Our fearless leaders

This locating powerhouse didn’t become a powerhouse overnight. Together with a devoted team of hard-working locators, our leadership team has guided Stake Center Locating℠ to the forefront of the industry. With an average of twenty years of industry experience each, these individuals share a passion for the job and an unmatched commitment to the Stake Center℠ family.

× George Baer Photograph

George Baer has over 25 years of industry experience in the utility locating business. Baer assumed the role of Chief Executive Officer of Stake Center Locating in 2018 when Stake Center combined operations with S&N Locating Services as the company shifted toward an exclusive focus on utility locating. Prior to taking on this position, Baer served as Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of S&N Communications, having joined S&N in 1997.

Baer began his career as a senior accountant with the JHM Group before moving on to a position as Assistant Corporate Controller at LLC International, a provider of products and services for wireless communications systems engineering. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

× Heath Martin Photograph

Heath Martin has over 20 years of professional experience in Manufacturing and Service based companies within the Oil & Gas, Transportation, and Industrial Manufacturing Sectors. Heath assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer of Stake Center Locating in 2020. Prior to taking on this position, Heath served as Vice-President and CFO of the Productivity Products division within Honeywell.

Heath began his career as an entrepreneur within the Logistics space and senior associate with Ernst & Young before moving on to finance positions at Caterpillar, Danaher and Fortive. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and a CPA.

× Tony Belford Photograph

Tony Belford has been with Stake Center since 2005 and has more than 20 years of experience in the utility locating business. Belford currently serves on the Board of Directors of National Utility Locating Contractors Association (NULCA).

Prior to holding his current position, Belford was the Senior Director of Operations and Business Development for Stake Center Locating.

Belford obtained a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Weber State University. He also attended Corning Cable System’s technology school where he obtained a LAN 500 fiber splicing certificate and passed the national FOA certification.

× David Kennedy Photograph

David Kennedy has over 20 years of professional experience in manufacturing and service-based companies within the oil and gas, transportation, and consumer goods sectors. David assumed the role of Chief Information Officer of Stake Center Locating in 2020. Prior to taking on this position, David served as Director of Enterprise Systems within Inmar Inc.

David began his career as a cost accountant within the manufacturing space at Newell Rubbermaid before moving on to various finance positions at Hanes Brands Inc. David transitioned fully into financial systems and IT at Danaher and Fortive. He is a graduate of the The University of North Carolina at Wilmington and has his MBA from High Point University.

× Doug Kenyon Photograph

Doug has 35 years of Sales Management experience and 23 years of professional experience in the utility locating industry. Doug started his utility locating career as a Locate Technician (in the early 1990s) and grew quickly into leading high-performance Sales and Business Development teams. Doug most recently conceptualized, started and built Retirement Solutions LLC—an insurance company created to assist people transitioning into Medicare. Doug is a two-time Veteran serving in both the Army National Guard Infantry and the United States Navy earning the Navy Achievement Medal during the first Persian Gulf War. Gallup CliftonStrenths™ recently identified Doug’s top five strengths as 1) Positivity 2) Belief 3) Activator 4) Woo and 5) Communication.

× Sean Murphy Photograph

Sean Murphy has over 25 years of experience in the utility services industry. Sean assumed the role of Sr. Director of Technical Operations of Stake Center Locating in 2020. Prior to that, he served as regional manager of operations for American Lighting and Signalization and Asplundh Construction. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland University College and holds a Six Sigma Green belt.

× Shane Ayers Photograph

With more than 25 years of experience in the industry, Shane Ayers joined the Stake Center family in 2018. Prior to working with Stake Center, he served as Deputy Director of the Virginia State Corporation Commission. Ayers is a graduate of East Coast Polytechnic Institute, where he received a Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical and Electronics Engineering.

× David Doyle Photograph

David Doyle joined Stake Center in 2011 and has more than 25 years of industry experience. He previously served as Vice President of Operations for Promark Utilities.

In addition to his current role at Stake Center, Doyle serves on the West Virginia 811 Board of Directors as Secretary of the Virginia Damage Prevention Advisory Committee.

× Craig Panter Photograph

Craig Panter joined the Stake Center team in 2005 and has 16 years of experience in the locating industry. Prior to his current role, he worked as a company trainer and utility locator, earning his NULCA utility locating designation in 2012. Panter is also a Veteran, serving in the United States Army from 2000 to 2004.

× Nick Gortat Photograph

Nick Gortat joined the Stake Center team in 2002 with a background in construction and warehouse labor. Gortat holds a forklift operation certification and earned the NULCA utility locating designation in 2012.

× Brandon Leonard Photograph

Brandon Leonard joined Stake Center in 2010. Leonard previously worked at Applied Professional Locating, a private utility locating company. In 2012, Leonard earned the NULCA utility locating designation.

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With a team of seasoned leaders guiding our company and dedicated locators nationwide, Stake Center puts the needs of our customers first and foremost.

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