At Spartan Group, we believe that strong leadership is a cornerstone of our success. We take pride having built a team of industry professionals that have demonstrated innovation and passion for their areas of expertise and live our core values. These leaders operate at the highest levels and through their guidance, pave the way for others within the organization to reach our shared goals and constantly deliver excellence.

Adrian Cano

Founder & CEO, Spartan Group Holdings

Adrian is a 30-year professional in the reinforcing steel industry. His experience includes extensive knowledge of steel manufacturing and distribution. Prior to starting Spartan in 2017, Adrian was involved in the management, sale, and distribution of rebar for various companies. As an exceptional leader, he managed a small business team that reached annual revenues in excess of $130MM. Adrian is adept at multimillion-dollar business transactions in more than 12 countries.

Under Adrian’s direction, Spartan has quickly grown from a small rebar installation company to a fully integrated engineering, construction, and supply chain business.

Education and Certifications

BS, Mechanical Engineering New Mexico State University

Craig Wallace

COO, Spartan Group Holdings

Craig is an industry executive with more than 40 years’ experience. Prior to joining Spartan in 2018, he led teams of professionals across North America in providing engineering, design, logistics, constructability analysis, modeling, material handling, fabrication, and safety/risk management services.

Craig’s exceptional leadership ability has earned him the reputation for creating safe work environments, mitigating construction risks, delivering projects ahead of schedule, and producing quality results. Most notably, he was among the leaders of The Phoenix Project, a construction team that rebuilt the Pentagon in a remarkably short period after the 9-11 terror attacks.

Education and Certifications

BS, Accounting University of Maryland College Park

R. Stirling Vineyard, Jr.

Chief Financial Officer

Over his 25+ year career, Stirling has served in capacities as an executive leader, investor, board member and trusted advisor to a very diverse set of enterprises, including 15+ industry segments in various business stages such as start-ups, high-growth, private-equity backed, family-owned business and mature corporations.

Stirling has formed core disciplines around strategy, mergers & acquisitions (“M&A”), private equity, corporate finance, operations, and business process improvement.  Related to Spartan, he holds operational expertise in metal fabrication and has consulted for multiple years with several large general contractors in the construction segment.

Having worked with a wide variety of business models in various roles, Stirling quickly adapts to implement best practices to align to company goals that ultimately drive profitability and shareholder value.

Education and Certifications

Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Texas Tech University, 1994 Master of Business Administration in Finance and Strategy & Entrepreneurship, Southern Methodist University, 2004 Certified Public Accountant licensed by the State of Texas, 1997

Shayne Rutherford

Executive VP of Finance and Accounting, Spartan Group Holdings

Shayne has more than a decade of executive leadership experience. He has served as an officer on eight boards in five different industry segments— construction, development, real estate investment, insurance, and mortgage—for companies scaling anywhere from startup to more than $500M in gross revenue and up to $1.2B in assets under management. He has a strong, diverse leadership background that focuses on incorporating new technology, strong internal controls, budgeting, human resources, planning and forecasting financial leadership, with an emphasis on rapid growth organizations where he has successful implementation of new technology, business analytics, planning and forecasting.

Education and Certifications

CPA, Texas BS, Biology MS, Accounting Information Management MBA, Finance University of Texas at Dallas

Harry “Ab” Abernathy

CRO (Chief Revenue Officer), Spartan Group Holdings

Over his 40-plus-year career, Harry has been a senior executive in business development with multiple industries. His experience includes profitable revenue generation for Fortune 500 companies such as IBM and AT&T, and providing business solutions that improve productivity on a local, national, and international scale.

As president of a logistics company, Harry was accountable for overall sales, marketing, human resources, operations, and financials. He has served on the TCU Supply Chain Management Advisory Board and is active in business, social, and investment programs in the DFW area.

Education and Certifications

BS, Marketing University of Arkansas

Chet Deaver

CPO (Chief People Officer), Spartan Group Holdings

Dr. Chet Deaver is a devoted educator and organizational leader with 16 years of career excellence. He has a history of working to bring quality change to challenging academic situations and settings. Dr. Deaver’s key strength is in team-building pursuits that deliver measurable progress in employee performance objectives. He is an excellent communicator who is proficient in research-based instruction and mentoring exercises with employees and leadership.

Dr. Deaver considers himself to be a lifelong learner who understands that an education is the single most powerful and important thing we can have and pass on to our children.

Education and Certifications

Ed.D., Educational Leadership Lamar University

Carl Deaver

COO, Spartan Construction

Carl is an industry executive with more than 35 years’ experience in the commercial construction industry. He joined Spartan in 2022 after serving as a division manager of the nation’s third-largest commercial concrete contractor.

Carl is a treasured rarity in today’s construction industry: a senior executive with valuable experience in “working his tools” as a laborer. Starting as a union journeyman in the metal stud drywall business, his experience grew to include trucking, pumping, batch plant, and structural facets of the commercial concrete market. He also owned a commercial concrete company.

Beyond his vast experience, Carl says the most personally rewarding aspect of his work is the extensive network of personal and professional relationships that he has been blessed to develop.

Education and Certifications

Diploma & General Studies Brazos High School (Wallis, TX) & Wharton County (TX) JC

Rey Roca

COO (Chief Operating Officer), Spartan Engineering

Rey is an accomplished A/E/C industry executive with 27 years of experience in multiple sectors that include hospitality, commercial, aviation, federal, healthcare, surface transportation, and higher education. His various projects include tasks related to design, project management, construction management, and commissioning services. Rey is proficient in the execution of management tasks, including scope development, scheduling, budgeting, resource allocation, invoicing, and quality assurance.

Rey is an effective communicator and coordinator who is adept at quickly understanding client needs to optimize design team work-sharing capabilities. This results in profitable projects that are delivered on time and on budget.

Education and Certifications

BS, Civil Engineering The University of Texas at Arlington