EXPERIENCE MATTERS

When selecting a steel contractor for your project you are selecting the team that will represent you to your customer. When you select High Plains, you have chosen to work with a very seasoned and experienced team who are experts in all phases of steel construction ensuring that every project is successfully completed, delivering on our promise of a Quality Product, On Time, every time.

Kris McLean

Kris McLean, President, Project Executive

Kris brings over 20 years of steel business ownership and proactive executive leadership to the team at High Plains Steel Services (HPSS). His background is in large AISC (American Institute of Steel Construction) certified projects consisting of design-build, design-assist, and traditional competitive bid projects. Some of these projects include the 3,000 tons of design-build steel for the new Denver Transit Partners Commuter Rail Maintenance Facility, the design-assist project at Denver International Airport Parking Garage Stair Replacement consisting of 32 new stair cores up to 8 stories in height, as well as the design-build stair project at the new VA Clinic in Denver, consisting of 42 separate stair cores up to 12 stories in height.

Kris’ executive background includes building and leading a previous steel fabrication and erection company to revenues exceeding $20m annually before selling it in 2014. Kris has extensive experience in accounting, risk management, conceptual estimating, and design/build development as well as project planning, management, and execution. Kris currently oversees the company’s Quality Management System and serves as the Project Executive for all projects with a focus on sequencing and scheduling all work with our customers, ensuring that High Plains always delivers a Quality Product, On Time! Kris also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the company, making sure the business remains compliant, profitable, and growing!

Jason McLean

Jason McLean, Vice President, Lead Crane Operator

Jason pioneered HPSS in March of 2012 after nearly 20 years in the construction industry. Jason is an experienced Concrete Foreman, General Contractor Superintendent, NCCER Certified Journeyman Ironworker, NCCER Telescoping Boom Certified Crane Operator, and NCCCO Certified Tower Crane Operator. Jason has previously managed an erection division of over 50 ironworkers, which erected multi-story structures in difficult mountain areas, military bases, and highly condensed urban areas. He has extensive safety training and is a certified Fork and Aerial Lift Operator Trainer.

Jason currently serves as the Lead Crane Operator, as well as managing the maintenance of all company-owned equipment per the company’s Quality Management System.

Brian Snider

Brian Snider, Vice President, Director of Sales, Operations Manager – Fabrication and Coatings Divisions

Brian brings over 20 years of steel management experience to the team at HPSS. Brian began his career in the United States Air Force as an Aircraft inspector and transitioned into steel construction immediately out of the Service. Brian’s background consists of developing and implementing our AISC Programs and managing large AISC Certified Fabricators in the positions of Shop Manager, Project Manager, VP of Operations, and General Manager.

Brian’s background includes managing and producing large-scale structural and miscellaneous steel projects up to 3,000 tons from the shop floor to the executive office. Brian has a customer-first attitude and tenacious drive for excellence. This, along with his determination to meet the customer’s needs and challenges head-on and not letting issues internal or project related go unresolved, is why Brian is the force behind High Plains Steel Services’ commitment to providing a Quality Product, On Time!

Today, Brian uses his decades of experience to help customers develop project budgets and ensure their projects have adequate and accurate steel scopes as the Sales Manager. He also oversees the shop production and works between sales and production to ensure accurate and adequate fabrication and erection workflow, in addition to his executive duties that focus on Safety.

Kevin Hooper, Superintendent – Fabrication & Coatings Division

Kevin is a Colorado native who started in the steel industry in 2007. While Kevin graduated Lincoln Technical Institute for Automotive in 2008 with an associate degree in Business, his real passion was the steel business where he has remained. Kevin has worked his way up in from the bottom in the steel business as a parts processer with continuous promotions to department supervisor, shop foreman, estimator, and now Superintendent. Kevin has documented training in Plan Reading, Steel Fabrication Inspection, as well as all other aspects documented in the Company’s Quality Management System.

Today, Kevin leads his fabrication and coatings shops with a determined work ethic and drive for excellence, which is unprecedented with a focus on providing a Quality Product, On Time!

Mike Hurst

Mike Hurst, Owner, Operations Manager – Erection Division

Mike joined HPSS after he and his family made the decision to fulfill a lifelong dream of moving to Colorado in 2017. Mike started his career in the steel business while in high school, working in a fabrication shop while attending vocational welding classes. After high school, Mike attended the Hobart Institute of Welding Technology where he was trained and certified in all facets of welding, cutting, and plan reading. Mike started his 20-year erection career in rebar, studs, and PT cables before moving to structural iron. He worked his way up to a foreman position in only his 2nd year of being an apprentice and as a 3rd year, took 1st place in the District Council Apprenticeship Competition, testing facets of ironwork including welding, torch cutting, ornamental, timed column climb, layout instruments, timed rod tying, knot tying, and a 100-question written test. He went on to represent his apprentice school at an international competition located in Boston in the year 2002. Mike has worked on high profile projects such as the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, projects at USAF’s Jefferson Proving Grounds, and nearly 100 bridge projects. His work included rebar, metal decking, setting/bolting/welding beams, and shooting studs.

Today Mike leads the Erection Division for HPSS, overseeing the entire operation with a focus on training, safety, project planning, and execution, ensuring that HPSS always delivers a Quality Product, On Time!

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Sammi Lynes, Accounting Manager

Sammi is a native growing up in rural southeastern Colorado, a graduate of the University of Colorado earning her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance. She has over 30 years’ experience as an Accounting Manager, 15 of which are specific to the construction business.

Sammi currently manages all financial aspects of the company, employee benefits, human resources, and safety compliance-related issues.