Slayden Plumbing & Heating InC.

Founded in 1979

Our Story

Slayden Plumbing & Heating, Inc. (SPHI) was founded in 1979 by William (Bill) Slayden. The company was Incorporated in the State of Alaska on October 14, 1983. Slayden has grown from a small private plumbing company to one of the largest mechanical contractors in the State of Alaska. Through the years Slayden has grown to provide our customers with the tools they need to complete their projects. With offices in North Pole and Wasilla, a full-time engineering staff, state of the art sheet metal fabrication shop, and a mechanical insulation division, Slayden has everything under one roof.

We have a proven track record of successfully constructing a variety of public and private projects from single family homes to highly technical government facilities. Slayden focuses on safety and instills that mindset in the new tradesmen as they progress through the apprenticeship program. Slayden was a founding member of the ABC of Alaska apprenticeship program and continues to encourage growth in the trades through this program. Slayden is currently pursuing Level 2 CMMC in conjuction with NIST 800-171 compliance status and anticipates reaching full compliance by summer 2024.

Founder, Alaskan Entrepreneur
William (Bill) Slayden

Leadership

Jeremiah Raby

Jeremiah Raby

President

Jeremiah joined the Slayden team in 2004 as an apprentice plumber and has since then served in multiple positions, including Journeyman, Foreman, Superintendent, Operations Manager, and Vice President. Currently, as the Corporate President he strives to serve both Slayden’s customers and employees with integrity and professionalism. He and his family enjoy outdoors activities all around the state and being active in their local church.

Jason Chalstrom

Jason Chalstrom

Vice President / Lead Estimator

Jason Chalstrom started with Slayden Plumbing in 1995 straight out of high school as a plumbing apprentice. He worked countless hours in the trade and achieved his State of Alaska Journeyman card in 1998. Jason moved to the Superintendent position in the early 2000’s. From which he started overseeing the heavy mechanical side of the company which included Utility projects on Ft. Wainwright, Eielson AFB, and Ft Greely. After years in the field executing utility projects along with large and small commercial projects he moved into his current position as Lead Estimator, handling estimating for all projects statewide. Jason is currently on his 28th year with the company.

Jen Engle

Jen Engle

Treasurer / Corporate Secretary

Jennifer (Jen) joined Slayden Plumbing in 1997, she has 25+ years of construction accounting experience. She has served as Slayden’s Treasurer since 2000 and Corporate Secretary since 2013. Jen is responsible for the financial activity of the company, including cash management, monthly financial reporting and oversight of the accounting department. When she is not working she enjoys family time with her husband, kids and Grandkids.

Seth Guntharp

Seth Guntharp

Systems Administrator / Security Officer

Seth has always loved Alaska and he decided to make it his home in 2021. He shares this adventure with his wife, and daughter. Seth has been operating in the technology world since graduating college with two degrees in Network Administration and Computer Science.  He started his career in the lower 48 working in the K-12 School Districts where he was responsible for 9,000 plus network capable devices across 6 campuses. Now he services all the technological & compliance needs across the state of Alaska for Slayden Plumbing and Heating. He is blessed to be living the Alaskan dream. And Slayden gives him fun tech toys, tools, and gadgets to play with.

Joanna Smith

Joanna Smith

Accounting Manager

Joanna started with Slayden in 2011 as part of the Operations team. Her job duties included managing the plumbing, sheet metal, apprenticeship program, calculating the weekly labor budgets, tracking of the change orders, and assisting management of jobs after bid award.  Joanna’s most recent position is serving as Slayden Accounting Manager. Her duties include weekly payroll, certified payroll, and accounts payable. 

Alex Reeve

Alex Reeve

Senior Engineer

Alex is Slayden’s Senior Engineer and Vice President of Engineering. A lifelong Alaskan, Alex graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1989 with Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Alex’s work has provided engineering expertise for a diverse variety of projects including residential, dormitory and assisted living housing; hotels; retail facilities; restaurants; laundries; aircraft hangers; heavy equipment maintenance facilities; power plants; clinics; schools; water treatment; and fuel storage systems. Alex holds a State of Alaska Professional Engineering License, an Alaska Mechanical Administrators License, and a City of Fairbanks Master Plumber/Mechanical Contractor License.

Josh Rupe

Josh Rupe

Southern Office Operations Manager

Josh Rupe is not your average plumber. He started as a young apprentice at Slayden Plumbing & Heating and worked his way up to become the operations manager for their Wasilla, Alaska branch. But Josh has a secret life outside of his pipes and fittings. He loves to rock out to classic heavy metal in his mancave garage, where he also hosts his clown buddies for some wild parties. Josh is also a skilled woodworker, who carves beautiful furniture and sculptures in his spare time. And when he feels nostalgic, he likes to sit in his vintage 1967 Chevelle and dream of the good old days when he could sleep like a baby.

Justin Bowler

Justin Bowler

HVAC Operations Manager/Estimator

After first working in commercial and residential construction industry Justin came to work for SPHI in 2010. Starting as an apprentice, he moved up the laddar to become a superintendent, fabrication manager, HVAC Operations Manager and Estimator. Justin enjoys the challenges of the job and the opportunity he has with the company to serve Alaska’s plumbing and heating needs. He, and his family enjoy hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time on the water. 

Brett Dolechek

Brett Dolechek

Sheet Metal Fabrication Shop Manager

Brett has been with Slayden since 2015. starting out as a first year sheet metal apprentice. Since then Brett has traveled all over the state working on jobs ranging from small TI’s to industrial sized government jobs. Over the years Bretts coworkers have become his friends, mentors, and peers. He worked in the field for 4 years as an apprentice and spent 2 1/2 years as a foreman running work out of Anchorage, Seward, Wasilla, and JBER. Currently his position as fabrication shop manager keeps him in Wasilla, close to home where he can be with his growing family. He says he has the privilege to help and course others on understanding how the fittings we install are built.  Outside of work he is an avid hunter, a father, and an all-around outdoorsman. Brett looks forward to spending many more years at Slayden as they continue to build the best product they can with the best crew of sheet metal mechanics.

Terra Bowen

Terra Bowen

Project Engineer / Administrator

Terra has been with Slayden Plumbing & Heating (SPHI) since 2008 with previous experience in the Construction trade since 2003.  Her role with the company has been as a Project Engineer/Administrator for Slayden.

Terra is transplant pacific islander.  She grew up in Hawaii but have found her home in Alaska, and SPHI is a big reason for that.  Her hobbies include playing hockey, curling, crossword puzzles and escape rooms. 

Deanna Vargason

Deanna Vargason

Human Resources / Project Admin

Dee is the Human Resources Manager, and oversees safety operations for the company. Dee also serves as a part time project administrator for all of Slaydens projects. Dee comes from generations of plumbers, so it was only fitting that she follow the family trait, but in the office. She describes herself as a kid at heart so some of her interests are playing video games, building Legos, being a proud Disney Adult and Harry Potter buff.

Steve Eledridge

Steve Eledridge

Shop Manager

Back when Steve was in High School a man came to his school for career day and was telling everyone about what it was like to be a Plumber. His name was Bill Slayden. Steve told himself that there was no way he was going to do that. He got out of school in 1980, and in 1983, he married, you’ll never guess, Bill Slayden’s Daughter. So, he started the Job he never was going to do. He started his Apprenticeship with Dave Stuart, a grumpy older guy, but an excellent plumber and mentor with a lot of patience. Back in the day apprentices were all about OJT, no books or test. After 4 years of apprenticeship, he became a Journeyman Plumber. Steve says the best thing that happened to him was family first. He later moved up in the plumbing world and started doing take off’s and running Jobs and was good at it. His work started with residential housing in North Pole and Fairbanks. Bill, then decided they were ready to take on the commercial and government work. They started doing jobs on Ft Wainwright, Eielson then later Greely and Clear. Steves work also took him to schools and housing in the villages of Alaska. As time went on, 41 years later, he is the Facilities Manager, and still going on, maybe not as strong as he used to be but he still has the Love and Compassion for the company, and the man that he didn’t want to work for, and now, will do any and everything he ask.

David Miller

David Miller

Northern Office Operations Manager

David has been with SPHI going on five years. He brings 20 years’ experience in interpreting construction plans and specifications. Inspecting materials and workmanship to ensure quality, safety, and compliance with contractual requirements are skills that make him a valuable member of the SPHI team. His responsibilities include reviewing contractor-submitted documents for accuracy and adequacy and providing input to project engineers toward solutions or courses of action observations made at project sites. Quality assurance and job completion are his top priorities.

Gene Bennett

Gene Bennett

Northern Office Operations Manager

Gene is a proud Alaskan who grew up and works in the North Pole. He has been in the plumbing business since 1990, when he started off as just a young buck learning the ropes. Gene has progressed to operations manager who supports Slayden’s superintendents and helps everything run smoother. He has worked with all kinds of pipes, everything from ½” copper in town to 48” pipe in Prudhoe Bay. He has worked on everything from small jobs to multimillion-dollar contracts. Gene prides himself on staying updated on what he needs to be the best at his career.

He has three daughters, two of them are grown-ups and one of them is still a little munchkin. She keeps him on his toes and makes him laugh every day. She is his favorite thing in the world, just don’t tell the others. Gene likes to learn new things and loves accepting new challenges. Lately, he has been into fixing cars and trucks. He enjoy figuring out what’s wrong with them and making them work again. It’s like solving a puzzle, but with grease and tools. 

Gene is trying to simplify his life and learn to minimize, so he can focus on what matters most: his family, his work, and his hobbies. Life is too short to waste on things that don’t bring you joy.

Rick Larrison

Rick Larrison

Lead Purchaser

Rick has been with Slayden for many hears. He has worked extensively in the construction industry in Alaska for since 1981. He brings over 42 years of experience as a manufacturers rep, plumbing wholesaler, mechanical contractor, & project manager. Away from work he is an avid golfer and fisherman, who also enjoys traveling and spending time with his wife, 7 children & many grandchildren.

North Pole Office

Phone

Office: (907) 488-3359
Email: slayden@sphiak.com

Address

1998 Richardson Highway
North Pole, AK 99705

Wasilla Office

Phone

Office: (907) 376-7690
Email: slayden@sphiak.com

Address

3230 E. Palmer/Wasilla Highway
Wasilla, AK 99654