PEC | About Us

Our Story


Founded in 2006 and headquartered in South Carolina, Palmetto Engineering & Consulting (PEC) has quickly grown to include more than 170 employees, including three professionally licensed engineers. Our rapid growth is propelled by our commitment to providing innovative solutions that are focused on each client’s unique business needs.

As a result of a merger in 2014 with Arkansas-based CT&T, PEC also offers right-of-way (ROW) services from a staff with more than a century of combined ROW experience who have completed thousands of ROW projects.

The PEC team is committed to developing, implementing, and supporting cost-effective services that improve our clients’ business success. Consultants and professional engineers at PEC have proven expertise in solving issues for businesses in the areas of telecommunications, utilities, industrial electrical, oil and gas, right-of-way, information technology, geospatial services, and program/project management.

As we’ve assisted our clients in these diverse industries, we’ve built a reputation for providing innovative solutions that not only meet our clients’ current requirements but also help prepare them for future success.




Our Mission

 

Palmetto Engineering & Consulting exists to provide

  • Superior engineering and consulting services that creates value for our clients,


  • Meaningful careers for our employees,


  • Opportunities to strengthen our firm, and


  • Enrichment to the communities where we work and live.


Working with client
Going over some sheets with one of our clients, FTC.
Palmetto Engineering and Consulting building
Our new corporate office in Greenville, strengthening our company exponentially.
Smiling woman at desk
One of our employees, Dusty. Always a smile on her face!
Giving donation to charity
A scholarship fund that we presented to the Foundation for Rural Service.

Our Team






George Wyatt, PE

CEO

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

PEC serves the telecommunications, electric utility, and industrial manufacturing markets. The firm also develops and offers an ESRI-based GIS software "CrescentLink", and provides petroleum production support (Electric System Reliability). George has been practicing engineering for 36 years, 26 of which are in private practice consulting…and 12 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. He is currently serving on the FCC Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee (as a member of the Competitive Access to Broadband Infrastructure Working Group). 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, PE

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.









Scott Hall

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.







Howard Gorter, PE

Chief Technical Officer

Howard has more than seventeen years of experience providing engineering design & consulting services for the telecommunications industry.

Howard leads engineering design and consultation, GIS & CAD operations, IT systems, and technical operations for the company providing: feasibility studies, project planning, loan and grant applications, equipment contracts, engineering, project management, and implementation for telecommunications and utility projects.

Howard's specialties include problem analysis, technology review, network design, multiple project management, program management, loan and grant writing, and team coordination. Mr. Gorter practices in a variety of technology areas including Packet-Optical Transport (P-OTS), DWDM, Carrier Ethernet, MPLS/IP Routers, Access (FTTH/DSL), IPTV Systems, CLASS 5 Switching, and VoIP Systems.

Howard is a licensed Professional Engineer, carrying licenses in seventeen states, an amateur radio operator, and has previously been a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).







Jeff Little

President, Central 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.







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.







David Webb

V.P. of OSP Operations, Central Division

A devoted father of 2 daughters (Presli 13, and Parker 5) and husband of 15 years to Lori, David began his telephony career in 1997. In 22+ years, he has worked as a consultant with an ILEC as Engineering and Operations Manager, specializing in OSP design and engineering, construction, and project management, and has managed projects ranging from loan designs, CLEC and ILEC FTTH/FTTN builds, cut-over services, project management, right-of-way procurement, construction contracts and oversight, road moves, and transport and long-haul fiber builds.

Areas where David excels include RUS loan design, contracts and specifications, FTTH design, engineering, and implementation. Staying abreast of the newest technologies helps him maximize client profits and long-term viability. Team-building and project management are his more specialized skills.







Jared James

V.P. of OSP Operations, Eastern Division

Jared started his OSP engineering career in September 1996 at Design South Professionals in Anderson, SC. For the past 22 plus years, Jared has worked on projects with multiple CLEC/ILEC clients as Engineering and Operations Manager, specializing in OSP design and engineering, construction, and project management. Jared’s understanding of underground and aerial engineering and construction is what truly adds value to the company.

Jared is V.P. of OSP Operations for the Eastern Division of Palmetto Engineering service territory. He manages CLEC and ILEC FTTH/FTTN/FTTP builds and launches projects for PEC in multiple states, including SC, NC, AL, MS, and TN. He is responsible for operational oversight for fiber design, construction, and engineering for projects as small as 10 miles to larger than 100 miles of FTTH.

Jared has an advanced understanding of OSP engineering, an ability to grasp complex engineering concepts, an understanding of the function of the telecom industry and the ability to break down advanced concepts into terms co-workers can quickly understand. His other essential skills include problem-solving, critical thinking, system analysis, and operations management.







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.