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.

CHRIS LAROCCA

Chief Executive Officer 

 

Chris joined the board of Peak Utility Services Group in June 2022 as its Executive Chairman.  In September of 2022 Chris was selected to lead Peak Utility Services Group as its President & CEO. 

Chris has over 20 years experience successfully leading and managing highly profitable and growth-oriented companies.  Chris also currently serves as President & CEO of Network Connex, a leading provider of digital communications infrastructure services.  Prior to Network Connex, Chris was the President & CEO of Nortek Control, a technology provider of artificial intelligence, access control and security related products.  Other work experience includes holding CEO and executive management positions at Dover Corporation, General Electric, EMCORE Corporation and Luminance Brands. 

Chris will remain focused on working with the Peak USG leadership team to accelerate Peak’s position as a leader in maintenance and installation services within the telecommunications, electric, and natural gas industries.

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Troy Vallier

Chief Financial Officer 

 

Troy Vallier joined Peak Utility Services Group as the Chief Financial Officer in 2021. He brings with him extensive executive experience in accounting, finance, operations, IT and M&A.

Troy is the former CFO of a restoration contractor firm and has held senior level roles at Salis Holdings, Arrow Electronics, Atkinson Construction and Level 3 Communications.

Throughout his career, Troy has focused on helping companies improve their bottom line through successful team engagement, effective communication, strategic planning, and innovative process improvements.

Troy received his Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

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Jim Qualteri

Chief Information Officer 

 

Jim Qualteri joined Peak in 2021 bringing a diverse technology career encompassing both Corporate IT and Private Equity operations.

Jim Qualteri is the former President of Nexus Technologies Inc. and CIO of RK Mechanical. As President of NexusTek, Jim managed the largest privately held MSP in the region until its successful sale in 2017. Jim was also the CIO for RK Mechanical, a large specialty trade contractor, with operations around the Intermountain West.  

Jim graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver with a Bachelor of Science Degree, and prior to his IT career served in the United States Army, Colorado Army National Guard and was a Federal Officer with CI.

Jim enjoys being active in the Colorado community. He served 8 years on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, two of which he was Board Chair. Jim currently is a Board member for Metropolitan State University of Denver.  

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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.

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Alice Zwahlen

Chief Human Resource Officer

Alice joined Peak Utility Services Group in 2022 as the Chief Human Resource Officer. She oversees all aspects of human resources, organization development, recruiting, benefits, performance management, compensation, human capital analytics, and leading the employee experience.

She brings over 25 years of human resource experience in both operations and strategy. Alice has experience across several industries including financial services, construction, and most recently in the auto industry. Alice has been the Chief HR Officer at both Crescent Communities and Ken Garff Automotive Group where she was responsible for leading all people operations and culture development for over 5,000 employees in eight states. She has driven exceptional results for employee retention and leading positive workforce environments.

Alice is passionate about the development of people, and mentoring others. She enjoys helping others “win” and reaching their career goals.

Alice and her husband Dan enjoy hiking in the Rocky Mountains, mountain biking, and playing pickleball. They like to travel to the National Parks and to Europe to experience diverse cultures and diverse thought. Alice has a horse Henry and rides dressage as often as possible.

Alice is from North Carolina and received a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

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Steve Olson

Executive Vice President of Operations & Safety

Steve Olson joined the Peak team in 2022 as the Executive Vice President of Operations and Safety.  He brings an extensive management background in Gas Utility construction with a focus on Operational Excellence.

Steve is the former Vice President of a national gas utility and integrity contractor and has held Director level positions with Wood Group USA and Elkhorn Holdings. Steve began his career in Operations, and later moved into Management roles with increasing responsibility over a 15-year period. Steve has played a key role in his previous employers new market acquisition strategy by focusing on client relationships, work execution planning, and developing programmatic solutions to field problems.

Steve graduated with a bachelors degree from the University of Arizona and maintains active membership in several national trade associations. 

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Meiyi Sung

Corporate Controller

Meiyi Sung joined the Company in August 2021 as the Corporate Controller. She brought over 20 years of professional experience in SaaS, medical devices, and semiconductor equipment manufacturing industries. Her prior professional career was with VC backed and fortune 100 companies in the US, Shanghai, and Taiwan. Meiyi has held positions as VP of Finance, plant controller, country finance director and managing director of finance. She received her MBA from the University of Wisconsin, BBA in Accounting from University of Dubuque and holds the CPA certification. 

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Ryan Polk

General Counsel

Mr. Polk joined peak in July of 2020, and brings with him over seventeen years of experience in the construction industry, both before and after going to law school. Mr. Polk began his career in construction with a major national homebuilder. After law school, Mr. Polk was a litigator and trial lawyer, who specialized in a broad range of commercial and construction disputes, and transactions. Most recently, he spent the last almost seven years as the General Counsel for a large specialty trade contractor, with operations around the Intermountain West. 

Mr. Polk received his undergraduate degrees from the University of Colorado, where he was a member of the President’s Leadership Class, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming College of Law. He is licensed to practice before all courts in Colorado and Wyoming. 

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