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(360) 668-3800

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(360) 668-3800


The leadership at Team Nelson Earthwork & Utilties has an unprecedented combined experience level. Our individual team members posses great skill, technical know-how, customer service and management ability, and a comprehensive knowledge of the industry to support the needs of any project that comes our way.

Don Nelson

DON NELSON, President

"If we consistently keep our customers happy by exceeding their expectations from the first phone call through completion of the project, they will continue to call back.”

What began as a one-man operation over 18 years ago, has grown to be a company of over 130 educated and talented employees with over 300 pieces of top of the line machinery and a stellar reputation that keeps our clients coming back.

Company President Don Nelson began cultivating his construction know-how at the early age of 16. After 14 years spent working nearly every aspect of site work and utilities for a large construction outfit in Alaska, Don settled down, started a family, and decided to go back to school.

In 1994, Don graduated summa cum laude from Seattle University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. He spent two years working in public accounting before combining his skillsets and founding Nelson & Sons Construction Co. in May of 1996.

The combination of field experience and formal business education proved to be one his greatest assets as he built Nelson & Sons Construction into the successful company it is today.

In 2013, Don updated the company name to Team Nelson Earthwork & Utilities to acknowledge the efforts and accomplishments of the employees that now make up Team Nelson. Don and his talented team take great pride in the work they do and in the relationships they create, and as a team will continue to provide their partners with a service that is unmatched in this industry.

Mike Gilbert

MIKE GILBERT, Operations Manager

“If we align our goals with that of our client’s expectations, we will succeed together.”

Mike moved to Washington in 1999 and began working as a laborer on a utility crew at a large earthwork and utility company. In the summer of 2002, Mike began his employment with Team Nelson – then operating under the company name Nelson & Sons Construction. He steadily developed a wide skillset and accepted multiple promotions as he rose through the company ranks, proving his leadership skills in positions as Foreman, Project Manager, and General Superintendent.

In 2009, Mike was named the Operations Manager for Team Nelson Earthwork & Utilities. His duties include overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company, ensuring that the team communicates well and works together to achieve the goals of the company.

Eric Rathbone

ERIC RATHBONE, Chief Estimator

Eric has been a key member of the Team Nelson organization since the spring of 2000, responsible for estimating the earthwork and utilities for the company’s commercial projects, mixed use sites, plat development and multi-family projects.

Along with providing bid proposals, Eric also oversees the Estimating Department and its employees. Providing timely proposals is the main focus at Team Nelson but the Estimating Department is also capable of offering its services to help the client with preliminary budgeting to determine the viability of a site.

Eric is a native of Western Washington and upon graduating from high school joined the Marine Corps where he received an Honorable Discharge. Eric started in this industry as an operator in 1976 and worked through various positions until settling on the estimating division.

Eric’s higher education studies include education at Bellevue Community and South Seattle Community College.

Tracy Gregg

TRACY GREGG, Estimator/Project Manager

“By partnering with our clients and understanding their needs, Team Nelson Earthwork & Utilities can provide highly competitive and comprehensive project proposals. Thus creating long lasting Owner/Contractor relationships.”

Tracy has been working in the construction industry for nearly 20 years and brings a wide variety of skills to Team Nelson. Having served in the US Navy from 1989 – 1992, Tracy graduated with an Associates of Sciences Degree from Wenatchee Valley Community College in 1993 and received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Construction Management from Central Washington University in 1996.

Upon graduation, Tracy started his career working in Wenatchee, WA for a heavy civil contractor. After two and half years in the Eastern Washington construction market, Tracy decided to expand his career and moved to the Greater Seattle area where he worked for a premier residential site development contractor. During his years in the Puget Sound construction market, Tracy has worked on numerous residential and commercial projects and has maintained excellent relationships with both customers and vendors.

Hired as a Project Manager, Tracy was a key member of the management staff for Team Nelson’s commercial projects through 2012. In January of 2013, Team Nelson needed to expand the estimating department in order to meet customer needs and Tracy was selected for the job, easily transitioning into the estimating department. As needs arise, Tracy will occasionally manage commercial projects to help out the Operations team.

Fred Hamm

FRED HAMM, Project Manager

Fred has been working in the construction industry for over 37 years. After serving in the USMC from 1971-1973, he attended Ocean County College in New Jersey and graduated with an Associates of Applied Sciences Degree in Civil Engineering Technology in 1976. He has been working in the industry ever since.

After five years in the construction materials testing field in New Jersey and Florida, he went to work for a large road building contractor in Tampa as an estimating assistant in the bridge building division. In 1985, he moved to the Seattle area and has worked for several underground utility and earthwork construction companies, first as an estimator and eventually switching to project management in 1992. Fred joined Team Nelson in March 2013.

Mike Jacobs

MIKE JACOBS, Project Manager

“The best tree was planted 20 years ago. The second best tree is the one planted today.”

Born and raised in greater Western Washington, Mike began his professional career commercial fishing in Alaska with family until he joined Team Nelson – then called Nelson & Sons - in the summer of 2007. Desiring an advanced education, he enrolled at Central Washington University and graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management with an emphasis in Heavy Civil Construction. During his college summers, Mike worked for Team Nelson has a laborer and project engineer.

Upon graduating from CWU, he began work for a large heavy civil highway contractor as a field engineer, and ultimately came back to Team Nelson in 2011 to take on his current position as Project Manager.

Chris Pierce

CHRIS PIERCE, Project Engineer

“Great teamwork is the only way we create the breakthroughs that define our careers.” -Pat Riley

Chris brings a variety of industry experience to Team Nelson Earthwork & Utilities. After returning to Washington State in 1993, he began work as a laborer for an underground utilities contractor. Quickly rising through the ranks as a top man, tail man, and pipe layer with past hands-on utilities field work and experience with a Los Angeles-based oil company, Chris was promoted to a purchase position.

In 2005, he came to work with Team Nelson Earthwork & Utilities as a project manager. Taking leave to focus on home building and land development projects for two years, Chris returned to Team Nelson in 2008.

Chad Christensen


Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Chad began his construction experience as a laborer for a heavy civil contractor. Shortly after, he decided to further his education and enrolled at Arizona State University. While attending college, he interned with a multifamily builder & developer named Wood Partners.

In 2009, upon receiving his Bachelors of Science degree in Construction Management, he was offered a Project Engineer position with a Mechanical Contractor in the Seattle area. He quickly excelled into a Project Manager position and began estimating as well. In 2012, he accepted a Project Manager position with a Heavy Civil contractor in Bellingham where he managed projects across the State of Washington. These projects included roads, bridges, utilities, railroad track extensions, fish acclimation facilities, commercial buildings, and concrete structures.

Chad was welcomed to Team Nelson in the spring of 2015 as Project Manager. His well-diversified background makes him an asset to our management staff.

Duane Oswald

DUANE OSWALD, General Superintendent - Utilities

Duane was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He began his career in the earthwork industry in 1985, working for 12 years as a laborer for a large contractor.

With the knowledge he gained through this employment, Duane accepted a new position with a large earthwork and utilities company. His skill and expertise allowed him to rise through the ranks, when he ultimately accepted a Utility Superintendent position overseeing five utility crews for the next nine years.

From there, Duane took on a variety of leadership roles, including General Superintendent, Estimator, and Project Manager, for various companies, and ultimately was named General Superintendent of Team Nelson in 2010.

Duane strives to keep a great rapport with jurisdictions, customers, and employees in his work with Team Nelson.

Rudy Swirtz

RUDY SWIRTZ, General Superintendent - Earthwork

Rudy began work in construction as a laborer and pipelayer while attending the University of Washington from 1996 to 1999 at which time he joined the United States Marine Corps. Here he graduated basics, the School of Infantry, as well as the Tank Crewman School before returning to the Pacific Northwest in 2000 where he took a position as a mainline pipelayer for large commercial and capital projects company. In late 2004, Rudy was called back to active duty, serving in Iraq until 2005 – he went on to work in the industry as well as in the Reserves until 2007 when he was honorably discharged. In 2008, Rudy connected with Team Nelson and took a position as a field foreman and has since grown into his current position as an earthwork superintendent.

Terry Shookman

TERRY SHOOKMAN, Residential Production Estimator

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. At Team Nelson, we deliver quality at a competitive price.”

Terry has been in the residential industry for 13 + years. In the winter of 2000 he took a temporary position with a local residential excavation company where he stayed for over 10 years. Here he quickly worked his way up from dump truck driver and laborer/operator, to managing and running the company as the general manager.

While Terry was in the general manager position, this company tripled in size. Terry managed the daily field operations while subcontracting with Washington’s biggest home builder and numerous other builders.

In the winter of 2010, Terry began his employment with Team Nelson as an estimator/project manager. At Team Nelson, Terry is responsible for Residential Estimating and also oversees the daily field operation of those projects. He currently has 24 on-going jobs ranging from one lot to 124 lots.

Terry takes great pride in his position and this company. As a team player as well as manager, he consistently strives for excellence in customer care and work quality.

Dillon Nelson

DILLON NELSON, Project Manager

During school summer breaks at the early age of 16, Dillon began work at Team Nelson as a laborer and later as an operator. He went on to earn his Associate of Science Degree from Bellevue College, ultimately transferring to Central Washington University to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management. During this time, he completed an internship with Granite Construction in Pasco, WA, and went on to graduate from CWU in 2011.

After college, Dillon began work with Kiewit Bridge & Marine as an engineer in the district office and soon made the leap to Annapolis, MD to take a field engineer position for concrete repairs, steel erection, and maintenance of traffic for Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

In 2013, Dillon happily moved back to Washington State to take a position with Team Nelson as a Project Manager in the residential division.

Jason Fagan

JASON FAGON, Dispatcher

Jason was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to becoming Team Nelson’s dispatcher, Jason had a multitude of different jobs. He has been a beverage distributor, built panels for Boeing, and worked at a golf course mowing lawns and building tee boxes. He also dipped into construction doing drywall, framing, and pouring concrete foundations.

Looking for something new, Jason heard about a great company, known then as Nelson and Sons Construction, from two long-time employees. Jason started at Nelson and Sons in December of 2001 as a general laborer. In addition to being a laborer, he also drove the delivery truck off and on for two years.

Jason was asked to cover dispatch for two weeks in December of 2003 while the dispatcher went on vacation. The rest, as they say, is Team Nelson history…

Bob Windrick

BOB WINDRICK, Safety Director and Materials Manager

Bob has been working in construction since he was in high school. Born and raised in Northern California, Bob began his professional career as a laborer, before graduating and joining the U.S. Navy. Here he worked as a heavy equipment operator in the Sea Bees (Naval Construction Battalion), and also spent time working the flight deck of the aircraft carrier, the USS Carl Vinson. After leaving the Navy, Bob found his way to Western Washington where he has now lived for the past 25 years, and after various construction positions, ultimately chose to rejoin a good friend here at Team Nelson.

Praised for his superior work as a field superintendent for over 13 years at Team Nelson, Bob was promoted to Safety Director and Materials Manager in 2014.

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