The Desoto Group’s Leadership Team

Our leadership is composed of highly educated and experienced professionals focused on building strong, collaborative relationships with our clients. Our team has MBAs, a CPA, a JD, Bachelor’s degrees, and PE and PMP engineering licenses between them.

Ms. Montgomery is the founder, and current Chief Executive Officer and President of The Desoto Group.  A seasoned executive with exceptional leadership skills and an outstanding record of operational improvement, Ms. Montgomery continues to break glass ceilings at the helm of her company.

Ms. Montgomery is a hands-on CEO, responsible for the oversight of day-to-day operations for the company’s multiple business lines and maintaining strong relationships with both public and private partners. Her focus on the design and implementation of operations strategy and account oversight programs ensures a synchronized corporate-wide message.

Ms. Montgomery’s expertise and professionalism is derived from over 30 years of combined experience in public administration, public/private partnerships, C-Level executive management, and service to her country. She understands the issues, challenges, and opportunities of doing business in today’s environment, particularly as it relates to public utilities policy and regulations, construction, and workforce development.

Ms. Montgomery is a U.S. Army veteran who participated in both Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. In addition to her military experience, she possesses a bachelor’s degree and two master’s degrees.  Her service in the U.S. Army, the Executive Office of the Governor, and as a longtime government affairs consultant to Fortune 500 companies has afforded her the ability to harness partnerships, develop unique and individualized strategic infrastructure solutions for the benefit of clients worldwide.

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Sonya Montgomery
Chief Executive Officer & President
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Sherese McGriff
Chief Executive Officer and President

Mrs. McGriff is the Chief Executive Officer and President of The Desoto Group. She brings over 20 years of operational and administrative leadership experience, including the skills necessary to cultivate a dynamic corporate environment that is driven to achieve customer satisfaction. As CEO, she is fully immersed in overseeing day-to-day operations for Desoto’s multiple business lines, and maintaining strong relationships with Desoto’s public and private partners.

Mrs. McGriff’s expertise is derived from her experience in policy development and review, over 20 years of business management, 15 years of storm damage restoration management, and 10 years of contract management and construction project management. Her extensive training in emergency management and public safety and security gives her the organizational and management skills necessary to excel in the EPC industry. Mrs. McGriff is a licensed General Contractor in multiple states, certified in FEMA Level III Emergency Management, and a certified SHRM Human Resources Manager. 

Ms. Guariniello serves a dual role as both The Desoto Group’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer. As General Counsel, Ms. Guariniello advises the executive team on legal issues and risk mitigation strategies. As Chief Compliance Officer, she is responsible for designing, implementing and monitoring processes to ensure The Desoto Group complies with all applicable laws and regulations.

Ms. Guariniello was previously an associate in Holland & Knight LLP’s corporate services department, focusing her practice on mergers and acquisitions, securities law, and general corporate governance. Her experience includes representing a wide variety of clients, both private and public companies, in various buy- and sell-side transactions valued between $2 million and $3 billion.

Ms. Guariniello earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s Fredric G. Levin College of Law with numerous awards, and her bachelor’s degree in International Business and Marketing from the University of Tampa John Sykes College of Business.

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Gabriella Guariniello
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
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Nathan Wade
Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Wade has over 15 years of experience in construction and electrical transmission and distribution project management within the utilities industry. As the Chief Operating Officer of The Desoto Group, he is responsible for Desoto’s operations and ensuring that Desoto has the proper operational controls, administrative support, and resources in place to achieve its strategic goals, objectives, and business needs.

Mr. Wade’s broad experience ranges from VP of Construction for Sterling Solutions, Regional Manager for Cleary Building Corporation, Land Development Project Manager for Kennedy Homes Ltd., and most recently as Project Manager for MJ Electric. He also has significant experience working with ComEd,ITC, and NiSource.

Mr. Wade graduated from Northwest Lineman College where he completed the Electrical Power Safety Excellence Program. He holds a Class A CDL license and is certified in DOT Compliance and OSHA 30 General Construction & Electrical Transmission & Distribution.

Ms. Furdak-Roy serves as President of Gas Construction for The Desoto Group. She is responsible for ensuring the safe and efficient execution of gas construction projects for The Desoto Group’s clients, while defining and advancing the gas construction business line. Ms. Furdak-Roy believes that organizations should move beyond simply managing compliance with regulatory requirements. Her focus is helping ensure The Desoto Group remains a trusted and responsible contributor to the energy landscape.

Ms. Furdak-Roy is an executive leader with 15 years of experience in the energy industry. In her career, she has held progressive leadership roles in Engineering, Operations, Business Planning and Strategy, and Construction. Ms. Furdak-Roy most recently served as Vice President of Operations for Columbia Gas of Virginia. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering.

Committed to giving back to the community, Ms. Furdak-Roy also currently serves as the board Secretary for HumanKind, a venerable non-profit human services organization with a legacy of over a century of service to children and families.

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Sasha Furdak-Roy
President of Gas Construction
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Richard Hosmer
Vice President of Electrical Construction

Mr. Hosmer serves as the Vice President of Electrical Construction for the The Desoto Group. He has operated in the electrical construction industry for over 19 years. He has direct responsibility over all aspects of electrical construction and provides strategic leadership and direction to ensure effectiveness of electrical construction project management and production employees. His previous experience is as District Area Manager of Utility Line Construction Services at ULCS, an Asplundh Company, Distribution Operations Manager at PowerTown Line Construction, and Crew Foreman for Pike Electric, Mastec Inc., and C&H Power Line Construction Company. He has experience working with Florida Power & Light, Duke Energy, and other utilities across the United States.

Mr. Hosmer is pursuing his MBA from the University of Maine and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management & Finance from Keiser University.

Mr. Rivera serves as the Vice President of Vegetation Management for The Desoto Group. In this role, Mr. Rivera continues to drive safety, innovation, and operational excellence within the vegetation management business line. His vision is to revolutionize vegetation management strategies, ensuring a sustainable, diverse, and reliable future for utility companies and their customers, with a strong emphasis on workforce development representative of the local communities they serve.

Over the course of his two-decade career, Mr. Rivera has held virtually every position in the utility line clearance business, beginning as a groundman. Immediately prior to joining The Desoto Group, Mr. Rivera held operational oversight responsibilities for numerous regions across the U.S. and Canada performing a wide range of services which encompassed all aspects of utility vegetation management. These work scopes include all aspects of distribution, transmission, Integrated Vegetation Management (IVM), New Right-of-Way (ROW) clearing, storm response, environmental compliance, and much more. His strategic leadership and operational acumen have played a pivotal role in optimizing vegetation management processes, ensuring the reliability and safety of utility infrastructure.

Mr. Rivera earned a bachelor’s degree from the University College of Puerto Rico. He is an ISA Certified Arborist and Certified Utility Specialist, certified as both a Tree Care Safety Professional (TCIA) and Arborist Advance Climbing Trainer, and holds pesticide licenses in multiple states.
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Jose Rivera
Vice President of Vegetation Management
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Curtis Bradley
Vice President of Safety, Quality, & Training

As Vice President of Safety, Quality, and Training, Mr. Bradley is responsible for building strong relationships with the operation segments across our company, as well as with the customers Desoto serves. His passion and mission is to establish a focus-based safety and training culture for all Desoto employees.

Mr. Bradley has a vast background in the utility distribution field, including overhead, underground, substation, apprenticeship, and field leadership training with a respectable understanding of utility transmission and fiber optics. Mr. Bradley has a high regard for serving others, and continues to teach a Lineman Program he created at a local Community College, the nation’s first pre-apprentice weekend lineman program. He has created pre-apprentice “Lineman Programs” throughout the State of Mississippi.

Mr. Bradley earned his bachelor’s degree in Occupational Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and his Industrial Maintenance and Fiberoptics Splicing Certificates from Meridian Community College.