Chairman & CEO
Merle Sorenson joined Robinson Brothers Construction in 2008, when he was offered a majority interest and a position as board chairman. At RBC, he’s continued to work closely with many of the management personnel he’s collaborated with over the last 30 years. His emphasis on accountability, long-term vision, and strong workplace culture at RBC is critical to its growth within the telecommunications, power, and renewable wind energy sectors.
In 2006, Mike Rakoz acquired Robinson Brothers Construction with his good friend Craig Sorenson. He is the president of RBC, overseeing its operational activities, project estimating, and business development. Mike is proud of his company’s strong culture, open communication, and competitive spirit in an intense industry. Constantly changing geographical variables and the role RBC plays in supporting the country’s infrastructure make his work fascinating and fulfilling.
Chief Operating Officer
Dan Cook began his construction career in 1983 as a seasonal groundman and apprentice with Trans Pacific in Bishop, California, while continuing his education. Dan rose through the ranks at companies and utilities in Idaho, Alaska and Oregon, gaining valuable experience and building relationships with other companies in the industry, including Robinson Brothers Construction. He admired the integrity of his contacts at RBC and, in May 2014, he took a position as its chief operating officer to oversee the company’s growth and operation.
Chief Financial Officer
Marty Miller is a financial expert with extensive experience in the construction industry. In 2015, he joined Robinson Brothers Construction, using his expertise to develop RBC’s strategic financial plan and support its status as an industry leader in fiber optic. He’s proud of the part he’s played in the building of indispensable facilities and infrastructure across the region.
Executive Vice President
In May 2006, Craig and long-time friend Mike Rakoz acquired Robinson Brothers Construction, seizing an opportunity to work with family, friends, and former employees. Under Craig’s direction as executive vice president, RBC competes with dominant names in the communications construction industry while retaining its values as an independently owned business. He oversees corporate leadership, finance, risk management, fleet management, and many other roles within the business. Craig connects employees and customers across regions, uniting RBC’s teams under common goals and helping them complete projects accurately and efficiently.
Vice-President of Operations
Chris Keksi became vice president of operations at Robinson Brothers Construction in 2006. His role includes coordinating outside operations and estimates for RBC’s sites in eastern Washington and Oregon, as well as the company’s wind farm operations throughout the United States. Working with RBC has enabled him to build friendships with good people alongside growing the company.
Vice President of Equipment & Logistics
Marvin Porfily came to Robinson Brothers Construction in 2008 as an IBEW operator with 25 years of logistics experience and broad knowledge of the power, communications, and trucking industries. His time in the field and in management prepared Marvin to be a solid fleet manager for RBC, where he procures, manages, and distributes the company’s equipment. Marvin’s strengths lie in meeting and solving problems directly, making him a peraect fit for the work ethic and culture of integrity that drew him to RBC.
Advisory Board Member
Darren Farrell’s degree in finance from Santa Clara University and experience in California, Oregon, and Washington have helped many leading contractors in the Northwest become more successful. Robinson Brothers Construction is no exception. With Darren’s expertise and RBC’s leadership, the company has developed a solid succession plan, as well as creative ways to attract and retain some of the best people in our industry. Aside from his work for RBC, Darren is a financial advisor for First Pacific Financial who enjoys coaching youth sports and volunteering in his community.
Certified Public Accountant
Lance Barrett has been with Robinson Brothers Construction since the beginning, helping the company navigate financial issues and managing its plan for growth. Lance’s ambition and good business sense are some of RBC’s most valuable assets; they’ve also earned him high praise within the industry. He’s a RAN ONE North American Advisor of the Year (2011) and a RAN ONE Masters graduate, as well as a co-author of “The Insider’s Guide to Business Success.”