Leadership

Brennan Walsh

President

Brennan is passionate about developing high quality infrastructure in some of the most remote communities in Alaska through innovative, strategic approaches that better serve his client’s goals while advancing the mission of STG and Alaska Crane. In his role as President at STG and Alaska Crane, Brennan works to bring the best project approaches, safety practices and quality craftsmanship while always seeking ways to improve. He leads a team of highly skilled professionals who inspire him every day through their strategic planning, diligent execution, integrity and pride in their work.

Brennan has over 16 years of experience working in Western Alaska making challenging infrastructure projects a reality for many rural communities. He has a background in civil engineering from the University of Nevada Reno and has built his career working in the construction industry. He started working at STG when he was still in college as a yard hand and has served many roles since moving into his current position as President in 2016.

Throughout his tenure at STG, Brennan has greatly contributed to the growth of the company and his keen business sense helped establish STG’s reputation as the industry leader in remote arctic construction within the state. Brennan’s success implementing large-scale wind turbine generator projects led him to oversee the development of STG’s robust tower and telecommunications division. Notable works under his leadership include the building and delivering of two 900 kw wind turbines to the community of Kotzebue, AK and managing a 6-year design build project with a major telecom company in Alaska.

As President of STG and Alaska Crane, Brennan works diligently to enable his team with the tools to deliver excellent craftsmanship, pursue innovation, embrace collaboration, and ensure everyone gets home safe. He strongly believes in being good stewards of the land and environment and is proud of the responsible building practices at STG and Alaska Crane.

Jason Nichols

Director of Business Operations

In his position as Director of Business Operations, Jason is faced with new challenges every day and is proud to work alongside the incredibly talented team at STG. Whether working on new bids, organizing safety programs or structuring internal processes, Jason works to ensure STG’s operations are optimized for the team, clients and the communities where we work.

Jason started his career in finance working for a Fortune 500 financial institution where he managed a portfolio of commercial clients with annual revenues ranging from $2 – $20 Million. After managing STG’s finances in this capacity, Jason joined the team at STG as Risk Manager and then moved into his current role in 2016. During his tenure at STG, Jason has implemented important risk and safety practices, spearheaded the operational strategy and guided external business operations. With his ability to assess challenges through understanding the broad impacts and his deep understanding of the industry, Jason is able to implement holistic strategies that have consistently contributed to the growth and success of STG over the years.

With an average of 25 heavy construction projects each year in some of the most remote areas of Alaska, Jason’s approach to risk and safety programs impacts all employees and ensures the culture of safety at STG is carried out and each person has the resources, equipment, training and oversight needed at all times. Additionally, Jason oversees the external business operations of the company and implements organizational strategies, making sure all the parts of the business work together seamlessly. Jason is proud to be a part of the STG family and the important projects the company builds around the state that make a positive impact in communities throughout Alaska.

Kristee Nease

Director of Internal Operations

Kristee has always found great joy in creating solutions to make it easier and more efficient for team members to do their jobs. In her position as Director of Internal Operations, Kristee addresses the internal challenges faced by STG office and field personnel often involving the difficult circumstances the team experiences working in extremely remote locations throughout Alaska. She is a huge advocate for STG’s talented team members and strives to set each employee up for success in their positions.

Kristee has nearly 15 years of experience rooted in accounting and payroll, office management and operational processes. Through her career she has juggled multiple roles, often at the same time. Kristee gravitated toward operational roles as she demonstrated her big picture thinking and passion for making the systems of a company work together as efficiently and effectively as possible. During her 14 years with STG, she has created the systems and procedures that help keep the team on task and organized while also setting up a means for tracking information and collecting data that provides valuable insights.

In her role as the Director of Internal Operations at STG, Kristee oversees all operational processes and employee relations, ensuring the important behind-the-scenes work keeps things running smooth. As part of the management team, she has the important role of working on project related processes, strategic planning and company goals. She is continually proud of the company’s success and the wonderful team she gets to work with every day.

Alex Leavens

Director of Project Operations

Alex is driven by the sense of accomplishment in solving the complex challenges faced while building projects around rural Alaska and seeing the remarkable final solution at project completion. In his current role as Director of Project Operations, Alex and his team tackle unique project circumstances, from difficult locations to unexpected weather issues and the logistical implications of these realities while working in some of the most remote areas of the state. Clients rely on Alex for his niche technical expertise and his years of experience around the state delivering updated infrastructure to rural communities.

Alex’s 30-year career started in the field as a Maintenance Technician with United Utilities, progressing through managing both the Facilities Construction Department and the Northern Division of Rural Operations. During this time, he was a key player in the design and construction of the Delta Net program to install a terrestrial microwave system connecting over 30 villages within the YK Delta. In 2008 the network was purchased by GCI and became the foundation for their present TERRA Network, which STG constructed. Alex has continued his work on the network, overseeing the repairs and upgrades to the vast network in his present position at STG. Alex holds both a State of Alaska Electrical Journeyman License and a State of Alaska Electrical Administrators License.

In 2015 Alex became part of the STG team as a Sr. Project Manager and then on to his current position as Director of Project Operations. His first projects for the company were constructing foundations for two different health clinics on St. Lawrence Island for the communities of Gambell and Savoonga and he has since overseen every type of project STG has conducted. Alex serves his team as a leader who quickly assess issues and steer efforts toward effective solutions, ensuring project success and meeting or exceeding client expectations. The highly skilled project management and logistical team at STG accomplishes complex projects under his leadership with the highest safety, quality and logistical practices in place. Alex oversees every project that comes through STG, ranging in scope from $10,000 to over $30 million.

Dave Myers

Director of Business Development

Dave believes in the value of relationships and collaboration to make the building of meaningful and unique infrastructure in some of the most remote and difficult locations in the world a reality. In his position as Director of Business Development at STG and Alaska Crane, Dave gets to work with some of the top minds in the industry as he spearheads strategic growth for the organization.

Dave has nearly 25 years of construction and project management experience and six years of service in the U.S. Navy Reserves. Throughout his career he has worked extensively across government contracting, rural infrastructure and oil and gas. During the early years of his career, Dave worked in the field in remote areas of Alaska, overseas, and in the contiguous United States where he provided site management for high risk federal projects, notably the early Missile Defense civil works and installation of the first six missile silos at Ft. Greely.

During his 14-year tenure at STG and Alaska Crane, he has served many roles, from Project Manager to Program Manager to his current position as Director of Business Development. His energy infrastructure experience included the development and construction of microgrid energy system installations including utility size wind-diesel hybrid systems in over 40 isolated arctic and subarctic communities. In his current role as Director of Business Development at STG, Dave uses his technical expertise to develop innovative solutions to infrastructure projects using value engineering practices to best serve the needs of clients and other project stakeholders.

Dave currently serves on three board of directors and is a Rotarian

  • Alaska Support Industry Alliance – Trade association supporting oil, gas, and mining
    Director, Industry and Government Relations Committees
  • Renewable Energy Alaska Project – Non-profit clean energy advocacy and education organization
    Director, Chair – Policy, Executive Committee
  • Rotary – Downtown Club – District 5010
    Director – Service Projects I, Club Strategy