Paul F. Persons Sr. is the President and founder of Persons Services Corporation. He has owned and operated the business since 1978. His knowledge and experience in the construction industry have been the key to PSC’s success. After graduating from Murphy High School in Mobile, AL in 1969, Mr. Persons then went on to serve in the United States Army Reserves for 4 years before starting his own business. Having begun working at the age of 14 in the mechanical industry, Mr. Persons developed a unique work ethic and knowledge base of the industry that is not often found. Mr. Persons has worked in virtually every position of the mechanical, plumbing, piping, and utility construction business. He has over 40 years of experience in the industry with an exceptional record of success. He served on the Board of Advisors for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and holds a Master Plumber & Gas Fitter License. Mr. Persons has been married for over 30 years and has 3 children with his wife.
Paul F. Persons, Jr. (Buddy) is Managing Director of Persons Services Corporation and Co- Owner. He is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Building Science from the School of Architecture, Design & Construction. Mr. Persons has worked throughout the United States and abroad 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 for Hurricane Katrina, the Haiti Earth Quake and more. Mr. Persons is a Managing Partner and an owner of Persons Service Corp. 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 and serves on various local committees and boards. He holds multiple certifications in the industrial & emergency response industries.
Bryan J. Shuford is Vice President and Partner of 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 in Spanish. During his college years, Mr. Shuford served as a constituent consultant for United States Senate and attended Graduate School. He began his work in the construction industry in 1999 building aquatic training centers for a swimming pool construction company in southern New Mexico. Mr. Shuford joined Persons Services Corporation in 2005 and is currently Director of the Civil, Utility & Earthwork Division. Mr. Shuford’s division operates in over 6 states stretching from Texas to Florida, performing services for Industrial and Municipal Markets. His team has completed some of our most critical, sensitive, dangerous, and schedule driven industrial projects over the last 11 years. 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 essential in the opening of our Houston, TX office.
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 Services Corporation in 2006. He has worked throughout the United States, completing projects from South Texas to North Dakota. During 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 as well as being OSHA (30) certified, along with other industrial certification accomplishments. Mr. McEnery also holds the position of 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 is an Estimator in our Civil & Utilities division in Houston, Texas. Mr. Moore has over 25 years of experience in the industry. Mr. Moore began his career in heavy civil construction as a laborer and worked his way to a supervisor position in his early twenties. He attended Texas A&M University and graduated with a B.A. in Construction Science in 1990, then going further to receive his TEEX while working full-time. He has achieved multiple certifications in management, contract negotiations, and safety. Mr. Moore has been estimating heavy civil and utility projects for over 20 years and has made countless, influential relationships with suppliers and vendors in the Houston area. He has been affiliated with the Houston Contractors Assoc and the AGC of Texas for almost two decades with an impeccable record for honest and straight forward business. His broad background in estimating and his unparalleled work ethic are an asset to PSC.
Brandy Moore is the Office Manager and Contract Administrator for our Houston, TX office. She attended Sam Houston State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Sociology. She continued her education by completing a Paralegal Certificate program where she studied a variety of areas of law. Prior to working at PSC, Brandy was a Paralegal for a Personal Injury firm for 8 years. Brandy is a committed member if the PSC team and leads the administration for the Infrastructure group
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 areas of specialty chemical, mechanical, and work process disciplines. Mr. Carlisle has held title responsibilities 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 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.
Walt Pate is the structural estimator and detailer for the piping and fabrication division of PSC. Mr. Pate attended Purdue University before serving in the United States Army for 4 years. Mr. Pate has built an 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 where he oversaw over 100 employees. For over a decade he specialized in the fabrication of ASME vessels, pollution control equipment, and other oil field related items. Mr. Pate was the founder, owner, and operator of American Metal Works, a structural steel and piping fabricating company performing intricate fabrication projects for over 30 years. Mr. Pate joined PSC in 2015.
Disaster Services Division
Paul Stevens, Mr. Stevens is the Construction Manager/ Program Manager for PSC’s Disaster Group. Mr. Stevens has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry on a variety of projects both Industrial and Commercial. He has a diversified background in General Construction, Civil & Utilities, Site Work, Mechanical Piping, HVAC and Electrical Systems. Mr. Stevens has successfully managed multimillion-dollar projects from inception through completion and 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-story reinforced cast-in-place concrete, steel structures and masonry construction. Most recently Mr. Stevens has lead teams in housing development, 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 LEED AP credentials from the U.S. Green Building Counsel and a Program Manager Certification (PgMP) from the Project Management Institute. Paul Joined PSC in 2015.
Chad Freeman is a Senior Project Manager in the Disaster Recovery Division at Persons Services Corp. With over 25 years of experience in Logistics Management and Targeted Consulting for large scale government funded contracts around the globe in the Disaster Recovery, Oil and Gas, Industrial, and Commercial industries. His broad experience dealing with all levels of organizational management, as well as a career emphasis in process improvement and maximizing limited resources to streamline operations, make him an asset to the Persons Services Corp. team from day-to-day operations to the execution of high-performance contracts.
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 recovery industry. His projects include residential, multi-family, education, commercial and industrial operations. Mr. Burnett has worked across the South East responding to multiple Presidential Declared Disasters. He has years of experience in the CDBG-DR field, both as a general contractor and as a Construction Manager overseeing general contractors and holds multiple certifications through the IICRC and RIA including the highest level of certification through the RIA as a Certified Restorer. Mr. Burnett has dedicated his career to helping communities and families recover from natural disasters.
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 Corporation.
Lori Manali is an Assistant Project Manager (APM) for Persons Services Disaster Recovery division. Ms. Manali began working in the Disaster Recovery industry after she decided to leave studying for Veterinary school to pursue 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 worked 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. She is also a certified EPA Lead-Based Paint Renovator and trained in Xactimate.
Morgan Downey is a Proposal Writer and Marketing Assistant at Persons Services Corp. Ms. Downey assists in all aspects of the proposal and bidding process, from research to compilation, as well as assisting with the management of company social media pages and B2B and B2C marketing. She holds a BA in Professional & Public Writing from Auburn University.
Commercial & Industrial Construction Division
Robert Pettie is the Director of Construction at Persons Services Corporation. Mr. Pettie joined our corporation in 2012, bringing his 40+ years of experience in the general construction business to the PSC team. Mr. Pettie worked as Vice-President of Operations for a national general contractor for 14 years before leaving to form his own company which he operated for 17 more years. His background focuses on Institutional & Healthcare Construction and he is an ASHE certified Healthcare Contractor. In addition to his experience in general construction, Mr. Pettie has completed numerous projects in the hazardous materials abatement business. 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. 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. Adept 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.
Wright Cox is a project manager in the Commercial and Industrial Division for PSC. Originally from Collierville, TN, Mr. Cox graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in Communication. Mr. cox started his career in real estate marketing in Jackson Hole, Wyoming before moving to Mobile. Since then, he has worked as an estimator and project manager where he developed his passion for the construction industry. He has bid and managed over $5M of construction for the City of Mobile, University of South Alabama, Mobile County, Mobile Airport Authority, and various private commercial clients.
Nicholas (Nick) Friley is an Assistant Project Manager at Persons Services Corp., operating out of our headquarters in Mobile, AL. Mr. Friley has been established the industry for over a decade, in a variety of positions and trades and has completed Construction Management projects across the South East. His work ethic and dynamic skillset are showcased in his previous work experience and have made him a valuable addition to the Persons Services Corp. Construction Division. Mr. Friley is a native to the City of Mobile and brings that knowledge and passion for the City to his job performance.
Industrial Mechanical, Plumbing & Specialty Piping Division
Scott Daniels is the Senior Project Manager and Director of the Industrial and Commercial Plumbing Division of Persons Services Corporation. He has specialized in plumbing, mechanical, piping & specialty piping systems since 2008. Mr. Daniels has over 20 years’ experience in plumbing and mechanical systems and 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. HE has over 25 years of experience in the marine, industrial, institutional, federal, and commercial mechanical industry. He is a graduate of the University of South Alabama where he majored in Accounting. Starting from the ground up, Mr. Rhodes worked as a warehouse employee for a major national mechanical firm before working his way to rolls as manager and logistics coordinator. This early experience in the interconnections of the business and field operations instilled him with 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 of course 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, and mechanical construction. Mr. Dana holds training certifications in blood borne pathogens, first aid, CPR, excavation and trenching confined spaces, construction forklift training and assessment, material handling equipment training and assessment, as well OSHA (10 and 30) certifications.
Home Office Administration
Jim Laubenthal, is the Controller for Persons Services Corporation. 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. Mr. Laubenthal was the Finance Manager for a large international company that specialized in offshore drilling solutions and was responsible for the entire financial operations for the Mobile, AL facility. Mr. Laubenthal has been the cost controller for many worldwide projects and brings vast experience to Persons Service Corp.
Audrey Lesch works in office administration handling accounts payable and human resources for Persons Services Corporation. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and moved to Daphne, AL 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 are essential to the daily operations of 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
Hisham Elattar holds titles as the Drafting & Design Specialist and Desktop Support Analyst at Persons Services Corp. Mr. Elattar brings over 35 years of comprehensive experience in his field to PSC including an accomplished background in catastrophe adjusting and commercial and residential drafting & design work. Mr. Elattar holds two Associate Degrees in Drafting & Design and Electronics Technology. His skills and capabilities include advanced I.T. troubleshooting and support, AutoCAD operation, as well as presentation drawings for renovation, as-build, shop, and commercial projects. Mr. Elattar’s skills and experience allows PSC to aid clients in the pre-construction design/design-build phases of their projects.
Beverly Pettie, is the contract administrator for PSC. Beverly joined us in 2014, bringing seventeen years of construction contract experience to our team. Mrs. Pettie oversees project bidding, contracts, subcontracts, pay request, submittals, project startups and project closeouts.
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.