Who We Are

Welcome to the core of Soda Mountain Construction. Our success is fueled by a team of dedicated individuals, each contributing their unique skills, experience, and passion. Meet the faces and stories behind our dynamic team. Whether seasoned industry veterans or talented newcomers, our diverse group shares a commitment to craftsmanship, innovation, and client satisfaction. Explore the profiles below to discover the expertise that sets Soda Mountain Construction apart in the construction industry.

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Chris Imbler

President/Owner

As the President of SMCD, Chris draws on his background in commercial real estate development and private equity to provide strategic direction and oversight of the firm’s financial and operational activities. Prior to joining SMCD, Chris was employee number two at Four Points Funding, a $100M private real estate investment fund with a portfolio encompassing one million square feet of multifamily housing developments across Colorado’s Western Slope. During his time at Four Points Funding, Chris was integral to the development of the firm’s project underwriting, acquisitions strategy, project development, and talent acquisition. He was previously the Director of Asset Management at Blue Sage Ventures, a Steamboat-based real estate development company, where he executed the development of 910 Yampa, an award-winning historic rehabilitation project in downtown Steamboat Springs.

Chris is a full member of the Urban Land Institute and serves as the Treasurer of Historic Routt County. He holds a B.S. in Finance and Economics from the University of Colorado Boulder.

 

 

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Jon Sherman

Construction Lead

Jon moved to Steamboat Springs after high school 32 years ago, a year after he started his construction career. Starting with demoing old commercial buildings and installing insulation as a summer job, Jon began his fully immersive construction career gaining extensive experience in all aspects of the work including building foundations, fine finish carpentry, and owning and running his own custom building company for 15 years. Jon’s experience has helped him become an ultra-efficient project manager and he’s proud to tell you he’s passionate about the work.

 

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Zachary Buckallew

Project Manager

Growing up as the 3rd generation of builders and tradesmen Buck was introduced at a very early age to the concepts of quality, pride in workmanship, punctuality, and forthrightness. He carried these qualities through his college career, where he studied economics while teaching in Penn State’s architecture department. After college, Buck was commissioned into the United States Air Force, where he served 10 years active duty and continues to serve in Air Force Special Warfare as a National Guardsman. During that time, he was transplanted to the Western States and made up his mind that he was never leaving. Between founding and running several companies, Buck went back to school for an art degree in fine furniture making from one of the premier programs in the United States at Red Rocks in Denver.

As SMCD’s Operations Manager, he is responsible for ensuring that the company is positioned with the best equipment, tools, and subcontractors to execute our unique builds. Furthermore, he is one of SMCD’s project managers who can leverage both his Project Management Professional (PMP) and LEED Green Associate training to fastidiously manage the schedules, budgets, procurement, and interpersonal relationships required to meet our discerning customers’ desires.

When he is not building some of the Yampa Valley’s most sought-after homes, he enjoys horseback riding, hunting & fishing, ranching, and indulging his passion for vintage motorsport.

 

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Kylie Schuckman

Office Manager

Kylie relocated to Steamboat Springs in 2019. She graduated from Kansas State University and began her career as a Nursing Home Administrator in the Healthcare industry. After five years in the healthcare field, she was seeking a change and had the opportunity to join the Soda Mountain Construction team. As the Office Manager, Kylie handles all administrative and marketing tasks while also providing valuable support to our other team members and clients. Outside of work, she enjoys spending her days outside skiing and hiking.

 

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Travis Mathey

Architectural Design

Travis Mathey moved to Steamboat Springs in 2003 after graduating from Montana State University with a Masters of Architecture (2003) and a Bachelors of Environmental Design (2002). During his time at Montana State University, Travis spent his summers working as an architectural intern in Fort Collins and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. While gaining experience at other firms, Travis was fortunate to work on a wide variety of projects, including large-scale commercial developments, modest remodels, and extravagant custom residential homes. Each experience has led him to focus his talents on mountain residential architecture. Travis believes in the design-build model and has witnessed the benefits of this streamlined process. In 2013 Travis partnered with Soda Mountain Construction to round out the current design/build team.

“I love to push the boundaries and create new ideas with every client. Each person I work with has a unique vision and an original story to tell. I value the relationship I build with the homeowner, and I’m always honored to help translate their ideas into reality. That’s what produces authentic results. Listening has become one of my most valuable tools throughout the design process. It’s not about my vision; it’s about bringing someone else’s to life.”