Our Leadership

David L. Peeler, President & CEO

David L. Peeler

President & CEO

David has served as WK Dickson's President & CEO since he aqcuired the firm in 1984. In addition, he continues to serve aviation clients throughout the southeast. David has more than 40 years of progressive management experience within the aviation and military sectors. A majority of his career has been as a project manager that has included supervising technical design teams of engineers and planners for projects ranging from general aviation airport expansions, major air carrier projects and military base improvements.

Academic Background:
BS & MS in Civil Engineering; Purdue University
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in NC, SC, GA, TN, FL, & VA

David L. Pond, Executive Vice President & COO

David L. Pond

Executive Vice President & COO

David joined WK Dickson as Executive VP and COO in 1985 and currently oversees the firm’s daily operations. Much of David's early career was spent as a project manager in the environmental field, which included water storage facilities, water distribution systems, water and waste water pumping stations, wastewater treatment plants, sewer systems, and stormwater drainage improvements.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil Engineering; North Carolina State University
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in NC, SC, GA, AL, FL, & VA

Chris Nugent, Chief Financial Officer

Chris Nugent

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to assuming the duties of CFO, Chris had been the Director of Information Technology with WK Dickson for nearly 10 years and has held a wide range of other technical and management positions. In 2005 he was responsible for developing the intricate accounting and financial systems the firm still uses today. As CFO, Chris' primary responsibilities include management of both the operating and capital budgets, and leading the accounting, financial management and information technology departments.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil Engineering; Texas A&M University

Kraig Kern, Vice President & Director of Marketing

Kraig Kern

Vice President & Director of Marketing

Kraig joined WK Dickson in 2001 as the Corporate Marketing Coordinator, and was later promoted to Director of Marketing in 2003 and named a Vice President in 2013. He is the firm's executive responsible for all marketing, public relations and corporate communications functions as they relate to broad-based development for the firm. His duties involve strategic planning; corporate branding; firm-wide data coordination; development of the firm's online presence; special event planning; skills training; and multi-level market research. Kraig has been very active in the engineering industry having founded the Climb for Water organization as well as serving on the board of the American Council of Engineering Companies of North Carolina (ACEC/NC).

Academic Background:
BA in Corporate Communications; Indiana State University
Licenses/Certifications:
Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM)

Jennifer Golynsky, Director of Human Resources

Jennifer Golynsky

Director of Human Resources

Jennifer joined WK Dickson as HR Director in 2015. Drawing on more than 25 years of human resource experience in both the private and public sectors, Jennifer is able to provide expertise in the areas of employee relations, benefits, payroll, federal and state compliance, safety, workers' compensation, risk management, recruitment, training, emotional intelligence, and project management.

Academic Background:
BA in Public Policy Analysis; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
MPA in Public Administration; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Licenses/Certifications:
Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
Society for Human Resource Management - Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP)
Certified Healthcare Reform Specialist (CHRS)

Brian Tripp, Vice President & Charlotte Regional Manager

Brian Tripp

Vice President & Charlotte Regional Manager

Brian is an industry leader in the environmental field related to water resources. His knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations with regard to water resources engineering is a tremendous asset to the firm. He has overseen all aspects of environmental projects including project assessment and development, funding, design, permitting, startup operation and maintenance.

Academic Background:
BS in Biosystems Engineering; Clemson University
ME in Civil & Environmental Engineering; University of South Carolina
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in NC, SC, GA, AL, FL, & VA
Diplomate Environmental Engineer

Scott Whalen, Vice President & Raleigh Regional Manager

Scott Whalen

Vice President & Raleigh Regional Manager

Scott began his career in public service with the NC Department of Transportation where he progressed to an engineering manager with a focus on transportation design projects. Today he specializes in water resources with a focus on stormwater management and hydrology. Since 2001, Scott has been responsible for managing WK Dickson’s Raleigh, NC office. He founded the company’s watershed services practice and still actively participates in that group’s management.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil Engineering Technology; Bluefield State College
MS in Civil Engineering; North Carolina State University
MBA in Business Administration; University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in NC, GA, & VA

Julie Hellmann, Vice President & Wilmington Regional Manager

Julie Hellmann

Vice President & Wilmington Regional Manager

With over 20 years of service in the water resources industry, Julie has a proven track record in operations, sales, and project management. Her expertise includes the design of wastewater collection systems and treatment plants, and she has managed major capital improvement projects for some of North Carolina's largest municipalities. Julie is very active in the water resources industry having been a trustee, treasurer, and chair of NC AWWA-WEA as well as serving on the national board of directors of Water for People.

Academic Background:
BS in Environmental Engineering; Michigan Technological University
MS in Civil & Environmental Engineering; North Carolina State University

Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in NC, SC

Terry Macaluso, Vice President & Columbia Regional Manager

Terry Macaluso

Vice President & Columbia Regional Manager

Terry has over 30 years of experience in the consulting engineering field and is the manager of WK Dickson’s Columbia, SC office. His primary technical expertise is in the areas of aviation, highways, land development, public works, and various aspects of economic development programs.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil Engineering; Louisiana State University
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in SC & AL

Bill Young, Vice President & Charleston Regional Manager

Bill Young

Vice President & Charleston Regional Manager

Bill has more than two decades of experience in all facets of the planning, design, permitting, construction and management of civil engineering projects related primarily to water and wastewater treatment facilities and conveyance systems. As branch manager of WK Dickson’s Charleston office, Bill oversees complex utility projects throughout the low country and coastal regions.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil Engineering; University of Connecticut
MS in Civil Engineering; State University of New York
MBA in Business Administration; Georgia State
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in SC

Bryan Odom, Vice President & Water/Wasterwater Practice Leader

Bryan Odom

Vice President & Water/Wasterwater Practice Leader

Bryan is the firm's practice leader for the water and wastewater group. His expertise is in the design and construction of major municipal water and wastewater capital improvement projects. Bryan has responsibility for providing business development and general oversight to the firm’s water and wastewater design and engineering teams and plays a large part in directing much of the development of WK Dickson’s water resources group.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil & Environmental Engineering; North Carolina State University
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in NC, SC, GA, & TX

Paul Smith, Vice President & Aviation Practice Leader

Paul Smith

Vice President & Aviation Practice Leader

Paul is WK Dickson’s aviation practice leader. With decades of experience in airport planning, engineering, programming and construction management, he provides advice, leadership, and oversight to the firm’s airside planning/engineering, and landside planning/engineering task leaders. He also serves as a liaison between clients and the FAA as it relates to project development, funding, project advocacy and positioning, and overall communication with state and federal agencies. Paul has spent a majority of his career serving commercial air-carrier airports.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil Engineering; North Carolina State University
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in NC

Phil Cannon, Vice President & Atlanta Regional Manager

Phil Cannon

Vice President & Atlanta Regional Manager

With over 30 years of federal service in aviation, Phil offers an unparalleled array of experience in the planning and development of airports ranging from large commercial hubs to non-primary general aviation airports. As the firm's Atlanta Regional Manager, he has led high-level teams and managed innovative and cost effective large-scale and long-term national airport improvement programs. Prior to joining WK Dickson in 2015, Phil served as the Manager of Airport Programs for the Atlanta Airports District Office (ATL-ADO) where he managed an annual $80 million discretionary planning budget and served as the State Block Grant liaison where he was responsible for the funding, planning, technical assistance and program oversight of all general aviation airports in Georgia.

Academic Background:
BS in Electrical Engineering; Clemson University

Trey Wingate, Vice President & Augusta Regional Manager

Trey Wingate

Vice President & Augusta Regional Manager

Trey has spent the entirety of his professional engineering career with WK Dickson. When he is not managing the operations of the Augusta, GA office, he serves as a senior project manager utilizing a hands-on approach to assist clients in getting their projects from preliminary design through construction. He has experience in municipal water and sewer design along with a broad expertise in most aspects of the civil design practice. The bulk of his experience over the last decade has been in assisting local governments and various public service districts solve their water and wastewater needs.

Academic Background:
BS in Civil Engineering; North Carolina State University
Licenses/Certifications:
Professional Engineer (PE) in GA, SC & NC
Level II Certified Design Professional - GSWCC