Meet the Asphalt Testing Solutions & Engineering 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 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 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.
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.”
Known for his attention to detail, ability to work with others, positive attitude and team player mentality, Tim joins ATS with over 15 years of industry experience. 13 of those years he spent with the FDOT working mostly in materials testing – asphalt, aggregates, soils and concrete. He worked as a Laboratory Coordinator and Bituminous Inspector for the FDOT as well as a verification technician at asphalt plants.
Tim’s vast knowledge of test methods and equipment calibration procedures brings great value to the ATS labs. Tim streamlined processes and established efficient work flow through various worksheets at the FDOT D5 M&R Lab and aided during inspections here to maintain accreditation through AMRL and CCRL.
When we let Tim out of the lab, he enjoys traveling, spending time with his family and listening to music…and cheering on his Ohio State Buckeyes! Before moving to Florida, he attended THE Ohio State majoring in Production and Operations Management.
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, 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.
After attending college, Art began his career in the road construction industry. His experience over the past four years covers asphalt paving, earthworks and concrete. Art is CTQP certified in Paving levels 1 & 2.
Over the last 6 years, Alex has worked in multiple positions in the asphalt industry. He started as a laboratory technician and then a senior field technician. Alex now brings his experience to ATS working in the Performance Lab as a Performance Lab Technician.
Although fairly new to the industry, Cortez has embraced the new opportunity and challenges ATS has presented. He’s CTQP certified in Asphalt Plant Levels 1 & 2 as well as Asphalt Paving Level 1. No stranger to hard work (his first entrepreneurial venture was selling candy when he was just 12 years old), when he’s not in the lab, Cortez works at his consulting business for startup companies.
In his free time Cortez enjoys reading and likes to watch movies, especially documentaries. He also enjoys cheering on the Jacksonville Jaguars. “During football season I came into work on a Saturday expecting to work 12 hours tops. I ended up working 23 hours! I caught a few hours of sleep and still managed to make it to Jags game later that day.”
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.
Mike recently started his rookie season in the asphalt industry as a quality control lab technician. He enjoys it and has been recently certified in both CTQP Plant Levels 1 & 2.
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.
Lyronda joins the ATS team with six years’ experience testing gasolines and diesels. Three of those years she spent testing in the asphalt industry. Having spent a great deal of time in lab environments, Lyronda transitioned easily to the ATS team. While she was working at her last company, Lyronda recalls checking on the lab after Hurricane Irma came through the area. “While walking into the lab, I saw a huge rat scurry across the floor and my heart dropped! I almost jumped up on the lab bench!”
When Lyronda isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her kiddos. She loves taking them to new places, and she also loves collecting Hot Wheelz cars!
Tracy has been working in the asphalt industry for 32 years! She is certified in CTQP Paving Level 1 & 2. “When I was initially hired in the industry, the superintendent bet on how long I would last. Well, thirty-two years later…!”
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!
Tyler began his career in the asphalt industry about two years ago. He is CTQP certified in Paving Levels 1 & 2 and focuses on densities out in the field. He works closely with roller operators to ensure asphalt pavement is smooth and proper density is achieved.
Before joining the industry, Tyler served our country in the United States Army. He is a combat veteran of the 82nd Airborne Division. He jumped in Egypt alongside paratroopers from Egypt, Germany, Norway and Jordan. He acquired three sets of Foreign Jump wings.
During his free time, Tyler is an avid movie-goer. He enjoys playing video games, playing chess and reading books.
In loving memory of Bucky McDaniel…
On December 28, 2018, we lost Bucky, a beloved member of our team. He was our friend, favorite FSU fan, chef, our steady source of encouragement, animal lover and confidant. We are honored to have known him and be a part of his world. We will miss him dearly.