Meet the ReliantSouth Team

The team at ReliantSouth is comprised of veteran professional contractors who represent vast expertise in various areas of the construction industry. Our success as a construction group is derived from the skills of our staff and how we work together as a team to find solutions for your project.

 


 

Our Staff

 

Richard Dodd, P.E.

President/Partner

After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from West Virginia University, Richard’s career started in 1983 as a quality control technician.  In 1991, after eight years of service, Richard was named president of GAC Contractors/Gulf Asphalt, a position he held until June 2013.  During his career, he has achieved the status of a Florida Licensed Professional Engineer, Florida Certified Underground Contractor, as well as becoming a Certified General Contractor in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia.  In 2013, Richard launched ReliantSouth Construction Group where he continues to live out his mission of assembling a talented, integrous team that provides value to clients on all of their building construction needs. 

 

Richard and Kim will celebrate 35 years of marriage in 2016 and have three daughters, plus two granddaughters, who fondly call him “Pop”.  Richard enjoys a challenge and recently completed an Executive MBA program at Auburn University and ran with 11 teammates the 196.9 mile Ragnar Relay from Miami to Key West. Richard hosts a Friday morning Men's Small Group at the office where many ReliantSouth team members as well as local business men gather to grow in their faith and encourage one another.

 


 

John Meyer, LEED AP

Vice President/Partner

John, a Florida Certified General Contractor and LEED Accredited Professional, is a graduate of Bay High School and Gulf Coast State College.  While at the University of Florida, John obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Finance and a Master's Degree in Building Construction. 

 

After a stint with Centex Rooney Construction, John joined Richard’s team as a Project Engineer in 2002 on the $29.5mm design/build I-10 Rest Area project located in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties.  Talented in many areas, John is a very detailed individual who strives for excellence in every facet of his life. Currently, John serves on the Bay County Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors, Panama City Downtown Improvement Board's Architectural Review Committee and the Bay County Building Industry Association's Board of Directors.

 

Fully invested in our community, John married his high school sweetheart, Kelly and they have two daughters.  In his spare time, John enjoys coaching his daughter's soccer team and hunting.

 


 

Dalton Parker, LEED GA

Vice President/Partner

After completing an Associate Degree from Gulf Coast State College, Dalton continued his education and received a Bachelor in Science in Building Construction from the University of West Florida in 1999.  A second generation contractor, Dalton began his career in Construction Management in 2000.  Dalton joined Richard’s team in 2003 and since then has gained a wide range of experience overseeing projects that range from $250,000 to $35,000,000. Dalton attained LEED GA status in 2009 and obtained his Florida General Contractor’s License in 2010.  He is also a proud member of the Board of Directors of the Bay Educational Foundation.

 

An avid FSU fan, and enthusiastic parent alongside his wife Alison, Dalton joined ReliantSouth in April of 2013 and is looking forward to continuing to provide exceptional service to clients by being a trusted solution provider.

 


 

David Scruggs

Director of Pre-Construction

David joined the ReliantSouth Team in August of 2016 to assist in enhancing and furthering the efforts of the growing pre-construction department.  ReliantSouth worked alongside David for years on a variety of projects and is glad to welcome him aboard.  David's primary role will include developing project opportunities and communication with new clients to assist them through the design, engineering, conceptual budgeting, and permitting phases.  David has over thirty (30) years of construction experience in working with national Construction Management firms as well as various real estate and development firms.

 

 


 

Lynn Paulk

Contract Administrator

A Bay County native, Lynn began her accounting career and working with Richard in 1996. Lynn is very proficient with accounts receivables, payables, payroll, and other accounting responsibilities. At ReliantSouth, Lynn is responsible for contracts, subcontractors, licenses, and much more. She most recently served as Project Accountant for projects with Gulf Coast State College and Bay District Schools.

 

Lynn and Gene, high school sweethearts, have been married 27 years and have one son who is attending Gulf Coast State College.  Gene proudly serves our country in the National Guard and has recently completed two deployments; Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  Lynn enjoys camping and four wheeling with her family.

 

 


 

Iris Lee

Office Manager

Having moved to Bay County as a young girl from Miami, Iris became a product of her new community and established her roots here with her family.  Iris has an impressive background in banking, sales, and accounting. She joined Richard’s team in 2010 during a very critical period working in the accounting department.  She anchors the administrative and accounting departments at ReliantSouth Construction Group. 

 

Iris and Brian have been married 31 years and have three grown daughters.  Along with raising a family, she and Brian have been business partners since 1998. They love being outdoors and enjoy camping, boating, and gardening.

  

 


 

Tim McGuffin

Project Manager

With over 20 years of a broad range of construction experience after graduating from the University of Florida, Tim McGuffin will bring tremendous value to clients of ReliantSouth Construction Group.  A University of Florida graduate who worked with Richard for 10 years at GAC Contractors, Tim is a man of impeccable character who is a perfect fit with ReliantSouth's Core Values of Client Focus, People Focus, and Christian Focus.

 

Tim and his wife are the proud parents of three children and one granddaughter.  When not working, Tim is a passionate hunter and fisherman. 

 


 

Charles Poffenbarger, Green Globes GGP

Project Manager

Charles joined Richard’s team in 2004 during the construction of the $29.5M design/build I-10 Rest Area project in Okaloosa and Santa Rosa Counties.  Since that time, Charles has been involved in a wide range of projects ranging from retail, financial, transportation, and government. Two of the highlights of his 20 year construction career thus far were assisting with oversight as a senior project inspector on the $192M Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport construction project and serving as a vital member on the management team that successfully completed the $35M Advanced Technology Center for Gulf Coast State College.  Charles recently attained his Green Globes Professional Certification (GGP) status in 2014.

 

An avid fisherman and proud father of a Great Dane, Charles enjoys the great outdoors. Recently, Charles served as the Project Manager of the construction team for the successful $10.2M campus renovations to Rutherford High School as well as the $3.2M Cedar Grove Elementary Renovation Project.  Charles is currently serving as the Project Manager on a retail project on Panama City Beach.

 


 

Kelly Mount

Project Superintendent

After amassing over 40 years of construction experience, Kelly joined the ReliantSouth team to continue his track record of building projects of high quality that finish ahead of schedule.

 

Known for his high expectations regarding quality on every project, Kelly adds much to ReliantSouth's mission to provide - Solutions * Value * Trust.  Currently, Kelly is currently serving as the Superintendent at the construction site of multiple stores and restaurants at North Pier Park in Panama City Beach.

 


 

Mack Lewis

Senior Project Superintendent

With more than 18 years' experience in the construction industry in the areas of plumbing, mechanical, and building construction, Mack joined Richard’s team in 2007.  Recently, Mack provided exceptional on-site management for Bay District Schools’ renovation projects at Mowat Middle School & Bay High School and is presently serving on several projects in Walton County. 

 

Mack is happily married, loves playing golf, and was deeply saddened by the Denver Broncos loss in Super Bowl  XLVIII.  A valued member of the ReliantSouth Team, Mack takes enormous pride in taking exceptional care of our clients.

 


 

Mark "Al" Harris

Project Manager/Superintendent

Al brings over 30+ years of experience in the electrical, construction, and facilities services industries.  He is highly skilled in all aspects of planning, project and construction management and design/build construction.  Al's experience includes both large and small scale, residential, commercial, industrial, & institutional projects.

 

Additionally, Al is a Florida Certified Unlimited Electrical Contractor and has foreign work experience in Afghanistan and Iraq.  He brings a wealth of working knowledge to the ReliantSouth Team!  

 

A Panama City native, Al enjoys back packing and flying. In fact, he has a private pilot's license.  He also enjoys spending time with his wife of 35+ years, Martha. 

 


 

Troy Coggins

Superintendent

Troy is the newest member to join the ReliantSouth team, bringing over 25 years of construction experience across the Southeast.  Troy has been involved in countless commercial projects including educational, medical, retail, office, financial, and aviation market sectors.  

 

RV camping with his wife along the coast of Florida and Alabama football are Troy's passions.  He is absolutely certain that Alabama will win the 2017-2018 national championship.

 


 

Joe Dodd

Safety Director/Environmental and Insurance Coordinator

With more than 40 years' experience designing and building chemical plants around the world, Joe came out of retirement to join his son Richard’s firm in 1998, working to refine the company’s safety and environmental programs.  Joe will continue work at ReliantSouth as the safety director and environmental and insurance coordinator. After serving in the U.S. Army, Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York. 

 

Joe is a modern-day St. Francis, enjoying the antics of all of the squirrels and birds he feeds in his backyard.  On many afternoons, he can be found playing golf with his dear wife of 56 years, Mary.

 


 

Brian Baxley

Estimator

Brian is currently serving in the Estimating Department for ReliantSouth.  Prior to his role in estimating, Brian served on the successful Rutherford High School Renovation Project Team.  Brian obtained his A.A. from Chipola College and subsequently his B.S. from the University of West Florida.  Brian maintains a diverse skill set and passion for learning the construction industry.  

 

Brian is happily married to his wife Doreen and has two (2) sons who enjoy sports and family activities.

 


 

Michael Woods

Assistant Project Manager

ReliantSouth is proud to welcome Michael Woods to the ReliantSouth Team. Michael brings a diverse construction skill set to the Team including extensive experience in site/civil construction, residential, and commercial construction. Michael obtained his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Florida State University in 2010.  Additionally, he has an Alabama Utility Contractor's License,  Florida Utility Contractor's License, and Florida Certified Residential Contractor's License.  

 

Michael's hobbies include long distance running and family activities.

 


 

Celene Cunningham

Accounting/Administrative Assistant

Celene is an integral part of the accounting team at our downtown administrative office. With over 15 years of accounting experience in the commercial construction industry, she adds great value to our ReliantSouth team.

 

Celene and her husband, Clay, of 20 years, have two teenage sons. One who just graduated from A. Crawford Mosley High School and the other will be a Sophomore  in the fall.  Football games are a family passion and Celene admits that they are a divided house between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Florida Gators!

 

 


 

Deven Bhakta

Intern

Deven recently joined the ReliantSouth team as an intern during his collegiate studies at the University of Florida.  Deven graduated from Gulf Coast State College with his Associate in Arts and obtained his Bachelor of Design in Architecture from the University of Florida in May 2017.  ReliantSouth is hoping to expose Deven to each unique facet of the construction process including pre-construction, estimating, project management, and field operations.  Deven currently plans to return to the University of Florida in January 2018 and pursue his Master of Science in Construction Management.  

 


 

 

Contact Info

ReliantSouth

Construction Group

230 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401

850.215.5540 phone

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230 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401

850.215.5540 phone

CGC 052036 • CGC 1508082 • CUC 056741

 

 

 

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