Jeff’s department ensures that all the staffing, tools and technical support are in place to repair and maintain mechanical systems in facilities. The team supports owners and operators of a wide range of buildings, including hospitals, labs, airports and office buildings. Jeff also develops teams of highly skilled technicians to operate, maintain and repair multiple data centers totaling over 720 megawatts.
After attending Young Harris College in northeast Georgia, Jeff joined York International to pursue a path in the skilled trades. He graduated from the Mechanical Trades Institute outside Atlanta and became certified as a service technician.
That apprenticeship instilled a passion for working on large centrifugal chillers and complex refrigeration systems, which is what he did for York. After working in the field for 12 years, Jeff was promoted to service manager for Atlanta and North Georgia.
He worked for York for 17 years before joining Batchelor & Kimball in 2004 to help build a service department. Four years later, B&K added a controls group to Jeff’s oversight. Under his direction, the service and controls area has grown to a team of 90 technicians who serve more than 100 facility owners and operators and generate approximately $30 million in annual revenue.
Jeff and his wife Brenda live out in the country near Madison, Ga. Together they spend time with their five children and 10 grandchildren. In addition, Jeff enjoys playing bass in a classic rock and blues band with his buddies in his barn. He also plays bass at Lakepoint Community Church in Madison, where he and Brenda are members. When he can find the time, he also enjoys golf, wingshooting and restoring old hot rod trucks.
“A good day on the job is when we’ve solved a challenging problem — and made a customer happy.”