Your SMC Team

SMC brings decades of construction, design, tenant improvement and project management experience to every project. Our team of experts work as an extension of your team, sharing our knowledge, experience and insight to help prevent pitfalls, resolve challenges, adhere to schedules and find the most cost-effective solutions to ensure the project’s success. Meet your SMC team.

Dennis Hill - President

As Vice President of Finance since 2000, Dennis was central to the growth and success of Elder-Jones and the cornerstone in the acquisition of Shrader & Martinez Construction.

A graduate from the University of North Dakota with a B.B.A. in accounting, Dennis managed finances, regulatory requirements, and risk, and participated in Elder-Jones’ strategic planning in the commercial construction industry for the past 19 years.

As President of SMC, Dennis provides leadership, long-range goals, strategic plans and policies with a hands-on leadership style that encourages team cohesion and professional growth.

He co-organizes and rides annually in the CEM900 in support of Kids ‘n Kinship, where he has also served on the board.  In his free time, Dennis enjoys cycling, traveling and relaxing with his family.

“I believe in empowering all within our organization to be decision makers and to be responsive to our clients’ needs.  Every one of our employees makes a valuable contribution to our desired outcomes.”  Dennis Hill

Justin Elder - Chief Executive Officer

As President Elder-Jones, Justin led the acquisition of Shrader & Martinez Construction in July, 2018 to expand construction and facilities services to clients.

Upon earning a B.A. in business management from Gustavus Adolphus College, he entered the commercial construction industry, where he rose quickly to lead the company.

Justin is a collaborative leader, empowering his management and staff to be adventurous, transparent, and to act with integrity.

Strongly principled to give back, Justin serves on the Board of Directors of the Retail Contractor’s Association and bikes in the Christian Elder Memorial 900 (CEM900), a 9-day, 900 km ride to raise money for Kids ‘n Kinship, a mentorship program for at-risk youth.  He also enjoys racing cars, flying planes, outdoor sports, and time with his family.

I strive to encourage our people to take challenges, be creative in problem-solving, and have a can-do attitude.  We apply these principles to do all that we can to ensure that our clients succeed.”  Justin Elder

Mark Chilton - Vice President, Construction

As Vice President, Construction, Mark possesses a depth of knowledge about managing complex projects, refined through 30 years of commercial construction.

He manages project managers,field superintendents, and estimating and serves as Executive Project Manager for larger accounts such as International Market Center, Amazon, Theory, Fox Restaurant Concepts and Ann Taylor.  

Mark joined SMC in 2006 after traveling the world and earning a Ph.D in English Literature from University of Oregon. Construction has been a central part of his career from an early age as a journeyman carpenter to finish carpenter to Vice President of Quality Construction Managers in Irvine, California.

His interests are with his family with whom he enjoys traveling and hosting guests from around the world.

"The works of our clients are works of creativity.  Our job is to bring their vision to life.  It's a joy working with talented people like our clients to solve problems."  Mark Chilton

Susan Eaton - Vice President of Finance

As Vice President of Finance for 11 years, Susan is responsible for her nine person accounting department for both SMC and RRAM.

Susan earned a B.S. degree in Managerial Accountancy from Northern Arizona University and has accumulated 35 years experience in accounting and administrative fields, working in the non-profit community prior to SMC.

As a rare regional native, Susan grew up on a cattle ranch outside of Sedona, Arizona. She has served in many community organizations. 

She enjoys traveling, playing bridge and spending time with her family.

Linda Martinez - Vice President of Business Development

Linda joined SMC in 2004 after many years in the nonprofit community.  Together, she and Ron  enjoy cultivating client relationships and delivering client focused service.

As Vice President of Business Development, Linda is responsible for leading new business growth and launching marketing initiatives.  In addition, she leads a team of eight project support staff.

She utilizes her M.A. degree in Liberal Studies from Northern Arizona University, to empower underserved populations to act on issues affecting them and their communities.  She also enjoys hiking and traveling the world.

"Our clients have tough demands placed on them.  By paying attention to what our clients want and remaining accountable, we contribute to their success...and that is very rewarding."  Linda Martinez

Sue Johnson - VP, RRAM Services

Joining the company in 1989, Sue has been integral in the growth of SMC.  She helped develop the accounting department and compliance methods.   This was accomplished while she worked her way through college, earning her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Accounting from Old Dominion University.   Sue became an expert in the complex requirements associated with tax laws, state licensing, and construction issues.

She applies her discipline for budgets and planning to her leadership in RRAM Services, where she is responsible for eleven employees and over 3,000 projects each year.  Under her leadership, RRAM is growing their client base while maintaining an impeccable level of service in remodels and repairs .

In her free time, Sue enjoys hiking the Havasupai trail in Arizona and exploring local trails. 

“I value developing quality relationships with our clients and vendors to provide exceptional customer service to all of our partners.”  Sue Johnson.