S&ME Names Three New Vice Presidents

The S&ME Board of Directors announced the appointment of three new vice presidents at their March 18, 2015 meeting. Randy Neuhaus, PE, S&ME President and CEO, announced the appointments to S&ME staff in an internal announcement. The new officers have played a significant role in the growth of S&ME over the past few years.


ShannonSweitzerShannon Sweitzer, PE, DBIA

Transportation Business Unit Director – Raleigh 

Shannon started his career at S&ME in 2012. He was hired to develop transportation work associated with Construction Engineering & Inspection (CEI) and Design-Build. Since then, he has developed a strong CEI Team in North Carolina through several key hires, as well as developed a network of teaming partners. Under his direction, S&ME has won several major projects in North Carolina. Prior to joining S&ME, Shannon’s career included 20 years at NCDOT and NC Turnpike Authority.

Shannon is well respected by S&ME and other firms in the transportation business as evidenced by the many teaming opportunities and successes credited to the transportation business unit. He is active on the Transportation Research Board (TRB) where he serves on the Construction Management and Concrete Pavement Construction Committee. He also serves on the Transportation Committee and is an Education Subcommittee member at Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA).


TimvanEchoTimothy Van Echo, PE

Principal Engineer – Columbus

Tim joined S&ME through the BBC&M acquisition in 2011. Tim has spent his entire career with BBC&M/S&ME spanning a period of over 30 years. He currently serves as a Principal Engineer for our Energy/Shale Gas business unit. Tim’s technical expertise is in hydraulics, geotechnical engineering and managing large projects. Tim has been the PM or Senior PM on eight upground reservoir projects in his career, the latest being the 7-billion gallon John R. Doutt Reservoir in Columbus.

Tim is well known and recognized for his engineering leadership in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Tim’s style is to manage challenges head on. He has a keen understanding of Loss Prevention, especially in the gas pipeline market. Tim has been instrumental in project delivery for the Energy/Shale Gas growth initiative.

Tim personally wrote the project specifications for the Doutt Reservoir and Regency Pipeline projects. He also developed curriculum for sessions of a groundwater hydrology correspondence course at Wright State University, which was funded by the U.S. Soil Conservation Service.


MelvinWilliamsMelvin Williams, EIT

Senior Business Developer – Charleston

Melvin joined S&ME in 1988 and is currently a Senior Business Developer and project professional in our Charleston office. Melvin’s expertise also includes project management and geotechnical engineering inspections and investigations. Melvin has become one of the primary faces of S&ME in South Carolina due to his interaction with local and state leaders, SCDOT officials, community leaders and target clients. Melvin has single-handedly acquired and managed multi-million dollar SCDOT on-call CEI projects and is the primary contact to receive S&ME’s teaming requests for SCDOT D/B projects.

Melvin has received many accolades for his service and/or involvement in various professional organizations often serving in a leadership capacity. The actual number is too great to list but to just name a few: SC SmartState Review Board, ACEC/SC Board of Directors, and Charleston Post of the Society American Military Engineers (SAME.) He also actively volunteers on several community boards including Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center Advisory Board and South Carolina State University Industrial Advisory Committee. Melvin has a love for people and desires to make S&ME the best known name across South Carolina.