Meet Our Leaders
Mike Elmore, Sun Mountain’s CEO and Founder, is a former Air Force Civil Engineering Officer with a bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas and a masters in Engineering Management from the University of Alabama.
Mike has managed construction projects from civil and land development to vertical retail and office buildings. Since 2011, Mike has used his project management, controls, and construction experience to support PG&E’s Gas Operations major projects.
Mike has helped bring significant changes and successes to this dynamic project environment. His leadership capabilities, noted by senior executives, resulted in the opportunity to start his own firm and apply his broad experience to specific challenges.
From this beginning, he is organically growing Sun Mountain, focusing on the energy and civil infrastructure markets. His employees share his core values of integrity, close working relationships, and knowledge-sharing.
Danielle Rador, Sun Mountain Senior Project Manager, is a former US Air Force Airborne Tactical Systems Instructor and Korean Linguist. Danielle received several Air Combat Medals for her actions during multiple campaigns overseas. She also directed multinational training & security, and was a lead intelligence operations instructor.
Since joining Sun Mountain, Danielle has played an integral role in natural gas operations throughout California. Agencies have praised her ability to coordinate multidisciplinary functions engaged in complex repair, replacement and inspections of transmission pipelines. Danielle has been endorsed by clients as an essential team member in rolling out project delivery systems across multiple lines of business.
Babatunde Adefolaju, Sun Mountain Senior Project Manager, has over 16 years of experience managing projects in diverse construction industry, where he has led cross-functional teams both internationally and locally. He has extensive utility, oil, gas, energy, and highway project portfolios, as well as experience managing large complex oil and gas brownfield facility projects.
In his role as Senior Project Manager at Sun Mountain LLC, Babatunde ensures that an environment of teamwork and project strategy is clearly established. Babatunde is a certified Project Management Professional and a certified pipeline inspector. Babatunde’s education includes Illinois Institute of Technology, where he obtained a Master’s degree in Construction Management.
Joel Tolbirt, Sun Mountain's COO, is a former US Army Special Forces operator. He has managed telecommunications projects and intelligence operations on four continents. Joel joined the Sun Mountain team as a Senior Project Manager for PG&E after completing his Masters in International Business at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in 2015.
In his short time working at Sun Mountain, and for it’s clients, Joel has been recognized for his ability to complete complex and difficult assignments with tenacity and dedication.
Ysi Rodriguez, Sun Mountain Senior Project Manager, has 23 years of construction experience in commercial, federal, civil/railroad, and residential projects. His positions have included foreman, construction manager, quality control, site safety, and project manager.
He has been a construction manager for Montalbano Homes, Lennar Homes, CDI property system, and Omni Bank. His Project management experience has included projects with the US Air Force, March Development (an 8A CO.), BNSF Railway, Union Pacific and most recently Sun Mountain/PG&E.
Ysi’s Construction management involvement has included new residential builds ranging from 1600SF track homes to 12,500SF custom properties, inner city property investments, bank-owned remodels and retail renovations. His Project Management experience has included Govt IDIQ projects, Design Build projects, Flight Line restoration, Dining Facility renovation, SCIF Office, Utility Research/Relocation, Land acquisition/research, and Gas Distribution.
Ysi Rodriguez has spent 24 years in the USAF: 13yrs active/11yrs reserves. He has been stationed in Japan, Germany, Korea, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Arizona, Texas, Georgia, and California.
Managed approximately 80 miles of in-service gas transmission strength tests valued at $75 million for PG&E
Served as portfolio leader with contract project managers on $170 million of services for 180 miles of strength tests for PG&E
Management of industry's largest customer outage with temporary gas support in support of multiple projects.
Supported base infrastructure maintenance and construction in the U.S., South Korea as an Air Force Officer, supported planning and maintenance for the Army in Baghdad as a contractor.
Implementation of gated Project Delivery System among multiple work types.
Experience with multiple states' and foreign governments in military and project environment.
Project managed an $85 million-dollar project portfolio
Led the largest natural gas transmission pipeline hydro-test in PG&E history
Designed an integrated bundling process that resulted in a 20% cost saving for the associated work-stream objects for client
Management of industry's largest customer outage with temporary gas support in support of multiple projects
Managed 33% of the Depart of Defense Special Operations specific contingency fund budget
Project managed a $112 million-dollar capital portfolio for new natural gas transmission pipeline
Developed process for PG&E's gas distribution New Business Application Installation directive
Ensured safe installation of over $30 million of PG&E's New Business gas distribution pipeline
Managed safe and timely tie-ins into PG&E's 45,000-mile distribution pipeline