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Jeff Reynolds

Jeffrey Reynolds


As a 3rd generation member of the founding Reynolds family, Mr. Reynolds served in a variety of capacities at Reynolds, Inc., beginning his career as a field laborer before ultimately becoming President in 2001. During his tenure, the business nearly doubled in volume before being acquired by Layne Christensen in 2005.  During his time at Layne, he served as a Director and Chief Operating Officer for Layne Christensen Company until his retirement in 2013.  Since that time, Mr. Reynolds has been active in real estate development, home building, and several businesses that support his love of aviation.  Mr. Reynolds holds a B.S. in Business from Indiana University.  He holds contractor’s licenses in several states and at one time was the primary qualifier for both Reynolds, Inc. and Layne.

Les Archer

Les Archer, PE, DBIA


Les Archer has served as President since June 6, 2014, where he manages the activity of over 300 employees. Mr. Archer has been with the company since 2000 and has 32 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. Most recently Mr. Archer served as Senior Vice President for Layne Heavy Civil, where he was responsible for the day to day operations of the Integrated Services Group, specializing in Alternative Delivery type projects such as Design-Build, as well as managing the division’s business development activities. Prior to joining the company, he spent over 15 years of his career as a consulting engineer. Mr. Archer holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, is a registered Professional Engineer in several states, and is a Designated Professional by the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). Mr. Archer is also a member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), and the Water Environment Federation (WEF).

Paul Burton

Paul Burton, DBIA

Vice President, North Construction

Mr.  Burton joined the company in 1984 and has worked in many roles in both the field and management since that time.  He is currently responsible for the day-to-day operation of all construction activities within the North Construction Group.  With over 34 years experience in the construction industry, his responsibilities include oversight of projects exceeding a volume of $70 million with a specific emphasis on Design-Build work and negotiated Proposals. Mr. Burton has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Financial Management from Purdue University.

Mr. Burton is responsible for managing the following groups:


  • Midwest Plant
  • Midwest Utilities
  • Midwest Design-Build
  • Northeast Construction
  • Preconstruction/Estimating
  • Biogas/Renewable Energy
Kevin Shemwell

Kevin Shemwell

Vice President, South Construction

Mr. Shemwell joined the company in 2008 and has worked as a Project Manager, and later District Manager where his organizational skills & leadership abilities allowed him to excel. In 2014, he was promoted to Vice President of South Construction, where he leads our Southeast Plant and Utilities groups. Mr. Shemwell has a strong background in heavy construction with over 19 years experience in water and wastewater treatment construction. Mr. Shemwell holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering Technology from Western Kentucky University.

Mr. Shemwell is responsible for managing the following groups:


  • Georgia Plant
  • Florida Plant
  • Southeast Utilities
  • Mid-South Construction
Kevin Strott

Kevin Strott

Vice President, Western Utilities

Mr. Strott joined the company in 2000 and has 40 years of experience in heavy utility construction.  He began his career in the field as a laborer and worked his way up to his current role as Vice President, making him well versed in all phases of utility construction.  Mr. Strott has extensive experience in project oversight as well as detailed management of large diameter pipelines projects and with quality assurance and quality control on multiple projects.  Mr. Strott holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Kennedy Western University.

Mr. Strott is responsible for managing the following:

  • Western Utilities
Wes Self

Wesley Self, PE, DBIA

Vice President, South Florida and Business Development

Mr. Self joined the company in 2010 and has over 21 years of industry experience.  He provides technical, financial, contract negotiations,  and construction expertise to the company. His strengths include economic, and business development.  Mr. Self has extensive experience in developing Design-Build projects throughout the Southeast and Southwest. In total, Mr. Self has managed development, design, and construction of at least $500 million in infrastructure. Mr. Self holds a M.B.A. and a B.S. of Civil Engineering from Auburn University.

Mr. Self is responsible for managing the following groups:

  • South Florida
  • Business Development
  • Alternative Delivery
Liz Smith

Liz Smith

Vice President/Controller

Mrs. Smith joined the company in 1993 and has over 25 years experience in this industry.  She has served in the role of Controller since 1997.  Mrs. Smith is responsible for the division’s financial reporting including monthly and quarterly analytics, coordination of annual budget and monthly forecasting, coordination of financial and SOX audits, and coordination of annual federal and state tax information for Corporate tax requests.  Mrs. Smith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University, with a Major in Accounting, and has passed the CPA exam.

Mrs. Smith is responsible for managing the following:


  • Accounting
  • Payroll
  • Accounts Payable
  • Financial Reporting