Our Team (v1)

At Viking
We Work Together As a Team

Leadership that's Guided by Our Core Beliefs

  • Rob Hash

    President / Co-Owner
    Seattle

  • Debbie Miner

    President/ Co-Owner
    Portland

Rob Hash

President / Co-Owner, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Seahawks – I find Pete Carrol inspirational

Favorite Viking Project: Sierra Pacific Industries – Shelton, WA

Best sprinkler skill: Working with our customers

Spirit Animal: Turtle

Secret Talent: Running man

Defining Characteristic: Loves a good sweater vest!

Favorite food: Turkey Sandwich

Hobbies: Boating, golfing

Debbie Miner

President/ Co-Owner, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Tarr Tank

Best sprinkler skill: Figured out how my lawn sprinklers work.

Spirit Animal: Lion

Secret Talent: Musician

Defining Characteristic: One way conversations

Favorite food: Roasted garlic with warm brie cheese

Hobbies: Cooking, sewing, crafts, our farm, family

Followed by Positive Direction and Management

  • Mike Baxter

    Estimator / Area Manager
    Medford

  • Gary Coltes

    Design Manager
    Seattle

  • Rickie Johnson

    General Manager
    Idaho

  • Grant Victor Laine

    Vice President / Contact Manager
    Portland

  • Ryan Melton

    Safety Director
    Seattle

  • Josh Nordwell

    Service Manager
    Portland

  • David Ray

    Field Superintendent
    Portland

  • Christina Tilson

    Vice President - CFO
    Portland

  • Garrett Wester

    Field Superintendent
    Seattle

  • Tom Wylam

    Purchasing / Shop Superintendent
    Portland

Mike Baxter

Estimator / Area Manager, Medford

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: OSU Beavers

Favorite Viking Project: Roseburg Jordan Cover underground

Best sprinkler skill: Underground

Spirit Animal: Duck Billed Platypus

Secret Talent: I can play the trumpet

Favorite food: Mexican

Hobbies: Livestock, ranching

Gary Coltes

Design Manager, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Hawaii Warriors / Washington Huskies

Favorite Viking Project: Under Pier Projects

Best sprinkler skill: Field survey of existing conditions

Spirit Animal: Whale

Secret Talent: Amazing aim with blow gun

Defining Characteristic: Extremely efficient

Favorite food: Chicken wings, all types

Hobbies: Projects around the house

Rickie Johnson

General Manager, Idaho

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Steelers

Favorite Viking Project: Ilani

Best sprinkler skill: Customer knowledge

Spirit Animal: Deer

Secret Talent: Investigative skills

Defining Characteristic: Voice of Viking

Favorite food: Mexican “Nachos”

Hobbies: Adventures, crafts

Grant Victor Laine

Vice President / Contact Manager, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite Viking Project: St Clair Apartments

Best sprinkler skill: Getting irrationally excited about projects.

Spirit Animal: Majestic soaring falcon

Defining Characteristic: Laugh can be identified from blocks away

Favorite food: Pho

Ryan Melton

Safety Director, Seattle

Years in industry: Safety 6, Sprinkler: 2.

Years at Viking: 2.

Favorite Sports Team: Meateater.

Favorite Viking Project: St. James Cathedral. Seattle

Best Sprinkler Skill: Absorbing complaints from Fitters.

Spirit Animal: Blacktail Deer.

Secret Talent: Attention to detail on an OCD level.

Defining Characteristic: Ability to get along with just about anyone.

Favorite Food: Well marbled ribeye steak.

Hobbies: Spending time with my wife and 3 kids, hunting, exploring, off-roading, tending livestock, working on and building vehicles in my shop.

Josh Nordwell

Service Manager, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Boston Redsox

Favorite Viking Project:  Astoria Coast Guard inspections

Best sprinkler skill: critical thinking through problems

Spirit Animal: Raven

Defining Characteristic: Always willing to help

Favorite food:  Cheese Berger

Hobbies: hiking , hunting, golfing, spey fishing

David Ray

Field Superintendent, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Secret Talent: Coming Soon

Christina Tilson

Vice President - CFO, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Charitable Events

Best sprinkler skill: Making sure the job earns money

Spirit Animal: Owl

Secret Talent: Cake decorating

Defining Characteristic: Honest

Favorite food: Peanut Butter

Hobbies: Fitness, time with family and movies

Garrett Wester

Field Superintendent, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Tom Wylam

Purchasing / Shop Superintendent, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Mariners - Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Any job that Clarence does cause it fits.

Best sprinkler skill: Talking

Spirit Animal: Bull Elk

Secret Talent: Understand Derek

Defining Characteristic: Understanding Donny

Favorite food: Ribeye steak

Hobbies: Grandkids, hunting and fishing

Design, Engineering, Manufacturing and Safety
Attention to Detail

  • Dave Bateman

    Designer
    Portland

  • Norman Burrows

    Seattle Shop
    Seattle

  • Lucia Fung

    Fire Sprinkler Designer
    Seattle

  • Chris Green

    Design Tech
    Nampa

  • James Huff

    Seattle Shop
    Seattle

  • Donald Koval

    Designer
    Seattle

  • Ashley Lutz

    Designer
    Portland

  • Dan McLuen P.E.

    Engineer
    Seattle

  • Chris Michalke

    Designer
    Seattle

  • Paul M. Nipper

    Protection Designer
    Portland

  • Jeremy Schram

    Designer
    Portland

  • Brian Schroeder

    Design
    Medford

  • Duane Wyatt

    Seattle Shop
    Seattle

  • Michael Youell

    Designer
    Seattle

Dave Bateman

Designer, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite Viking Project: Lamb Weston Pasco Exhaust Ducts

Best sprinkler skill: Getting along with coworkers

Spirit Animal: Snuffleupages

Secret Talent: It's a secret

Defining Characteristic: Little dark cloud

Favorite food: Pizza

Norman Burrows

Seattle Shop, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 7.5 Years

Years at Viking: 5 Years

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Every single one…

Best sprinkler skill: Welding

Spirit Animal: Sea Bass

Secret Talent: Cut grooving

Favorite food: Chipotle

Hobbies: Metal sculpting, traveling, reading and body building.

Lucia Fung

Fire Sprinkler Designer, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Miller Middle School, P234 NAS, Pier 54 Building

Best sprinkler skill: Planning, design, document, survey

Spirit Animal: Doggie

Favorite food: Italian Pasta

Hobbies: Cooking

Chris Green

Design Tech, Nampa

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Dallas Cowboys and the St. Louis Cardinals

Favorite Viking Project: Simplot Foods

Spirit Animal: Rottweiler

Secret Talent: Won the world dart championships in 2009 and played 3rd base for a softball team that won the World Series in 2016.

Defining Characteristic: Laid back and easy going

Favorite food: Hot wings or prime rib steak

Hobbies: Whitewater rafting, fishing, softball and darts

James Huff

Seattle Shop, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 8 Years

Years at Viking: 5 Years

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Every project is an opportunity for me to grow and refine my skills.  

Best sprinkler skill: Custom fabrication

Spirit Animal: Shiba Inu

Secret Talent: I speak Japanese

Favorite food: BBQ

Hobbies: Restoring our Uniflite Sport Fisher, fishing of course, camping, golfing and all of the home improvement projects my wife says “will be easy”.

Donald Koval

Designer, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Best sprinkler skill: Autocad and 3d autocad

Secret Talent: Can tear apart and fix almost anything

Favorite food: Pizza

Hobbies: Snowboarding, riding motorcycles, playing with my son, fishing, playing video games

Ashley Lutz

Designer, Portland

Years in the Industry: 1 year 2 months

Years at Viking: 1 year 2 months

Favorite sports team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite Viking Project: Microchip Bulk Silane 

Best sprinkler skill: Questioning everything I do 

Spirit Animal: Anything that sleeps a lot

Favorite food: Potatoes 

Hobbies: Hiking and relief printmaking

Dan McLuen P.E.

Engineer, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Maple Valley League (Grandsons)

Favorite Viking Project: 255 S King St (North Lot)

Best sprinkler skill: All around knowledge

Favorite food: Hamburgers

Hobbies: Motorcycle riding, golf

Chris Michalke

Designer, Seattle

Years in the Industry: Started as a Union sprinkler fitter in 2007, then moved into design in 2022.

Years at Viking: 2 Years

Favorite sports team: USA Surf Team

Favorite Viking Project: Microsoft Campus Modernization  

Best sprinkler skill: Technical Tap

Spirit Animal: Dolphin

Secret Talent: Can drive any type of vehicle or equipment.

Favorite food: Steak

Hobbies: Boating, Wake Surfing, Surfing, and Snowboarding.

Paul M. Nipper

Protection Designer, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: “Give them bread and circuses, they will never revolt” Juvenal

Favorite Viking Project: CHS Kalama Grain Terminal

Best sprinkler skill: Complex, industrial, retrofit --- you know the stuff that has VIKING written all over it!

Spirit Animal: Ssssssnake

Secret Talent: Writing and speaking. Whether on camera or microphone, or in print, I was granted the gift of using language to express myself rather well.

Defining Characteristic: I am a spiritual Being, temporarily in this human experience.

Favorite food: Thai!!

Hobbies: Raising kids / being a Dad… not a hobby but I’ve been at it for 23 years now, and have 14 or so to go… I better like it! Organic gardening, hanging out with friends and family, camping, spiritual retreats with family / the Tribe, writing, and deep philosophical discussions and Spirituality with fellow Church members: the conversation never ends… WHO are we, WHY are we here… what does it all mean.

Jeremy Schram

Designer, Portland

Years in the Industry: 3

Years at Viking: 3

Favorite sports team: Go 9ers!

Favorite Viking Project: ART Tower, Gardner Middle School, Carlton Grain Tower

Best sprinkler skill: Running through them on a hot day

Spirit Animal: Tiny pig in red rubber boots

Favorite food: Tacos!!!

Hobbies: Cycling, Brewing, Camping, Traveling

Brian Schroeder

Design, Medford

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: None, I don’t really follow sports

Favorite Viking Project: Any that I have been a part of

Best sprinkler skill: To soon to tell

Spirit Animal: Cat

Secret Talent: That information is G15 classified

Defining Characteristic: Easy going

Favorite food: Brownies

Hobbies: Mountain biking, radio controlled cars, metal working and general “tinkering”

Duane Wyatt

Seattle Shop, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 31 Years

Years at Viking: 2 Years

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: All of them. They’re all unique and challenging.   

Best sprinkler skill: Diversity

Spirit Animal: Eagle

Secret Talent: Recognizing needs 

Favorite food: Steak & potatoes

Hobbies: Anything outdoors!

Michael Youell

Designer, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 2

Years at Viking: 2

Favorite sports team: Los Angeles Lakers 

Favorite Viking Project: Microsoft

Best sprinkler skill: Organization

Secret Talent: Can fall asleep anywhere

Favorite food: Chicken Fried Steak

Hobbies: Spending time with my son and playing basketball.

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Service, Sales and Administration
Building Relationships
with Our Valued Customers

  • Ty Allan

    Design / Sales / IT
    Seattle

  • Mike Baxter

    Estimator / Area Manager
    Medford

  • Erin Beard

    Accounting Clerk
    Portland

  • Dwight Bickler

    Senior Estimator
    Seattle

  • Randy Bowron

    Estimator
    Nampa

  • Jennifer Etcheson

    Estimating / Project Coordinator
    Nampa

  • Kristine Ferry

    Office Administrator
    Portland

  • Charity Huff

    Office Administrator
    Seattle

  • Rickie Johnson

    General Manager
    Idaho

  • Heather Knight

    Assistant Bookkeeper - Payroll
    Portland

  • Kish Marler

    Service Dept Sales / PM
    Seattle

  • Mike Meier

    Field Superintendent
    Nampa

  • Josh Nordwell

    Service Manager
    Portland

  • David Ray

    Field Superintendent
    Portland

  • Brianna Stalwick

    Purchasing Agent

  • Simonne Valdez

    Service Admin
    Seattle

  • Nick Valentine

    Service Manager
    Idaho

  • David Wagner

    Field Superintendent
    Portland

  • Rachel Warnke

    Service Admin
    Seattle

  • Brian Wecker

    Estimator
    Portland

  • Bernie Wester

    Vice President / OPS Manager
    Seattle

  • Angela Wolfkiel

    Office Administrator
    Nampa

Ty Allan

Design / Sales / IT, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Sierra Pacific Saw Mill – Shelton, WA

Best sprinkler skill: Using Autocad, Navis and Revit

Secret Talent: I can typically fix anything, from computers to cars

Favorite food: Club Sandwich

Hobbies: Woodworking & golf

Mike Baxter

Estimator / Area Manager, Medford

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: OSU Beavers

Favorite Viking Project: Roseburg Jordan Cover underground

Best sprinkler skill: Underground

Spirit Animal: Duck Billed Platypus

Secret Talent: I can play the trumpet

Favorite food: Mexican

Hobbies: Livestock, ranching

Erin Beard

Accounting Clerk, Portland

Years at Viking: 6 months

Favorite sports team: Seattle Seahawks

Favorite Viking Project: Helping with all the potlucks.

Best sprinkler skill: Have not figured that out yet, but willing to learn

Spirit Animal: Tiger

Secret Talent: Singing

Favorite food: BBQ & Sushi

Hobbies: Cooking, reading, choir

Dwight Bickler

Senior Estimator, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Seattle Mariners

Favorite Viking Project: Working with outside contractors

Best sprinkler skill: Estimating difficult projects

Spirit Animal: Tiger

Secret Talent: Getting along with anybody

Defining Characteristic: Sense of humor

Favorite food: Mexican

Hobbies: Snow skiing, poker and woodworking

Randy Bowron

Estimator, Nampa

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Detroit Tigers & Lions

Best sprinkler skill: Bidding 'em

Spirit Animal: Horse (Not Jack-Ass!) It's been confused before.

Secret Talent: It's still a secret.

Defining Characteristic: Friendly

Favorite food: Texas BBQ

Hobbies: Dirt bikes, road bike / Harley's, RV'ing

Jennifer Etcheson

Estimating / Project Coordinator, Nampa

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite Sports Team: Michigan State Spartans

Best Sprinkler Skill: Running & jumping through them

Spirit Animal: Bull

Secret Talent: Rodeo Queen – Nyssa Night Rodeo Queen 1992

Defining Characteristic: My work ethic

Hobbies: Riding horses, gardening, watching MSU sports, watching NASCAR, and boxing.

Kristine Ferry

Office Administrator, Portland

Years in the Industry: 1 ½ yrs

Years at Viking: 1 ½ yrs

Favorite sports team: Greenbay Packers

Favorite Viking Project: Wizards Dragon Keep (like the name )

Best sprinkler skill: Answering the phone

Spirit Animal: Clouded Leopard

Favorite food: Green Machine Sushi at Bamboo

Hobbies: Puzzles

Charity Huff

Office Administrator, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 2

Years at Viking: 2

Favorite sports team: Denver Broncos, it is a love/hate relationship.

Favorite Viking Project: Event planning

Best sprinkler skill: Being adaptive and continuing to learn on my feet.

Spirit Animal: Bear, 1000% momma bear.

Secret Talent: Veterinary medicine

Favorite food: Indian

Hobbies: Traveling, camping, fishing, photography, crafting, woodworking, home improvement projects.

Rickie Johnson

General Manager, Idaho

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Steelers

Favorite Viking Project: Ilani

Best sprinkler skill: Customer knowledge

Spirit Animal: Deer

Secret Talent: Investigative skills

Defining Characteristic: Voice of Viking

Favorite food: Mexican “Nachos”

Hobbies: Adventures, crafts

Heather Knight

Assistant Bookkeeper - Payroll, Portland

Years in the Industry: . I worked for 8yrs in the banking industry before transitioning into the Payroll/Accounting field in 2015.

Years at Viking:

Spirit Animal: Butterfly

Secret Talent: Billiards

Defining Characteristic: Kind & Personable

Favorite food: Pizza

Hobbies: Scrapbooking and spending time with my family

Kish Marler

Service Dept Sales / PM, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: The St. Louis Cardinals (Sorry, I’m not originally from Seattle)

Favorite Viking Project: Industrial Containers (My first Viking job)

Best Sprinkler Skill: All of them, I just really love being a Sprinkler fitter

Spirit Animal: An Eagle

Secret Talent: Feeding people & making people laugh

Defining Characteristic: Loyalty

Favorite Food: Steak and Dr. Pepper (Dr. Pepper is a food group in my family

Hobbies: Being a Dr. Pepper connoisseur, finding amazing local restaurants and dive joints, baseball, running, reading, movies, music (I am a music fanatic) trivia, eating, cooking, and anything that involves large groups of people.

Mike Meier

Field Superintendent, Nampa

Number of years in the industry: 32 years

Years with Viking: 2 years and 3 months

Favorite team: Boise State Broncos

Favorite job to date for Viking: Lamb Weston American Falls

Best trade skill job: Coordinating large crews

My spirit animal: Mallard

My secret talent: Bird whisperer

Favorite food: Sushi

My hobbies: Hunting and fishing.

Blessed to be here!!

Josh Nordwell

Service Manager, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Boston Redsox

Favorite Viking Project:  Astoria Coast Guard inspections

Best sprinkler skill: critical thinking through problems

Spirit Animal: Raven

Defining Characteristic: Always willing to help

Favorite food:  Cheese Berger

Hobbies: hiking , hunting, golfing, spey fishing

David Ray

Field Superintendent, Portland

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Secret Talent: Coming Soon

Brianna Stalwick

Purchasing Agent

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Chicago Cubs

Favorite Viking Project: Community of Hope – Charitable events

Best sprinkler skill: Learning new sprinkler skills

Spirit Animal: Honey Badger

Secret Talent: I can flip my eyelids

Defining Characteristic: Determined & Reliable

Favorite food: Chicago stuffed pizza

Hobbies: Team Mom

Simonne Valdez

Service Admin, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 2 Years 

Years at Viking: 2 Years

Favorite sports team: I’m true to the blue!

Favorite Viking Project: n/a

Best sprinkler skill: Not losing my mind completely when dealing with the sprinkler fitters.

Spirit Animal: Cat

Secret Talent: I’m a skilled flautist.

Favorite food: I’m biased. Filipino Food!

Hobbies: Camping, fishing, and doing my nails.

Nick Valentine

Service Manager, Idaho

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Portland Winterhawks

Favorite Viking Project: Washington High School

Best sprinkler skill: Being mean to apprentices.

Spirit Animal: Donkey

Secret Talent: Yo-Yo Skills

Defining Characteristic: Swamp Rat

Favorite food: Mexican

Hobbies: Motorcycle riding, shooting guns.

David Wagner

Field Superintendent, Portland

Favorite sports team: WSU, Go Cougs!

Favorite Viking Project: Teton Hangar

Best sprinkler skill: Keeping things in perspective.

Spirit Animal: Turtle

Secret Talent: Hammock fabrication

Defining Characteristic: Contemplative

Favorite food: There are too many good foods to choose a favorite.

Hobbies: Always something, never the same thing.

Rachel Warnke

Service Admin, Seattle

Favorite sports team: Seattle Sounders

Favorite Viking Project: Fire pump test at Fiberon

Best sprinkler skill: Hunting down the fitters for paperwork

Spirit Animal: Liger

Secret Talent: Handling my service manager on a day-to-day basis

Defining Characteristic: Sarcasm

Favorite food: Pizza

Hobbies: Golf and Reality TV

Brian Wecker

Estimator, Portland

Years in the Industry: 35 Years

Years at Viking: 2 Years

Favorite sports team: The 49ers

Favorite Viking Project: Canby High School 

Best sprinkler skill: Communicating & walking the customer through the fire sprinkler process during the project.

Spirit Animal: Wolf

Secret Talent: Reading People’s Body Language

Favorite food: Steak

Hobbies: Hiking, Shooting Guns

Bernie Wester

Vice President / OPS Manager, Seattle

Years in the Industry:

Years at Viking:

Favorite sports team: Mariners

Favorite Viking Project: North Lot

Best sprinkler skill: Project Management

Secret Talent: Sweet talking Chrissy

Defining Characteristic: Hobbit feet.

Favorite food: Spicy food

Hobbies: Reading

Angela Wolfkiel

Office Administrator, Nampa

Years in the Industry: 9 months

Years at Viking: 9 months

Favorite sports team: Boise State Football and Denver Bronco’s

Favorite Viking Project: Not sure…Nick won’t take me to see a project!

Best sprinkler skill: One that goes around and around and spray’s water

Spirit Animal: Dachshund

Secret Talent: I love to bake

Favorite food: Taco’s and Pizza

Hobbies: Camping, traveling, and spending time with family