Leadership Team

Richard S. Swartz

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Swartz was appointed MYR Group Inc.’s (MYR Group) President and Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2017; and assumes complete profit and loss (P&L) responsibility for MYR Group and its subsidiaries who collectively achieved 2019 revenues of $2.071 billion. Mr. Swartz also chairs the MYR Group executive committee. Prior to being appointed CEO, Mr. Swartz served as MYR Group’s executive vice president and chief operating officer for seven years. He was responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the organization, as well as P&L accountability for MYR Group’s Transmission & Distribution (T&D) and Commercial & Industrial (C&I) divisions.

He was instrumental in the development and inception of project management and productivity improvement programs as well as in the formulation of several corporate safety initiatives. He spearheaded Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc.’s. (Sturgeon Electric) participation in the Occupational Health and Safety Administration’s (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) for the Mobile Workforce Demonstration Program, for which Sturgeon Electric has achieved and maintained STAR status since 2008.

Mr. Swartz has more than 38 years of industry experience and began his career in field operations, and which has evolved into a variety of senior management positions including vice president of Sturgeon Electric’s C&I division, vice president of Sturgeon Electric’s T&D – Midwest division, group vice president C&I and T&D – West, and MYR Group’s executive vice president and chief operating officer.

Tod M. Cooper

Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Transmission & Distribution

In 2017, Mr. Cooper was appointed MYR Group’s senior vice president and chief operating officer of the transmission and distribution (T&D) division. Cooper also serves on MYR Group’s executive committee. Prior to his current role, he served as MYR Group senior vice president and oversaw large projects in addition to T&D district operations.

Cooper is well-versed in all aspects of operations and brings 31 years of industry experience in the areas of personnel development, estimating, sales and project management. He began his career in 1989 as an estimator with L.E. Myers.

Cooper has a master’s certificate in applied project management from Villanova University and a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University.


Jeffrey J. Waneka

Senior Vice President  & Chief Operating Officer of Commercial & Industrial

In 2017, Mr. Waneka was named MYR Group’s senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) division and is responsible for the division’s overall growth, strategies, and day-to-day operations throughout the U.S. and Canada.  Mr. Waneka also serves on MYR Group’s executive committee. Prior to his current role, Mr. Waneka served as president of Sturgeon Electric’s Commercial & Industrial (C&I) division. He joined Sturgeon Electric in 1991, and throughout his 25+ years with the Company, has served in various roles of increasing responsibility including project manager, operations manager, district manager, director of business development, and vice president.

Mr. Waneka pioneered several successful programs that have helped to transform the Company into an industry leader. He was instrumental in executing a paradigm shift in Sturgeon Electric’s safety culture through the implementation of various impactful safety programs in the late 1990s. The success of these programs ultimately led to Sturgeon Electric’s award of VPP STAR Status by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) – a status that has been maintained for nearly a decade.

He also strengthened and energized the Company’s pre-construction services group through a realignment of duties and purpose to make the group more creative in their customer focus, and helped to foster and implement continuous improvement in all aspects of safety, operations, and technology.

Mr. Waneka received a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Construction Management from Colorado State University. He is also certified as a Safety Trained Supervisor (STS) by the Council of Certification on Health, Environmental and Safety Technologists, and has undergone Supervisor Training in Accident Reduction Techniques (S.T.A.R.T.).


William F. Fry

Vice President, Chief Legal Officer, and Secretary

As MYR Group’s vice president and chief legal officer, Mr. Fry oversees a team of attorneys responsible for all aspects of the company’s legal affairs across the U.S. and Western Canada. He has been a practicing lawyer and general counsel in the construction industry for many years, and was named vice president of legal at Furmanite Corporate when it merged into Team, Inc.

Fry received his bachelor’s degree in engineering from Texas A&M University and his Jurisprudence Doctorate in Law and Engineering from the University of Houston. He also has a Master of Business Administration degree from Rice University.


Betty R. Johnson

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Johnson has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer since 2015. She also serves on MYR Group’s executive committee.

Prior to MYR Group, Johnson held various senior management finance roles within the manufacturing and construction industries. Most recently, she served as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer of Faith Technologies, Inc., a privately-held electrical, engineering, and technology systems contractor.

Johnson holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Loyola University in Chicago and is a certified public accountant. She also is a board member and audit committee chair for Atkore International Group, Inc.