We are a Community Design Services Firm…
COOL, SMART, TALENTED PEOPLE
From humble beginnings…
in a garage, Sanderson Stewart has grown to become a regional, award-winning, collaborative community development services firm with offices in Billings + Bozeman, Montana, and Denver, Colorado. Robert Sanderson, fresh from graduate school at Montana State University, joined with long-time Billings area engineer and surveyor, Jack Mueller, to form Engineering, Inc. in 1969. A few years later another Billings native, John Stewart, joined the firm,
and the rest as they say is history!
1961Bob Sanderson begins working for Jack Mueller and Jim O'Brien at Sage Engineers and Land Planners as a rear chainman on a survey crew.
1965Jack Mueller starts Mueller Engineering in a converted garage on Grand Avenue. Bob works for Jack during vacations from college.
1967Jack calls Bob in Seattle, and Bob returns to work for the growing firm after a stint with the Department of the Navy.
1969Engineering, Inc. is incorporated and the firm continues to grow at its new location in the Plaza Office Building at 1629 Avenue D in Billings.
1985The growing firm moves to a new office in the Homestead Business Park in Billings, and Dennis Randall joins Engineering, Inc. of Wyoming in Sheridan and moves to the Billings office two years later.
1988Michael Sanderson, while still in high school, begins working at Engineering, Inc. as a surveyor.
2002Michael, Rick and Dennis purchase the firm from Bob and John, but Bob and John remain with the firm as active project managers and members of the Board of Directors.
2003Engineering, Inc. moves to its new office in the TransTech Center and helps pioneer Billings’ new state-of-the-art tech park.
2014Sanderson Stewart wins the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Dream Big, Small Business of the Year Award.
FOLLOW THE LEADER –
The leadership team at Sanderson Stewart is filled with visionary people who live the core values that Sanderson Stewart was founded on. They are real people who feel passionately about making their neighbors’ lives better through innovative thinking and sound design principles – sometimes that requires forging a new trail, other times it is a familiar path – but…
the journey is never boring!
MICHAEL SANDERSON, PE, PTOE, LEED AP
President | CEO
When not globetrotting for his side job as International President of ITE, Michael and his black lab, Loki, like to run, fish, and watch his kids play volleyball & baseball. Words to live by: “If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough.” –Mario Andretti
RICK LEUTHOLD, PE, CDP, LEED AP
Chairman | Director of Business Development
Rick is a sunshine and rainbows kind of guy. When not traveling the world with his family and his westie, Duffy, Rick is working to make it a better place. That optimism and vision to see opportunity in every challenge is the reason he chose to become a civil engineer.
DENNIS RANDALL, PE, PLS
Principal | Senior Project Manager
The desire to build and revitalize drew Dennis to civil engineering. When not designing communities, or working on his extensive antique car collection, Dennis can be found hunting things that fly with his favorite girl – his chocolate lab, Scout.
MAC FOGELSONG, PE, LEED AP
COO | Municipal Group Manager
As COO, Mac is keenly interested in making things work. In fact, he lives by the motto of “Fail Forward Fast.” Not that he accepts failure, he just understands the design process and he isn’t scared to kiss a few frogs when needed.
ROBERT SANDERSON, PE, PLS
Board of Directors | Special Projects
Bob has been the North Star of Sanderson Stewart since the beginning. His earnest, cowboy way of getting things done, along with his strong sense of right and wrong have helped to create a great company. And a really rad ’56 Suburban we like to call Old Blue.
DANIELLE SCHARF, PE, PTOE, LEED AP
Associate Principal | Bozeman Regional Director
“Remember to always be yourself. Unless you suck.” Luckily for us, Danielle can very much be herself. As our first ever female stock holder, PTOE, and mom to 2 kiddos and one doggo, she excels at most things. Especially tailgating at Bobcat football games.
TIM PIRTZ, PE
Associate Principal | Chief Design Engineer
Tim loves the outdoors, but not extreme temperatures. That is actually one of the reasons he became a civil engineer. While working on a sweltering construction site one summer, he noticed that the engineer observing from his air-conditioned truck, and he knew that was the job for him. It is also the reason you won’t find him and his lab, Libby, ice fishing anytime soon.
KIRK SPALDING, PE
Associate Principal | DOT Group Manager
Uncertain logging industry futures turned into a boon for the traveling public. It inspired this dyed-in-the-wool outdoorsman to seek a career in transportation engineering. When not designing the most roundabouts in a sequence in the country, Kirk and his golden retriever Carley, can be found hunting and fishing. Fish On!
PAT DAVIES, PE, CDP, LEED AP
Associate Principal| Commercial & Residential Groups Manager
As the manager of our development delivery groups, Pat solves daunting problems every day. But that doesn’t scare him, he likes big challenges. He lives by the motto “What doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger” and, if you have ever seen him in action at the office or shredding the mountain, you know that he is very strong, indeed.
D.J. CLARK, PE, PTOE
Associate | Community Transportation Studio Manager
Lucky for us and the communities he works in, D.J. chose transportation engineering over meteorology in college. Still a tornado chaser at heart, D.J. and his dogs Dakota, Mazey, Shandy, and Jasper now enjoy hunting safer things like ducks and geese.
Associate | Director of Marketing | Branding Studio Manager
Inspiration can be found everywhere-Vikings games, the shower, or walking the pups, Poppy & Thor on the beach. Keeping your eyes and mind open encourages more creative solutions, no matter where you are. “Lake hair, don’t care.”
AMY SCHNEIDER, MBA, SHRM-SCP
Associate | Director of Human Resources & Administration
“Work for a cause, not for applause.” It couldn’t sum up Amy’s passion to improve people’s lives better. The clean freak in Amy is compelled to fix all our issues and tidy her house. Works out well for her two pups, Macy and Frankie, too.
DOUG PEZOLDT, PLS, CFEDS
Associate| Survey Group Manager | Senior Professional Land Surveyor
The combination of technology and history brought Doug to the Land Surveying profession and as Survey Group Manager, Doug gets to enjoy both. He appreciates the saying, "Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference." That mindset is helpful when he finds himself enjoying a good (or not so great) game of golf, or watching his beloved Texas A&M Aggies. "Gig 'em!"
KATIE KAY, PE
Associate | Road Design Discipline Leader |Senior Engineer
When she's not designing innovative roadways for the Department of Transportation Group, Katie knows how have fun with her husband, Josh, and two sons. Cheering on the MSU Bobcats, hanging out at the Yellowstone Country Club, or hiking around their family cabin in Idaho, Katie and her boys are enjoying all Montana and Idaho have to offer!
MARK HOLLE, CPA
Associate | Director of Finance & Accounting
Mark’s favorite saying is “Nothing is ever easy,” so it makes sense that he is a CPA. It ain’t easy keeping a bunch of inspired designers on track financially. Apparently, golf isn’t easy for him either, but he doesn’t let that stop him from swinging.
WE HAVE A VISION...
of being ridiculously good at what we do without taking ourselves too seriously. We call this vision Ridiculocity and CSTP are the key.
AWARDS + RECOGNITION
We are proud to be recognized as a leader in our industry and beyond. Our innovative business and design practices have created a fun, challenging, and creative work environment that allows our Cool, Smart, Talented Professionals (CSTP) to shine. As partners in the design process, Sanderson Stewart continually looks for ways to make our clients’ projects and experiences ridiculously great.
We have fun, and sometimes receive a little recognition while doing it!