Leadership Team


Rick S. Swartz

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Swartz was appointed MYR Group Inc.’s (MYR Group) President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2017; and assumes complete profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for MYR Group and its subsidiaries who collectively achieved 2017 revenues of $1.4 billion. Mr. Swartz also chairs the MYR Group executive committee. Prior to being appointed CEO, Mr. Swartz served as MYR Group’s executive vice president and chief operating officer for six years. He was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the organization, as well as P&L accountability for MYR Group’s Transmission & Distribution (T&D) and Commercial & Industrial (C&I) divisions.

He was instrumental in the development and inception of project management and productivity improvement programs as well as in the formulation of several corporate safety initiatives. He spearheaded Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc.’s. (Sturgeon Electric) participation in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for the Mobile Workforce Demonstration Program, for which Sturgeon Electric has achieved and maintained STAR status since 2008.

Mr. Swartz has more than 36 years of industry experience and began his career in field operations, and which has evolved into a variety of senior management positions including vice president of Sturgeon Electric’s C&I division, vice president of Sturgeon Electric’s T&D – Midwest division, group vice president C&I and T&D – West, and MYR Group’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.


Tod Cooper

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Transmission & Distribution

In 2017, Mr. Cooper was appointed MYR Group’s senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) division and is responsible for the division’s overall growth, strategies, and day-to-day operations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Cooper also serves on MYR Group’s executive committee. Prior to his current role, he served as a MYR Group senior vice president and oversaw large projects in addition to T&D district operations. Mr. Cooper is well-versed in all aspects of operations and brings significant experience in the areas of personnel development, estimating, sales and project management.

Mr. Cooper began his career in the electrical construction industry in 1989 as an estimator with MYR Group subsidiary The L.E. Myers Co. (L.E. Myers), and held several positions within L.E. Myers including district estimator, business development manager, district manager and regional manager, overseeing all aspects of T&D construction and maintenance operations. He then served in vice president and regional vice president roles where he was responsible for the oversight of all MYR Group eastern district operations and played a key role in developing, sustaining and growing relationships with many major clients throughout the eastern U.S. and Canada.

Mr. Cooper is a board member with American Line Builders Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association, and a trustee for the American Line Builders Apprenticeship Training Program. He has undergone Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques (S.T.A.R.T.). He has a Masters Certificate in Applied Project Management from Villanova University and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Training from Bowling Green State University.

 


Jeff Waneka

Senior Vice President  & Chief Operating Officer of Commercial & Industrial

In 2017, Mr. Waneka was named MYR Group’s senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) division and is responsible for the division’s overall growth, strategies, and day-to-day operations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Mr. Waneka also serves on MYR Group’s executive committee. Prior to his current role, Mr. Waneka served as president of Sturgeon Electric’s Commercial & Industrial (C&I) division. He joined Sturgeon Electric in 1991, and throughout his 25+ years with the Company, has served in various roles of increasing responsibility including project manager, operations manager, district manager, director of business development, and vice president.

Mr. Waneka pioneered several successful programs that have helped to transform the Company into an industry leader. He was instrumental in executing a paradigm shift in Sturgeon Electric’s safety culture through the implementation of various impactful safety programs in the late 1990’s. The success of these programs ultimately led to Sturgeon Electric’s award of VPP STAR Status by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – a status that has been maintained for nearly a decade.

He also strengthened and energized the Company’s pre-construction services group through a realignment of duties and purpose to make the group more creative in their customer focus, and helped to foster and implement continuous improvement in all aspects of safety, operations and technology.

Mr. Waneka received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Construction Management from Colorado State University. He is also a certified as a Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) by the Council of Certification on Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists, and has undergone Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques (S.T.A.R.T.).

 


Gerald B. Engen

Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary

Since 2002, Mr. Engen has served as MYR Group’s senior vice president and chief legal officer and oversees a team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of the Company’s legal affairs around the U.S. and Canada. Mr. Engen also serves on MYR Group’s executive committee. Mr. Engen joined MYR Group in 2000 as assistant general counsel. In this capacity, he managed legal issues related to operations, compliance and staff functions. Mr. Engen received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Wyoming. He also received his Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Denver.

 


Betty R. Johnson

Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer

Ms. Johnson has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer and treasurer since October of 2015.  Ms. Johnson also serves on MYR Group’s executive committee. Prior to MYR Group Inc., Ms. Johnson held various senior management finance roles within the manufacturing and construction industries.  Most recently, she served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Faith Technologies, Inc., a privately-held electrical, engineering and technology systems contractor. From 2007-2015, she also served on MYR Group’s board of directors. From 2009 to 2014, Ms. Johnson served as vice president of global finance and chief financial officer of Sloan Valve Company, an international manufacturer and distributor of water efficient products to the commercial plumbing industry. Prior to this, Ms. Johnson was executive vice president and chief financial officer with Block and Company, Inc., a manufacturer and distributor of money handling and office products from 2003 to 2009. From 1999 to 2003, she served as vice president of operations/finance with Encompass Services Corporation, an electrical and mechanical construction company. Ms. Johnson served as MYR Group’s controller from 1992 to 1998 and vice president and controller from 1998 to 1999.

In addition, Ms. Johnson has 11 years of experience in various auditing roles within the construction industry group at Deloitte and Touche.

Ms. Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois and is a certified public accountant.