Manuel de Freitas: President / CEO
Manuel was born and raised in Pleasanton, CA. He is married to his lovely wife, Michele, and they have three wonderful young children.
Being the son of a pipeline company owner, and a third-generation pipeliner, Manuel started out early. His dad was taking him to the jobsites when he was still in diapers. He learned how to run an excavator at the ripe young age of four! By the time he was fifteen, his mom would pick him up from school to go run excavators on his dad’s jobs. Manuel would work for the family business at MJB Pipeline every summer, spring, and winter break possible, learning from the ground up (literally!). He graduated from Foothill High School and continued on to Sacramento State University in the Construction Management Program. Upon his return home from Sac State, Manuel long knew his destiny was to one day become an owner of an underground pipeline company. This is when he began working full time at MJB Pipeline as a foreman. He honed his skills there for seven years, running some of the largest, most difficult, and most successful projects in the company. Then, in 2007, Platinum Pipeline was awarded its first contract and Manuel respectfully left MJB Pipeline to build Platinum Pipeline with his sister, Lisa Sundberg.
Manuel is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Platinum Pipeline. He oversees the entire company including close involvement with the estimating department, materials procurement, pre-construction activities, scheduling, day to day field operations, ensuring safety standards are exceeded on a daily basis, equipment maintenance and procurement, project closeout, customer satisfaction and relationship building. Manuel prides himself on getting the job done faster than any of his competitors while maintaining the highest levels of safety, quality, and customer satisfaction in the industry.
Manuel’s favorite pastimes include spending time with his lovely family, watching football, and believe it or not…. working.