A hardworking problem solver and trustworthy team player, president Jimmy Matta founded Ahora Construction in November 2016. Jimmy was raised by migrant farmworkers amid the towering peaks of the Cache Valley in Preston, Idaho and the Central Washington cities of Quincy, Wenatchee and Ephrata. In 1998 he came to Burien where he moved up the ranks at the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America eventually serving as an international representative of the general president. Jimmy has held leadership positions at the Pacific Northwest Regional Council of Carpenters, the Washington Interior Exterior Systems Local Union No. 41, the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, the Labor Council for Latin American Advancement, Art Cortez Construction and Alcantar Construction. Jimmy has also served as a member of the Carpenters Trusts of Western Washington and was a delegate to the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
As Ahora’s president, he oversees all aspects of the company from field and office operations, to developing and maintaining business, stakeholder, trade and labor management relationships. Jimmy can also be found putting on his tool belt and working alongside his construction team and son Jimmy Matta, Jr. to finish a job. Inspired by the creativity and compassion of his colleagues, Jimmy has led his union contracting firm through exponential growth since 2016 while upholding his promise to deliver excellence and provide an inclusive workspace. Long committed to serving the community, Jimmy has “el amor del pueblo” or love for the people that extends to his role as mayor of the City of Burien, Latino Civic Alliance vice chair, co-founder of Empresarios Unidos and co-founder of Padres Activos Al Futuro.
“I am passionate that Ahora prioritizes diversity. Diversity not only in methods of contracting, but also in thoughts and backgrounds of employees. At Ahora we have a plethora of different races, ages and experiences. These qualities make it possible for us to serve truly innovative and efficient systems.”