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Clay V. Ring, Jr. – Chairman

Clay-RingA native of Kernersville, Clay graduated from Duke University in 1952 and entered the United States Marine Corps where he served 2 years, attaining the rank of Captain. Clay began his career with Wilson-Covington in 1954 and spent the majority of his time as an estimator and project manager. In 1995, Clay took ownership of the company and assumed responsibility of the property management side of the business. Currently, Clay spends the majority of his time to working with commercial tenants. He enjoys seeing the business grow under the new leadership team and follows projects closely.

Morriss Pendleton – President

Morriss-PendletonMorriss grew up in Mt. Airy and graduated from Mt. Airy High School. After four years in the US Navy and an honorable discharge in 1970 he began a career in the construction industry. He has spent most of the past forty years as a project manager, construction manager, or officer of a general contractor. Morriss is experienced on commercial and residential projects up to 525,000 square feet, 14 floors, and $12.5 million. Morriss manages operations of the company and business development. He enjoys working with owners and architect as a team.

Hayes Wauford – Executive Vice-President

Hayes grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from North Carolina State University. During high school and college he spent summers working as a construction laborer and carpenter in the field. Upon graduation in 2005, Hayes returned to Wilson-Covington to work with his grandfather in a full-time management position. Since returning to Wilson-Covington, Hayes has focused on construction operations with a specific interest in historical restoration. Wilson-Covington is active in Old Salem and across North Carolina working on historic structures. Hayes is a member of the board of directors of Old Salem Museums and Gardens, Stratford Rotary Club, Preservation North Carolina, The Wachovia Historical Society, and Horizons Residential Care Center. He and Amy have a one year old son Hayes.

Jimmy Poore – Construction Manager

Jimmy

Jimmy grew up in Mount Airy, NC and graduated from Surry Community College. After high school and during college he followed in the footsteps of his father in the construction industry and worked in the field as a laborer. In 1985 he left the field and went to work as a draftsman doing design work, and in 1991 he was promoted to estimator/project manager. For the past 20 years Jimmy has managed a wide variety of projects ranging from commercial retail to unique projects at Victory Junction Gang Camp. Jimmy is married with two daughters and enjoys camping, Red Sox baseball and Appalachian football.

Michelle Thompson- Controller

Michelle grew up in Winston-Salem and graduated from North Forsyth High School in 1987. Shortly after graduation she joined the US Air Force where she served as an Air Traffic Controller from 1989 – 1993. Following an honorable discharge in 1993 she attended UNC Charlotte where she graduated with a BS in Accounting and obtained her CPA certificate.  She found her passion for construction accounting right of college with a general contractor in Charlotte.  After 13 years working with other large corporations she returned back to what she loves at Wilson-Covington.  Michelle has three daughters who keep her busy with soccer games and school functions.

Elizabeth Wood- Service Manager

Elizabeth

A native of Yadkin County, Elizabeth graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2008.  During her final year of high school and throughout college, Elizabeth began working in the housing industry for a residential real estate firm.  Elizabeth joined Wilson-Covington in 2008.  She works with multiple Property Managers and Owners and oversees service operations 4,000 plus single-family homes, apartments and commercial buildings. She enjoys working closely with landlords and tenants to see that all repairs are completed in an efficient, cost effective, and friendly manner.

Jess Swingley – Head of Maintenance

Jess-SwingleyA native of southern California, Jess spent six years in the plumbing industry there before owning and managing a hardware store for eight years. He garnered additional experience in California working with a reverse osmosis water purification company and a property management firm. Jess joined Wilson-Covington in 1993 to manage the maintenance side of the business. He maintains a universal CFC license and produces custom window screens.

Bleu Hutchens – Project Manager

Bleu HutchensBleu is a native of Yadkin County and has spent over 20 years working in the construction industry. He began his career building custom cabinets, and has since worked on spec homes, custom homes, and large commercial projects. His experience ranges up to $8 million projects including a 3 story office building and commercial center of 84,000 square feet, and numerous commercial upfits and new builds. Bleu is a highly skilled craftsman and finish carpenter and maintains a General Contractor’s License.

Norm Dalholt- Project Manager

Norm

Norm’s construction experience began when he was 8 years old, sweeping floors and carrying lumber at his fathers building sites. He comes from a long line of Norwegian boat builders and carpenters with a reputation for quality craftsmanship. Working with his Dad through the years he gained the experience and attention to detail necessary to build a quality home.

In 1986, Norm moved to Seattle where he served as a Youth Pastor for 3 years. He got back into construction and started his own business shortly thereafter. In 1998 he moved back to New England to be closer to family. Norm worked as the Senior Project Manager for a high end residential builder in Maine, running projects up and down the coast. The homes he built ranged from 2,500 – 10,000 sq ft. with budgets up to $5.5 million. His eye for detail and creative ideas add a personal touch to each project. Norm enjoys working with  clients to help them take their dreams from the drawing board to reality.  His Viking heritage still runs through his veins as he seeks to produce the highest quality project possible.

Brent Shutt- Project Manager

Brent

Brent grew up in Kernersville, NC and worked as a laborer on construction sites through college. He graduated from NC State in 1995 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Minor in Anthropology. He followed his father into the construction industry following and this has led to an over 20 year career managing a variety of projects from large retail to three story office buildings and small industrial.

Brent has been married 20 years to the love of his life, Noelle. Thy have have a daughter and son. Hobbies include hunting, fishing, golf, coaching son’s soccer and basketball teams, and Wolfpack football.

Dannie Bledsoe – Superintendent

Dannie Bledsoe has been with Wilson-Covington for nearly 20 years. During that time he has managed projects ranging from commercial construction and upfits, including office, medical, industrial, restaurant, and retail projects, to high-end residential construction and historic restoration. Dannie is a master craftsmen and a true “jack of all trades.”

Ryan Boles – Superintendent

Ryan Boles is a native of Yadkin County, NC. He grew up learning the masonry trade and has worked in the construction industry his entire career. His experience ranges from large commercial projects including shopping centers, grocery stores, and commercial upfits, to historic restoration projects including the award winning restorations of Korner’s Folly and Elmwood (ca. 1805).

Jeff Bowman – Superintendent

Jeff BowmanJeff grew up and still lives in Cana, Virginia. He has been in the construction business for over 30 years. His experience includes working as a plumbing contractor, sign erector, home builder, finish carpenter, and superintendent. Jeff has worked on projects ranging from restaurants and supermarkets to a 14 story building in Myrtle Beach, SC and a $17 million log home in the North Carolina Mountains.

Greg Cardwell- Superintendent

Greg joined Wilson-Covington Construction Company in 2014 with over 25 years in the construction industry and 20 as a superintendent.

Some of Greg’s experience has included Showplace in High Point, NC, Victory Junction Gang Camp in Level Cross, NC, Forsyth Technical Community College Automotive Transportation Technology Center in Winston Salem, NC and most recently Greensboro Coliseum’s multi-phase enhancements and expansion. His experience also includes retail centers, grocery stores (Harris Teeter, Lowe’s Foods, Whole Foods), warehouses and office buildings totaling over 5 million square feet and over 84 million dollars.

Greg graduated from Forsyth Technical Community College in 1989 with an AAS in Architectural Technology. He is a native of Forsyth County where he lives with his wife and two children. His community service includes work with the Boy Scouts of America and his church involvement.

David Dalholt- Superintendent

David joined Wilson-Covington in 2013. His background is in high-end residential construction and cabinet making. David has experience on commercial upfits and remodels, including restaurants and grocery stores. David is a highly-skilled woodworker and craftsmen who enjoys putting his skills to use for the customer.

Mark Frye- Superintendent

Mark has worked in the construction industry since 1980 and have vast commercial experience with a number of major general contractors before running his own commercial caulking and concrete sawing businesses and joining Wilson-Covington in 2012.

Mark’s resume of work includes multi-story office buildings, banks, manufacturing and water treatment facilities (in excess of 1 million square feet single projects), drug stores, grocery stores, retail and strip centers, churches, and specialty commercial projects.

His most recent projects include the renovations of the Research Center and Rare Book Room at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) and the construction of two new Harris Teeter Grocery stores in Wake Forest, NC and Summerville, SC.

Brandon Hutchens- Superintendent

Brandon has been working in the construction industry for 20 years in both the residential and commercial sectors. His commercial project experience includes drug stores, grocery stores, strip and retail centers up to $6 million projects. He has overseen new residential construction as well as remodels. Brandon is an excellent craftsman and carpenter and enjoys working closely with all parties involved on a project from homeowners to architects and project managers. Brandon is an experienced welder and metal fabricator.

His most recent projects include the award winning restorations of the Palisade Fort at Historic Bethabara Park and Korner’s Folly. He has two daughters and lives in Yadkinville, NC.

Dale Leonard- Superintendent

Dale has been working in the construction industry for nearly 50 years. He is a master residential and commercial carpenter, has experience in all types of commercial construction, and has overseen retail, industrial, office, and other projects in the $10-20 million range. He is a native of Thomasville and us currently active in the Thomasville Masonic Lodge and the Winston-Salem Scottish Rite Bodies.

Tony Lewis- Superintendent

Tony Lewis joined Wilson-Covington in 2014 with over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. As a project superintendent, he has worked on both new commercial construction and remodeling projects. He has built strip malls, grocery stores, restaurants, and banks. He has vast knowledge & experience in remodeling projects. Tony has earned a reputation for quality work and professionalism. He grew up and still lives in Pinnacle, NC.

James Nesbitt- Superintendent

James Nesbitt joined Wilson-Covington in 2014. He has a strong commercial construction background with projects including shopping centers, office and retail upfits, and grocery store remodels and construction.

John Wright- Superintendent

John Wright has worked in commercial construction his entire career. Projects include commercial office, retail, restaurant, and industrial.