About Us

About us

Sierra West Group, the developer of the RapidCES system, was established in the early 1990’s when it took over a failing construction estimating business. The new team completed the existing contracts successfully and today has over 25 years experience primarily in public works construction estimating.

The Sierra West Group has earned one of the most trustworthy reputations for accuracy, thoroughness and having a deep understanding of construction projects from start to finish.

In 2011 the Sierra West team purchased a leading construction estimating database, known for its accuracy, and the only construction estimating database to be named in the California State Register for new school construction.

With the rising popularity of JOC, the Sierra West team saw an opportunity to blend the utility and accuracy of their construction cost database with the rapid turn cycles in JOC programs. This is where the idea for RapidCES was born. RapidCES (Rapid Construction Estimating System) was built to provide a fast and accurate flow for creating any size commercial construction estimate, JOC or standard, with the most versatile, powerful, and user-friendly interface in the commercial construction estimating industry. 

Mary Wallers President

Mary is the President and co-founder of SWG.  She takes great pride in the excellent reputation of SWG within the A/E/C Industry, the quality of the services provided by Sierra West, always putting the client and their needs first, and her nonprofit work in the community.

In addition to her duties as President, Mary produces the Sierra West CCI (Current Construction Index).   The index covers construction materials, labor costs and actual sub-contractor in-place costs and is use by the A/E/C industry to track inflationary trends in the construction industry.

Mary produces the Sierra West CCI (Current Construction Index). She had researched and compiled the data for the Lee Saylor Index for over twenty-two years, which was published in the Engineering News Records magazine during that period.

Alicia Nowaczyk
Secretary

Alicia Nowaczyk has a solid background of formal training, professional certification and over 25 years’ experience in construction contracting and project management demonstrating superior leadership, project planning and management, business development creativity, and consistent performance.

Alicia is a seasoned project leader on multiple critical multi-million dollar construction projects for government, military, commercial, residential (single/multi-family), municipal, and historic renovation complexes throughout the continental U.S.

Her in-depth experience in all phases of project development. She coordinates initial planning through close-out, ground breaking to final acceptance; manages cost control, quality assurance, and timely on budget deliveries; specialized experience in big-ticket government contracts, commercial build-outs, industrial site development, major renovations, and finely finished interiors.

Alicia is a motivating team leader who maximizes productivity with positive reinforcement. Enjoyed many years in the profession leading reliable and dedicated workers, peers, suppliers and customers.

Justin Sturges
Systems Architect

Justin has over 20 years experience working with businesses of all sizes in B2B and B2C marketing capacities. He is an author of the Amazon Best Seller "The Small Business Owners Guide to Local Lead Generation" and has worked with businesses ranging from HP and Cisco to local businesses across the US and Canada.

For the past 10 years Justin has been focused primarily on online marketing and lead generation systems for local service based businesses. Justin’s team uses a combination of strategy, online advertising, search engine optimization, and conversion optimization to grow his clients businesses.

He has taken businesses from $250,000 mo. to over $430,000 mo. within 6 months, and his team provides over 50% of new business and leads to a variety of established brick and mortar businesses. His team has had success with businesses ranging from hotels in New York to psychologists in California, and the team thrives on the challenges provided by the variety of verticals and niches they work in.

Justin’s strategic experience working with Silicon Valley executives and his training with John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing often leads to innovative and creative approaches to grow and market businesses. Combining the strategic and digital marketing sides into a cohesive system place Justin and his team as a unique and complete resource for his clients marketing needs.

Brenda Sturges
Project Manager

Brenda has over 20 years experience in technology and commercial account management. She worked for over a decade in the Silicon Valley for the world’s largest contract manufacturer of semiconductors. She traveled routinely to Asia and managed multi-million dollar accounts from pre-production to international delivery.

Brenda brings her strong organizational skills, attention to detail and systems based approach to the marketing world and is responsible for many aspects of project management, digital marketing and client support. Brenda has spent the past 10 years acquiring a high degree of skill in managing websites and online advertising campaigns.