Walton Masonry Staff

headshot-steve-montezSteve Montez
Operations Manager

Steve is responsible for the office staff, field crews and all of our on-going projects.  He sets up job crews for each project and also acts as Project Mgr. for assigned jobs. Steve must keep track of both equipment and material mobilized for various jobs while he must also make sure billings go out.  He assists our estimator by meeting owners at potential job sites to determine what is wanted and take a “job walk” to measure dimensions and make sketches.  For larger jobs he meets with Architects and General Contractors.  He puts together a package of activities to be bid and submits jobsite information to the Estimator.

Steve graduated from Gilroy High School and attended Gavilan College before leaving to become a masonry Hoddy in 1978.  Working for various local masons, he progressed to become an Apprentice and then a Journeyman Mason.  He found that he had an eye for stone and loved to do stonework in particular.  Steve came to work for Walton & Sons Masonry in 1999.  In 2004 he became a Project Manager and in 2007 he was promoted to Operations Manager.   In 2002 Steve acted as our Senior Instructor for the Walton & Sons Masonry Apprenticeship Program.  He taught basic to advanced masonry skills and also specialty areas of masonry.

Steve has played softball with Gilroy’s Men’s Adult Softball league since 1975.  His team is named Walton & Sons Masonry and has been since we began to sponsor it ten years ago.  Steve is a father and grandfather and likes to cook and BBQ.

 

headshot-placeholderScott Walton
Project Manager

Scott is the son of Dennis Walton and was raised around masonry jobs.  He  is experienced in high-end residential, commercial, and public jobs. He worked as

Born and raised in Los Gatos, CA

 

 

 

headshot-placeholderRob Dunham
Estimator

Rob is a recent and highly valuable addition to Walton & Sons Masonry, Inc. moving from San Diego, California to Morgan Hill in Northern California.

 

 

 

 

headshot-placeholderMeranda Walton
Estimator

Meranda is the daughter of Scott Walton and was taught to clean joints when little more than a toddler.  Now a business major attending Foothill College, her background and experience make her a valuable masonry estimator.

 

 

 

 

headshot-sylvia-gartnerSylvia Gartner
Office Manager

In addition to office staff supervision of payroll and clerical procedures, we rely on Sylvia to provide company insurance compliance to customers and to review and analyze sub-contracts.  She also maintains the documentation required by the DMV and the US Dept. of Transportation fleet inspections.  Sylvia uses the American Contractor software to create monthly accounting reports and also works closely with an outside CPA who prepares the firm’s corporate tax returns.

Sylvia is a fourth generation Akron, Ohio resident but broke the mold when she moved to California.  With an AA degree and before joining Walton & Sons Masonry, 24 years ago, Sylvia worked at Atari and then at Catalyst, a high tech incubator as Personal Assistant to Nolan Bushnell.  We were lucky to inherit her office management skills.  Compared to high tech, she says she likes the low-key atmosphere of construction.  She likes to see examples of our work all over the Bay Area and she takes pride in the craftsmanship of our Journeyman masons.

Sylvia has studied Spanish for 20 years and is also fluent in Italian.  A frequent European traveler and voracious reader, she belongs to two book clubs and has served for 18 years as Treasurer and active member of her Palo Alto neighborhood association.

 

headshot-graciela-alvarezGraciela Alvarez

Payroll Administrator/Accounts Payable

Graciela is responsible for all of our payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable.  It is an exacting task and she works hard to make sure everything goes smoothly.  Graciela has over 20 years of experience in Payroll and extensive knowledge dealing with HR and related departments.  She has contributed greatly in our company’s success over the past eleven years.

Graciela is from the beautiful state of Zacatecas, Mexico and attended La Academia comercial Regssard in Guadalajara, Jalisco.  A wife and mother of three, she is also one of four daughters and maintains close family ties with her parents and a large extended family.

 

HEADSHOT-JENNIE-MONTEZJennifer Montez

Operations Assistant

Jennifer is the first voice that people hear when they call Walton & Sons Masonry.  She has been our “first voice” for ten years.  In addition to phone duties, Jennifer juggles many other tasks.  She assists all of the office staff and Project Managers.  When a proposal is accepted she turns it into a job and distributes files to Accounting and the Project Managers.  Jenny types daily reports for each job so that labor hours can be tracked.  She collects and organizes all timesheets in preparation for payroll entry.

Jennifer is enthusiastic about masonry saying, “I believe good masonry is necessary to make ordinary into extraordinary.  Buildings without masonry are just plain boring.”

Jennifer is native to Morgan Hill.  After graduating from Live Oak High School she spent ten years doing office clerical work before she began what she calls her most important job.  Jenny was a stay-at-home mom for 17 years.  She raised three daughters before rejoining the workforce at Walton & Sons Masonry.  She loves spending time with her family, going camping and riding their quads, especially at Pismo.  Today, Jennifer is grandmother of two with another one on the way.  “They are the light of my life and keep me young.”

 

Rene1_smRené Alcaraz Sánchez.

Equipment Manager

 

Rene is responsible for the maintenance and repair of all large equipment and small tools in the warehouse and yard.  He communicates with Project Managers, procures materials and delivers materials, tools, and equipment to job sites as required.  He keeps track of tools and equipment used on the job so that it doesn’t get lost or stolen.

René was born in 1974. He is married and the father of one boy and one girl. He’s worked for the masonry since 2002. He’s worked in nearly every job with Walton & Sons from hodcarrier to apprentice mason. René’s organizational skills and work ethic make him invaluable for the maintenance of tools and equipment. He has his Class A license and is qualified to drive our large delivery trucks and he also runs the forklift in the yard.

 

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