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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 leading the company as President and CEO until January 2021. He now serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors, where he is responsible for the overall guidance and long-term strategies and initiatives of Evans. Tim has more than 40 years of construction experience and has led the Evans’ team into becoming a nationally recognized design-build firm. Passionate about giving back, Tim implemented the Silver Lining Foundation in 2009 and encourages community outreach in all Evans’ locations. People development and relationships are major facets in his approach to business. Tim holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Economics from Georgia State University and is a past member of the Georgia Southern Foundation 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 joined Evans in 2002 and is a Senior Vice President. His experience in real estate development, logistics, operations, design, and estimating add significant value and depth to Evans’ preconstruction efforts. From initial client contact through design and permitting, Chris ensures client needs are met and exceeded. Chris has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a proud NAIOP member.

Christian Hersacher

Senior Vice President

As Senior Vice President, Christian serves on the Board of Directors and oversees Evans’ Manufacturing and Food & Beverage Markets. A German native, Christian is actively involved in overseas business development, international client relations, and foreign expansion efforts for the company ̶ directly contributing to the start-up of several cutting-edge facilities throughout the U.S. and Europe. Christian has a Master’s in Mechanical Engineering from the European Institute of Industrial Engineering, a post graduate degree in Industrial Engineering, and REFA Economist Business Organization. He also holds a Radiation Officer license and is a member of the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC).

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 joined Evans to start the Germany office in 2009. As Vice President of International Business Development, Oliver supports foreign business growth and European expansion efforts for the company and heads activities as it relates to overseas project development, owner liaison, and design-build coordination. He has worked on projects for Mercedes, Volkswagen, and Magna and is directly responsible for bringing several high-profile manufacturing and industrial projects to the United States. Oliver holds an Electrical Engineering and Automation Degree.

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 serves as Vice President and Senior Preconstruction Coordinator and is directly involved with all Preconstruction and Marketing efforts for the company. She implements people focused initiatives and best practices for project bids. Actively engaged in corporate growth, subcontractor retention, and synergy amongst regional offices, Sarah also heads administrative oversight for the Atlanta Headquarters. On behalf of Evans, Sarah attends local/regional economic and industry focused conferences. She graduated from the University of Alabama with a B.S. in Business Marketing and joined Evans in 2013.

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

Vice President of Field Operations, John heads all company construction efforts and field operations. He works closely with preconstruction staff and management to ensure proper scheduling and resource coordination as well as develop controls and procedures for Evans. John is highly experienced in industrial concrete and steel applications. He holds memberships with ACI and AISC, certifications in steel erection, tilt wall, NPDES, OSHA, and many others. John constantly seeks ways to fine-tune best practices and create process efficiencies believing the best way to solve a problem is going through it not around.

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 serves as Vice President. He oversees growth and retention efforts and provides direction for the Greenville office. Previously holding positions of Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator, and Senior Estimator, Chad actively participates in all business development and preconstruction efforts for his region. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management from Clemson University and is a member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce.

Chad Smith

Safety Director

As the Safety Director, Chad is responsible for creating a safe work environment. He ensures the effectiveness of occupational safety and health by identifying and reducing hazards for all levels of field and administrative operations including logistical and managerial oversight of the Evans’ Safety Team. Chad conducts work site audits, establishes checks and balances consistent with Evans’ safety requirements, as well as ensures full compliance with all local, state, and federal occupational health, safety, and environmental requirements. Chad oversees training provided by select third party agencies and performs all in-house safety and competent person certification. He is an authorized OSHA instructor, holds numerous safety trainer licenses, and is a member of many safety organizations including ASSE, NSPE, CCHEST, NSC, and Board of Certified Safety Professionals.

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