Akkerman Inc. welcomes Chris Sivesind to its sales and marketing division. Sivesind’s qualifications and expertise in the pipe jacking and tunneling industry will complement and further enhance the Akkerman team. Sivesind was most recently employed by The Robbins Co. in Kent, Wash., as a sales engineer for small boring and auger boring equipment. Prior to this, he spent several years with United Rental Trench Safety as a sales representative and specialty shoring installation consultant on the West Coast.

Sivesind’s family owned Tunnel Systems Inc., a pipe jacking and auger boring business where he worked at the Spokane, Wash., satellite office as a regional manager and partnered with civil engineers to encourage trenchless project designs. He is an active participant in industry associations NASTT, ISTT and CSITT, has authored and presented several papers at their conferences and serves as secretary for the Pacific Northwest Chapter of NASTT. He received his formal education from Washington State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Sivesind will be based in the Seattle area.