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Meet the Evans Team

Strong leadership and visionary thinking is what makes Evans General Contractors one of the nation’s leading commercial construction companies. Comprised of forward-thinkers, doers, and strategist, the team incrementally impacts the markets in which they live and work.

Executive management

Executive leadership

Richard T. Evans

Chairman/Founder

Executive leadership

RT Evans

President/CEO

Executive leadership

Jeff Jepson

Executive Vice President/COO

Executive leadership

Chris Hilgeman

Senior Vice President

Executive leadership

Christian Hersacher

Senior Vice President

Executive leadership

Jared Heald

Senior Vice President

Executive leadership

Walter Puckett

SVP/CFO

Executive leadership

Oliver Kern

VP of International Business Development

Executive leadership

Kyle Davidson

VP/Division Manager Life Sciences

Executive leadership

Randy Penland

VP of Preconstruction

Executive leadership

Sarah Rothwein

VP/ Senior Preconstruction Coordinator

Richard T. Evans

Chairman/Founder

Tim founded Evans General Contractors in 2001 and leads the Management Board.

RT Evans

President/CEO

As President and CEO, RT leads growth and retention initiatives for the company. He joined Evans in 2008 holding roles as Vice President, Division Manager, Project Manager, and Assistant Superintendent. With a comprehensive understanding of a wide array of manufacturing, distribution, healthcare, and corporate environment facilities, RT’s hands-on experience provides real world oversight and direction for Evans’ clients, team, and design partners. RT is a graduate of Georgia Southern University, holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management and serves on their Foundation Board. He is also a member of GEDA and NAIOP.

Jeff Jepson

Executive Vice President/COO

Jeff is a principal at Evans and serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. As a member of the Board of Directors, he helps plan the strategic direction of the company and then implements the growth strategies to help Evans meet those goals. Jeff has been actively involved in the marketing, sales, and project execution of over $1 Billion across all market segments at Evans.

Chris Hilgeman

Senior Vice President

Chris leads the company's preconstruction operations and is responsible for company growth. He is our Distribution & Logistics market expert.

Christian Hersacher

Senior Vice President

Christian leads the company's Business Development operations and is responsible for international growth. He is our Manufacturing and Food & Beverage markets expert.

Jared Heald

Senior Vice President

Jared leads Evans’ teams handling legal, risk management, and human resources matters for the Company. He has over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry as well as experience working at a Fortune 250 Company specializing in Insurance and Risk Management Services and at a consulting firm providing Accounting and Financial Services prior to joining the construction industry. Jared holds a BBA in Finance and a Juris Doctorate.

Walter Puckett

SVP/CFO

As CFO, Walter is responsible for managing the Accounting, Treasury, and Information Technology activities of the company. He also assists in Human Resources and Risk Management functions. With over 25 years of experience with National and International companies in roles including Auditor, Controller, Consultant, and Chief Financial Officer, Walter’s depth of industry experience brings a broad base of knowledge to the Executive Management team. Walter holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Mississippi and a Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama, and was awarded his CPA certificate in Georgia in 1998.

Oliver Kern

VP of International Business Development

Oliver is responsible for international business development and leads the company's Germany team.

Kyle Davidson

VP/Division Manager Life Sciences

As Vice President and Life Sciences Division Manager, Kyle is responsible for leading all Life Sciences initiatives for Evans. He holds advanced degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Biochemical Regulatory Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Kyle joined Evans, in 2018, to lead the Life Sciences Group after spending 15 years in the pharmaceutical division with a large national general contractor. He brings nearly 20 years of experience in the design and construction of Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities. Kyle has completed projects both domestic and international in roles from equipment procurement through Project Executive. Kyle has a strong background in pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical process equipment and instrumentation. Kyle is active in his community serving on the board of directors as membership chair for a local non-profit group and continues to support his alma mater by guest lecturing in special topics engineering classes.

Randy Penland

VP of Preconstruction

Randy is Vice President of Preconstruction and oversees the preparation of cost estimates, contractor’s bid packages, bid review, client presentations, estimate analysis, and award discussions for various projects nationally. He demonstrates a wide range of construction and estimating knowledge with in-depth expertise in highly complicated and technical advanced manufacturing and Life Sciences projects. Randy is well versed in all of Evans core markets, has experience in both field operations and preconstruction, and mentors’ estimators just beginning their career. Randy earned a B.S. from Georgia Southern University.

Sarah Rothwein

VP/ Senior Preconstruction Coordinator

Sarah coordinates preconstruction efforts for the company. She also oversees marketing, public relations, and people focused initiatives.

REGIONAL & FIELD OPERATIONS

Regional & Field Operations

John De Lay

VP of Field Operations

Regional & Field Operations

Ronnie Cupp

SVP/Division Manager Atlanta

Regional & Field Operations

Jesse Bentley

SVP/Division Manager Savannah

Regional & Field Operations

Darryl Strunk

SVP/Division Manager Charleston

Regional & Field Operations

Christian Matthews

Vice President Raleigh

Regional & Field Operations

Chad Marshall

Project Executive Charlotte

Regional & Field Operations

Chad Hanson

Vice President Greenville

Regional & Field Operations

Chad Smith

Safety Director

John De Lay

VP of Field Operations

John oversees and coordinates all field operations and personnel as well as project schedules and mobilization efforts for the company.

Ronnie Cupp

SVP/Division Manager Atlanta

An industry veteran, holding a General Contractors license in multiple states, Ronnie boasts expertise that spans across the country from California to Miami, Detroit to Dallas. His adaptability and network provide Evans the ability to explore areas for growth both geographically and industry focused. As Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Atlanta, Ronnie is responsible for ensuring the Atlanta team’s success as well as the success of new offices. Ronnie has a B.S. from Auburn University and is a member of their Alumni Association. He is also a member of NAIOP and an Eagle Scout.

Jesse Bentley

SVP/Division Manager Savannah

Jesse joined Evans in 2009 and has held positions within the field and in operations. His proficiency in contract negotiations, design, scheduling, and cost control enable him to excel as Senior Vice President and Division Manager of Savannah. As such, Jesse is responsible for Division growth and retention efforts. He has a B.S. in Construction Management from Georgia Southern University and is a member of GEDA, and NAIOP. A graduate of Leadership Southeast Georgia, Jesse remains active in the organization currently serving as a board member and treasurer (2020, 2021). He is passionate about giving back to the community raising over $130,000 for BackPack Buddies.

Darryl Strunk

SVP/Division Manager Charleston

As Senior Vice President and Division Manager, Darryl is responsible for the overall growth and management of the Charleston Office as well as contributing to the strategic initiatives of the company. An industry veteran, Darryl’s leadership abilities and experience cover a wide array of project types and strengthens Evans’ position in the market. Darryl attended Kennesaw State University and the Southern Tech (CNST) Program. He is also a supporting member of Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, SCRDA, and CRDA.

Christian Matthews

Vice President Raleigh

As Vice President and leader of the Raleigh office, Christian is passionate about serving our clients in this region. He joined Evans in 2020 and previously held project and client management roles for several national and local engineering design firms. As a licensed Professional Engineer (PE), he offers an expert understanding of a wide array of life science, manufacturing, healthcare, and corporate environment facilities. Christian’s long-term experience in the RTP market provides real world value and project leadership for Evans’ clients, team, and design partners. Christian is a graduate of NC State University, holding a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Business Administration. His design and construction industry expertise are notable with certifications as a LEED professional, Project Management Profession (PMP), and Certified Energy Manager (CEM). He is also an active member of LCI, NCBio, NCEDA and ISPE.

Chad Marshall

Project Executive Charlotte

Highly motivated and passionate about Evans’ success, Chad leads the overall growth and financial stability of the Charlotte office. His expertise in large complex projects ranging from industrial to office and retail, drive value for clients across all of Evans’ core markets. Chad is actively involved in TCA (Tilt-Up Concrete Association) and serves on their Board of Directions for Tilt Up Industry Leaders of Tomorrow.

Chad Hanson

Vice President Greenville

Chad is responsible for the overall growth and management of the Greenville Office.

Chad Smith

Safety Director

Chad is responsible for ensuring company safety by enforcing federal and state laws, health compliances, and training on best practices.

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