Paul F. Persons Sr. is the President and founder of Persons Service Company, LLC (PSC). He has owned and operated the business since 1978. His knowledge and experience in the construction industry is the key to PSC’s success. Graduate of Murphy High School located in Mobile, AL in 1969, he then went on to serve in the United States Army Reserves for 4 years. Beginning work at the age of 14 in the mechanical industry, Mr. Persons developed a work ethic and knowledge base in the industry that is not often found. Mr. Persons has worked in virtually every position in the mechanical, plumbing, piping and utility construction business. He has over 40 years of experience in the industry with exceptional results. Mr. Persons has been married for over 30 years and has 3 children. He served on the Board of Advisors for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and holds a Master Plumber & Gas Fitter License.
Paul F. Persons, Jr. (Buddy) is Managing Director of Persons Service Company, LLC and Co- Owner. He is a graduate of the Auburn University with a degree in Building Science for the School of Architecture, Design and Construction. Mr. Persons has worked throughout the United States and internationally in Emergency Services, Building, Maintenance and Civil Construction Industries. Mr. Persons has held management positions in various countries such as Haiti, Albania, Honduras, Colombia, Puerto Rico and others for Construction, Industrial, Utility, Emergency Response and Infrastructure projects. He also managed a multi-state federal government facilities maintenance construction contract for the Department of Homeland Security that covered the eastern seaboard from New York to North Carolina. Along with his experience in the Construction Business, he has managed over $600 million in recovery contracts throughout the United States including efforts in Hurricane Katrina, Haiti Earth Quake and other domestic and international disasters. Mr. Persons is a managing partner and an owner of Persons Service Company along with managing director of Persons Development Company that specializes in Industrial/ Commercial Warehousing and office facility leasing. Mr. Persons holds contractor licenses in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana along with serving on various local committees and boards. He also holds multiple certifications in the industrial & emergency response industries.
Civil, Site-work & Utilities Division – Houston, Texas Office
Bryan J. Shuford is Vice President and Partner in PSC. Mr. Shuford graduated from New Mexico State University in May 2003, receiving his B.A. in Government and Business as well as a minor and Spanish. During his college years, Mr. Shuford served as a constituent consultant for United States Senate and attended Graduate School. He started in the construction business in 1999 building aquatic training centers for a swimming pool construction company in southern New Mexico. Mr. Shuford joined Persons Service Company, LLC in 2005 and currently is the Director of the Civil, Utility & Earthwork Division. Mr. Shuford’s division operates in over 6 states stretching from Texas to Florida performing services for the Industrial and Municipal Markets. His team has completed some of the most critical, sensitive, dangerous and schedule driven industrial projects over the last 11 years. His team is currently providing critical infrastructure and pipeline construction for a multi- billion-dollar chemical plant. He also assists in overall management and project development. He served on the board of directors for YMCA of South Alabama and holds a journeyman plumbing license in the state of Alabama and underground fire protection license in the state of Texas along with multiple construction certifications. Mr. Shuford has been instrumental in developing new markets for PSC as he spends much of his time working in South Texas and was instrumental in opening our Houston, TX office.
Paul Stevens, Mr. Stevens is the Construction Manager/ Program Manager for PSC’s civil and utility division in our Houston, TX office. Mr. Stevens has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry on a variety of projects both industrial and commercial. He has a strong background in general construction, civil & utilites, site work as well as mechanical piping, HVAC and electrical systems. Mr. Stevens has successfully managed multimillion dollar projects from inception thru completion and start up. He works closely with design teams and owners to ensure project success. Projects include green field developments both residential and commercial/industrial, water treatment, manufacturing, distribution, retail, and office construction as well as renovation of historic buildings and office space. These projects allowed him to gain experience in many methods of construction including multi-storey reinforced cast-in-place concrete, steel structures and masonry construction. Most recently Mr. Stevens has lead teams in housing developments, demolition and debris removal in Haiti. Mr. Stevens has a Bachelor of Science in Business/Construction Management from Drexel University in Philadelphia. He also holds a LEED AP credential from the U.S. Green Building Counsel and a certificate for Program Manager (PgMP) from the Project Management Institute. Paul Joined PSC in 2015.
Michael McEnery is a Sr. Project Manager for the Civil, Utility & Earthwork Division of Persons Service Company. Mr. McEnery is a graduate of the University of Alabama and joined Persons Service Company in 2006. He has worked throughout the United States, completing projects from South Texas to North Dakota. In his tenure with PSC he has worked on the construction of the Industrial, Civil and Municipal Utility Projects in multiple remote locations. He is a licensed journeyman plumber & pipe fitter in the State of Alabama and OSHA (30) certified, along with other industrial certifications. Michael is also the safety manager for PSC. Mr. McEnery is currently managing multiple utility projects in South Texas and is the general manager for our Houston, TX office.
Bill Moore, Estimator – Civil & Utilities, works out of the Houston, Texas office for PSC. Mr. Moore, with over 25 years’ experience, started his career in heavy civil construction as a laborer and worked my way into supervisor in his early twenties. He attended Texas A&M University / B.A. -Construction Science Degree in 1990 then, / Texas A&M TEEX while working full time achieving multiple certifications in management, contract negotiations and safety. Mr. Moore has been estimating heavy civil and utilities for 20 years on projects ranging from a few thousand to several Hundred Million and have made countless relationships with suppliers and vendors in the Houston area. He is affiliated with the Houston Contractors Assoc and the AGC of Texas for almost two decades with an impeccable record for honesty and straight forward business. His broad background in estimating and work ethic are a big assets to PSC.
Fabrication, Piping & Industrial Maintenance Division
Richard (Rick) N. Carlisle, is the Manager for Industrial Maintenance & Capital Projects and shutdowns for PSC. He has 29 years of progressively responsible experience in a leading chemical manufacturing company and 6 years as president of a mechanical contracting company. Over the span of his career Rick has directed diverse work groups in multiple aspects of specialty chemical, mechanical and work process disciplines.
During his career Rick has owned responsibility in a variety of manufacturing and maintenance disciplines including, Chemical Operator, Multi-Craft Mechanic, Production Technical Specialist, Plant Utilities & Environmental Specialist, Work Process Implementation Leader, and site Maintenance Manager. His practical and technical understanding of both process and plant maintenance encompasses all phases of equipment operation and plant reliability. As President of CIS Rick designed, built and installed specialized equipment in Chile and Canada as well as completed a turn-key build for a local manufacturing plant.
Rick is no stranger to hard work; he was hired at Union Carbide at the age of 18 and progressed through the ranks to become a member of the Site Leadership Team as maintenance manager of a $750M chemical manufacturing facility. Over the span of his career Rick received specific training in such areas as Leadership, Team development, Six Sigma, Work Process Implementation, SAP implementation, and more. Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Mobile and strives to incorporate a mindset of continuous improvement in all aspects of his career.
Steve Phillips is the Industrial Piping/ Quality Control manager for the Industrial Pipe and Fabrication division of PSC. Mr. Phillips brings more than 30 years of experience to PSC and has an extensive background regarding pipe fabrication, pipe welding and mechanical services. Having owned and operated Phillips Mechanical, Mr. Phillips has wide-ranging project and weld management experience. Building on that experience, Mr. Phillips has written and implemented the Quality Control Manual for pipe fabrication and welding that meet ASME codes B31.1, B31.3, B31.5, & B31.9. Currently Mr. Phillips is developing the PSC NBIC “R” Stamp program for repairs, alterations, and quality control.
Walt Pate is the structural estimator and detailer for the piping and fabrication division of PSC. He is a graduate of McGill Toolen High School in Mobile, AL then going on to attend Purdue University followed by serving in the United States Army for 4 years. Mr. Pate has built and impressive history over his 40 years in the industrial business. Beginning as a helper at Technical Fabricators, he worked his way up to Plant Manager with over 105 employees, where he remained for over a decade. He specialized in the fabrication of ASME vessels, pollution control equipment and other oil field related items. He was the founder, owner and operator of American Metal Works, a structural steel and piping fabricating company performing intricate and complicated fabrication for over 30 years. Mr. Pate joined PSC in 2015.
Disaster Services Division
Chris Burnett is the Sr. Project Executive and General Manager of Carolina operations; he joined our team in 2018. Mr. Burnett has over 18 years of experience in the general construction business as well as the disaster construction business. Projects include residential, multi-family, education, commercial and industrial. He has worked throughout the South East, responding to multiple Presidential Declared Disasters. He has dedicated his career to helping communities and families recover from natural disasters. He has years of experience in the CDBG-DR field as a general contractor and as a Construction Manager overseeing the general contractors. He holds multiple certifications through the IICRC and RIA. He holds the highest level of certification through the RIA being a Certified Restorer.
Lori Manali is an Assistant Project Manager (APM) for Persons Services Disaster Recovery division. Ms. Manali began working in the Disaster Recovery industry two years ago when she decided to leave studying for Veterinary school to peruse her passion for helping people. Ms. Manali graduated cum laude from Florida Atlantic University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. Through Ms. Manali’s connections she was brought into the Disaster Recovery Industry and mentored by seasoned CDBG-DR experts who have been in the industry for over 25 years. Ms. Manali quickly learned the operational ins and outs of HUD’s Single-family Housing program, becoming an expert in compliance implementation such as HUD’s Housing Quality Standards (HQS) and Section 3 compliance. Ms. Manali is a certified EPA Lead-Based Paint Renovator and trained in Xactimate. Ms. Manali is currently working for the South Carolina Disaster Recovery Office serving those affected by the 2015 Severe Storms and Hurricane Matthew.
Commercial & Industrial Construction Division
Robert Pettie is Senior Project Manager for Construction at Persons Service Company; he joined our team in 2012. Mr. Pettie has over 40 years of experience in the general construction business. He worked as vice-president of operations for national general contractor for 14 years then forming his own company which he ran for 17 years. His background centers on Institutional & Healthcare Construction and he is an ASHE certified Healthcare Contractor. Along with his experience in general construction, Mr. Pettie has completed numerous projects in the hazardous materials abatement business. His career began in the residential and light commercial construction market. Mr. Pettie now manages all construction activities for PSC related to our larger industrial and medical contracts.
Wes Cooke, a Senior Project Manager for Persons Services Corp., has over 20 years of experience in the construction industry throughout the southeast. Having graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Building Science, he has successfully managed the completion of over $200,000,000.00 in all types of construction including healthcare, educational/institutional, retail, restaurant, automotive, warehouse/industrial, office space, mixed use/commercial development, and churches. He has also completed specialized projects such as design-build, build-to-suit, historic restoration, and hurricane/storm disaster repairs and renovations. Affluent in managing projects from inception to the closeout/warranty period, Mr. Cooke has completed projects for clients such as Penske, Fed-Ex, the Mobile County Public School System, Providence Hospital, AutoNation, PETCO, CEFCO Convenience Stores, Hutchinson Aerospace & Industry, City of Mobile, AL, City of Daphne, AL, City of Orange Beach, AL, City of Biloxi, MS, and Coast Electric Power Association along with many other commercial clients.
Matthew Millette is proposal writer, estimator and APM for construction and disaster projects working in the home office. Mr. Millette graduated from The University of Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, with a focus in the sub-disciplines of Geotechnical and Structural Engineering. After graduation Mr. Millette worked as an Assistant Project Manager for the Geotechnical Department, at ECS Carolinas in Charleston, South Carolina. He is a certified ICC Soils Special Inspector as well as a Grade I – ACI Concrete Field Testing Technician. After leaving South Carolina, Mr. Millette took time to obtain his Civil Engineer-in-Training Certification. An urge to expand his knowledge of the inner workings of the construction industry led him to pursue a career at Persons Services Company
Industrial Mechanical, Plumbing & Specialty Piping Division
Scott Daniels is the Senior Project manager and Director of the Industrial and Commercial Plumbing Division of Persons Service Company specializing in plumbing, mechanical, piping & specialty piping systems since 2008. Mr. Daniels has over 20 years’ experience in plumbing and mechanical systems. Mr. Daniels handles plumbing estimating along with senior project management for the Plumbing Division here at PSC. He has held a master plumbing and gas fitting license for over 17 years in the State of Alabama. Mr. Daniels has an extensive background in industrial, multi-family, institutional, medical, commercial and military plumbing and mechanical systems. Mr. Daniels has successfully procured and managed many multi-million dollar projects for clients such as Airbus, Mercedes, Infirmary Systems, Evonik, SSAB and other large industrial and institutional customers.
Rick Rhodes is Chief Estimator for PSC, specializing in the piping, mechanical & fabrication division. With nearly 25 years of experience in the marine, industrial, institutional, federal and commercial mechanical industry, Mr. Rhodes is a welcomed addition to the PSC’s team in 2015. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a major in Accounting. Starting from the ground up, he worked as a warehouse employee for a major national mechanical firm working his way to manager and logistics coordinator. This early experience in the interworking of the business and field operations gained him the knowledge to become a skilled estimator and project planner. Mr. Rhodes is extremely proficient in estimating software such as fast pipe, quote express, MS projects and the entire Microsoft suite.
Mike Dana is a superintendent and foreman for PSC in the mechanical and plumbing division of PSC. Mr. Dana started his career in the mechanical business in 1991 constructing and maintaining large cooling tower systems for major U.S. plants such as: Degussa Chemical, Georgia Power, Shell – Louisiana, Dow Chemical, Axo-noble and many others. He performed work across the entire southeastern United States in facilities. He holds a journeyman plumber and gas fitter license and has been foreman for PSC’s recent industrial plumbing and piping projects at Airbus and Mercedes. He has extensive background in commercial, industrial and marine piping, mechanical construction. Mr. Dana holds training certification in blood borne pathogens, first aid, CPR, excavation and trenching confined space, competent person, construction forklift training and assessment, material handling equipment training and assessment. Aerial lift to 130’. He also holds his OSHA 10 and 30 certifications.
Home Office Administration
Jim Laubenthal, is the Controller for Persons Service Company. Mr. Laubenthal has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from the University of South Alabama. He has a strong and diverse business background to include Banking, Finance and Project Controls. Jim Laubenthal was the Finance Manager for a large international company that specialized in offshore drilling solutions. He was responsible for the entire financial operations for the Mobile, AL facility. Mr. Laubenthal was the cost controller for many worldwide projects and is excited to bring his vast experience to Persons Service Company.
Dana Spann is accounting and office manager for PSC. Ms. Spann is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree. Ms. Spann plays a key role in administration of the company. Her dedication, honesty and integrity is evident in her 20 years of employment with the company. She is responsible for all accounting aspects of the entire operation that include job costing, administrative project management, billing and collections.
Audrey Lesch works in office administration handling accounts payable and human resources for Persons Service Company, LLC. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside, and moved to Daphne almost six years ago from the Midwest. Ms. Lesch has worked in the banking and financial industry since graduating from College in 2002. Her background and prior work history is essential to PSC where she utilizes her knowledge and experience from previous financial positions to assist with the company’s financials/ accounting as well as facilitating project managers
Beverly Pettie, is the contract administrator for PSC. Beverly joined the team in 2014, bringing seventeen years of construction contract experience. Beverly oversees project bidding, contracts, subcontracts, pay request, submittals, project startups and project closeouts.
Hisham Elattar is the drafting, design operator and IT manager for Persons Service Company (PSC). Mr. Elattar has over 25 years of experience in the fields of Information Technology and Drafting and Design. Mr. Elattar holds three Associate Degrees in Drafting and Design, Electronics Engineering, Pre-Engineering, and attended three year in Computer Science at the University of South Alabama. Mr. Elattar joined our team bringing the knowledge of Computer Information and troubleshooting to maintain our software, hardware, and network system. Mr. Elattar brings his drafting skills and construction background to ad on designing, 3d rendering, commercial/residential design, renovation, shop details, as built drawing and photography. He is the AutoCAD operator and in-house designer for the company allowing PSC to aid owners in pre-construction design/ design build along with BIMS modeling and support services.
Sigler Burke is the Equipment and Logistics Manager for PSC. After working in the Financial Services Industry for 14 years where he worked in senior management and reached partner, he sold his stake in the company to devote his full attention to commercial construction. Mr. Burke has brought with him 8 years of construction management experience including Assistant Owner Representative and Quality Control Manager in the construction of the Battle House Tower and Hotel project as well as the Allied Health and Nursing building at the University of South Alabama as just two of the many projects he has been associated. Mr. Burke also brings with him 3 years of logistics and warehouse experience. He holds a degree in Business Management and Marketing from the University of South Alabama and is OSHA 30 certified.
Matthew Rowe is the Business Development Associate/ account manager for Persons Services Corporation. He has a diverse skillset that lends well to PSC core competencies. Matthew has facilitated projects in the Pulp & Paper, Subsea Pipe Manufacturing, Power Generation, Waste Water Management, and Petrochemical areas.
As Account Manager Matthew is an integral part of our team. He monitors budgets and strives to maintain open dialogue with our customers to insure PSC projects meet budgetary milestones and customer expectations.