Management Team

Peak is led by a team of dedicated industry veterans with a proven track record of driving value for utility and telecom customers. Learn more about the experienced men and women who provide both strategic direction and oversight to Peak Utility Services Group.

Jason Pickett

Interim Chief Executive Officer 




Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Cagle joined the Company in December 2018, following a diverse career in Finance and Operations spanning a broad range of industries that includes Business Process Outsourcing, environmental services, technology, construction and utility services.  Mr. Cagle brings over 30 years of financial leadership to PEAK Utility Services Group that includes executive financial and operational roles in both public and private companies.  Most recently, Mr. Cagle was Chief Financial Officer of USI, a $500M a privately held construction services company where he was instrumental in the successful sale of the company.  Previously, Mr. Cagle was Chief Financial Officer of AMG Group of Companies, a private equity owned energy conservation product sales and services company, serving large investor owned utilities.  Prior to this, he was Senior Vice President managing Used Oil Operations for Clean Harbors, a NYSE traded company with $3.5B in annual revenue.  He received his BSBA from Menlo College, his MBA from the University of Nebraska, and he also holds the CMA and CFM designations from the Institute of Management Accountants.





Catherine B. Benecke

Chief Safety & Compliance Officer

Ms. Benecke has served as CSO at Peak since 2017 and with SiteWise as Director of Safety, Quality and Training since 2014. She holds a number of relevant EHS certifications including Certified Safety Professional (CSP), Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), and Certified Utility Safety Professional (CUSP).

Ms. Benecke graduated from George Washington University with a B.S. in Geological Science.



James Carithers

Chief Procurement & Fleet Officer

Mr. Carithers has served as Director of Fleet Operations at Peak since 2017 and with SiteWise as Director of Fleet since 2016. Previously he served as the Director of Fleet at Quanta Power and has served in various other fleet management roles within the industry.

Mr. Carithers graduated from San Juan Basin Vo-Tec with an Associate’s degree in Diesel Mechanics.




Chief Human Resources Officer

Ms. Reininger started as Chief Human Resources Officer of Peak in late 2018. She has over 20 years of Human Resources experience including mergers & acquisitions, organizational & leadership development, employer & labor relations, strategic workforce planning, and continuous improvement spanning multiple industries. 

Ms. Reininger earned a Masters degree in Labor & Industrial Relations from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Iowa State University, and a Collective Bargaining Certification from Cornell University.




Kristine D. Arps

Corporate Controller

Ms. Arps started as Corporate Controller of Peak in early 2018.  She has previous experience as Controller, Financial Reporting Manager, and External Auditor in a wide array of industries.

Ms. Arps graduated from University of Wisconsin - Madison with a B.S. degree in Accounting and Risk Management Insurance.



Lee Wilkerson

Corporate Advisor

Mr. Wilkerson has served as CEO of Peak since early 2017. Previously he served as the President of SiteWise Corporation, a position he held since 2005. He has held other senior positions within SiteWise since 1987, including VP of Finance and Controller.

Mr. Wilkerson holds B.S. degrees in Accounting and Finance from the University of Northern Colorado.