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Clay V. Ring, Jr. – 1929-2018

Clay-RingA native of Kernersville, Clay graduated from Duke University in 1952 and entered the United States Marine Corps where he served 3 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. Clay worked closely with his grandson Hayes Wauford, Executive Vice-President, and Morriss Pendleton, President to see the company grow from 2005 on into one of the Triad’s premier general contractors. Clay was active in the company until his death in November of 2018. He is missed by all but his legacy continues.

Morriss Pendleton – Chief Executive Officer

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.

Jimmy Hoots- President

Jimmy is a lifelong resident of Winston-Salem, NC. After graduation from RJ Reynolds High School in 1982, Jimmy attended Wake Forest University graduating in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

He then went to work in his father’s ready-mix concrete business. He became President of Hoots Concrete in 1989 and grew the business significantly over the next 10 years.

After selling the concrete business to a Danish conglomerate, Jimmy worked for a local mid-size commercial general contractor for the next 18 years doing sales. Jimmy invests himself in understanding a customer’s needs and enjoys creating the team environment to successfully meet an Owner’s facility requirements. His project experience ranges from Churches and Day Care Centers, to Concrete Wall Industrial Distribution Centers, to pre-engineered Aircraft Hangars and manufacturing buildings, to Medical Office buildings. Jimmy’s primary focus is on new client and business development and pre-construction work for clients. He has years’ of experience taking an owner’s needs and vision from concept to execution.

Jimmy and his wife Carla have two children. His daughter Alex graduated from Wofford College in 2017 and his son JJ attends Rhodes College in Memphis Tennessee.

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 Winston-Salem and across North Carolina working on historic structures. Hayes is a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Old Salem Museums and Gardens is as Servant Leader at Salem Presbyterian Church. He and Amy have two boys, Hayes & Clay.

Bleu Hutchens – Vice-President of Operations

Bleu 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.

Bleu’s background in working in the field gives him a unique perspective in managing the operations and personnel of Wilson-Covington. Bleu oversees commercial projects and works closely with field personnel.

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.

Brent Shutt- Senior 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.

Ron Foister – Project Manager

Ron is a Georgia native who has called the Triad home for the last 25 years.  He started as a laborer in the family construction business over 33 years ago and has since held positions as an engineer, residential construction business owner, and is now a project manager for Wilson-Covington.  Ron is a fifth-generation builder who holds a North Carolina General Contractor’s License as well as a Real Estate Broker’s License.  He is also a 1993 graduate of Georgia Tech where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Building Construction with a specialization in Real Estate Development.

Ron is active in the homebuilder’s association on both the local and state level.  On the local level, he has served for many years on the Board of Directors and the Executive Board of Directors.  He has also held the office of President and been named the Builder Member of the Year in 2017.   His past projects have received the coveted Parade of Homes Gold Award from the Builder’s Association as well.   He currently holds the position of chairman of the Construction Careers Committee for the North Carolina State Home Builders Association.

Ron has been married to his wife, Dee, for over 24 years.  They have a son and four daughters.  In his spare time he enjoys hunting, fishing, and being involved with his kid’s interests.  He also enjoys serving in his church and mission work – whether it is building churches in Alagoas, Brazil or leading wild game dinners in Vermont and Maine.

Jason Long – Project Manager

Jason has over 20 years’ experience in residential construction as a master carpenter and project manager for high-end custom builders. His hands-on experience allows him to understand and overcome the challenges of construction. He brings the sharp eye of a craftsman to every detail of the project.

Eddie Watkins– Project Manager

Eddie has 23 years’ experience as a general contractor.  He is a former military engineer who followed in his uncle’s footsteps to learn the construction industry as a general contractor.  His experience in construction includes multiple new and remodel projects in grocery, restaurants, shopping centers, gas stations, churches, car dealerships, and retail.  Commercial portfolio includes Sheetz, Wal-Mart, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Lowes Foods, National Pawn, Cook Out and multiple Flow dealerships.   Eddie has been actively involved in coaching youth team sports along with individual training clinics over the past 6 years and loves giving back to his community.

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.”

Jeff Bowman – Superintendent

Jeff 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.

Chad Brown- Superintendent

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Scott Clark- Superintendent

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Dicky Deal- Superintendent

Dicky has nearly 40 years’ experience in residential construction and remodels. He has run his own building company and worked for high-end builders. A native of Winston-Salem, his roots in the community run deep.

John Fritts- Superintendent

John has 30 years’ experience in the construction industry from finish carpentry and cabinetry work to managing projects up to $26 million including assisted living, retail, office, and adaptive reuse projects.

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- Project Manager

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 superintendents to insure every detail is of the highest quality. 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.

Will Kalista- Superintendent

Will has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has worked on large, multi-level parking decks, all types of concrete projects, commercial, and residential construction. Will is a master carpenter and mason and brings these hands-on skill to the fore when overseeing projects.

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 Redding- Superintendent

John has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. His projects range from residential remodels to larger commercial projects. He has extensive experience in custom trim work, built ins, and furniture building.

John Wright- Superintendent

John has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. His projects range from residential remodels to large commercial projects including churches, public buildings, and schools.