V&M Appoints Four New Leaders as We Continue to Grow
Vaughn & Melton, a preferred provider of civil engineering and surveying services in the Southeast region, announces the appointment of four new leaders - Brett Abernathy, PE, PLS as Office Leader in Boone, NC and Transportation Services Manager for its Mid-Atlantic region, Barry Moose, PE as Client Services Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region, Hayden Gellineau, PE, IMSA as Office Leader and GA Transportation Services Manager in Kennesaw, GA, and Pete Falkenberg, PE, as Office Leader in Nashville, TN.
Mr. Abernathy will focus on leading the transportation services sector with the continued goal to provide exceptional design products. Brett brings more than 33 years in the transportation service industry where he has been active in all aspects of the project delivery process from planning to project oversight.
Prior to joining Vaughn & Melton, Brett served as the Division Project Development Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) where he managed a wide variety of comprehensive transportation projects. “I have watched Vaughn & Melton grow into a highly respected provider of transportation services for NCDOT—and more—over the past three decades”, stated Abernathy. “When it came time for me to make a change in my career from NCDOT to the consulting world, I knew Vaughn & Melton was the right choice for me. I look forward to helping my new company grow and continue being a trusted advisor for its client base.” Brett and his wife Beth have two beautiful daughters and live in East Bend, NC with their yellow Labrador retriever Sandy.
Mr. Moose will focus on building client relationships and lead the company’s program to deliver enhanced client experiences and satisfaction. Barry brings more than 37 years in the transportation service industry where he has been active in all aspects of the project delivery process from planning to project oversight. His responsibilities at Vaughn & Melton will include client management, business development and mentoring project managers. Initially, he will focus on the company’s client base in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia, as well as strategic teaming with design/build teams.
Prior to joining Vaughn & Melton, Barry served as Senior Vice President for SEPI Engineering in Raleigh, NC. Previously he served as Division Engineer with the North Carolina Department of Transportation where he managed a wide variety of comprehensive transportation projects. Barry stated, “I have known DeWayne [Brown, V&M Executive Vice President] and his team for many years and I have always respected the quality of work and work ethic present at Vaughn & Melton. My goal is to assist with the overarching vision of the company, creating a culture where the best and brightest want to work”.
Mr. Gellineau will assume the role of office leader at the Kennesaw, GA office while providing transportation services leadership for the company’s Georgia Operations. Before joining Vaughn & Melton, Hayden served as Transportation Group Leader for TY Lin International and Traffic Operations Division Manager for Douglas County, GA. He brings more than 28 years of transportation services leadership, with a specific knack for being a dynamic problem solver and analytical thinker. Hayden is an organized, self-motivated professional with extensive diverse experience in his field. He possesses a wealth of general and technical knowledge. He will bring his leadership skills, optimistic attitude, energetic personality and ethical values to each engineering project he touches. He will quickly establish himself as a change maker focused on teamwork, collaboration and delivering excellence for our clients. Hayden has led numerous governmental and private sector projects. His multi-functional experience in project management and operations will be beneficial to the Vaughn & Melton client base. Hayden has one daughter and is expecting his first grandchild (a girl) in January 2022.
Mr. Falkenberg takes the helm of Vaughn and Melton’s newest office in Nashville, TN. His 43 years of experience in the engineering profession—40 of those with the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT)—will serve this market well. Pete is well-respected around the state of Tennessee and knows from experience how to provide the high-quality service that the state expects from its consultants. Pete was born in Holland and is a very easy-going person who has never met a stranger. He is married to his wife, Janie. They have 3 children and 7 grandchildren, ages two to twelve. They share their home in Brentwood, TN with two Goldendoodles: Spunky and Bruno Mars.
“We are very excited to have Brett, Barry, Hayden and Pete join our team. Each person brings a great wealth of expertise and experience in the transportation industry to our firm,” said V&M Executive Vice President DeWayne Brown, PE, PLS. "Our four new leaders are highly respected in each of their areas of expertise and will champion our firm’s growth and provide world class operational and organizational oversight to improve service for our clients throughout the southeast."