SME Steel Leadership

Dieter Klohn

Dieter Klohn

President

Dieter Klohn brings an impressive 50 years of experience in the steel industry. Mr. Klohn has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and expertise being incredibly proficient in streamlining operations and creating highly competitive companies. He has managed a wide range of projects in the United States and all around the globe from buildings and bridges to stadiums and refineries. As President, Mr. Klohn is instrumental in guiding all aspects of the day-to-day operations of SME Steel. His responsibilities include providing direction to all leadership teams, communicating corporate vision, and implementing performance accountability for more than 1,200 employees. These duties span plant operations located in West Jordan, Utah; Pocatello, Idaho; Phoenix, Arizona; and Las Vegas, Nevada. He is considered an expert on many levels. Mr. Klohn possesses membership in American Welding Society and American Institute of Steel Construction for over thirty years. He is also a long time member of American Society of Civil Engineers and a voting member of American Society for Testing and Materials National Committee.

Christian Klink

Christian Klink

SVP Sales and Marketing

Christian Klink, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Southwest Steel and SME Steel Contractors, is responsible for establishing sales targets to meet company objectives. He is responsible for developing strategic sales plans based on company goals to promote growth and customer satisfaction, develops annual sales plan, directs implementation of execution of sales policies and practices, ensures communications are coordinated, supports sales plan objectives, and meets organizational expenditure requirements for marketing, Christian is a proven leader with an impressive background which enables him to successfully build, develop, and manage sales and marketing teams for Southwest Steel and SME Steel Contractors.

J.R. Mujagic

J.R. Mujagic

EVP Project Management

J.R. Mujagic, EVP Project Management, is responsible for leading and managing an interactive team of program, process, and project managers who plan, manage, govern, and execute key initiatives across the full spectrum of individual projects. He defines, trains, and enforces the SME Steel Contractors project workflow as he mentors and coaches career paths, manages ongoing performance in alignment with project-specific goals, defines and implements resource needs, oversees scope management, assists in identifying design assist added value opportunities, assists in assessing risk challenges, ensures the SME standards, processes, tools, milestones, and approvals are met, enforced and exceeded where possible. J.R. has proven ability in team building and providing leadership to successfully achieve group goals. He is a strategic thinker who eagerly accepts new challenges and the opportunity to analyze situations and find solutions. J.R. is a positive, adaptable, and motivated team member with excellent oral and written communica­tion skills. His core competencies include Quality Assurance Management, Blueprint Reading and Analysis, Task Scheduling, Workflow Planning, Team Building, Leadership, Safety, and Compliance Management.

Gordon Holladay

Gordon Holladay

SVP, Finance and Administration
Treasurer

Gordon Holladay, SME Industries SVP Finance and Administration, and Corporate Treasurer, has been with SME Industries, Inc. since its inception in 1992. He is a strategic business partner to the senior executive leadership team. Gordon participates in pivotal decisions as they relate to strategic initiatives and operational models. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. Gordon also served on the Board of Directors for Simon Transportation for two years. In 2011, he was selected as CFO of the Year by Utah Business Magazine.

Mel Pollard Jr.

Chief Financial Officer

Mel Pollard Jr., SME Industries CFO, is a highly experienced financial expert and is a licensed CPA in Utah. He manages the financial reporting and assesses financial risks and opportunities with regard to long-term operational goals, budgets, and forecasts. Mel oversees and manages the accounting team who sets and tracks financial goals, objectives, and budgets. He identifies, develops, and executes analyses of business initiatives, systems implementation, product launches, and new service offerings.

James Rivera

Vice President Safety

James Rivera, VP Safety, is a highly experienced Health, Safety, and Environmental (HSE) professional who has developed and successfully implemented safety systems in steel fabrication, erection, manufacturing, and construction environments. He has become a safety expert in both behavioral based safety systems and process safety management programs. James is responsible for HSE strategic leadership and support based on management systems and metric-based fundamentals with significant overlap into operational aspects. As a results-focused team leader, he brings proven success in mentoring and developing peak performing teams. James leverages problem-solving expertise to drive continuous improvement within people-based processes through outstanding leadership. His core competencies comprise HSE technical and soft leadership skills including safety management, safety engineering, environmental science and regulatory compliance, industrial hygiene, strategic planning, leadership disposition, and business acumen.

J.R. Mujagic

J.R. Mujagic

Vice President, Engineering

J.R. Mujagic, SME Industries Vice President, Engineering, oversees engineering functions. He develops thought leadership for inspiring and propelling technical edge possibilities. He brings a wide array of experience coupled with an impressive education including Ph.D. and is a licensed S.E. in California and Washington. He is an active participant of industry trade associations including AISC, AISI, and ASTM.

Chad Moyes

Chad Moyes

Operations Manager

Chad Moyes brings a great deal of experience with his 17 year career in the structural steel industry. Chad supervises a staff of more than 200 shop employees in our 400,000 square foot fabrication facility. He is responsible for the effective management and profitable operation of the SME Steel Plant and uses process improvement techniques to continually drive improvements in quality, costs, delivery, and service. Chad provides leadership to achieve and maintain effective operational, safety, and environmental performance. Chad develops a highly capable leadership team through ongoing coaching, development opportunities and accountability. He implements safety and environmental practices and regulations, including OSHA compliance, with a proven record of improving safety results.

Michael Wamsley

Michael Wamsley

West Jordan Plant Manager

Michael Wamsley, SME Steel Contractors West Jordan Plant Manager, has 30+ years of experience in the structural steel industry. He is responsible for planning and organizing production schedules, assessing project and resource requirements, ensuring health and safety regulations are met, ensuring quality control standards are met, organizing the repair and routine maintenance of production equipment, and assisting in organizing relevant training sessions. Michael has excellent communication and leadership skills. He possesses significant interpersonal skills and is intensely service oriented as demonstrated by his positive, down to business approach and direct communication. Michael brings an understanding of and experience with fabrication processes and procedures across the United States.

Robert Jensen

Robert Jensen

Pocatello Plant Manager

Robert Jensen, SME Steel Contractors Pocatello Plant Manager, has 20+ years of experience in the structural steel industry. He is responsible for planning and organizing production schedules, assessing project and resource requirements, ensuring health and safety regulations are met, ensuring quality control standards are met, organizing the repair and routine maintenance of production equipment, and assisting in organizing relevant training sessions. Robert has excellent communication and leadership skills. He possesses significant interpersonal skills and is intensely service oriented as demonstrated by his positive, down to business approach and direct communication. Robert has experience with every imaginable range of steel structures from relatively simple to very complex, together with extensive experience with HCPD, OSHPD, and LEED certified projects.

Jesse Sloan

Jesse Sloan

Vice President, Shop QA/QC

Jesse Sloan, SME Steel Contractors Vice President, Shop QA/QC, brings an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience in Quality Assur­ance, Quality Control, and Inspections specific to the structural steel and welding industry encompassing a span of 20+ years. Jesse has a complete and working knowledge of quality requirements of industry codes and standards with extensive experience in supervisory and management positions. He prepares, writes, reviews, and maintains the Shop quality control system; modifying for project specific conditions. Jesse performs internal quality assurance functions to ensure continuous improvements. He performs audits on vendors and subcontractors for compliance to project purchase order requirements. Jesse interfaces with contract and jurisdictional authorities on quality related issues. He provides guidance and training for proper inspection procedures, methods, tech­niques, and the documentation required to support it. Jesse supervises all activities related to inspection, weld­ing procedures, fabrication and welding materials, and welding qualifications. He provides traceability of materials with supporting documentation and establishes inspection and quality control procedures for all SME products.

Tom Amador

Tom Amador

Vice President, Field QA/QC

Tom Amador, SME Steel Contractors Vice President, Field QA/QC, brings an impressive wealth of knowledge and experience in Quality Assur­ance, Quality Control, and Inspections specific to the structural steel and welding industry encompassing a span of 30+ years. Tom has a complete and working knowledge of quality requirements of industry codes and standards with extensive experience in supervisory and management positions. He prepares, writes, reviews, and maintains the Field quality control system; modifying for project specific conditions. Tom performs internal quality assurance functions to ensure continuous improvements. He performs audits on vendors and subcontractors for compliance to project purchase order requirements. Tom interfaces with contract and jurisdictional authorities on quality related issues. He provides guidance and training for proper inspection procedures, methods, tech­niques, and the documentation required to support it. Tom supervises all activities related to inspection, weld­ing procedures, fabrication and welding materials, and welding qualifications. He provides traceability of materials with supporting documentation and establishes inspection and quality control procedures for all SME Steel products in the Field.

Paul Breitenbach

Paul Breitenbach

Vice President, Field Operations

Paul Breitenbach, Vice President, Field Operations, is responsible for Southern California field operations in order to achieve timely completion of each project. Paul diligently directs day-to-day on-site supervision of field labor force, inspects Contractor or (Sub)Contract operations to ensure compliance with the contract, develops and maintains site logistics plan in coordination with Site Superintendents and Project Executives, communicates and enforces the SME Safety Program, and manages schedules including preparation of detailed short-term schedules and ensures all activities take place on or ahead of scheduled dates.

Alan Funston

Alan Funston

Area Superintendent | Northern California

Alan Funston, Area Superintendent | Northern California, brings over 35 years of experience in the steel industry which spans an impressive array of skills. Alan is responsible for Northern California field operations in order to achieve timely completion of each project. He diligently directs day-to-day on-site supervision of field labor force, inspects Contractor or (Sub)Contract operations to ensure compliance with the contract, develops and maintains site logistics plan in coordination with Site Superintendents and Project Executives, communicates and enforces the SME Safety Program, and manages schedules including preparation of detailed short-term schedules and ensures all activities take place on or ahead of scheduled dates.

Brandon Ott

Brandon Ott

Area Superintendent | Nevada

Brandon Ott, Area Superintendent | Nevada, is responsible for Nevada field operations in order to achieve timely completion of each project. Brandon diligently directs day-to-day on-site supervision of field labor force, inspects Contractor or (Sub)Contract operations to ensure compliance with the contract, develops and maintains site logistics plan in coordination with Site Superintendents and Project Executives, communicates and enforces the SME Safety Program, and manages schedules including preparation of detailed short-term schedules and ensures all activities take place on or ahead of scheduled dates.

Jeff Torgerson

Jeff Torgerson

Area Superintendent | Utah

Jeff Torgerson, Area Superintendent | Utah, is responsible for Utah field operations in order to achieve timely completion of each project. Jeff diligently directs day-to-day on-site supervision of field labor force, inspects Contractor or (Sub)Contract operations to ensure compliance with the contract, develops and maintains site logistics plan in coordination with Site Superintendents and Project Executives, communicates and enforces the SME Safety Program, and manages schedules including preparation of detailed short-term schedules and ensures all activities take place on or ahead of scheduled dates.

Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson

Vice President, Marketing

Patricia Johnson, Vice President, Marketing, holds a triple major Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Communications, Political Science, and English. Patricia is responsible for marketing, public relations, and community outreach. As VP Marketing, Patricia provides the planning and leadership necessary to ensure appropriate structures and systems are developed to support marketing plan goals for all SME companies. Additionally, she works closely across multiple departments to manage the prequalification process and provides high-level support in the areas of leadership assistance, government and political affairs, social events, and client relationship management.