Meet Our Team

The ATS team has over 175 years of combined experience working in numerous positions from Bituminous Manager to Independent Verification Inspector. Our technicians are certified in Asphalt Plant Level 1 & Level 2, Asphalt Paving Level 1 & Level 2, QC Manager and Asphalt Mix Designer.

Steve McReynolds, ATS Director of Operations

Steve McReynolds

Director of Operations
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Steve brings his 18 years of industry knowledge and experience to ATS. Considered the “Asphalt Technical Expert” as the District 5 Bituminous Coordinator and District 2 Bituminous Manager during his tenure with the FDOT, he is known for his consultative and technical advice which provides strategic problem solving with a variety of solutions.

His broad spectrum of construction knowledge (Threshold Engineering Inspection, Construction Site Environmental Inspection and CMEC Certified Concrete Cylinder Compression Strength) and extensive application of project Specification requirements ensures ATS customers are always compliant with state and local government regulations.

In addition to his CMEC certifications (Asphalt Plant Levels 1 & 2, Asphalt Paving Levels 1 & 2, Mix Design and QC Manager), Steve adds an Applied Associates in Business Administration from Jefferson State College and Certified Public Manager from Florida State University to his credentials.

In his free time, Steve coaches youth baseball and enjoys fishing and camping.

Rhonda Hale, Asphalt Testing Solutions & Engineering Lab Manager

Rhonda Hale, CPM

LAb Manager
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Rhonda brings over 19 years of industry expertise to ATS from the FDOT. She has always been on the forefront of innovation by continuing to improve processes, procedures and techniques to ensure her team is highly qualified. Her labs consistently exceed the required level of efficiency due to her management of proper accreditations and equipment calibrations. Rhonda is known for her technical knowledge and attention to detail which provides ATS customers with timely, comprehensive and meticulous reporting.

She’s worked across the state of Florida with a range of personnel from entry level to management positions training them for the Materials Acceptance & Certification (MAC) program used for housing Department test data and project documentation. “I truly enjoy working with others and helping them understand ways to make their jobs easier while increasing efficiency and productivity!”

Rhonda loves to travel, entertain her grandchildren (all 13 of them!) and experience a variety of micro brews in her free time.

Tanya Nash, Asphalt Testing Solutions & Engineering Pavement Materials Engineer

Tanya Nash, PE

Pavement Materials Engineer
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Nationally known for her dedication and contributions to the industry, Tanya is a reputable addition to the ATS team. Throughout her 17 years in the industry she served on many state and national committees and research projects expanding her knowledge in asphalt properties and characteristics nationwide. Exposure to international specifications and test methods led Tanya to experience the vast uses and challenges of asphalt pavements and products worldwide. 

Tanya was instrumental in the development of PG Binder Specifications for recycled materials as well as the QC program for Florida’s Asphalt Liquid Suppliers. She was also involved in the development of an alternate binder specification making ground tire rubber and polymer modified binders a market driven product. 

Tanya was also a driving force in the development and maintenance of the Florida DOT’s Asphalt Construction Data Management System. Her technical insight paired with her experience in research and field operations provides ATS customers with meticulous reporting after completing site investigations and forensic analysis cases. 

Tanya graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Science & Biomechanics and a Master of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering. When she’s not at work Tanya enjoys training in Martial Arts and playing soccer with her husband and daughter.  Her bucket list includes “traveling around the world to find that perfect craft beer.”

Gene Knagge

Asphalt Mix Designer
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Gene has come a long way since his cart-wrangling days at Winn-Dixie. That was his first job, but he found his career in the asphalt industry. 

Creating value-engineered mix designs for companies across Florida for the past 18 years, Gene’s knowledge of mix structure and mix performance makes him an integral part of the ATS team. He is a credit to his field producing over 900 FDOT approved designs in addition to hundreds of approved FAA and Marshall mix designs. His experience gives him the ability to incorporate the correct mix components for the most cost-effective solutions delivering dependable and accurate product results to ATS customers. 

When he’s not working in the ATS Mix Design Lab Gene loves working on old cars…but the best part is, he has yet to get one running!

David Bone

Laboratory Specialist
David Bone ATS Lab Tech

David, better known as T-Bird, has been sharing his talents with the asphalt industry for 25 years. He started as a Ground Man, shoveling and cleaning, and since then added Loader Operator, Ticket Writer, Plant Operator, Plant Foreman, Truck Foreman, Lab Technician and Mix Designer to his resume. 

Before he joined the asphalt industry, T-Bird worked in hay fields, bailing and loading hay. No stranger to hard work, he has since earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Zoology and is certified in Asphalt Levels 1 & 2 as well as Mix Design.

In his downtime, T-Bird enjoys riding his Harley and spending quality time with his family.

John Holton

Laboratory Specialist

After serving our country for 22 years in the United States Marine Corps, John began his career in the asphalt industry. He has held numerous positions including Verification Technician, Verification Coordinator, Quality Control, Independent Verification and Bituminous Production Coordinator. 

John is certified in Asphalt Paving Levels 1 & 2 as well as Asphalt Plant Levels 1 & 2. He spent 14 years in the industry, most recently working for the Florida Department of Transportation, and brings his knowledge and experience to ATS. 

John remembers his first job when he was just a kid. “On the weekends my mom and I would drive around with the lawn mower looking for yards that needed to be cut. From there I built my customer base and had lawns scheduled to cut every weekend!” 

When John isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his grandkids.

Bucky McDaniel

Laboratory Specialist

After 15 years in the industry, Bucky brings his experience to ATS. He has held numerous positions as QC and VT techs and has worked specifically on airport jobs. Most recently Bucky worked as an Independent Verification Inspector contracted by the FDOT. 

In addition to his experience in the asphalt industry, Bucky has completed numerous culinary classes and worked as a chef. He even started his career in a kitchen; his first job was washing dishes at an Italian restaurant. Those who are lucky enough to work with Bucky in the ATS lab are treated to homemade lunches from time to time! 

Something you may not know about Bucky is that he used to weigh 480lbs; seeing him today, you would never guess that. When he’s not working in the ATS lab, you can find Bucky cooking or cheering on his Florida State Seminoles during football season.

Corbett Reynolds

Asphalt Roadway Specialist

For over 30 years Corbett has been a key player in the asphalt industry, working as a Field Technician and Field Services Director out on the roads. He started his career with Cal-Tech Testing in 1986 and now brings his experience and talent to ATS. He currently holds Asphalt Paving Levels 1 & 2 certifications and has earned Earthwork Levels 1 & 2, ACI Concrete Field Testing, FDOT Concrete Field Inspector, Nuclear Safety and Qualified Sampler Technician certifications in the past. 

Corbett’s drive and work ethic dates back to when he was just 15 years old. He earned his GED at this time and went out in the world to work on a cattle ranch in south Texas where he grew up. He worked for the famous Bum Philips (former head coach of the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints). 

When he’s not working, Corbett loves spending time with his family and friends. He loves to bow hunt deer, fish benefit tournaments and ride the trails with Jeeps and 4-wheelers. Before he and his wife had their son, he was a semi-professional fisherman in the Red Man and FLW tournaments!

Shawna Kovacs

Asphalt Roadway Specialist
Shawna

Although Shawna is fairly new to the paving world, she brings over 20 years of experience in the construction industry.  She has worked in an administrative role in building remodels, new construction and restaurants.  She’s carried her strong work ethic with her from her very first job at Ryan’s Steak House; she was promoted from hostess to head waitress in just two weeks!

Poor Shawna was stuck in the back offices when she first came to work at ATS.  “I didn’t have the code to get out, and I didn’t know anyone’s extension to call for help!”  There was a nasty thunderstorm outside at this time, so she had to wait for the storm to stop or someone to find her.  About 30 minutes later, an employee walked by and was able to let Shawna out!

This self-proclaimed “big kid” enjoys surfing with her family and traveling to foreign countries when she’s not at work.