The Team

Sy Israel
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer

Sy is the founder and co-owner of Universal, which he founded in 1964. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, but now resides in the Central Florida area. Sy is still very involved in the company after 52 years.

Mark Israel, PE, MBA
President/Chief Operating Officer

Mark is a professional engineer who holds a master’s degree in business administration from Rollins College and a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from Tulane University. During his 28 years working in the geotechnical field, Mark has led the charge on many Universal projects and consistently delivered results that exceed client expectations.

Joe Casha
Vice President of Sales and Marketing

Joe has been expanding Universal’s business development program for more than 10 years.  A graduate from Pace University, Joe’s professional career includes many years working for a national consulting firm as a sales consultant and later vice president of sales, where he headed up their national sales group.

Melvin Rodriguez
Vice President of Finance

Melvin joined Universal Engineering in 2015. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Melvin relocated to the United States with his wife in 1997. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a major in accounting and is currently working on his master’s of business administration.

Jack McKenna
Vice President of Human Resources

Jack, Vice-President of Human Resources, has more than 30 years of experience in the human resources field. Jack holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in employee relations from Georgia State University.

Rich Carman, MS
Corporate Director of Environmental Services

Rich joined the Universal family to lead the development of our environmental services. Rich has almost 25 years of experience in environmental services. He hails from Ohio where he graduated from the University of Akron with his bachelor’s degree in geology and Bowling Green State University with his master’s degree in geology.

John Barker

John Barker, PE, PG
Corporate Vice President, Director, Chief Engineer

John has 31 years of experience in construction materials and geotechnical engineering. Prior to joining Universal, John spent 12 years with the FDOT and got his Civil Engineering and Geology degrees from the University of Florida.

Branch Information

Atlanta Office

3040 Business Park Drive, Suite F
Norcross, Georgia 30071

Rick Kushner, MS, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager

Rick Kushner, PE, is a regional manager and vice president for Universal, overseeing the offices located in Atlanta, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, and Palm Coast. Rick received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Kansas. He loves distance running, dogs, traveling, and following his “home team,” the Boston Red Sox.

Office Phone: (770) 242-6438
Office Fax: (770) 242-6980
Mobile Phone: (386) 527-5009

Email: rkushner@UniversalEngineering.com

Tom Tye, PE
Branch Manager

Tom Tye is a professional engineer whose educational background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Georgia State University. His professional engineering career spans 30 years, having managed geotechnical and construction quality assurance programs for numerous large projects. In his spare time, Tom loves to spend time with family and work with children, and has served as president of the Kiwanis Club of Northside Atlanta.

Office Phone: (770) 242-6438
Office Fax: (770) 242-6980
Mobile Phone: (386) 527-5009

Email: ttye@UniversalEngineering.com

Daytona Office

911 Beville Road, Suite 3
South Daytona, Florida 32119

Rick Kushner, MS, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager

Rick Kushner, PE, is a regional manager and vice president for Universal, overseeing the offices located in Atlanta, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, and Palm Coast. Rick received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Kansas. He loves distance running, dogs, traveling, and following his “home team,” the Boston Red Sox.

Office Phone: (386) 756-1105
Office Fax: (386) 527-3938
Mobile Phone: (386) 527-5009

Email: rkushner@UniversalEngineering.com

Brian Pohl, PE
Branch Manager

Brian Pohl, PE, graduated from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. Brain is the author of “Case Study of a Major Roadway Corridor over Soft Marsh Soils,” published by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Brian resides near the ocean and loves fishing, surfing and running.

Office Phone: (386) 756-1105
Office Fax: (386) 760-4067
Mobile Phone: (386) 527-3938

Email: bpohl@UniversalEngineering.com

Jane Terrell
Business Development Representative

Jane Terrell is the Business Development Representative for the Universal Engineering Sciences Daytona Beach regional branch serving Flagler and Volusia Counties. She joined Universal in April 2015. Jane is originally from Mississippi but has lived in Jacksonville, Florida since 1991 until relocating to Enterprise in Volusia County. She came to us with over 23 years of experience in the construction/engineering industry. In her free time, Jane enjoys boating, golfing and spending time with her family.

Mobile Phone: (386) 682-8166

Email: jterrell@UniversalEngineering.com

Fort Myers Office

5971 Country Lakes Drive
Fort Myers, Florida 33905

Lindsey Weaver, PE
Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Lindsey Weaver, PE, has been the southwest Florida regional manager for Universal since 1989. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Lindsey received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1981. Lindsey is an avid fan of Alabama football, which has led to some interesting family discussions with his daughter, Rebecca, who is a diehard Gators fan.

Office Phone: (239) 995-1997
Office Fax: (239) 313-2347
Mobile Phone: (941) 628-6973

Email: lweaver@UniversalEngineering.com

David Uman
Business Development Representative

David Uman is the Business Development Representative for the Fort Myers regional office. Dave has been in the Southwest Florida area for 22 years, most of which has been hands on in the sales of construction-related materials, from below grade through to roofing. He joined Universal in August, 2007. A graduate of the University of Oregon, Dave has a bachelor’s in geology and a minor in business. Dave came to Florida in 1986 and never plans on going back to the great white north. Dave lives with his wife, Dawn, and his collection of animals (kids)—six dogs, two pigs and numerous fish. He is heavily involved in the world of auto road racing, as a competition driving instructor, running his own race team, as well as collecting and restoring vintage cars.

Mobile Phone: (239) 229-3456

Email: duman@UniversalEngineering.com

Fort Pierce Office

803 South Kings Highway
Fort Pierce, Florida 34945

Richard Hoaglin, PE
Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Richard Hoaglin, PE, is the regional manager for Universal’s Rockledge and Fort Pierce offices. He has been in the industry since 1991, the year after he graduated from Mississippi State University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In his spare time Richard enjoys reading, computer games, racquetball and tennis.

Office Phone: (772) 461-9815
Office Fax: (772) 461-9816
Mobile Phone: (321) 223-9758

Email: rhoaglin@UniversalEngineering.com

Mickey Ellison
Business Development Representative

Mick Ellison is the Business Development Representative for the Rockledge branch. He serves Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties. Mick resides with his wife in Merritt Island and has four grown daughters. He majored in communications at New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico, also attending several other universities for business administration and for sales management. Mick has been involved in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industry in several sales and estimating capacities for over 10 years and has been in sales or sales management for over 18 years. He has been involved as an ambassador for the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Melbourne/Palm Bay Area Chambers of Commerce. He is a member of McGraw/Hill Dodge Construction Services association, and is also a Florida-licensed risk manager for the commercial construction industry. Mick is also grateful to be a “peacetime” Army veteran and really enjoyed his time serving in Europe.

Mobile Phone: (321) 403-9120

Email: mellison@UniversalEngineering.com

Gainesville Office

4475 Southwest 35th Terrace
Gainesville, Florida 32608

Jeffrey Pruett, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager/Sales

Jeffrey Pruett, PE, is a branch and regional manager for Universal in the north Florida area. Jeff oversees Universal’s Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Panama City, and Pensacola offices. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1990 and began his career with Universal in 1996 in Jacksonville. Jeff’s family is very active in their church, where they participate in a homeschool network, basketball and soccer.

Office Phone: (352) 372-3392
Office Fax: (352) 336-7914
Mobile Phone: (904) 759-5274

Email: jpruett@UniversalEngineering.com

Keith Butts, PE
Regional Manager/Operations, Branch Manager

Keith Butts, PE, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. Keith currently holds the office of Governor at the American Society of Civil Engineering representing the state of Florida on the national level. Keith enjoys all kinds of outdoor hobbies with his favorites being fishing, hunting and, of course, Gator football.

Office Phone: (352) 372-3392
Office Fax: (352) 336-7914
Mobile Phone: (352) 258-2710

Email: kbutts@UniversalEngineering.com

Chet Gray
Business Development Representative

Chet Gray is the Business Development Representative for Universal’s Gainesville, Ocala and Tifton branches. Chet joined Universal Engineering Sciences after spending 15 years in sales of rental construction equipment, where he gained experience in sales, operations and branch management. Gray also spent four years in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic.  Originally from Ohio, Chet grew up in St. Petersburg, FL. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rosina, and their son, remodeling their house and tinkering with cars. He also serves in his Church playing piano and teaching children.

Mobile Phone: (352) 454-5971

Email: CGray@universalengineering.com

Jacksonville Office

5561 Florida Mining Boulevard South
Jacksonville, Florida 32257

Rick Kushner, MS, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Rick Kushner, PE, is a regional manager and vice president for Universal, overseeing the offices located in Atlanta, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, and Palm Coast. Rick received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Kansas. He loves distance running, dogs, traveling, and following his “home team,” the Boston Red Sox.

Office Phone: (904) 296-0757
Office Fax: (904) 296-0748
Mobile Phone: (386) 527-5009

Email: rkushner@UniversalEngineering.com

Jeffrey Pruett, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Jeffrey Pruett, PE, is a branch and regional manager for Universal in the north Florida area. Jeff oversees Universal’s Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Panama City, and Pensacola offices. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1990 and began his career with Universal in 1996 in Jacksonville. Jeff’s family is very active in their church, where they participate in a homeschool network, basketball and soccer.

Office Phone: (904) 296-0757
Office Fax: (904) 296-0748
Mobile Phone: (904) 759-5274

Email: jpruett@UniversalEngineering.com

Brandy Agee
Business Development Representative

Brandy Agee joined the Universal Engineering Sciences family in 2014 as a Business Development Representative covering Nassau, Duval, Clay and St. Johns Counties. She is originally from Georgia, but has spent the majority of her life in Clay County, Florida. Brandy has over 20 years of sales experience in the Northeast Florida and South Georgia regions. Brandy is attending Florida State College of Jacksonville pursuing a Bachelors degree in marketing and business administration. In her spare time, she enjoys working out and spending time with her husband and family. She loves watching college football and is a big Georgia Bulldogs fan.

Mobile Phone: (904) 371-0202

Email: bagee@UniversalEngineering.com

Miami Office

9960 NW 116 Way, Suite 8
Medley, Florida 33178

Peter Read, PE
Regional Manager

Peter Read, PE, is the regional manager for Universal’s South Florida operations, directing branch offices in West Palm Beach and Miami. His professional expertise includes subsurface explorations, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and structural inspections. Upon graduating from the University of Florida in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he went to work for a world-renowned foundation construction company. Peter has resided in Florida for over 40 years and currently lives in Lake Worth, Florida, with his wife of 30+ years, Lynn.

Office Phone: (305) 249-8434
Office Fax: (305) 249-8479
Mobile Phone: (561) 644-3636

Email: pread@UniversalEngineering.com

Rey Villa, MS, PE
Branch Manager

Rey Villa, MS, PE, is a University of Florida graduate, where he got his bachelor’s in civil engineering. He also graduated with his master’s in geotechnical engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 2010. Rey has an extensive amount of experience with transportation-related projects, specifically design-build contracts with government agencies. Rey enjoys spending time with his wife and kids and is one of the biggest sports fans you will ever meet.

Office Phone: (305) 249-8434
Office Fax: (305) 249-8479
Mobile Phone: (786) 286-2586

Email: rvilla@UniversalEngineering.com

Maria Coloma
Business Development Representative

Maria Coloma is the Business Development Representative from the Miami branch, serving the Miami-Dade and Monroe County markets.  Maria recently joined Universal Engineering Sciences with a strong sales and customer service background with over 12 years of experience in different fields of construction. Originally from Peru, she has lived in Miami since 1993. She graduated from Miami Dade College with a degree in marketing and public relations.

Mobile Phone: (305) 785-6906

Email: MColoma@univeralengineering.com

Ocala Office

1417 Southwest 15th Avenue
Ocala, Florida 34474

Jeffrey Pruett, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager

Jeffrey Pruett, PE, is a branch and regional manager for Universal in the north Florida area. Jeff oversees Universal’s Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Panama City, and Pensacola offices. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1990 and began his career with Universal in 1996 in Jacksonville. Jeff’s family is very active in their church, where they participate in a homeschool network, basketball and soccer.

Office Phone: (352) 401-9633
Office Fax: (352) 336-7914
Mobile Phone: (904) 759-5274

Email: jpruett@UniversalEngineering.com

Keith Butts, PE
Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Keith Butts, PE, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. Keith currently holds the office of Governor at the American Society of Civil Engineering  representing the state of Florida on the national level. Keith enjoys all kinds of outdoor hobbies with his favorites being fishing, hunting and, of course, Gator football.

Office Phone: (352) 401-9633
Office Fax: (352) 336-7914
Mobile Phone: (352) 258-2710

Email: kbutts@UniversalEngineering.com

Chet Gray
Business Development Representative

Chet Gray is the Business Development Representative for Universal’s Gainesville, Ocala and Tifton branches. Chet joined Universal Engineering Sciences after spending 15 years in sales of rental construction equipment, where he gained experience in sales, operations and branch management. Gray also spent four years in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic.  Originally from Ohio, Chet grew up in St. Petersburg, FL. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rosina, and their son, remodeling their house and tinkering with cars. He also serves in his Church playing piano and teaching children.

Mobile Phone: (352) 454-5971

Email: CGray@universalengineering.com

Orlando Office

3532 Maggie Boulevard
Orlando, Florida 32811

Ken Derick, MS, PE
Senior Vice President, Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Ken Derick, MS, PE, is a regional manager for Universal and is responsible for the performance of Universal’s Orlando office. Ken is a senior vice president with Universal and has been with the company since 1991. He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975, and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1977, with emphasis on geotechnical and structural engineering. Ken is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, and Puerto Rico. Ken loves traveling, fishing, golf, and following his teams, the Atlanta Braves and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets.

Office Phone: (407) 423-0504
Office Fax: (407) 423-3106
Mobile Phone: (407) 694-0110

Email: kderick@UniversalEngineering.com

Jim Sargeant
National Account Representative

Jim Sargeant is the National Account Representative for Universal’s Corporate office, located in the Orlando branch. Jim was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and was raised in Toms River, New Jersey by the Jersey Shore. He moved to Lakeland, Florida in 1977. Jim graduated from Polk Community College and the University of Central, where was a fraternity brother of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. Jim and his wife, Therese, have been married for over 25 years and have a grown daughter. Jim has been worked for Universal since 2006, but he worked in sales for many years prior. His main focus at Universal is cultivating national retail accounts such as McDonald’s, Racetrac, Aldi, Dollar General and Wawa. Jim is continually working on adding to this list.

Mobile Phone: (321) 287-0550

Email: jsargeant@UniversalEngineering.com

Brittany O’Sullivan
Business Development Representative

Brittany O’Sullivan is a Business Development Representative for the Orlando Branch office of Universal, handling the Orange County territory. Brittany joined the Universal Engineering Sciences family in 1999 after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and business administration and working in the marketing department for a large contractor. She is involved in a number of organizations, such as the Central Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC), the Florida Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), National Association of Industrial and Office Professionals (NAIOP), Greater Florida Chapter of The Associated General Contractors of America (AGCGF), and more. She and her biologist husband live in the charming City of Winter Garden with their daughter and three dogs.

Mobile Phone: (407) 694-5182

Email: bosullivan@UniversalEngineering.com

Cynthia Jones
Business Development Representative

Cynthia Jones is a Business Development Representative for the Orlando branch covering Lake, Polk, and Osceola Counties.  She has a strong background in business to business sales, including the building industry.  Cynthia was born and raised in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the home of Little League Baseball, and relocated to the south a decade ago. She has two adult children, Bradley and Kristen, and is engaged to her first love in high school, Scott. Cynthia received a bachelor’s degree from Lock Haven University in social work and has completed additional education in marketing and sales at Cornell University, as well as production management/inventory control through Penn State University. Cynthia has been a member of various Chambers of Commerce with a focus in Economic Development and is a graduate of the Central Susquehanna Valley’s Leadership program in 2002. Cynthia currently serves on the Osceola Education Foundation Board of Directors and as a committee member on the Construction Pipeline that focuses on students interested in pursuing a career in the architecture, construction and engineering industry.

Mobile Phone: (407) 394-8800

Email: CLJones@UniversalEngineering.com

Terri DeGross
Business Development Representative

Terri DeGross has been a Business Development Representative for Universal’s Orlando Branch, covering Seminole County and portions of Orange County (Apopka and Maitland). Terri was born in Jacksonville, Florida, and is one of the few native Floridians that exist today. She attended Florida State University pursuing a degree in economics, but she bleeds red and black for those Georgia Bulldogs as her entire family is from Georgia. Terri and her husband, John, have two boys.

Mobile Phone: (407) 212-6387

Email: TDeGross@UniversalEngineering.com

Palm Coast Office

4 Hargrove Grade, Suite A
Palm Coast, Florida 32137

Rick Kushner, MS, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager

Rick Kushner, PE, is a regional manager and vice president for Universal, overseeing the offices located in Atlanta, Daytona Beach, Jacksonville, and Palm Coast. Rick received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a licensed professional engineer in the states of Georgia, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Kansas. He loves distance running, dogs, traveling, and following his “home team,” the Boston Red Sox.

Office Phone: (386) 986-2122
Office Fax: (386) 986-2095
Mobile Phone: (386) 527-5009

Email: rkushner@UniversalEngineering.com

Matt McLeer, PE
Branch Manager

Matt McLeer, PE, is an engineering graduate from the Georgia Institute of Technology. He joined Universal in 2002 and is an officer for the Daytona Beach Chapter of the Florida Engineering Society. Matt feels that it is important to keep the youth of today interested in the world of mathematics and frequently devotes his time to be the Mathcounts Chairman for Volusia and Flagler Counties. Matt is a proud father of three terrific children and enjoys watching them participate in their many extracurricular activities, including basketball, soccer, cheerleading, and dance.

Office Phone: (386) 986-2122
Office Fax: (386) 986-2095
Mobile Phone: (386) 547-1714

Email: mmcleer@UniversalEngineering.com

Jane Terrell
Business Development Representative

Jane Terrell is the Business Development Representative for the Universal Engineering Sciences Daytona Beach regional branch serving Flagler and Volusia Counties. She joined Universal in April 2015. Jane is originally from Mississippi but has lived in Jacksonville, Florida since 1991 until relocating to Enterprise in Volusia County. She came to us with over 23 years of experience in the construction/engineering industry. In her free time, Jane enjoys boating, golfing and spending time with her family.

Mobile Phone: (386) 682-8166

Email: jterrell@UniversalEngineering.com

Panama City Office

1712 Airport Road
Panama City, Florida 32405

Jeffrey Pruett, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager/Sales

Jeffrey Pruett, PE, is a branch and regional manager for Universal in the north Florida area. Jeff oversees Universal’s Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Panama City, and Pensacola offices. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1990 and began his career with Universal in 1996 in Jacksonville. Jeff’s family is very active in their church, where they participate in a homeschool network, basketball and soccer.

Office Phone: (850) 215-2060
Office Fax: (850) 215-2360
Mobile Phone: (904) 759-5274

Email: jpruett@UniversalEngineering.com

Keith Butts, PE
Regional Manager/Operations

Keith Butts, PE, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. Keith currently holds the office of Governor at the American Society of Civil Engineering  representing the state of Florida on the national level. Keith enjoys all kinds of outdoor hobbies with his favorites being fishing, hunting and, of course, Gator football.

Office Phone: (850) 215-2060
Office Fax: (850) 215-2360
Mobile Phone: (352) 258-2710

Email: kbutts@UniversalEngineering.com

Brandon Tarr, EI
Branch Manager

Brandon Tarr, EI, received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Florida State University. He has nine years of experience in geotechnical engineering, geotechnical and environmental drilling, and construction materials testing and inspection. Brandon has worked on various projects in the transportation, health care, residential, commercial, retail, municipal and educational market sectors. Brandon is experienced in the geotechnical engineering, environmental drilling, and construction materials testing disciplines.

Phone: (850) 215-2060
Fax: (850) 215-2360
Mobile Phone: (850) 896-3724

Email: btarr@UniversalEngineering.com

Roger Matthews
Business Development Representative

Roger has been a Business Development Representative with Universal since September of 2004. Since then, he has won numerous company awards for his business development work, including “Man of the Year” for 2005. Roger spent most of his childhood in Mexico on the mission field, and, as a result, he reads, writes and speaks Spanish fluently. He was ordained as a deacon in the Baptist church in 1998, and attends the First Baptist Church of Milton with his family. Roger enjoys hunting, fishing, basketball, and gun collecting. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and is a Dallas Cowboy fan, and with his wife, Tina, being from Ohio, he supports Ohio State football also. Roger resides in Milton, Florida with Tina and their four children. He stays active in local civic organizations such as the Santa Rosa County Chamber and Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce and has sat on or chaired several committees. Roger has appeared as a guest on the Chamber’s television show Good Morning Pensacola. He has twice been a recipient of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce “Who Did It Right” customer service award in the late 1990s. Roger is also a veteran of the Florida Army National Guard.

Mobile Phone: (850) 393-3927

Email: rmatthews@UniversalEngineering.com

Pensacola Office

1985 Cope Lane
Pensacola, Florida 32526

Jeffrey Pruett, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager/Sales

Jeffrey Pruett, PE, is a branch and regional manager for Universal in the north Florida area. Jeff oversees Universal’s Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Panama City, and Pensacola offices. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1990 and began his career with Universal in 1996 in Jacksonville. Jeff’s family is very active in their church, where they participate in a homeschool network, basketball and soccer.

Office Phone: (850) 944-5555
Office Fax: (850) 944-5885
Mobile Phone: (904) 759-5274

Email: jpruett@UniversalEngineering.com

Keith Butts, PE
Regional Manager/Operations

Keith Butts, PE, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. Keith currently holds the office of Governor at the American Society of Civil Engineering  representing the state of Florida on the national level. Keith enjoys all kinds of outdoor hobbies with his favorites being fishing, hunting and, of course, Gator football.

Office Phone: (850) 944-5555
Office Fax: (850) 944-5885
Mobile Phone: (352) 258-2710

Email: kbutts@UniversalEngineering.com

James McConnell, PE
Branch Manager

James McConnell, PE, received his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of South Alabama in 2012. He has been involved in projects across the southeastern United States including Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. He holds an active professional engineering license in Alabama. James’ focus is in geotechnical engineering, specifically site investigations. He also has experience in construction materials testing and threshold inspections. James enjoys spending time with his wife, Ashley, and their new daughter, Brooklyn.

Phone: (850) 944-5555
Fax: (850) 944-5885
Mobile Phone: (850) 241-6791

Email: jmcconnell@UniversalEngineering.com

Roger Matthews

Roger Matthews
Business Development Representative

Roger has been a Business Development Representative with Universal since September of 2004. Since then, he has won numerous company awards for his business development work, including “Man of the Year” for 2005. Roger spent most of his childhood in Mexico on the mission field, and, as a result, he reads, writes and speaks Spanish fluently. He was ordained as a deacon in the Baptist church in 1998, and attends the First Baptist Church of Milton with his family. Roger enjoys hunting, fishing, basketball, and gun collecting. He was born in Dallas, Texas, and is a Dallas Cowboy fan, and with his wife, Tina, being from Ohio, he supports Ohio State football also. Roger resides in Milton, Florida with Tina and their four children. He stays active in local civic organizations such as the Santa Rosa County Chamber and Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce and has sat on or chaired several committees. Roger has appeared as a guest on the Chamber’s television show Good Morning Pensacola. He has twice been a recipient of the Pensacola Area Chamber of Commerce “Who Did It Right” customer service award in the late 1990s. Roger is also a veteran of the Florida Army National Guard.

Mobile Phone: (850) 393-3927

Email: rmatthews@UniversalEngineering.com

Rockledge Office

820 Brevard Avenue
Rockledge, Florida 32955

Richard Hoaglin, PE
Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Richard Hoaglin, PE, is the regional manager for Universal’s Rockledge and Fort Pierce offices. He has been in the industry since 1991, the year after he graduated from Mississippi State University. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. In his spare time Richard enjoys reading, computer games, racquetball and tennis.

Office Phone: (321) 638-0808
Office Fax: (321) 638-0978
Mobile Phone: (321) 223-9758

Email: rhoaglin@UniversalEngineering.com

Mickey Ellison
Business Development Representative

Mick Ellison is the Business Development Representative for the Rockledge branch. He serves Brevard, Indian River, Okeechobee, and St. Lucie Counties. Mick resides with his wife in Merritt Island and has four grown daughters. He majored in communications at New Mexico State University and the University of New Mexico, also attending several other universities for business administration and for sales management. Mick has been involved in the residential, commercial, and industrial construction industry in several sales and estimating capacities for over 10 years and has been in sales or sales management for over 18 years. He has been involved as an ambassador for the Cocoa Beach Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Melbourne/Palm Bay Area Chambers of Commerce. He is a member of McGraw/Hill Dodge Construction Services association, and is also a Florida-licensed risk manager for the commercial construction industry. Mick is also grateful to be a “peacetime” Army veteran and really enjoyed his time serving in Europe.

Mobile Phone: (321) 403-9120

Email: mellison@UniversalEngineering.com

Sarasota Office

1748 Independence Boulevard, Suite B-1
Sarasota, Florida 34234

Lindsey Weaver, PE
Regional Manager

Lindsey Weaver, PE, has been the southwest Florida regional manager for Universal since 1989. Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, Lindsey received his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Maryland in 1981. Lindsey is an avid fan of Alabama football, which has led to some interesting family discussions with his daughter, Rebecca, who is a diehard Gators fan.

Office Phone: (941) 358-7410
Office Fax: (941) 358-7353
Mobile Phone: (941) 628-6973

Email: lweaver@UniversalEngineering.com

Robert Gomez, PE
Branch Manager

Robert Gomez, PE, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of South Alabama with a focus on geotechnical engineering. Robert is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. He is a current member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society. Robert is also active in the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange in Sarasota, Florida. Robert’s hobbies include fishing and sports, especially Miami football.

Phone: (941) 358-7410
Fax: (941) 358-7353
Mobile Phone: (941) 915-2327

Email: rgomez@UniversalEngineering.com

Mike Ryan
Business Development Representative

Mike Ryan is the Business Development Representative for Universal’s Sarasota and St. Petersburg branch location. Mike currently resides in Bradenton, Florida, with his wife, Lindsey, daughter Olivia, son Michael, and dogs Maya and Gizmo. Originally born in Long Island New York, he has ties to Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York as well. Mike attended St. John’s University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in corporate finance and investments from Adelphi University. Mike also enjoys taking part in fund raising activities, or events associated with the Pinnacle Academy and Autism, and attending Woodland Community Church with his family.

Mobile Phone: (941) 650-5677

Email: mryan@UniversalEngineering.com

St. Petersburg Office

5520 Haines Road
St. Petersburg, Florida 33714

Robert Gomez, PE
Regional Manager, Branch Manager

Robert Gomez, PE, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from University of South Alabama with a focus on geotechnical engineering. Robert is a licensed professional engineer in Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi. He is a current member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Florida Engineering Society. Robert is also active in the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange in Sarasota, Florida. Robert’s hobbies include fishing and sports, especially Miami football.

Phone: (727) 209-1500
Fax: (727) 209-1429
Mobile Phone: (941) 915-2327

Email: rgomez@UniversalEngineering.com

Mike Ryan
Business Development Representative

Mike Ryan is the Business Development Representative for Universal’s Sarasota and St. Petersburg branch location. Mike currently resides in Bradenton, Florida, with his wife, Lindsey, daughter Olivia, son Michael, and dogs Maya and Gizmo. Originally born in Long Island New York, he has ties to Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York as well. Mike attended St. John’s University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis in corporate finance and investments from Adelphi University. Mike also enjoys taking part in fund raising activities, or events associated with the Pinnacle Academy and Autism, and attending Woodland Community Church with his family.

Mobile Phone: (941) 650-5677

Email: mryan@UniversalEngineering.com

Tampa Office

9802 Palm River Road
Tampa, Florida 33619

Mark Hardy, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager

Mark Hardy, PE, is the regional manager for Universal’s Tampa office. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University in 1981 and joined Universal in 2003. Mark maintains professional engineering licenses in Florida, North Carolina and Michigan. Mark enjoys spending time with his daughters and two dogs, swimming, landscaping, watching football, and an occasional trip to Busch Gardens.

Office Phone: (813) 740-8506
Office Fax: (813) 740-8706

Meagen Gonzalez, PG
Branch Manager

Meagen Gonzalez, PG, is the branch manager for Universal’s Tampa office. She has 10 years of experience in forensic and environmental geology. Meagen received her bachelor’s degree in geology from the University of South Florida. She also attended graduate school at USF and is working on completing her thesis on stable isotopes. Meagen is an avid Buccaneers fan and enjoys crocheting and cooking.

Office Phone: (813) 740-8506
Office Fax: (813) 740-8706
Mobile Phone: (813) 363-1083

Email: mgonzalez@UniversalEngineering.com

Tifton Office

1203 North Central Ave., Suite 3
Tifton, Georgia 31794

Jeffrey Pruett, PE
Vice President, Regional Manager/Sales

Jeffrey Pruett, PE, is a branch and regional manager for Universal in the north Florida area. Jeff oversees Universal’s Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Panama City, and Pensacola offices. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida in 1990 and began his career with Universal in 1996 in Jacksonville. Jeff’s family is very active in their church, where they participate in a homeschool network, basketball and soccer.

Office Phone: (229) 396-4655
Office Fax: (229) 396-4656
Mobile Phone: (904) 759-5274

Email: jpruett@UniversalEngineering.com

Keith Butts, PE
Regional Manager/Operations

Keith Butts, PE, has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Florida. Keith currently holds the office of Governor at the American Society of Civil Engineering  representing the state of Florida on the national level. Keith enjoys all kinds of outdoor hobbies with his favorites being fishing, hunting and, of course, Gator football.

Office Phone: (229) 396-4655
Office Fax: (229) 396-4656
Mobile Phone: (352) 258-2710

Email: kbutts@UniversalEngineering.com

Will Faircloth, PE
Branch Manager

Will Faircloth, PE, received his bachelor’s degree in agricultural engineering from the University of Georgia. He discovered his passion for working in construction materials and geotechnical engineering while working for a local firm in Athens, Georgia, during college and has been an active practicing civil engineer since his graduation in 2004. He holds professional civil engineering licenses in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi. Will enjoys teaching his boys the joys of fishing and hunting and loves just hanging out with his family no matter what they are doing.

Phone: (229) 396-4655
Fax: (229) 396-4656
Mobile Phone: (229) 834-5330

Email: wfaircloth@UniversalEngineering.com

Chet Gray
Business Development Representative

Chet Gray is the Business Development Representative for Universal’s Gainesville, Ocala and Tifton branches. Chet joined Universal Engineering Sciences after spending 15 years in sales of rental construction equipment, where he gained experience in sales, operations and branch management. Gray also spent four years in the Navy as a helicopter mechanic.  Originally from Ohio, Chet grew up in St. Petersburg, FL. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Rosina, and their son, remodeling their house and tinkering with cars. He also serves in his Church playing piano and teaching children.

Mobile Phone: (352) 454-5971

Email: CGray@universalengineering.com

West Palm Beach Office

1818 7th Avenue North, Unit 1
Lake Worth, Florida 33461

Peter Read, PE
Regional Manager,  Branch Manager

Peter Read, PE, is the regional manager for Universal’s South Florida operations, directing branch offices in West Palm Beach and Miami. His professional expertise includes subsurface explorations, geotechnical engineering, construction materials testing, and structural inspections. Upon graduating from the University of Florida in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he went to work for a world-renowned foundation construction company. Peter has resided in Florida for over 40 years and currently lives in Lake Worth, Florida, with his wife of 30+ years, Lynn.

Office Phone: (561) 540-6200
Office Fax: (561) 540-6242
Mobile Phone: (561) 644-3636

Email: pread@UniversalEngineering.com

Mike Angotti
Business Development Representative

Michael Angotti is the Business Development Representative for Universal’s West Palm Beach branch. Born and reared in Paterson, New Jersey, Michael married his high school sweetheart, Ann. Michael and his family have been residing in Palm Beach County for more than 20 years. With three sons, Michael and Ann are family-oriented and have both played a key role in youth athletics. In Paterson, Michael and his wife organized the Hillcrest Ball Club Association, an organization that they started in 1980 with approximately 24 five-year-olds in T-ball that grew in five years to an excess of 500 boys and girls in all sports. Michael and Ann enjoy their free time with family and friends on their boat at Peanut Island.

Mobile Phone: (305) 984-0779

Email: mangotti@UniversalEngineering.com