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Leadership

William B. Lee, P.E., Chairman

Raised on a farm in Franklin, Tennessee, Bill Lee earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University.  In 1981 he joined the business his grandfather founded in 1944.

In 1992 Bill became the President of Lee Company, which had revenues of $20 million.  Today he serves as the Chairman of the company, a $160 million comprehensive facilities solutions and home services company with over 950 employees, named one of Tennessee’s top 5 “Best Companies to Work for” in 2006, 2007 and 2014 and named Nashville Business Journal’s “Best in Business” for 2011.

He currently serves on the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the board of trustees for Belmont University, President of Tennesseans for Economic Growth, Chairman of YMCA of Middle Tennessee, Past President of the Associated Builders and Contractors and has served on the board of several community organizations including Hope Clinic for Women, Men of Valor Prison Ministry, Fellowship of Christian Athletics, Operation Andrew and many others.

Other interests include hunting and fishing on his cattle farm in Franklin, TN where he lives with his wife Maria.  He enjoys travel and his involvement in faith based ministries has led him to places like Africa, Central America, Haiti, and most recently Iraq.  Bill has 4 children and 2 grandchildren.  He attends Grace Chapel Church in Franklin, Tennessee.

Years in Industry: 35
Years with Lee Company: 35
Education: BSME, Auburn University
Registered Professional Engineer-Tennessee

Richard C. Perko, P.E., President & CEO

Upon earning his degree in 1996, Mr. Perko was hired by Lee Company as a project engineer where he engineered, developed and sold mechanical and plumbing systems for healthcare, industrial, commercial, and institutional facilities. Working alongside Lee Company’s Construction teams, Mr. Perko became heavily involved in Construction Management and moved into Construction as a Project Manager where he was promoted to Vice President of Construction in 2001.

In 2004, Mr. Perko was given additional companywide responsibilities and was promoted to Executive Vice President. In 2009, Mr. Perko was promoted to President and is now responsible for all company sales, operations and strategic planning for its business units. His current focus is on broadening Lee Company breadth of services and offerings and completing the company’s transition from a traditional mechanical contractor and residential HVAC provider to a comprehensive Facilities Solutions and Home Services provider.

Years in Industry: 24
Years with Lee Company: 17
Education: BSME, University of Memphis
Registered Professional Engineer - Florida & Tennessee
Serves on the Board of Associated Builders & Contractors
Serves on the Executive Committee for The American Heart Association Heart Walk
2011 Nashville Emerging Leader Award – Nashville Chamber of Commerce
2010 Forty Under Forty Award – Nashville Business Journal

 
Gerald R. Vance, Executive Vice President

Mr. Vance is responsible for business development and marketing for the company including Commercial construction, facility service, and facility management. A member of ASHRAE since 1992, he has 28 years of experience in design and construction of mechanical and plumbing systems for institutional and commercial projects, with extensive experience in healthcare projects. He is recognized as a Certified Healthcare Contractor by the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) and is a LEED Accredited Design Professional. He currently serves on the Cost-Benefit Committee for the 2014 FGI Guidelines for the Design and Construction of Healthcare Facilities, as well as the Vanderbilt University Healthcare Symposium Program Committee.

Years in Industry: 28
Years with Lee Company: 17
Education: College of Engineering at University of Kentucky; Purdue University – ABC Project Management for Mechanical

Stuart L. Price, Senior Vice President of Operations

Mr. Price comes to Lee Company with over 26 years of leadership and executive management experience. Prior to joining Lee Company Mr. Price owned and operated a manufacturing service business for over 15 years serving over 500 manufacturers. Mr. Price’s experience includes responsibility for complete company management including Operations, Sales, and Finance. Mr. Price’s industry experience began as a U.S. Naval Officer with responsibilities ranging from the safe operation of a United States warship to the operation, maintenance, and repair of the ship’s entire complement of mechanical systems.
Mr. Price brings to Lee Company extensive experience in successful organizational management, visionary intuition for strategic organizational success, the experience of owning and growing a successful business, and the leadership experience afforded him as a Naval Officer and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. As the Senior Vice-President of Operations Mr. Price will address company wide initiatives to improve performance with a primary focus on leading the company’s Construction Group.

Years in Industry: 16
Years at Lee Company: 2
Education: B.S., Engineering, United States Naval Academy

 
Steve Scott, Senior Vice President of Facilities Solutions

As Senior Vice President of Facilities Solutions for Lee Company, Steve Scott is responsible for sales and operations of commercial services in all markets. He also oversees regional market expansion and safety efforts. As an innovator and leader, Scott is the driving force behind INSIGHT, the company’s pioneering technology platform for facility managers. Scott began his Lee Company career nearly two decades ago in sales, and his responsibilities have consistently grown over the years.

In addition to his leadership at Lee Company, Scott is an active and engaged volunteer, serving on the Executive Board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and with industry organizations. Scott attended Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

Years in Industry: 21
Years with Lee Company: 18
Education: Lee University, Cleveland, TN

Dan Kalman, Senior Vice President of Home Services

Mr. Kalman is currently responsible for sales, operations, and strategic planning for all Home Service business units.

In 1995 Mr. Kalman began his career at Lee Company as one of five service technicians. Mr. Kalman became heavily involved in the day to day operations of running a service team and was promoted to Director of Home Service. Mr. Kalman continued to gain responsibility and was promoted to Vice President of Home Services in 2010 and is now responsible for the sales and operations of all Home Service business units. In early 2016 Mr. Kalman was promoted to Senior Vice President of Home Services. He has extensive experience in all aspects of Residential Mechanical Systems including HVAC, Plumbing, Electrical, general home maintenance, and is EPA and NADCA certified.

Years in Industry: 30
Years with Lee Company: 20
Education: AAS Ferris State University

 
Rob Ivy, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Ivy is a strategic financial executive with over 20 years of experience across a diverse set of industries. He has extensive experience in all aspects of corporate financial management, and has a track record of driving results by creating clarity, developing staff, and leading change. Rob leads Lee Company’s Accounting/Finance and Information Technology groups, and partners with other executive team members to develop and implement financial and operational strategies across the organization. Prior to joining Lee Company in October 2015, Rob spent 5 years as CFO of the YMCA of Middle Tennessee where he served as a catalyst for significant organizational change. Prior to that he served 10 years as CFO of venture capital firm Salix Ventures, where he developed significant capital markets experience through participation in over 75 financings and/or M&A transactions in over 30 companies.  Rob began his career at Arthur Andersen LLP after graduating Magna Cum Laude with bachelor’s (’94) and master’s (’95) degrees in Accounting from Mississippi State University.

New to Lee Company
Education: BPA, MPA Accounting, Mississippi State University
Certified Public Accountant 

2012, 2014 CFO of the Year Finalist – Nashville Business Journal

Justin Braden, Vice President of Construction Sales

Mr. Braden is responsible for all construction sales and strategic direction of the Large Construction, Special Projects, and Regional Construction sales groups.

Following in his family trade of mechanical construction, he worked in the field for four years and after completing his degree in Business Management in 2001 joined Lee Company. Working as a project manager for 8 years he assisted with the innovation and implementation of fabrication processes and techniques that are building blocks for how we assemble projects today. In 2008, he moved into pre-construction and was promoted to Director of Healthcare Business Development in 2010 where, as a Certified Healthcare Constructor, he led Lee Company’s marketing effort with healthcare clients. He is a respected industry leader and active community volunteer. In 2014, Mr. Braden was promoted to Vice President of Construction Sales where he supports pre-construction teams in each of our regional offices and implements initiatives to keep Lee Company on the forefront of technology, service, and techniques for the betterment of our clients.

Years in Industry: 20
Years with Lee Company: 14

Education: BSBA, University of Tennessee
PHCC Project Management Course
ASHE- Healthcare Construction Certification
Chief Executive Network, Emerging Leaders Program
Belmont Mini-MBA