Meet our Team leaders

We have the best people in the industry, meet a few of them below.

  • Mike Hester<p>President
    Mike Hester

    President

  • Mike Hester<p>President
    Mike Hester

    President

    McGuire and Hester was founded by two Irish immigrants, one of which was Mike Hester’s grandfather. As early as grade school Mike recalls going to work with his dad and handling very important tasks including sorting bolts in the warehouse. As he got older, Mike’s responsibilities in and out of the warehouse grew. He did everything from building barricades for jobsites to driving fuel trucks after earning his commercial driver’s license at the age of 18. Mike continued to build his resume while attending Oregon State University where he earned his degree in Construction Management. Upon graduation, he returned to McGuire and Hester as a project engineer and continued on to work as an estimator, project manager, and operations manager before being promoted to president in 1990. Mike was instrumental in leading his management team through operational changes and under his direction annual revenue increased from $10 million to more than $150 million. McGuire and Hester is now employee owned and Mike oversees operations and business development. His leadership has helped position McGuire and Hester as one of California’s most respected heavy civil engineering and commercial site services companies.

     

    - Oregon State University, B.S., Construction Management

    - State Commissioner, California Uniform Construction Cost Accounting Commission

    - Vice President, Construction Industry Force Account Council

    - Board of Directors, Oakland Chamber of Commerce

    - JASTC Committee Member, Port of Oakland

    - Board of Directors, Cypress Mandela Training Center

    - Past President, United Contractors Association

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  • Bruce Daseking<p>Executive VP, Estimating
    Bruce Daseking

    Executive VP, Estimating

  • Bruce Daseking<p>Executive VP, Estimating
    Bruce Daseking

    Executive VP, Estimating

    Bruce has dedicated himself to the construction industry for more than 37 years. He began his career as a parts runner and laborer, and got his first job out of college working as a project engineer. Bruce joined McGuire and Hester in 1997 as a project manager and estimator and three years later was promoted to estimating manager in charge of our company’s underground and structures projects. Bruce was named chief estimator for McGuire and Hester in 2007 and now oversees the estimating groups at all of our company’s locations.

     

    - California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, B.S., Civil Engineering

    - Current member of United Contractor PAC Committee

    - Current Board Member of United Contractors

    - 2015 President of United Contractors

    - Current member of Cal Poly Construction Management Advisory Committee

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  • Brock Grunt<p>Executive VP, Operations
    Brock Grunt

    Executive VP, Operations

  • Brock Grunt<p>Executive VP, Operations
    Brock Grunt

    Executive VP, Operations

    Brock grew up surrounded by home and boat building, having an architect father that was involved with both. He initially attended the California Maritime Academy studying Nautical Industrial Technology, intending to chase a career surrounded by more boats and the water, but ended up transferring to and graduating from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.S. in Economics. After two summer internships with McGuire and Hester, Brock began his fulltime employment with M&H in 1988. Initially he was hired as a Project Accountant, a title which at the time, came with the duties of doing whatever was needed to get the job done from running a jackhammer to scheduling the work and billing the owner. From there, he was promoted to Project Manager, and later to Operations Manager for our then-named Underground Pipeline/Concrete Structures Division. In 2003, Brock’s title changed to Area Manager, and he has since been involved with projects throughout the Bay Area Counties. In 2016 Brock was promoted to Executive Vice President of all M&H Operations.

     

    - University of California, Berkeley, B.A., Economics

     

    "I have always loved conceiving of and then building projects. This is a bug I caught when I would watch my dad put designs on paper that I would often see later being built. With easy access to tools and building materials, I mimicked his actions, designing and building things of my own since I can remember. McGuire and Hester has just been a natural home for this ambition. I like to think that I live by the philosophy that “what goes around, comes around”, which is a phrase that has stuck with me since high school. This thought has been a guide not just in my personal life, but also very much a guide for how McGuire and Hester does business and treats our customers and our community."

    - Brock Grunt

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  • Randy Somerday<p>VP, Estimating
    Randy Somerday

    VP, Estimating

  • Randy Somerday<p>VP, Estimating
    Randy Somerday

    VP, Estimating

    Randy was exposed to construction from an early age, though his father, who was a civil engineer involved in constructing major dam projects, both domestically and internationally. This exposure to civil construction led Randy to also choose construction as a career. Randy has held numerous positions in the construction field over the past 27 years, beginning as a quantities engineer out of college, then onto project management and estimating. Randy now oversees all site-work estimating activities for the greater Bay Area.

     

    - California State University Chico, B.S., Construction Management

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  • Matt Daley<p>VP, Landscape
    Matt Daley

    VP, Landscape

  • Matt Daley<p>VP, Landscape
    Matt Daley

    VP, Landscape

    Matt Daley is the Landscape Group Manager at McGuire and Hester. Matt entered the landscape industry in 1989 as a Landscape Architecture student at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. After graduation, he joined ValleyCrest as a Project Engineer and worked his way up to Senior Project Manager, leading the San Francisco / Peninsula project teams. Being one of six nominated countrywide for their pilot High Potential group, Matt participated in a year-long advanced management program and was ultimately promoted to Chief Estimator for its Northern California operations. Matt joined McGuire and Hester in 2008 with the responsibility to cultivate the growth and development of its Landscape Group. By overseeing its commercial landscape operations, estimating, personnel and business development efforts, the Landscape Group has grown to a first-call contractor for an elite customer base of developers and general contractors. Landscape services include sports facilities, trail systems, wetland restoration, commercial hardscape, landscape, irrigation and green roof systems. Being a trained and licensed Landscape Architect, Matt effectively leverages this perspective and expertise to bridge the gap between design and execution. This brings a value-added service to our customers and provides insightful problem-solving leadership to our specialty landscape construction efforts.

     

    - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B.S. Landscape Architecture

    - Affiliate Member, American Society of Landscape Architects

    - CLARB certified Landscape Architect

    - Certified Playground Safety Inspector

    - Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor

    - LEED Accredited Professional

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  • Andrew Vasconi<p>VP, Concrete
    Andrew Vasconi

    VP, Concrete

  • Andrew Vasconi<p>VP, Concrete
    Andrew Vasconi

    VP, Concrete

    Andrew found his passion for construction while spending summers in high school and college working as a Carpenter.  After receiving a degree in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University in 1988, he went on to work for an industry leader building bridges, treatment plants and other large scale heavy-civil concrete projects.  Having worked his way up from project engineer to senior project manager and estimator, Andrew went on to found his own Structural Concrete Construction company that he successfully managed for 17 years.In 2014 McGuire & Hester was pleased to add Andrew and his industry acumen to the M&H leadership team as Concrete Structures Group Manager for all Northern California Operations.

     

    - Santa Clara University, B.S., Civil Engineering

    - Past President United Contractors Association

     

    Favorite quote:

    "Nobody cares how much you know until they know how much you care”

    -Teddy Roosevelt

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  • Michael Anderson<p>Underground Manager
    Michael Anderson

    Underground Manager

  • Michael Anderson<p>Underground Manager
    Michael Anderson

    Underground Manager

    When Michael is asked how he ended up in construction, he replies, “I had to choose between 3 passions, Engineering, Accounting and Law.  I choose the profession that had all three”. Michael came to McGuire and Hester in 2002 where he has held positions in Estimating, Project Engineering, GPS Management, Project Management and Design Build.  He was then moved to the position of Operations Manager for Underground/Mechanical and is currently the Group Manager for Underground.   

     

    - Chico State University, BS, Construction Management

    - Minor is Business Administration

     

    Favorite quote:

    “You and me Dad, we’re Builders” – Chloe age 5

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  • Charles Thome<p>VP, Pre-Construction
    Charles Thome

    VP, Pre-Construction

  • Charles Thome<p>VP, Pre-Construction
    Charles Thome

    VP, Pre-Construction

    Charlie started his construction career as an estimator-in-training and quickly moved up the ranks to become senior estimator. In 2002 Charlie joined McGuire and Hester where he has worked as an estimator and project manager for all of our grading, paving and heavy engineering projects. In 2014 Charlie was promoted to the position of Preconstruction Manager.

     

    - California Institute for Integral Studies, San Francisco, B.A., Integral Studies

    - LEED Accredited Professional

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  • Dave Koerber<p>VP, Estimating
    Dave Koerber

    VP, Estimating

  • Dave Koerber<p>VP, Estimating
    Dave Koerber

    VP, Estimating

    Dave has been in the construction industry for more than 25 years. He started as a project engineer and has also worked as a project manager and estimator. In 2003, Dave was promoted to the post of estimating manager and played a pivotal role in setting up McGuire and Hester’s Sacramento area office. Today, Dave is responsible for management of all estimating activities in our Sacramento region.

     

    - California State University, Hayward, B.S., Business Administration

    - LEED Accredited Professional

     

    Favorite quote:

    "You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.”

    -Albert Einstein

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  • Kevin Hester<p>VP, Area Manager
    Kevin Hester

    VP, Area Manager

  • Kevin Hester<p>VP, Area Manager
    Kevin Hester

    VP, Area Manager

    In 1984 Kevin started working summers at McGuire and Hester. Over the next 9 years Kevin had many different jobs including: working as a warehouse runner; helped in relocating our office/shop from 66th Avenue. to Railroad Avenue; worked in the field as a laborer; and as a part time Project Engineer on small projects while in college. After graduating from Oregon State University in Construction Engineering Management in 1993, Kevin started his career at McGuire and Hester as a Project Engineer. He continued working in the field operations as a Project Manager. In 2006 Kevin returned to the home office as an Estimator mainly concentrating on Underground Projects. In 2008, Kevin returned to Field Operations as an Area Manager. He currently oversees all operations for our San Francisco/Peninsula Territory.

     

    - Oregon State University, B.S., Construction Engineering Management 1993

    - Member, Labor Relations Committee, United Contractors

     

     Favorite quote:

    "Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

    -Henry Ford

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  • Jeff Hoebel<p>VP, Area Manager
    Jeff Hoebel

    VP, Area Manager

  • Jeff Hoebel<p>VP, Area Manager
    Jeff Hoebel

    VP, Area Manager

    At the age of 9, Jeff had a vision of getting a Construction Management degree from Chico State and he never lost that vision.  After receiving a degree in Construction Management from Chico State University in 2001, Jeff began his construction career with McGuire and Hester as a Project Engineer.  Working with a Senior Project Manager, Jeff quickly picked up on the day-to-day duties of managing a construction project.  In 2005 he was promoted to Project Manager and has managed a variety of heavy civil projects for McGuire and Hester, from the Bay Area to Sacramento, mainly focusing on Grading, Paving and Underground Projects.  In 2007 Jeff began working as an Estimator, bidding both public and private works projects ranging from $50,000 to $5,000,000.  In 2011, Jeff was given the opportunity to apply for the Sacramento Area Manger Position.  Jeff was the chosen one and as Area Manager, he is responsible for overseeing all of Sacramento’s operations. 

      

    - Chico State University, B.S., Construction Management

    - LEED Accredited Professional

    - Chico State University Construction Management Advisory Committee

     

     Jeff lives by a quote from our former President, Joe Hester:

    "It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.”

    -Joe Hester

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  • Matt Finley<p>Area Manager
    Matt Finley

    Area Manager

  • Matt Finley<p>Area Manager
    Matt Finley

    Area Manager

    After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1999, Matthew worked as an engineer at a National geotechnical company. However, he was drawn to construction and followed his need to be more involved in the building process of civil engineering. After learning the ropes on a multi year electrical underground project in the bay area, Matthew was hired by McGuire and Hester in 2006 as a project engineer. Since then, Matthew has worked on large multidisciplinary site work projects, eventually becoming the East Bay Area Manager for the company. 

     

    - California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, B.S. Engineering Science

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  • Don Hunt<p>Safety Coordinator
    Don Hunt

    Safety Coordinator

  • Don Hunt<p>Safety Coordinator
    Don Hunt

    Safety Coordinator

    Don began his career in the field as an Operator where he gained firsthand knowledge of the techniques and methods required to successfully build and close out a project. This knowledge has been built upon as his professional focus changed to the administrative, managerial and strategic aspects of construction. He progressed through the ranks working as a Foreman, Superintendent, General Superintendent, Estimator, Project Manager and Area Manager. He currently holds the position of Safety and Training Manager, using his extensive construction safety knowledge to identify potential dangers, organize safety meetings and oversee the safety training of all new McGuire and Hester employees. He also keeps McGuire and Hester employees up to date with the latest safety best practices, technologies and regulations.

     

    - BS in Entomology from UC Davis

     

     Favorite quote:

    "When you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

    -Yogi Berra

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  • Patrick Trollip<p>Business Development Manager
    Patrick Trollip

    Business Development Manager

  • Patrick Trollip<p>Business Development Manager
    Patrick Trollip

    Business Development Manager

    Patrick discovered his passion for construction as a youngster growing up in South Africa. After spending much of his youth in the family businesses growing palm trees and producing growing media for the ornamental horticulture sectors, it became a natural progression into the landscape industry in 1998. His interests in horticulture and construction were fostered when Patrick spent time abroad working for landscape companies in Spain and later in Miami, FL.

     

    In 2007 Patrick got the opportunity to move cross-country to apply his experience in California where he would ultimately end up with McGuire and Hester in 2015.While with McGuire and Hester, Patrick has worked as a Project Manager and Estimator. Patrick has been instrumental in assisting the company expand their capabilities in the landscape construction market. McGuire and Hester was pleased to add his experience and energy to the team, and in 2016 appointed Patrick as Business Development Manager for all Northern California Operations.   

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  • LaNelle Bergen<p>HR Manager
    LaNelle Bergen

    HR Manager

  • LaNelle Bergen<p>HR Manager
    LaNelle Bergen

    HR Manager

    LaNelle joined McGuire and Hester in 2000 and is responsible for all our company’s human resources activities. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of human resources including employee recruitment, retention, and compliance. LaNelle’s previous experience as a small business owner gives her a balanced perspective that encompasses both employee and employer viewpoints. She is committed to maintaining McGuire and Hester’s longstanding tradition of employee excellence by inspiring the next generation of employees with the many career opportunities in the construction industry – particularly at McGuire and Hester.

     

    - Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources

    - Member of Association of Workplace Investigators

    - Local 304 Laborers Apprenticeship Sub-Committee Member

    - McGuire and Hester 401k Trustee

    - Past Chairperson, UCON University Committee

    - Past Chairperson, ESOP Communications Committee

     

     Favorite quote:

    "If you are successful it is because somewhere, sometime, someone gave you a life or an idea that started you in the right direction. Remember you are indebted to life until you help someone else less fortunate; just as you were helped.”

    -Melinda Gates

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  • Kim Carone<p>Corporate Counsel
    Kim Carone

    Corporate Counsel

  • Kim Carone<p>Corporate Counsel
    Kim Carone

    Corporate Counsel

    Kim’s diverse background brings a unique and common sense perspective to her role as Corporate Counsel for McGuire and Hester. Having grown up on a ranch in Oregon, she understands the common sense day to day nuances of construction and the critical personal relationships between both companies and individuals. Prior to joining McGuire and Hester in 2008, Kim worked as a construction law litigator and later as the General Counsel for a Northern California General Contractor. Kim is responsible for the contracts department, risk management, project claims, and all aspects of corporate and legal compliance for our company.   Her chief priority is to uphold McGuire and Hester’s reputation for fairness and integrity by negotiating amicably, efficiently and in accordance with our core values.   Kim maintains that our exceptional character and commitment to ethics make us the incredible company we are today.  

     

    - Willamette University, B.A., Political Science

    - University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law, Juris Doctor

    - Member, California Bar Association

    - Member, United Contractors Association Legislative Committee

     

    Favorite quote:

    "Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway.”

    -John Wayne

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Contact Information

Corporate Office:

2810 Harbor Bay Parkway

Alameda, CA 94502

Phone: 510-632-7676

Oakland Regional Office

9009 Railroad Avenue

Oakland,  CA 94603

Phone: 510-632-7676

Sacramento Regional Office

1016 North Market Blvd. Ste 20

Sacramento, CA 95834

Phone: 916-372-8910

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