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With a staff that reaches across the country and over international borders, we believe people are our most important asset. Vanir’s strong and experienced leadership team takes a hands-on approach to ensure we retain the best employees and deliver the right solutions to our clients. Our leadership also sets a strong example for the rest of the employee base by serving as community leaders and giving back to others.

Dorene Dominguez
Dorene Dominguez
Chairman of the Board

Ms. Dominguez succeeded her beloved father, the late H. Frank Dominguez, to serve as Chairman of the Board. In her role, she oversees all offices throughout the United States and internationally in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

An avid philanthropist and active member of various community improvement projects, boards and commissions, Ms. Dominguez has a particular interest in aiding the Hispanic community and helping others. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for both American River Bank and PRIDE Industries and is involved with several organizations, including the Young Presidents Organization and New America Alliance, among others.

Guy Mehula
Guy Mehula, PE

With more than 35 years of executive-level experience in the construction industry, Mr. Mehula serves as President in charge of all operations for the company. He has spent his career involved in a number of high-profile projects around the world, heading up teams and producing award-winning results. With an accomplished engineering background, he has played a major role in leading complex organizations with varied facility management missions.

Retiring as a Captain in the United States Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps, Mr. Mehula spent 25 years managing large-scale international assignments, providing him the characteristics that have contributed to his success. He is a proven leader, recognized for his innovative thinking and wealth of global expertise, a key factor in his ability to improve business processes and enhance productivity.

Pamela Sammons
Pamela Sammons, JD
Vice President of Administration

With more than 30 years of experience in the construction management industry, Ms. Sammons serves as Vice President of Administration, in charge of establishing general administrative systems and procedures to support corporate objectives. Her primary areas of responsibility include talent acquisition, human resources, and contract review and administration.

In addition to developing contracts for professional consultant services, Ms. Sammons has authored countless guidelines, policies, and procedures. She is passionate about helping employees attain both personal and professional goals. She holds a Juris Doctor from Lincoln Law School of Sacramento.

Steve Whitehead
Steve Whitehead, PE, CCM
Chief Operating Officer

Serving as Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Whitehead is a Certified Construction Manager and Registered Professional Engineer with more than 30 years of experience in the design and construction industry. In this role, he oversees company-wide operations and manages the internal departments that support Vanir’s project teams.

Mr. Whitehead focuses on streamlining efficiencies and optimizing client satisfaction. He has developed excellent client relationships and built a strong track record of success, having led the charge of several award-winning projects. He has worked hand-in-hand with both public and private owners and has extensive knowledge of the project life cycle. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and is an active member of the National Society of Professional Engineers.

Judith Wallace
Judith Wallace, CCM
Chief Marketing Officer

As Chief Marketing Officer, Ms. Wallace oversees and supports all marketing and business development efforts, company-wide. With Vanir since 1992, she has performed in various positions within project operations and brings nearly 30 years of industry experience. Joining Vanir’s marketing department in 2013, she is a Certified Construction Manager with a Master of Science in Construction Management from Texas A&M University; she also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wake Forest University.

Committed to advancing professionalism within the construction management industry, Ms. Wallace serves on the National Board of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America and is a member of the Society for Marketing Professional Services.

Esmeralda Peña
Esmeralda Peña
Director of Human Resources

Esmeralda Peña oversees Vanir’s overall planning, management, and direction of human resources functions. As Vanir’s Director of Human Resources, Ms. Peña brings over 15 years of experience in human resources operations.

She is responsible for developing and maintaining company policies and procedures, payroll and companywide benefits, talent acquisition, and employee development and recognition programs. She is committed to building a culture of engagement, innovation, and opportunity.

Ms. Peña holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resources Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Last change: 09/20/2017