“During my time at McGill, I have experienced many project opportunities across North Carolina that have made a positive impact on our environment and within our communities. However, the most important aspect of my time at McGill continues to be my coworkers and the important friendships we’ve developed over the years.”
Michael Patton Construction Services Manager
“As a kid, I always enjoyed taking things apart, figuring out how they work, and putting them back together. As an engineer, now I get to create things and make them better. At McGill, the Bobby N. Setzer Fish Hatchery renovation has been my favorite project so far. It is a unique project and has many intricacies that are exciting to solve.”
Natalie Croom Engineering Associate
“The people around me are the biggest motivation to come to work everyday. While our projects can be rewarding in themselves, it is my coworkers and clients that keep me inspired. There is great satisfaction in accomplishing something together.”
Bill Roark, PE Raleigh Office Manager
Service-Minded Leadership: Donna Cottrell’s Future with McGill
Though Donna Cottrell is new to McGill, she has been in the realm of finance, grants, and local government for 26 years. Through a love for serving communities, she utilizes her passion for helping people and her understanding of municipalities and applies them to her role as financial services manager. On her experience at McGill so far, Donna explained: “During my time with McGill, I have found myself surrounded by hardworking, service-minded individuals who really care about and work hard for their clients. I have been awarded an opportunity to advance an already great program within the organization, for which I am very excited.”
Andy Lovingood, PE
In January 2020, Andy was named President of McGill. He has over 30 years of consulting engineering experience and has been the guiding force behind some of McGill’s most noteworthy projects. Andy is recognized as a strong communicator and acknowledged for his extensive technical engineering, management, and operations expertise in public infrastructure, which has proven invaluable to our clients. Prior to being appointed President, Andy served as Vice President at McGill, providing leadership to the core services and all nine offices of the firm. He began his career in public service as the Director of Engineering for the City of Concord, North Carolina, helping to define the infrastructure and development pathway for Concord to become the tenth most populous city in North Carolina.
Danny Bridges, PE
Vice President of Administration / Virginia Office Manager
Danny has served McGill in multiple capacities throughout his 30-year tenure with the firm. He began his career as an Engineering Associate and advanced to Project Engineer, Client and Senior Manager, and Asheville Office Manager. He currently serves as the Virginia Office Manager and is Vice President of Administration, working closely with the firm’s CFO and Human Resources Director. Danny is driven by building relationships with clients and has earned a reputation of professional integrity and accountability.
Keith Webb, PE
As Vice President of McGill, Keith serves as a chief technical officer for complex firm projects, specifically challenging water and wastewater projects. With over 40 years of experience, he is recognized for delivering solutions with his innovative, cost-effective design strategies. Keith’s commitment to the team approach and involvement of the client in the planning and decision-making process results in creative solutions and approaches for successful projects.
Michael Hanson, PE, LEED AP
Regional Manager / Water Resources Practice Area Lead
Michael Hanson has extensive technical knowledge and maintains an awareness of the latest innovations in water resource solutions. With over 30 years of experience, he has supported a wide array of enterprise fund and stormwater program needs. Among his areas of expertise are watershed assessments, stormwater master planning, design of drainage infrastructure, wetland creation, stream restoration, floodplain management, and water quality modeling. Leading a team of dedicated water resources professionals, Michael supports projects across all offices and disciplines. He has recently been promoted to Regional Manager over McGill’s Eastern North Carolina offices, including Pinehurst, Raleigh, Shallotte, and Smithfield.
Joel Storrow, PE
Joel’s wealth of experience extends across many disciplines, including engineering design, project management, and corporate management. In January 2020, Joel transitioned into a new role at McGill, after serving as President of the firm for 18 years. During his tenure as President, Joel extended the firm’s footprint in the Southeast to include nine offices and expanded the core program of services. Joel applies his 31 years of experience and industry knowledge in his new role, focusing on client relationships and business development in both Western North Carolina and Eastern Tennessee. He understands the value of service to McGill’s clients and strives to provide viable, cost-effective, and realistic solutions through innovative thinking and problem solving.
Angie Alley, SPHR
Director of Human Resources
Angie is directly responsible for the overall administration, coordination, and evaluation of the human resources function at McGill. She oversees a company-wide process of organizational development that addresses corporate culture, personnel forecasting, workforce development, job design and classification, and benefit administration, while managing the day-to-day functions of the human resources department. Under Angie’s guidance, McGill is focused on recruiting and retaining the most qualified and best fit engineering and support personnel for McGill. Having passed the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) exam, she is certified in the strategic and policy-making aspects of HR management as practiced in the United States.
Toni Shope, CAE
Director of Marketing
In her role as Director of Marketing, Toni collaborates with a team of creative designers, photographers, and writers to oversee the marketing strategy at McGill and manage the firm’s brand and proposal process, and coordinate sponsorships and events. She brings over 20 years of experience working with local governments, professional organizations, and private sector companies across North America on strategic planning and innovative practices. Since joining McGill in 2017, the marketing team has completed a rebranding initiative, restructured the proposal process, and implemented a CRM system.
Nancy Whitman, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Nancy is responsible for the overall financial management of the firm, including accounting, financial planning, and analysis. Her 30 years of experience, 20 with McGill, allow her to effectively manage the financial responsibilities of the firm and serve as an essential strategic advisor. Under Nancy’s leadership and guidance, McGill has established a robust financial record and increased its capacity to do business.
Mark Cathey, PE
Asheville Office Manager
Mark has more than 25 years of design and management experience in civil and environmental engineering. He joined McGill as an Engineering Associate and is now the Asheville Office Manager, where he oversees the operations of McGill’s largest office. Mark strives for perfection and consistently provides excellent service. His reputation for meeting clients’ needs in a timely and cost-efficient manner precedes him. Furthermore, Mark goes above and beyond to successfully execute solutions that are both innovative and sustainable, as evidenced by his work on numerous LEED-certified projects.
Doug Chapman, PE
Hickory Office Manager
Doug has more than 25 years of engineering experience. He has worked in both the public and private sector, which provides him with a thorough understanding of client expectations and the need to actively manage projects from design through completion. Doug’s contributions to the McGill team include his dedication to client relations, as well as his technical expertise and innovative thinking. As the Hickory Office Manager, he is responsible for a staff of 30 engineers and support personnel.
Jamie Carden, PE
Knoxville Office Manager
Before joining McGill, Jamie previously worked in consulting, construction, and government, which have allowed him to understand clients’ perspectives and successfully manage projects from inception to completion. He focuses on analyzing problems with existing systems and creating sustainable solutions. Jamie’s experience includes working with municipal, state, and local clients. He is knowledgeable about private wastewater applications, private site development, and road and bridge improvements. Jamie is also responsible for managing the Knoxville office.
David Honeycutt, PE
Pinehurst Office Manager
Over his 16-year career at McGill, David Honeycutt worked his way up from a project engineer to Pinehurst Office Manager. In this role, he oversees a team of ten employees and will build upon the region’s success. David has significant experience in a wide variety of water and wastewater projects, including treatment and pumping systems, line replacements, rehabilitation, extensions, and biological process and hydraulic modeling. David has an eye for design and retains a big-picture perspective to find the best solution for McGill’s clients.
Bill Roark, PE, CPSWQ
Raleigh / Smithfield Office Manager
Bill is known for his ability to combine sound fundamentals of engineering with his innovative problem-solving skills and technical expertise to produce inventive and unique client solutions. He has an impressive combination of education and experience related to civil engineering, management, and design, including roadways, sidewalks, parks, subdivisions, and land sites. Bill serves an integral role with many of McGill’s private and public clients by helping them conceptualize large design build projects and educating them on what it will take to realize their vision.
Michael Norton, PE
Shallotte Office Manager
Since 1993, Michael has been serving his community through engineering and related management services. His experience in the public utilities industry and private sector have enabled him to participate in a variety of project fields. Michael plans projects with consideration for the design’s capacity, anticipating outcomes and focusing on sustainability. He stresses the importance of communicating with clients and asking questions to determine the best course of action before beginning a project, as well as maintaining communication throughout the implementation stage. Michael strives to enrich the lives of the individuals and communities he serves, while always upholding the standards of the engineering profession.
Ben Cathey, PE
Civil / Site Practice Area Lead
At a young age, Ben Cathey knew he wanted to build. Now having over 20 years of experience within the construction and engineering field, he is living out his childhood dream as a civil / site engineer. Ben’s experience with various types of construction projects, in addition to his real-world approach, results in practical solutions for clients – both municipal and private. He enjoys the satisfaction of improving or building new facilities or infrastructure, making a difference in the communities in which we serve and live, and knowing that he was a part of a project that makes a difference to society.
Financial Services Manager
As the Financial Services Manager, Donna oversees project funding applications, grant administration, and financial services, and she manages program strategies leading to the dissemination of intelligence to various departments within the firm. She has 26 years of finance experience, 17 years with grants, and over 17 years in local government. Donna entered into local government because of a desire to serve communities and has a solid understanding of municipalities. She is passionate about helping people and making a difference in their lives; Donna deeply cares about those she serves through her work.
Mike Dowd, PE
Water / Wastewater Practice Area Lead
Mike Dowd has always been math- and science-oriented, with an affinity for problem solving. With 25 years in the profession (and 24 with McGill), he has worked on projects spanning the spectrum – from linear distribution projects to complex multimillion-dollar infrastructure expansion. As the water / wastewater practice area lead, Mike keeps the team organized, focused, and on budget and schedule. He works closely with various teams across McGill offices to ensure efficient facilitation of water / wastewater projects. Mike is a clear communicator and an excellent go-between for funding agencies and clients.
Dallas Gordon, PLS
Survey Services Manager
Dallas Gordon oversees the daily administrative and technical activities associated with McGill’s survey team. He brings over 29 years of experience with boundary retracement surveys, ALTA/NSPS surveys, FEMA flood studies, route surveys, topographic site mapping, construction staking, scanning, UAV aerial mapping, photogrammetry, and geodetic survey control, including custom mapping projections and coordinate systems. Dallas is skilled at adapting the latest survey methodologies and developing new strategies to meet the evolving needs of our clients.
Nick Huffman, PE
Electrical Practice Area Lead
Nick Huffman has spent much of his career tackling complicated electrical engineering projects. With 15 years of experience – 14 of which with McGill – he is energized by providing electrical solutions to a variety of clients. As the electrical practice area lead, Nick demonstrates strong leadership for the firm’s electrical engineering team and ensures the highest quality end products for clients. He is skilled at working with multiple moving pieces in a project, but doing so in a manner that does not disrupt service to our clients and that results in successful projects.
Mike Norris, PLA
Director of Land Planning and Recreation
Since joining McGill almost 20 years ago, Mike Norris has grown McGill’s land planning and recreation practice to serve communities across three states, winning multiple awards. His unique vision, knowledge, and skills bring parks, streetscapes, downtowns, greenways, and trails to life. Mike is known to immerse himself into the communities where he is working to understand the needs and culture of the community. He is a dedicated steward of shaping communities through the betterment of outdoor living.
Forrest Westall, PE
Director of Regulatory Relations
Forrest has extensive experience in water quality management and has helped develop and administer many North Carolina Water Quality programs. He has a high level of understanding of the laws, regulations, and processes that guide the agencies that manage surface water across the state of North Carolina. Forrest is skilled at guiding and coordinating the environmental review and permitting processes from start to finish. He has successfully worked on many water quality and permitting projects and is familiar with the procedures to make regulatory decisions. Forrest was formerly the manager of water quality programs administered by the NC Department of Environmental Quality in the Asheville regional office. He has served as a member of the NC Environmental Management Commission and as an advisor to many organizations, local governments, and private companies. Through McGill, Forrest serves as the Executive Director of the Upper Neuse River Basin Association.