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Meet SACA's Board of Directors 



 Ben Carter



Tait Wilcox






Shauna Valeez




I am Tait Wilcox. I am on my second term of the Director’s Board.  I have a wife and two kids, which both are out of the house.  

 I grew up in Casper Wyoming, at the age of 22 I moved to Sierra Vista. I then moved with the retail company which I worked for from SV to Yuma, Prescott, Flagstaff.  Back in SV and wanting to get out of retail, I started cleaning businesses, which lead me to construction cleaning for Castle & Cooke. I applied at Castle & Cooke and became a full time employee, where I am currently Senior Construction Manager. I restarted my education and earned a few certificates, and a construction degree at Cochise College, on to University of Phoenix where I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in management with a concentration in finance. I taught part time as a college instructor at Cochise College for eight years until 2015. Now I spend my quality time with the wife and help out around the house with shopping, cooking, yard work, and cleaning.

Wanting to be active in the community in an area in which I have knowledge, I searched for a way I could get involved.  After attending a few SACA safety seminars and meetings, I began to understand its value in the construction community. I applied for a position and got on the board.  I enjoy being on the SACA board and aiding in the communities needs, and assisting the contractors with a voice. For SACA I get or write articles for the newsletter, schedule safety meetings and help the other board members as often as I can. I am also a commissioner on the Environmental Affairs Commission for our City.

My hobbies are hanging out in the mountains, bicycling, bbqing, and aquaponics, growing fruits and vegetables. Every few years I like to rebuild an older vehicle, car, truck, or motorcycle, it does not matter, just find something that I am interested in. 

James "Robbie" Cain and his father, William own and operate Southwest Desert Images, LLC a local landscape and maintenance company serving Cochise County.  He arrived in Sierra Vista in October of 2000 and has been active in the construction industry since.  Robbie returned to the SACA board as a member in 2016 and is currently serving as Vice President.  An avid disc golfer, he enjoys playing our local course and is involved in efforts to develop the it and promote the sport to others in the community.  He is also active in other charitable activities locally and in the state as a member of the 501st Legion a Star Wars Costuming group that enhances charitable events and visits hospitals in costume.  If you have any questions regarding the local construction industry, landscaping, or his other endeavors, feel free to contact him at any time.

Ben Carter is 37 years old and works as a Project Engineer for KE&G Construction

Ben has been living in Sierra Vista since 1985.

Ben has 19 years’ experience in the construction industry. After graduating Buena High School in 1998, he became a house framer for several years in Sierra Vista.  

He then decided to go to college and graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management.

After college graduation Ben was hired as a field engineer for Granite Construction (a civil construction company) in Tucson.  He lived in Tucson and worked for Granite for several years. In 2009, Ben started working at KE&G Construction and shortly later moved to Sierra Vista.

Ben is married with two children, Mikayla and Ben, who he enjoys spending most of his free time with. 

When not working or spending time with his family, you can find him spending time in the outdoors hunting or fishing.



Mike Rutherford




Mr. Rutherford is the President of Rutherford Diversified Industries, Inc.   Rutherford Diversified Industries, Inc. is a General Engineering Contractor currently engaged in fiber optic, outside plant construction in seven western states.  RDI also does dirt work, paving and subdivision utilities in the southern Arizona area. 

Mike is also a partner in Groth, Rutherford & Scott, LLC, which has several office buildings in Sierra Vista. 

He is currently the Past President of the Southeastern Arizona Contactors Association. 

Mike is the representative for SACA to the Registrar of Contractors Industry Advisory Council.   His committee involvement includes the SACA building committee, the Children’s Crisis Center, and the Historical Soldier Relocation Project. 

Mike, currently, chairs the Building Code Advisory & Appeals Board for Cochise County and is a board member on The Cochise Water Project.  He has served on the City of Sierra Vista Industrial Development Authority. 

In his spare time he is also the President of the Arizona Folklore Preserve located in Ramsey Canyon in the Huachuca Mountains. 

To fill in the voids, RDI owns a Super Late model race car that will run at the USA raceway in Tucson.

Dave Thompson

Board Member

Rod Flanigan 

Board Member 

Bill Goethe is a proud member of the Southern Arizona Contractors association.  He was born in Glendale, California to a military family.  After traveling extensively, his family ended up in Massachusetts.  From there he graduated from Ayer High School.  Bill worked in sales in the automotive industry for over 20 years.  In the mid 90s he moved to Arizona and in 2007, he started working in home repair.  He attended Cochise College studying in the Building Construction Technology (BCT) program.  In 2009, Bill started the company Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista as a small handyman business.

Over the last 9 years, Bill grew the company to be the largest, most respected contracting business in Southern Arizona.  In 2015, the Chamber of Commerce presented Mr. Fix It the Small Business of the Year award.  Mr. Fix it also has received the Best of Sierra Vista award for remodeling for the last three years.  In 2016, Bill was awarded Businessperson of the Year.  Last year Bill sold Mr. Fix It but he continues on as Manager of the business, promoting the principal of giving back to the community and exemplifying the teamwork and professionalism that made the company successful. 

Bill has begun another business venture during this time and now is the proud owner of Properties Plus.  This is a privately held real estate company, which has allowed him to continue to work to improve and develop the area, specifically the West End. 

Bill is proud to call SV his home.  He is married with four children and six grandchildren.  His future goals include working to promote the profession of contracting and continuing to give back to the community.

Shauna is an Escrow Officer who works for Pioneer Title Agency, Inc., and joins the SACA Board of Director for the 2018-2019 term. 

Shauna and her family moved to the area from Colorado in 2002.

Shauna started working for Pioneer Title Agency, Inc. in 2002 as an Escrow Assistant and has worked her way up to an Escrow Officer. She has worked closely with various builders and investors in the area.

Shauna was a member of the Board of the Sierra Vista American Youth Football and Cheer from 2003 to 2011. Shauna helped grow the program from 35 participants to over 400.

Shauna is married and has two children attending college.  Shauna enjoys spending time with her family and traveling.


Robbie Cain, Director

Dave Thompson currently serves on the Sierra Vista Planning and Zoning Commission.  Dave was voted in as a SACA Honorary Board Member at our December 2018 GMM.    Dave Thompson has primarily worked as an estimator / project manager in commercial hard bid and residential roles.  Most of his work was for subs where labor (production rates, labor budgets, composite crew costs, etc.) were critical.  He also worked for homebuilders including Pulte and Richmond where he created their lumber estimating programs. His career paralleled the introduction of PC spreadsheets and he quickly gained a reputation for creating user-friendly estimating programs.  He gained a reputation for estimating spreadsheet applications such that he wound up teaching adult ed classes from the late 80’s to the present in excel, estimating principles, how to design and build your own home, how to manage your money to achieve financial independence, and stock market and real estate investing. He spent two years in Tucson working for a HUD agency as a rehab specialist, three years in Dallas working in high rise tenant finish (“the worst white-collar job in the world” according to “Fortune” magazine), and nearly three decades in Denver. After returning from Vietnam he started and built up a small business accounting practice in San Diego, and wound up specializing in contractors, then sold out to a CPA firm to get his hands dirty. In Vietnam he was a Marine Corps fighter pilot with collateral duties as a legal officer.

SACA:  198 S Coronado Ste B, AZ 85635           Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 1004, Sierra Vista, AZ  85636         

Telephone: (520) 458-0488                                                                                                                   Copyright:  SACA 2018 


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