Having a solid corporate structure is key to delivering successful high voltage construction projects. Hot Line Construction’s core team of experts has decades of experience in the industry.
Carol was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. She began her career by spending over a decade in the banking industry. In 1981, she partnered with two others to start California Splicing & Testing (CST). In 1986, Carol left CST and started Hot Line Construction, Inc. with her late husband, Denney. He was an expert in the high voltage industry and worked around the world for many years. Carol’s financial experience, high voltage background and leadership skills helped her to run the company successfully. For the past 29 years, Carol has grown the company from 5 employees to over 650. Hot Line Construction is 100% woman owned, WBE-certified and considered a leader in the industry in both safety and production.
Carol is an avid golfer, aviation enthusiast, traveler and a supporter of many causes. She is beyond grateful for the support of the Hot Line team and is proud to run one of the top high voltage companies in the industry.
Troy was raised in Pleasanton, CA, and after graduating high school, he served four years in the Coast Guard. He later joined the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) to begin his apprenticeship and spent the next 25 years as a journeyman lineman and lead cable splicer. He owned and operated California Splicing & Testing before selling it to Hot Line, where he has been serving as vice president since 2008. As VP, Troy oversees all operations and manages contracts with local utility companies. He is a respected member of the utility community and represents Hot Line as a leader in safety.
He enjoys spending time with his wife, Sarah, and his two kids, Chase and Brittany; he is an avid skydiver, scuba diver, pilot and golfer.
Kelly KutcheraCFO & Vice President
Kelly was raised in Pleasanton, CA, and began her accounting career at a young age. In 1986, She started out as the Office Manager with Hot Line Construction, handling all administrative aspects of the company from A/R, A/P, Contract Management and Controller. She immediately began a two-year private accounting training with a CPA Firm out of Sebastopol, CA. Later, In 1998, She began a Full Service Equine Facility in Brentwood, CA along with her husband, operating as Owner Operator & Bookkeeper and is rated as one of the top facilities in the area today. Kelly has been with Hot Line Construction for a total of 15 years, now acting as Vice President & CFO since 2010. She attributes her knowledge and keen management skills to her mother, Carol Bade, CEO of Hot Line Construction, as well as being born and raised around the high voltage electrical industry her entire life.
Kelly is married and resides in Brentwood, CA; she likes to rodeo in her off time and spend time with her husband, three children & grandson.
Lisa ArmasCorporate Office & A/R Manager
Lisa has 32 years of hands-on experience in accounting and management. During her 12 years at Hot Line Construction, Lisa has been involved in every aspect of the accounting program, including accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, finances, retirement programs, management and training of new employees.
Happily married with three grown children, Lisa spends her leisure time horseback riding, fishing, boating, hiking and enjoying the outdoors.
Lacey HarstonRisk Manager
As a risk-management expert with 22 years of experience, Lacey has dedicated her career to being a proactive leader in safety, health and environmental responsibility. She has strong organizational and communication skills, business acumen, and analytical ability. These skills serve Hot Line well in the development, strategy, implementation and evaluation of programs, policies and procedures for the Risk Management/Safety Division.
Lacey is married and has two children and three grandchildren. She and her husband enjoy visiting their grandchildren, motorcycle riding, scuba diving and spoiling their lap dog. Safety is a personal value for Lacey and her family.
Southern California Region
Jerad SimmonsSouthern California General Manager
Jerad has been with Hot Line Construction for several years, working in the San Jacinto and South Rural regions prior to assuming his current position in December 2013. He began his career in 1988 at a small utility in Arizona. In 2001, Jerad moved to Southern California, where he worked as a lineman for SDG&E, a foreman and general foreman for Henkels & McCoy, a general foreman and field manager for Par Electric, and a training director for Northwest Lineman College (NLC). At NLC, he taught classes on electrical theory, EPZ grounding, and transformer theory as well as field-training classes such as climbing and rope splicing. He received the Eagle Award for the most outstanding instructor.
He lives in Ventura County with his wife of 20 years, Penny, and his two children, Ross and Trevor. Ross, a sixth-step apprentice lineman, will be the third generation of journeyman linemen in the family.
Frank BarrettSouth Civil District Manager
Frank began his career in 1999 as a road construction inspector for Cal Trans. During his career, he has been an estimator/project manager, chief estimator (underground utilities), and a general manager (civil construction). He earned his B.S. degree in civil engineering from California State University, Chico.
Frank enjoys spending time with his wife, Judi; son, Eli; and daughter, Sydney. His hobbies include running, hiking, basketball, swimming, diving, working around the house and watching sports.
South Rurals & Desert Region
Shawn R HowardDistrict Manager
Shawn began his career 23 years ago with an AJATC Apprenticeship Program, which earned him his journeyman lineman ticket. Prior to working at Hot Line Construction, Shawn has assisted several companies, including Par Electric and Kimsey Electric, in managing, building and maintaining power lines throughout the United States. His passion for work has taken him to New York, Florida and Texas for hurricanes; Kansas for ice storms; and California for fire and heat storms.
Shawn is a happily married father of three. His hobbies include hunting, fishing and shooting guns.
Northern California Region
Casey RushPrivate Transmission & Distribution District Manager
Casey joined the Hot Line family in 2007 after spending several years with PG&E. Starting his career working on power lines in the oil fields when he was 17, Casey has been in the industry since 1999 and an IBEW member since 2000. During his career, he has run multiple storm response operations. He has extensive knowledge of the industry, including both transmission and distribution.
Casey has been married for thirteen years and has four children. In his spare time, Casey enjoys milling lumber and working on his mini farm.
Gary GonzalesDistrict Manager
Gary started working for PG&E as a laborer after high school. During his 38+-year career, Gary worked as a crew foreman, pipeline welder, general superintendent, estimator, operations manager and project manager. A member of the Hot Line team since 2014, he oversees the daily operations for the North Civil Division, assists in estimating and project management, and provides technical support for field operations.
He is a Bay Area native, having grown up in Hayward, and has raised two kids.
Scott A KabrichPrivate Sector District Manager
Scott has been in the high voltage industry for 29 years, coming up through the ranks from a groundman to a cable splicer to a foreman in the field. Currently, Scott is a Superintendent & estimator for the Private Sector Division. He has been a member of IBEW Local 595/1245 for the duration of his career. Growing up in a family of linemen and cable splicers, Scott has been immersed in the industry his entire life. This has enabled him to learn all aspects of the industry.
Born in Castro Valley, Scott grew up in Pleasanton. He has been married for 25 years and has a teenage son. Scott coaches freshman football at the local high school and loves to play golf whenever he can.