoys very much.