PEC | About Us

Our Story

Founded in 2006, PEC has quickly grown to include more than 170 employees, including 3 professionally licensed engineers. Our rapid growth can be attributed to our commitment to providing our clients with innovative solutions focused on their unique business needs.

Our team is capable of developing, implementing and supporting cost effective services that help improve our clients’ operational throughput. Consultants and professional engineers at PEC have proven expertise in solving issues for businesses in the areas of industrial electrical engineering, telecommunications engineering, and gis & mapping. With Palmetto Engineering & Consulting’s merger in January of 2014 with Little Rock, Arkansas-based CT&T, PEC now offers right-of-way (ROW) services to all our clients. Our ROW staff, people with more than a century of collective experience, has completed several thousand right-of-way projects. In addition, CT&T has added an entire department dedicated to ISP engineering offering tremendous value to our clients.

Our professional team of licensed engineers has assisted clients in diverse industries, including: extrusion, pharmaceutical, film, rubber and chemical, OEM manufacturing, general industrial manufacturing, oil, and gas. We have built our reputation on providing innovative solutions that meet the requirements of our clients both today and into the future.

Our Mission

Palmetto Engineering & Consulting exists to provide superior engineering and consulting services in a way that creates value for our clients, provides meaningful careers for our employees, creates opportunities to strengthen our firm, and enriches the communities where we work and live.

Our Team

George Wyatt

President, CEO

A Clemson graduate, George holds a BS in Electrical Engineering along with an masters degree in Business Administration. A licensed professional engineer in nineteen states, George is a Founder and Principal of Palmetto Engineering & Consulting (PEC) where he serves as President and Chief Executive.

PEC serves the industrial manufacturing, electric utility, ESRI-based telecom GIS, petroleum production support, and telecommunications markets. George has been practicing engineering for 34 years, 24 of which are in private practice consulting…and 10 of those are at PEC.

Besides speaking at a wide array of conferences and meetings on current telecommunications trends and solutions, Wyatt specializes in the high-level strategic planning necessary to birth major telecom initiatives. His engineering experience and financial background, along with his ability to communicate complex concepts to directors serving on corporate boards, has been of tremendous benefit to telecom leaders across the south. From long range planning and strategic visioneering, to financial optimization and adaptation of regulatory models, George consistently exhibits his passion for helping independent telcos thrive in a rapidly changing marketplace. His vision, energy, and passion for his clients’ success are made manifest in his interest, and involvement, in every aspect of professional consulting services that PEC provides its many clients across the country.

Chris Roland

Senior Vice President, COE

Chris is a 1989 Electrical Engineering graduate from the University of South Carolina and has been practicing telecommunications engineering for over twenty-five years. He is Chairman of PEC’s Board of Directors and he serves as Senior Vice President of the CO & Networks Department for the firm. Chris is a licensed Professional Engineer, carrying licenses in 14 states. He is currently finishing a two year term where he served as President of the prestigious Association of Communications Engineers. He is well known across the industry from his nation-wide project footprint, and from the national forums he presents across the country.

Although Chris has practiced in all aspects of telecommunications engineering, and many facets of electrical power engineering, he particularly enjoys the technical audits of equipment for AC & DC powering issues, grounding, and troubleshooting of transient issues. He also excels at providing specifications for a wide range of electronic equipment, performing analysis and mitigation reports, and doing Network planning, design, and system modeling. These are all areas where Chris excels in helping PEC’s client base. His 25+ years working with COE makes Chris our most experienced and valuable engineer in these areas of specialty.

Bruce Smith

Executive Vice President

Bruce joined PEC as a Project Manager in May 2008 and was promoted to Associate Vice President in the Outside Plant Telecommunications department in October 2010. He manages several outside plant contracts and their personnel. Prior to PEC, Bruce was employed with Design South Professionals in the Telecommunications Department where he began his professional career. Over the course of the ten years with DSP, he was promoted to ever increasing job responsibilities including Project Resident over all outside plant services at one of the telephone cooperative sites from August 1998 to May 2008.

Scott Hall

Senior Vice President, CFO

Scott joined PEC in October 2009, specifically as the Director of Farmer’s Telephone Operations. In this role, he manages all telecommunications outside engineering projects and the associated contracts and personnel associated with this major client. Prior to PEC, Scott began his telecommunications career in 1991 working with Design South Professionals. Rising through the ranks, he was assigned as Project Manager for one of the company’s major clients.

Dennis Beauford

Senior Vice President, OSP

After joining PEC in October 2007 as PEC’s first Director of Outside Plant Engineering, Dennis became an Owner and Senior Vice President of Outside Plant Operations in January of 2013. He leads the largest department in the firm, overseeing over 90% of outside plant telecommunications projects and their associated contracts and personnel.

Prior to PEC, Dennis was employed with Design South Professionals as a Project Manager for all outside plant work at Piedmont Rural Telephone Cooperative. Employed at DSPI 6/92 to 10/2007, he had previously worked for Engineering Associates for four years (’88 to ’92) working at various telephone companies responsible for staking, inspecting, and cut-over engineering services. Earlier in his career, Dennis had worked from ’86 to ’88 for Byer’s Engineering inspecting construction of an AT & T longline fiber project. He has invested over 30 years in his career as a telecom engineering professional. His grasp of fiber optic design and implementation is unmatched among the senior staff at PEC. Besides design of fiber systems, Dennis enjoys managing large, diverse projects to achieve excellent cost and time-line goals for our constantly growing clientele.

Larry Clary

President, Arkansas Operations

Larry holds a BSIE degree from Arkansas A & M College and is now the University of Arkansas at Monticello. He is a co-founder of CT&T, Inc. which is a consulting engineering firm that offers their services to the telecommunications and the CATV industries. Larry has been in the telecommunications consulting arena for 46 years in which 34 of those years has been with CT&T. Clary was also the founder and president of Cadron Cable Company which served the Greenbrier, AR area for several years until sold.

In January 2014, CT&T sold to Palmetto Engineering Consultants and Larry continues to serve as the president of the Arkansas Operations. His passions to help the small as well as the large companies to succeed in their businesses has driven him to continually work in the consulting arena and has successfully design and complete many of the larger fiber optic networks across the southeastern US. He has served on several boards in the telecommunications industry such as the Arkansas State Technology Counsel, which gave counsel to the State of Arkansas for their technology needs and direction. Clary also serves on the Arkansas Telephone Association Board who makes decisions on the way the telephone companies of Arkansas planned their strategies.

John Tarkington

Vice President, Easements and Land Management

John has 44 years experience in the telephone industry, with 18 years working as an Outside Plant Engineer for various telecommunications companies while working for a professional engineering firm. For the past 32 years he has been Co-Owner of CT&T, Inc., with 10 of those years working as an Outside Plant Engineer and 4 years working as Project Manager over a PSC Orders and Outside Plant Inventory of all facilities owned by United Telephone Companies of Missouri and Arkansas. For the past 24 years John has served as Manager of Right of Way Acquisitions for AT&T and various independent telephone companies and electric power companies. He was also a Co-Owner of Cadron CATV in Greenbrier, Arkansas prior to its sale in 2000.

Jeff Little

Vice President Palmetto Engineering - Midland Group Division

Jeff has worked in the telephone industry for over 21 years. Prior to joining the PEC team, Mr. Little held various positions at Midland Group, Advanced Fibre Communications and Consolidated Communications. Jeff’s primary focus has been design and implementation of wireless, power, transport, data, BLC, video, and switching networks. His experience as an end user, equipment vendor, and consulting engineer has translated into great efficiencies and savings for his clients. Jeff has a Bachelor’s degree in Electronics Technology and General Business from Stephen F. Austin State University. He is a veteran of the USAF receiving his honorable discharge in 1996. Jeff has been married to his wife Kim for 24 years. They live in Lufkin Texas with four of their five children. His oldest daughter has left the nest.