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.

× Debbie Scott Photograph

Debbie Scott joined Stake Center in 1996. With more than 30 years of IT, management and accounting experience, Scott currently serves as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to taking on this role with Stake Center, Ms. Scott served as their Chief Information Officer and Corporate Controller.

× 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.

× 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.

× 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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