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Key Personnel

Neill Grading & Construction Co., Inc. Key Personnel

  • Edward C. NeillOwner, President and CEO. In 1972 he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is active in all operations and aspects of Neill Grading. Mr. Neill has over fifty years experience in the construction industry.
  • J. Clayton NeillCorporate Secretary and Professional Engineer. In 1996 he earned his Masters of Civil Engineering from North Carolina State University. His experience includes four years with HDR Engineering. Clay has been employed with Neill Grading from 2000 until the present.
  • Michael S. WilsonVice President and General Manager. In 1998 he earned his bachelor of Business Administration from Mesa State College in Grand Junction Colorado. His most recent experience includes five years with Fowler Contracting in Cary, NC where he was Director of Project Management and specialized in 1,000+ lot master planned and mixed use communities. Prior experience also includes four years with Hillcrest Construction in Mooresville NC and two years with EF Craven Company in Greensboro NC. Mike started with Neill Grading in early 2009.
  • Jan C. Wilson:  Business Development and Stone Sales.  In 1972 he received his Degree in Geology from North Carolina State University.  He has thirteen years field experience and twenty-seven years management experience at Neill Grading.  Mr. Wilson has maintained a State of North Carolina Plumbing License since 1977.  
  • Matthew R. HovisDirector of Site work Operations. Matthew’s experience includes over fourteen years in estimating and managing site construction projects. He is skilled in operating all types of machinery and equipment. He has been employed with our company since 2007.
  • M. Scott ZanottiEstimator / Project Manager. Scott’s experience includes over 13 years in the surveying and engineering industry. Scott’s most recent experience 8 years at Ferriero Engineering in Chester, NJ as the survey crew chief and 3 years at ESP Associates in Charlotte, NC as survey crew chief and later as field crew manager. Scott came to Neill Grading at the start of 2009 as a construction estimator and survey coordinator. 
  • Jimmy LaFrancis:  In 1995 he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Economics from Lenoir Rhyne University.  With more than 20 years of experience in the Commercial Construction Industry, Jimmy brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our vertical construction division.  Prior to joining our team in 2015, he was employed with Pinnix General Contractors for 5+ years and Ladd Construction Company for 15 years.  Both companies based in Gastonia, NC.