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: 35

Years at Viking: 31

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: 28

Years at Viking: 28

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

  • Roy Fouts

    Estimator / Field Superintendent
    Idaho

  • Vince Goeckner

    Service Manager
    Seattle

  • Rickie Johnson

    Office Manager / Service Admin
    Idaho

  • Bryan Kelley

    Senior Estimator
    Portland

  • Grant Victor Laine

    Vice President / Contact Manager
    Portland

  • George Lawatch

    Safety Director
    Idaho

  • David Ray

    Service Manager
    Portland

  • Christina Tilson

    Vice President - CFO
    Portland

  • Bob Trapp

    Senior Estimator / Manager
    Longview

  • Garrett Wester

    Field Superintendent
    Seattle

  • Tom Wylam

    Purchasing / Shop Superintendent
    Portland

Mike Baxter

Estimator / Area Manager, Medford

Years in the Industry: 18

Years at Viking: 14

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: 29

Years at Viking: 19

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

Roy Fouts

Estimator / Field Superintendent, Idaho

Years in the Industry: 25

Years at Viking: 15

Favorite sports team: NY Yankees  

Favorite Viking Project: Wells Dam

Best sprinkler skill: Managing guys 

Defining Characteristic: family 

Favorite food: Chinese

Hobbies: Hunting, 4 wheeling, rebuilding things in shop 

Vince Goeckner

Service Manager, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 36

Years at Viking: 3

Favorite sports team: Sea Hawks

Favorite Viking Project: Service Projects

 

Best sprinkler skill: Problem Solving

Defining Characteristic: Ability to remain calm in a crisis.

Favorite food: All

Hobbies: Motorcycle riding and travel.

Rickie Johnson

Office Manager / Service Admin, Idaho

Years in the Industry: 13

Years at Viking: 13

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

Bryan Kelley

Senior Estimator, Portland

Years in the Industry: 31

Years at Viking: 3

Favorite sports team: Oregon Ducks Football, 49ers

Favorite Viking Project: All

Best sprinkler skill: Experience, diligent, care about projects and people

 

Spirit Animal: Tiger

Secret Talent: Can’t tell you

Defining Characteristic: Sincerity

Favorite food: Breakfast -bacon and waffles etc…

Hobbies: Fishing

Grant Victor Laine

Vice President / Contact Manager, Portland

Years in the Industry: 15

Years at Viking: 13

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

George Lawatch

Safety Director, Idaho

Years in the Industry: 36

Years at Viking: 31

Favorite sports team: Los Angeles Dodgers

Favorite Viking Project: Any project at JR Simplot

Best sprinkler skill: Scaled detail drawings

 

Spirit Animal: Cougar

Secret Talent: Only my wife knows, and she is sworn to secrecy.

Defining Characteristic: Best family in the world.

Favorite food: Salmon and eggs for breakfast.

Hobbies: Motorcycle Touring

David Ray

Service Manager, Portland

Years in the Industry: Coming Soon

 

Secret Talent: Coming Soon

Christina Tilson

Vice President - CFO, Portland

Years in the Industry: 12

Years at Viking: 12

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

Bob Trapp

Senior Estimator / Manager, Longview

Years in the Industry: 47

Years at Viking: 22

Favorite Viking Project: CHS Kalama, GP Paper Machine #7

Best sprinkler skill: Solving Problems

 

Favorite food: Steak

Hobbies: Fire Fighting

Garrett Wester

Field Superintendent, Seattle

Tom Wylam

Purchasing / Shop Superintendent, Portland

Years in the Industry: 37

Years at Viking: 33

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

  • Lucia Fung

    Fire Sprinkler Designer
    Seattle

  • Devin Ganz

    Designer
    Portland

  • Chris Green

    Design Tech
    Nampa

  • Donald Koval

    Designer
    Seattle

  • Brett Lawatch

    Lead Designer
    Boise

  • Dan McLuen P.E.

    Engineer
    Seattle

  • Josh Miller P.E.

    Fire Protection Engineer
    Portland

  • Paul M. Nipper

    Protection Designer
    Portland

  • Jeremy Schram

    Fire Sprinkler Designer
    Portland

  • Brian Schroeder

    Design
    Medford

  • Katerina Spencer

    Designer
    Nampa

Lucia Fung

Fire Sprinkler Designer, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 32

Years at Viking: 11

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

Devin Ganz

Designer, Portland

Years in the Industry: 3 ½

Years at Viking: 6 months

Favorite sports team: 1995 Chicago Bulls

Best sprinkler skill: Best at everything

Spirit Animal: Fox

 

Secret Talent: If someone has told then it’s not a secret!

Defining Characteristic: Always cold

Favorite food: Bacon Cheese Burgers

Hobbies: Beer & Board games

Chris Green

Design Tech, Nampa

Years in the Industry: 6 Months

Years at Viking: 6 Months

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

Donald Koval

Designer, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 3 months

Years at Viking: 3 months

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

Brett Lawatch

Lead Designer, Boise

Years in the Industry: 8

Years at Viking: 8

Favorite sports team: Seattle Mariners – There’s always next year…

Favorite Viking Project: In-rack sprinkler system at Simplot in Caldwell that protected frozen potato products at -10°. The project included 6 separate double inter-lock pre-action systems and over 2,500 sprinkler heads in the racks.

 

Spirit Animal: The online quiz says I am a bear… I do like to hibernate.

Defining Characteristic: What defines me more than anything is my amazing dad skills. I don’t mean to brag but my kids are awesome and I know I’ve played a significant role in their lives.

Favorite food: Give me a medium-rare prime rib with some creamy horseradish, a loaded baked potato and a cold beer and I will be a happy guy.

Hobbies: I really enjoy the game of baseball. I play a lot of rec league softball and coach my boys baseball teams. I also have a decent bobble head collection that continues to grow.

Dan McLuen P.E.

Engineer, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 41

Years at Viking: 10

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

Josh Miller P.E.

Fire Protection Engineer, Portland

Years in the Industry: 6

Years at Viking: 2 Months

Favorite sports team: Portland Trail Blazers

Spirit Animal: Chimpanzee

Secret Talent: Roasting Coffee

Defining Characteristic: Over analyzing Everything

Favorite food: Kimchi and other Korean foods

Hobbies: Concerts with my wife, gardening, and home improvement projects

Paul M. Nipper

Protection Designer, Portland

Years in the Industry: 17

Years at Viking: 11

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

Fire Sprinkler Designer, Portland

Years in the Industry: Almost... guess!

Years at Viking: 1 Year

Favorite Sports Team: 49ers

Spirit Animal: Tiny pig with red rubber boots

Secret Talent: My handwriting is incredible

Defining Characteristic: Honest to a fault. I also like a good hat.

Favorite Food: Nachos with lots of guac

Hobbies: Brewing, Cycling, Camping, Collecting Pipes

Brian Schroeder

Design, Medford

Years in the Industry: 2

Years at Viking: 2

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”

Katerina Spencer

Designer, Nampa

Years in the Industry: 3 months in Fire Sprinkler industry and 8 years in Fire Protection industry

Years at Viking: 3 months

Favorite Sports Team: Czech Hockey team

Best Sprinkler Skill: Make it rain

Spirit Animal: Tiger

Secret Talent: cake decorating

Hobbies: hiking, group fitness and crafts

  • Portland Shop Crew

    Shop Crew
    Portland

  • Seattle Shop Crew

    Shop Crew
    Seattle

Portland Shop Crew

Shop Crew, Portland

Seattle Shop Crew

Shop Crew, Seattle

Service, Sales and Administration
Building Relationships
with Our Valued Customers

  • Ty Allan

    Design / Sales / IT
    Seattle

  • Mike Baxter

    Estimator / Area Manager
    Medford

  • Dwight Bickler

    Senior Estimator
    Seattle

  • Randy Bowron

    Estimator
    Nampa

  • Jennifer Etcheson

    Estimating / Project Coordinator
    Nampa

  • Brezil Hamilton

    Billing
    Portland

  • Jeremy Hertner

    Field Superintendent
    Portland

  • Rickie Johnson

    Office Manager / Service Admin
    Idaho

  • Bryan Kelley

    Senior Estimator
    Portland

  • Heather Knight

    Assistant Bookkeeper - Payroll
    Portland

  • Kish Marler

    Service Dept Sales / PM
    Seattle

  • Emma Mayfield

    Purchasing Assistant
    Portland

  • Sidney McLaren

    Contract Admin / AR
    Portland

  • Celia Meiners-Wilson

    Accounts Payable Clerk
    Portland

  • Katharine Miller

    Service Admin
    Seattle

  • Tara Nelson

    Service Admin
    Portland

  • David Ray

    Service Manager
    Portland

  • Brianna Stalwick

    Purchasing Agent
    Portland

  • Nick Valentine

    Service Manager
    Idaho

  • Bernie Wester

    Vice President / OPS Manager
    Seattle

  • Derek Wittkopf

    Estimator / PM
    Portland

  • Mary Yesulaites

    Admin
    Seattle

Ty Allan

Design / Sales / IT, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 17

Years at Viking: 5

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: 18

Years at Viking: 14

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

Dwight Bickler

Senior Estimator, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 37 years – 2 months and 22 days

Years at Viking: 22 years – 5 months and 10 days

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: 37

Years at Viking: 1

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: 18 years in the construction industry

Years at Viking: 3 months

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.

Brezil Hamilton

Billing, Portland

Years in the Industry: < 1 year

Years at Viking: < 1 year

Favorite Sports Team: What is sports?

Favorite Viking Project: Any high-rise!

Best Sprinkler Skill: Types really loudly

Spirit Animal: Black cat

Defining Characteristic: Optimistic

Favorite Food: Mexican & Korean

Hobbies: Gardening, music, reading, eating, memes

Jeremy Hertner

Field Superintendent, Portland

Rickie Johnson

Office Manager / Service Admin, Idaho

Years in the Industry: 13

Years at Viking: 13

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

Bryan Kelley

Senior Estimator, Portland

Years in the Industry: 31

Years at Viking: 3

Favorite sports team: Oregon Ducks Football, 49ers

Favorite Viking Project: All

Best sprinkler skill: Experience, diligent, care about projects and people

 

Spirit Animal: Tiger

Secret Talent: Can’t tell you

Defining Characteristic: Sincerity

Favorite food: Breakfast -bacon and waffles etc…

Hobbies: Fishing

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: 0 years, 5 months

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: 34 years

Years at Viking: 3 months

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.

Emma Mayfield

Purchasing Assistant, Portland

Years in the Industry: 1 year

Years at Viking: 1 year

Best Sprinkler Skill: Pointing at ceilings in restaurants.

Spirit Animal: One quiz said Condor, another said Beaver – not sure what the take away is.

Defining Characteristic: Determined

Favorite Food: Chicken strips with ranch

Hobbies: Being active, time with family and my dog Cooper.

Sidney McLaren

Contract Admin / AR, Portland

Years in the Industry: 2

Years at Viking: 2

Favorite Viking Project: Asking 8,000 questions about sprinkler systems in a way that comes off as only mildly annoying.

Spirit Animal: Beluga

 

Secret Talent: Forcing people to discuss spirit animals

Defining Characteristic: Glorious vocabulary and sheep drawings

Favorite food: Pesto

Hobbies: Drawing sheep for people in exchange for favors and goods.

Celia Meiners-Wilson

Accounts Payable Clerk, Portland

Years in the Industry: 1 year plus

Years at Viking: 1 year plus

Favorite sports team: Portland Winterhawks

Best Sprinkler Skill: Politely yet relentlessly nagging people about paperwork

Secret Talent: I’m really good at picking out road trip music

Defining Characteristic: Constantly drinking coffee

Favorite Food: Mac n’ Cheese, or really anything with cheese

Hobbies: Cooking, reading, trying to pet every cat in my neighborhood

Katharine Miller

Service Admin, Seattle

Secret Talent: I’m extremely good at trivia

Favorite food: Sushi

Hobbies: Bowling, cooking

Secret Talent: I’m extremely good at trivia

Favorite food: Sushi

Hobbies: Bowling, cooking

Tara Nelson

Service Admin, Portland

Years in the Industry: 1

Years at Viking: 1

Favorite sports team: Oregon State Beavers

Favorite food: Anything Breakfast

Hobbies: Crafting, reading and playing with my dog

David Ray

Service Manager, Portland

Years in the Industry: Coming Soon

 

Secret Talent: Coming Soon

Brianna Stalwick

Purchasing Agent, Portland

Years in the Industry: 13

Years at Viking: 13

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

Nick Valentine

Service Manager, Idaho

Years in the Industry: 17

Years at Viking: 7

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.

Bernie Wester

Vice President / OPS Manager, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 32

Years at Viking: 18

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

Derek Wittkopf

Estimator / PM, Portland

Years in the Industry: 23

Years at Viking: 23

Favorite sports team: Miami Dolphins

Favorite Viking Project: Freres Lumber – I designed my one and only Veneer Dryer

Best sprinkler skill: Escutcheons and digging holes for vaults

 

Spirit Animal: Lion – I took the online quiz.

Secret Talent: I can walk and chew gum at the same time.

Defining Characteristic: Christian Faith

Favorite food: Pizza

Hobbies: Golf

Mary Yesulaites

Admin, Seattle

Years in the Industry: 28 years 8 months and 4 days

Years at Viking: 28 years 8 months and 4 days

Favorite Sports Team: Football – Go Hawks!

Favorite Viking Project: Scheduling work with our long-time customers.

Spirit Animal: Panda

Secret Talent: Annoying people

Favorite Food: Mexican

Hobbies: Reading, genealogy and playing games