Meet SACA's Board of Directors
James "Robbie" Cain and his father, William, own 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 president.
An avid disc golfer, he enjoys playing our local course and is involved in efforts to develop and promote the sport to others in the community. He is also active in other charitable activities locally and at the state level 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 weekend endeavors, feel free to contact him any time.
I am Tait Wilcox. I am on my second term on the Director's Board. I have a wife and two kids, both of whom are out of the house.
I am from 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, bbq-ing, 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.
Shauna Valdez is an Escrow Officer who works for Pioneer Title Agency, Inc., and has been a member of the SACA Board of Director since 2018.
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.
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 Treasurer 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.
Rod Flanigan is the Dean of Business and Technology at Cochise College. Prior to joining Cochise College in 2018, Rod was the Program Director of the Industrial Distribution program at the University of Nebraska at Kearney. But life in academia has not always been part of his world. After earning an engineering degree, he went to work on the Apache Attack Helicopter program in Mesa.
After a few years on the Apache program, Rod spent the next 30 years in the fluid power and power transmission industries. Throughout his career he was able to work on mining applications, construction equipment (Caterpillar, Case, and others), material handling (Toyota, Mitsubishi, Cat) and all kinds of other applications and industries. 20 years after earning an engineering degree he went back to school and earned an MBA. During that same time he started his own company in the power transmission industry. 10 years after receiving his MBA, he earned his Ph.D. and decided it was time to get out of industry... and that is how he and his wife ended up in Sierra Vista.
Aaron Kerr is the owner of Mr. Fix It of Sierra Vista, a licensed and bonded electrician, plumber and general contracting construction company. Aaron with his wife Jessie and their eight beautiful children have resided in the Sierra Vista area for the past thirteen years. Prior to Mr. Fix It, he worked in law enforcement for 10 years as a United States Border Patrol Agent. He has also worked in masonry and a variety of other areas of the construction business. With Mr. Fix It, he has a commitment to serve the greater Sierra Vista area by providing customer-centric services in home repair, damage restoration and custom kitchen and bath remodels.
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.
Kevin Wilusz was born and raised in Connecticut before moving to Arizona and graduating from University of Arizona for Civil Engineering, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in both Arizona and Nevada. Six years of construction work with Kiewit led to numerous projects from Kansas to New Mexico to Washington, to Colorado and Utah. Next was six years in Montana with a crushing and paving contractor who eventually was absorbed by a large international aggregate firm. This then led to fourteen years working overseas with ten years in Afghanistan, one year in American Samoa and the down time in Thailand where he met his wife and where she currently resides with their two young children awaiting visas to be approved.
Since October 2018 Kevin has worked for KE&G Construction as a project manager/estimator in their Sierra Vista office. Active participation with the local community via Toys for Tots, Salvation Army and assorted food drives was a large selling point in joining the organization and being a member of a community, not just a resident. Participating in SACA will be a great opportunity to serve the Sierra Vista community and continue their great traditions of community outreach.