Dan Hinkson, President
Dan Hinkson always unselfishly gives of himself. This is evident in the way he executes his role as Owner and President of Sigma Contracting and in his personal life as well, as a husband and father. In 1983 he founded a successful business that has been able to weather tough times as well as good, allowing long term employees to make a living and enjoy all aspects of life. He has forged long-term relationships with many clients, and with his relationship with non-profit The Salvation Army helped create a legacy with the Ray & Joan Kroc Core Community Center in South Phoenix that will help thousands of families improve their lives for years to come.
Dan oversees the daily business operation for Sigma. He works with the business development team to obtain new projects and expand relationships. He is responsible for all of Sigma’s contract negotiations and serves as an owner’s liaison on Sigma construction projects. He is actively involved with various industry groups including Valley Partnership, the Arizona Association for Economic Development, Lambda Alpha International, ULI Arizona, and CRENAB.
Personally, he is most proud of being happily married for 40 years to the same woman, Melinda, whom he met in high school. Together they have raised three boys who have grown into accomplished adults and are great husbands and exceptional fathers. When he’s off the clock, Dan enjoys spending vacation time and quiet time with Melinda. He admits that he enjoys activities that create an adrenaline rush such as boating and jet skiing on Lake Powell, scuba and sky diving, snow skiing and baja race car driving. He enjoys traveling to new places and learning about new cultures. He plays some golf, mainly in charitable tournaments. Born in Youngstown, Ohio, and raised in St. Louis, Mo., he received college degrees from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Mo., and Arizona State University.
The best business advice he’s been given: “Live by the creed of the ‘True Gentleman.’ Stay focused on your overhead expenses and don’t buy it unless you can afford it and pay cash for it when you can. Don’t ever leverage yourself beyond your ability to get out of a bad situation. Be honest with others. Always pay attention to your money as no one else will like you will.”
The best business advice than Dan has shared: “Don’t do things beyond your means but always reach out beyond what you think your capabilities are. Always surround yourself with the right people. Always watch your own finances.”
“Don’t do things beyond your means but always reach out beyond what you think your capabilities are. Always surround yourself with the right people. Always watch your own finances.”
– Dan Hinkson
“There is absolutely no substitute for being proactive.”
– Jerry Patterson
Jerry Patterson, Vice President
Drive around the Valley, and the Southwest for that matter, and chances are you will encounter a commercial project that Jerry Patterson had a hand in building and managing. “Everywhere I drive I see buildings that I was part of the team that built it,” he says. He has been with Sigma almost since its inception, starting in its second year. In his role as Vice President, Jerry is involved in the overall business management and oversees the operational side of construction activities for Sigma Contracting.
A native of San Diego, Jerry was raised in Sedona, Arizona. And received his Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering from Arizona State University. He has been married to his wife, Jennifer, for 34 years. When he’s not out in the field, Jerry enjoys adventure sports, motorcycle riding, RV travel, hiking, traveling abroad, riding ATVs, and playing golf. He a huge fan of all things motorsports and college football.
What people might be surprised to know about Jerry: “I enjoy improving my cooking skills. I take classes and watch cooking-related TV shows. My techniques and skills are ever improving.”
The best business advice Jerry has been given: “A: Nobody watches your money like you do. B: If you do not have passion for what you do you will never be any good at it. C: Things rarely get better over time. Act now.”
The best business advice he’s shared: “There is absolutely no substitute for being proactive.”
In what does he take great pride: “Construction of our home.”
“The understanding that if you see any issue or problem on a project, know that the client will see it as well.”
– Bill Santoro
Bill Santoro, Chief Estimator
Bill Santoro possesses more than 30 years of construction experience in his role as Chief Estimator, with 25 years at Sigma Contracting.
He has worked in various capacities including Field Supervision, Project Management and Estimating. Prior to joining the Sigma team Bill was owner of a concrete company. As a previous small business owner, he gained valuable experience that allows him a fuller understanding of business management and cost controls. This is valuable when contributing on biddability and constructability reviews.
Bill has applied this experience to his years at Sigma in both Project Management and Estimating. With his breadth of experience and various roles within the industry, Bill has a comprehensive understanding of the needs and intents of Sigma clients.
Bill possesses a great work ethic and diligence when reviewing documents uncovering any missing information or details, conflicts between the drawings and specifications, or any needed clarifications. He has a strong reputation for being fair and honest with subcontractors, which often leads to preferred pricing from that industry.
Bill was born in Sacramento, Calif., then moved numerous times as the child of a father in the military.
He is active with the American Society of Certified Professional Estimators. He received Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Nebraska. He also has completed numerous courses at the Construction Estimating Institute.
When he’s not reviewing documents, Bill enjoys traveling and taking part in family activities. Bill is also a numismatist, which means he collects coins.
The professional accomplishment of which he is most proud is when projects come in under budget and ahead of schedule.
The best business advice he has been given: “Before starting a construction project, always have a solid understanding of the client’s expectations.”
The best business advice Bill has to share: “The understanding that if you see any issue or problem on a project, know that the client will see it as well.”
That’s the voice of experience talking.
Byron Bargas, Estimator
Working as an Estimator for Sigma, Byron is truly a man of the world. He was born in Pueblo, CO, and raised all over the world, from Hawaii to Europe, as his Father was in the military and then a civil servant.
Interestingly, Byron was educated at the University of Arizona and completed with a BS in Mathematics and Physics. He is currently working on his MBA in Sustainability from San Francisco Institute of Architecture.
In the construction industry for 30 years, Byron has achieved multiple higher level Training and Certifications. He is also a local board member of CSI, on its National Knowledge Committee to study and introduce new technical aspects as a catalyst to change, and the local Technical Committee and Golf Committee. He works diligently reviewing technical white papers and identifying opportunities for white paper studies. Byron is also a member of the local chapter of LSI.
Byron’s primary duties with Sigma will include estimating, subcontractor and client relations, as well as review and implementation of new means and methods.
In the past, Byron has held positions in Project Management as well as Sales, Development and Training positions. He has been a Laboratory Manager, developing certifiable lighting, wire/cable/devices and photovoltaic systems.
Byron will tell you he is “Incredibly happily married with four children, one grandson and a granddaughter. He enjoys the simple things in life – going on walks, and time with his family all over Arizona. He has also enjoyed volunteering his time for various causes over the years as well.
Byron’s thoughts to live by:
“Stick to what you do best, and never rest on your laurels as yesterday’s achievements should be your launchpad into tomorrow.”
“Fear has two meanings; forget everything and run, or face everythingand rise, you make the choice.”