Meet the Team

Executive Staff

I started in this industry in 1978 back in Michigan cleaning carpets, then went into a school district and worked my way up through the ranks to over see the cleaning and maintenance of an elementary school. Moved out to Northern California in 1985 where I accepted a position with a national commercial cleaning company and supervised the night operations. Then accepted a position with a window cleaning company in 1990 as their vice president of marketing. In 1991 I started a window cleaning company along with a business partner and grew that company then sold it in 1992. From there, I accepted a position with one of the largest national cleaning companies. I worked my way up to their regional manager. In 2002 I decided to venture out again-but on my own this time. my new company, United Building Maintenance, turned into a multi million-dollar company after it’s 2nd year of business. First, I believe the success of the company is putting the employees first. If you have happy employees, it shows in their work and ultimately your clients are pleased as well. Second, would be placing our time in retention of our clients, not new sales. Our growth has been through word of mouth from one client to another. My role in the company is to serve each employee with what ever their need may be and to always be accessible, I am a hands on business owner but I do not micro manage! This company would not be where it is today with out the employees from the front line right up to upper management. I will always remember how we got here and I will always take care of them along the way. I want to thank our clients for their loyalty and making us part of their team.
What does it mean to me to be part of United Building Maintenance? Val and I have known each other for over thirty years and have always had a mutual respect for each other. I believe our core values align with each other’s. So when this opportunity presented itself I knew amazing things will come from this partnership. We both value our clients and our employees. I am all about building people up and creating opportunities for them to grow, learn and advance within our company. I believe that Trust, Respect, and Integrity are key core values. Everyone working for us brings value and should be recognized for their contributions. I was pleased to learn that Val has always shared her profits through her profit sharing plan with her employees; this really sealed the deal for me. I look forward to this new opportunity and the pursuit to make this already amazing company and employees the Market Leaders in this industry. By doing this it will create endless opportunities for our employees and world class service for our clients. I’ve been married for 35 years. My wife and I have two daughters and we recently became grandparents; we were blessed with twin boys who just turned 6 months old. My hobbies are traveling, fishing, barbecuing on the weekends and recently spending as much time with our grandsons as possible.
If you are looking for someone who loves precise details, Alan Clark is your man. A numbers guy as far back as he can remember, Alan honed his appreciation for order and precision as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. “My time serving in the Army Reserve reinforced the importance of discipline, taking time to manage the process, and getting every detail exactly right. If you are even a little sloppy with the small numbers, you can end up with a major mess down the road.” Alan studied animal science in college, with a business concentration. Later, he worked for startups and major international retailers, across several different industries. Alan finished his Masters in Accounting in January of 2017. Four months later, he met Val Sherman. As CFO, he manages all of United’s financial matters, from invoicing to cash flow to risk management. “As a growing company, it’s a balancing act. We have to measure each new opportunity against the bigger picture, because we are committed to providing the best possible service for all our clients.” Alan says one of the chief attractions for him was the culture of the company. “Val really cares about the company, and, by that, I mean the people on this team and about our clients. This creates a culture where honesty is expected and growth is celebrated. The people here actively support each other, and work together to help each other grow. That kind of culture is fairly rare, and we all benefit from it, especially, our customers.” At home, Alan and his wife, Jennifer, are “official empty nesters,” with four adult children busy building their own lives. “They are becoming good, productive people, and it’s so great to see. Jennifer and I stay busy too. When we’re not working or with our church family, we like to get outdoors. I grew up hunting, fishing, and hiking; so, for me, any day I can be out in a canoe with a fishing line in the water is a good day. I also do my best to maintain a good sense of humor. Yes, I know, I’m an accountant, but I also realize, if you can’t see the humor in life, you’re taking yourself way too seriously.”
Rito Gutierrez was hired at United in 2007 as a night supervisor and due to such an array of experience was promoted to an account manager within a short time. He started out as a janitor back in 1990 and then went into carpets, floors and some maintenance work. His knowledge of all aspects of the industry has proved to be a perfect fit for his position as the president of United. United receives many compliments from client’s that, “Rito always has a great attitude and he is very fast to respond to their needs”. Rito has 3 children with his wife of 19 years. He values the time spent with them camping and fishing. Rito enjoys doing anything outdoors
United leadership is always excited to be able to promote from within and it’s been awesome watching Evelyn Rosales grow within our company. Evelyn started off working nights as a janitor, then moved to days as Day Porter. With her work ethic, can-do attitude, technical skills and pleasant demeanor, Evelyn has worked her way up to the position of Vice President, where she plays a key role in insuring our clients are happy.
I have decades of experience in the cleaning industry. Starting at a young age, I worked in the family’s carpet cleaning business established in 1937 by my grandfather. After college and under my father’s leadership, the business grew to be the largest independently owned company of its kind in the country. serving all of California and Arizona. I grew into the role of Vice President, responsible for all commercial business, servicing high-rise buildings, banks, colleges and other institutions. In 1985, the business was sold to Electrolux, a subsidiary of Sara Lee Corporation. I moved to Sacramento and founded a full-service commercial janitorial company, which I eventually sold to a large national company where I worked as a Branch and Regional manager. In 1992 I started Aquatique Pools, a regional swimming pool construction and service business my wife continues to operate. I believe the key to success in business is building strong relationships with clients and co-workers. I celebrate the clients and friends in the industry that I have enjoyed for over 30 years, including Val and Brian. United has these same core values which I believe is just one reason for its success. I enjoy horses, golf, baseball and spending as much time as possible with our 7 children their spouses and 16 grandchildren.
After graduating from UC Davis in 1998, I started out in the commercial cleaning industry by owning my own constructions cleaning company. I made a transition from that field to beginning my 20-year journey into the world of hard surface restoration. I bought into a national franchise specializing in honing, polishing, cleaning, and the sealing of hard surfaces such as cement, terrazzo, marble, granite, and grout. After 5 years of being a partner in the franchise, I sold my interest and moved on to become a Project Director for the Sacramento International Airport Janitorial Services with the priority being the restoration of the terrazzo flooring. I then eventually made my way to a national company where I assisted in opening up the Specialty Services Division in Northern California with the focus on hard surface restoration, pressure washing, window cleaning, and carpet cleaning. As their District Manager I secured major restoration projects at a number of professional sports arenas. Recently, I have accepted the opportunity to join the United Building Maintenance, Inc. team. The reason I made the move over is because the ownership and management team share the same core business values that I do-which is always take care of the customers and employees first and foremost, and do business with absolute honesty and integrity. In my spare time I love the outdoors and spend as much time hiking, fishing, or 4-wheeling with my four sons as much as possible.
I chose to work for United because as a medium-size company, I felt I could have a higher impact on HR operations and be able to truly make a difference in the employee life cycle. So far, working at United has been a rewarding experience that has allowed me to grow as a professional and on a personal level. I have over 5 years of HR experience in small to mid-size companies and large corporations in industries including hospitality, construction and retail. In 2020, I earned my HR Certification from the Society of Human Resource Management. My area of expertise is leave administration, policy and procedure development and employment best practices. I’m originally from Long Beach, CA and moved to Sacramento after college in 2018. My hobbies include traveling, karaoke, family game night and visiting Disneyland as much as I can.
If you’re looking for someone who is proactive and passionate about delivering exceptional customer service, every day, that’s Stephanie Kearns. If a client wants to add services, needs emergency services, has a special request, or has a special event coming up, Stephanie is here to help. Stephanie grew up in Monterey County, California, and she moved to Sacramento in 2008. In 2018, looking for a career change that would allow her to grow in knowledge and experience,(while taking advantage of her customer service background) Stephanie joined United Building Maintenance. “I was looking for a challenge, and this opportunity caught my eye. Joining the United team has been the best career decision of my life.” Stephanie’s responsibilities at United include connecting with clients, making sure they are completely satisfied and that they have everything they need. “I enjoy getting out of the office, touring the properties, and, especially, meeting with clients, because every conversation is another opportunity to make sure they’re happy with their service.” Stephanie is the proud mom of two boys. “They are truly my joy! We love spending time camping and going to theme parks. Sometimes, though, it’s fun to just stay home and cook. I enjoy trying new recipes, and, most of the time, my boys enjoy them too…though, honestly, they’d probably prefer pizza.”
Cecilia Villafuerte is part of our management team, Cecilia started out as a day porter with our company and was selected to our management team because of her attention to detail and responsible demeanor. She presents a “can do” attitude and is always willing to lend a helping hand to complete the task. Cecilia is a mother of two kids and has been married for twenty-eight years. She has a passion for traveling and has been to multiple cities in Mexico. Cecilia would like to become an integral part of this fast-growing company; she is proud of how her team can come together and solve any problem that comes their way.
Karen joined the United Building Maintenance team as an account manager. She brings with her 30 years of combined commercial property management experience and janitorial customer service operations management in the Sacramento region. Karen began her career in commercial property management by managing commercial Class A buildings, retail centers, and industrial parks before transitioning into the janitorial industry. Her knowledge of the industry, leadership skills, and customer service have proven to be an asset and the foundation of her portfolio of long-standing client relationships. Karen’s philosophy for account management is “teamwork, communication, and customer service. These are the true key factors in building an amazing team and path to success”. In her spare time, you will find Karen camping with her husband and traveling to see her two kids and extended family.
Jim served our country for four years. He was enlisted in the United States Navy and was stationed aboard the USS Dwight D Eisenhower where he gained valuable leadership skills under tense situations. How blessed we are to have him! On Jim’s off time he enjoys reading, gaming, and collecting vinyl records. Last but not least his little dog, a min pin, gets to be spoiled!
Erika Higareda says one of the most important secrets to her success is her commitment to being positive. “I try to be happy in all circumstances. To show people a positive attitude and encourage them.” Erika says bringing that positive attitude to work with her every day is easy, because cleaning is her passion. “Even away from work, with my family and friends, someone is always asking me, ‘How do I clean this?’ or ‘How can I organize this to be more efficient?’ It’s just who I am.” Erika moved to Sacramento at the age of 15, and began her career in the janitorial and building maintenance industry in 2013, excited to turn her passion for cleaning into her vocation. She joined United Building Maintenance as a night shift supervisor and has been promoted to Night Operations Manager. “If there’s something I love more than cleaning, it’s working with people. Now, every day, I get to work with great people, building friendships and teaching them the best way to properly, efficiently and effectively care for our client properties.” Away from work, Erika loves spending time with her husband, Javier, and their two children. “I love to cook, especially Mexican food, but we like to try new things as well. I’m always looking for new recipes on YouTube. We also enjoy watching movies, going to the park or out for ice cream… honestly, we’re just happy being together, and that means everything to me.”
Lupe Flores is nearing 25 years of working in janitorial and maintenance. He began working as a janitor and quickly moved into window washing and floor services. Lupe went on to be hired at United as a Floor person in 2004 and has since been promoted to our project manager who now teaches and trains our staff here at United to be the best service providers in the area. Having been married for 15 years. Lupe and his wife have been busy raising two daughters and a son. In his spare time he enjoys watching sports and cheering on his children that play soccer. Lupe is a great cook and loves to sing. He says he likes that United Building Maintenance promotes family time since it also means so much to him. Lupe is a valued supervisor at United and his work here has been notable.
Vianney Tinoco believes the best leadership is constructive and encouraging, because, she says, the goal should always be to help people grow. “You have to take time to listen. Sometimes stopping for a five-minute conversation makes a huge difference in a difficult situation.” Vianney has always worked in the building maintenance and janitorial services industry. She joined United Building Maintenance in 2016 and, having demonstrated her work ethic and leadership, was promoted to supervisor in June of 2017. “Being a part of this team opened up something new in me. I learned to love interacting with people, getting to know their unique perspectives.” As Night Supervisor, Vianney’s role includes ensuring all employees are working safely, and that they have everything they need to deliver exemplary service. “I have about 50 employees depending on me to make sure they are able to do what’s expected of them. It means a lot when my team members come to me with their questions and concerns, because they know I’ve been where they are. They realize their safety and their ability to do their jobs well are my top priorities.” Away from work, Vianney loves traveling, especially with her kids. “I love spontaneous getaways. Just get the kids in the car, and go see what’s out there. Being able to share those experiences means a lot, because it gives us time together. No matter what we see or do, I want them to know I will always be in their corner.”
In 2019 I joined United Building Maintenance as a Supervisor. My favorite part of my job is interacting with people. At United we put our employees first. I love collaborating with employees to find solutions to their work-related concerns. Coaching others and helping them to reach their potential is deeply satisfying and I have been blessed to work with some exceptional employees. In my personal time, I like to be at home with my family. I love to cook! I also like exploring new places, biking, playing volleyball and visiting my family in Oregon.
When you meet DeAna Melgar, you know immediately you are speaking with someone who truly cares. Kindness, as well as a sincere desire to meet your needs, defines everything she does. A licensed cosmetologist, DeAna is definitely a people person, skills that allowed her to make a significant career change, when she joined United Building Maintenance in May of 2018. “It was different, sure, but I love it. Interacting with people, helping them however I can, is very important to me. Every day, I have the opportunity let both our clients and my coworkers know how much the company appreciates them. “Many times, I’m the first point of contact, so I have a great deal of one-on-one interaction with clients and with employees, answering questions, connecting them with the right people. A client may want to know who their account manager is, or they may want to order supplies. An employee may need to correct their time card or have a question about paperwork. When they come to me, I will have the answer or find the answer.” When she’s not hard at work finding answers, DeAna still enjoys using her cosmetology skills to help people feel beautiful, and she loves to travel and spend time with her dog, Rocky. “California has so many wonderful places to visit. The list is endless. Internationally, so far, my favorite trip was Iceland. So much to see: the glaciers, the waterfalls, the black sand beaches… What an amazing place!”

The Keys To Our Success

  • Valerie Sherman – CEO
  • Brian Baltzley – COO
  • Alan Clark – CFO
  • Rito Gutierrez – President
  • Evelyn Rosales – Vice President
  • Kevin O’Connor – Vice President of Specialty Services
  • Michael Lillard – Director of Specialty Services
  • Yvette Acosta – Human Resources Director
  • Stephanie Kearns – Senior Account Manager
  • Cecilia Villafuerte – Account Manager
  • Karen Beeler – Account Manager
  • Jim Melgar – Supply Coordinator
  • Erika Higareda – Night Operations Manager
  • Lupe Flores – Project Manager
  • Vianney Tinoco – Night Supervisor
  • Victor Gonzalez – Night Supervisor
  • DeAna Melgar – Office Manager

United Building Maintenance

An outstanding management team with over 125 years of combined experience. Nearing 300 Front line workers that take pride and ownership in your building. Quality control, safety program, emergency service and follow-up. Vendor teaming that brings added value with the latest technology. Open communication to provide the utmost integrity with your management team.