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Joanne Cheatham

Joanne Cheatham

Joanne Cheatham, Owner / President

With Dutch ancestry, Joanne was destined to tackle stormwater issues…..with more than her finger in the dike. She started out studying horticulture in college, progressed to a short career in the flower bulb industry, then jumped feet first (well, muddy boots first) into the development of Carolina Environmental Contracting, Inc. (CEC) in 1991. She was ready to get her hands in the dirt. Fast forward 26 years and Joanne feels extremely confident when she calls CEC “stormwater construction experts”. CEC brings projects in on budget, on time, and within constraints, tolerances and specific project parameters. The company builds with knowledge, with experience, with confidence, and with precision. CEC excels with Joanne’s ability to put the right people in the right positions in order for the company to manage and construct projects seamlessly…..with no holes in the dikes.

James Poe

James Poe

James Poe, Senior Business Development Officer

James was raised in a family of contractors so he has grown up playing in the dirt. James joined Carolina Environmental five years ago and has not looked back since. James is the ultimate “bird dog”. He can sniff out stormwater management projects that run the gamut from a 10,000 ft stream mitigation project for NCDOT to a shoulder drain project for the runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport. Once he earmarks an interesting project he will talk to the project manager or engineer to clarify expectations. James will then walk the job, estimate it, price it, bid it…..and pull the CEC team together that will build it. James has a real penchant for finding opportunities. His enthusiasm and out-of-the-box thinking give CEC the edge with project engineers and managers, municipal employees, and NCDOT inspectors.…..and those same traits boost our bottom line. For James, it is all about finding exciting projects and strategizing on how to build the project well, on time, and within budget. Tap into James’ knowledge of dirt and water…..he will get your project back on point…..and he will have fun doing it!! 

Jacy Kirkpatrick

Jacy Kirkpatrick

Jacy Kirkpatrick, Project Management and Estimating Assistant

 

A fine firm like ours with excellent customers like you, is always on the lookout for a few good men and women.  And when one comes along----a person who fits our team and digs our work---well, we have to snag them.  Bring them on board.  Get them working in the dirt.

Take Jacy Kirkpatrick for example.  She recently joined the team at Carolina Environmental Contracting.  A recent graduate of NC State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Soil and Water Systems, Kirkpatrick has a generations deep heritage in the construction industry.   

 In addition to a demonstrated passion for the extensive stormwater management services CEC provides, CEC President Joanne Cheatham said during a recent corporate announcement that Kirkpatrick brings another important attribute to the business.  “At the risk of sounding short sighted, our industry is still primarily a ‘man’s world’ “, she said.  “We need more smart young women in our management to help guide us through tomorrow’s challenges.  Jacy clearly fits that challenge.”

“We are delighted that Jacy chose to join us at CEC," Cheatham said.  "We selected her from a strong list of applicants because of her well-grounded, common sense approach to construction.  It was obvious to me that she had good construction sense that comes from working amongst the generations of contractors in her family.  Combine that with a good education, an enthusiasm to learn, and a good pair of boots, and we have a valuable new team member."

Kirkpatrick will report to our estimating / project management departments in CEC’s Mount Airy and Greensboro offices. 

Jacy has a love for the outdoors where, during her free time, she is chasing after her border collie Boyd, or trotting down a trail on the back of Hal, her Arabian Horse, or kayaking down the Haw River.  “She is a perfect fit for our culture here at CEC,” Cheatham said.  “Land and water speak to all of us.”

Beverly Routh

Beverly Routh

Beverly Routh, Financial Manager

Beverly has crunched numbers for 25 years for Carolina Environmental Contracting which allows for meticulous and accurate financial records, in-depth job cost reporting, AP, AR, and payroll management….and she still has time to schedule a “we appreciate you” lunch for our employees. Beverly’s long relationships with customers give her the edge with both AP and AR. Her handle on all current reporting requirements, employee benefits, insurance, bonding, and taxes keep CEC on strong financial track. Her attention to detail keeps project managers moving forward in a positive, organized direction. The bottom line for Beverly? She is happiest when she is at her desk crunching those numbers!! Our accountant says every company should be lucky enough to have a Beverly!!

Marty Taylor

Marty Taylor

Marty Taylor, Erosion and Sediment Control Division Manager

Marty has had a commitment to Carolina Environmental Contracting for 25 years.  Everyone in the “dirt”  industry in NC knows Marty.  His easy-going nature pairs well with the industry expectations that he needs to respond within 24 or 48 hours for all installation calls in the sediment control end of our business.  Most managers would be pulling their hair out to meet that tight schedule…..but Marty communicates well and always works things out for his crews and his clients.   Marty can analyze field conditions and know what he needs to do to contain sediment….just ask him next time you see him.  He will jump at the chance to help you.  Because Marty has reviewed projects for hundreds of contractors over the years, he knows every back road in North Carolina….so if you want someone to get off the beaten path and help you with your sediment control issues, call Marty…he is definitely up for the task and the drive!!

Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor, Stream and Wetland Division Manager

The stream/wetland division is in excellent hands. Wayne can fix or build anything. Yes, anything. He built Carolina Environmental Contracting’s first hydroseeder 15 years ago from a catalog of parts. And last week, he built his own wood smoker for the Taylor family cookouts. Most importantly, for CEC, Wayne has an innate ability to see how streams need to meander, how rock and log grade devices need to be placed, how brush toes need to be anchored ….all in order to successfully stabilize the channel. His knowledge of stream restoration is remarkable…..and he has nurtured strong relationships with engineers, inspectors, and contractors due to his ability to solve problems that always arise in this kind of work as you encounter high water flows, unforeseen tributary impacts, or slope failure due to flooding conditions. And it also needs to be documented that Wayne successfully managed the construction of the largest manmade wetland in NC…..a 35 acre menagerie of stormwater cells, pipe, dikes, and weirs. Wayne knows water…..let him help you mitigate your waterway.

Patrick Walker

Patrick Walker

Patrick Walker, Stormwater Division Manager

Patrick has years of experience installing pipe, catch basins, culverts and a multitude of other stormwater management solutions. His knowledge is his best strength but he couples that with excellent management skills. He can easily oversee several projects and maintain strong progress on each. Patrick is a big guy and he has the heart to match his size. He is an excellent (patient) teacher….and takes the time to teach and train his crew members so that they can improve their skill set and have a brighter, more lucrative future. Patrick also shows a lot of respect for the clients he works for…..that allows him to work well alongside all types of clients with all types of directives and goals. From shoreline stabilization on a critical watershed to hurricane repairs on a highway interchange, to stormwater repairs at the airport, Patrick understands how water moves and the protections that need to be in place to contain and maintain flow. Patrick knows water…..let him help you with your storm drainage issues.

Dave McCracken

Dave McCracken

Dave McCracken, Turnkey Erosion Control Manager

A member of the Carolina Environmental Contracting esteemed team since 2014, Dave McCracken excels at managing long-term and complex erosion control projects. During his tenure with CEC Dave has managed, for example, over 26 miles of installation and maintenance during the company's extensive I-77 project. 
 
Like all of CEC's management team, Dave is a specialist dedicated to delivering high-quality, on-time, on-budget work. He, too, loves dogs. As do we all. 
 

Certifications

  • DBE - WBE - SBE
  • NCDOT - Certified Erosion Control Levels I and II
  • OSHA - 10 Hour Certification
  • NC General Contractor License # 61078, Highway, Unlimited
  • NCDOT PO Prime Contractor

Associations

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