Our mission is to provide the most dependable, honest and customer-centric services in the industry by building lasting relationships with the clients we serve.

 

We are among the leading disaster management and civil construction groups in the United States, specializing in providing emergency preparation, disaster response and recovery from major catastrophes. Our experience covers all facets of a project, including the FEMA reimbursement process.

At DRC we’re always striking back against disaster.

 

Our Team

At DRC, we not only place a high value on the experience and expertise of our team members, but also on their commitment to the people and communities we serve. No matter the project, we approach our work with the goal of bettering our clients’ lives.


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John R. Sullivan - PresidenT

Mr. Sullivan has vast experience in all aspects of the construction industry, ranging from marine construction and dredging, land development and infrastructure construction as well as the intricate completion of individual custom homes. Mr. Sullivan, along with his brothers, started Sullivan Land Services, Ltd. which provides comprehensive site services for disaster response and recovery, infrastructure, and commercial landscaping, while earning a degree at Texas A&M University in Construction Management. His ingenuity eventually led to the creation of Sullivan Interests, Ltd., a portfolio of companies that provides services and products to various industries. With over 20 years of experience in the construction industry, Mr. Sullivan has gained both extensive knowledge and hands on experience with the recovery process.


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Mark Stafford- Vice President of Response and Recovery Operations

Mr. Stafford has more than two decades of experience in the development and operation of environmental service companies, and has held both Chief of Operations and Director of Business Development positions with DRC. He drove the development of the present-day “stand-by” contract and advocated for its Federal acceptance, and helped shape key policies related to FEMA funding and reimbursement disputes that affect communities nationwide. Mr. Stafford’s vision for DRC is to continue the construction of the most diverse, customer-focused and trusted civil construction company in the industry.

 


Kristy Fuentes- Vice President/Secretary, Chief Executive Compliance Officer

Ms. Fuentes is the Vice President of Administration and Compliance for DRC Emergency Services, LLC (DRC ES). She was appointed as the DRC ES Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer (“CECO”), effective October 13, 2014. Previously Ms. Fuentes was Director of Business Development, leading the marketing, sales and communications functions at DRC ES. She combines her depth of industry experience, people skills, management background and marketing talents to provide superior service to DRC ES employees and clients. Since joining DRC ES in 2005, Ms. Fuentes has provided assistance to DRC ES’ clients in planning, program management, disaster response, demolition contracting, and regulatory compliance.


REGIONAL MANAGERS

Ben Bankston

Mr. Bankston is Regional Manager for Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. After nearly a decade in the disaster recovery business Ben joined DRC bringing his vast experience in the coordination of debris removal projects for Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, Isaac and Sandy; tornado debris removal projects in four states; and ice storm debris removal projects in Kentucky, Arkansas, Connecticut, and Oklahoma. He is also well-versed in coordinating pre-event planning and possesses significant experience in demolition and hazardous waste.

Tony Swain

Mr. Swain is Regional Manager for North and South Carolina who joined DRC after 3 years as a Project Manager for Cahaba Disaster Recovery. During that time he oversaw the demolition of hundreds of houses in Orleans Parish, LA., along with debris removal projects in Missouri and New York. Previously he was a Senior Project Manager and Procurement and Contracts Administrator for an emergency services company in Florida.

Steve crawford

Mr. Crawford comes to DRC with 25 years of operational and sales experience in the waste and recycling industry.  Mr. Crawford is a Florida resident and has been in the state since 1990. He previously worked in the Organics Recycling and Compost industry in Florida, where he was responsible for operations, project management, as well as sales/marketing of compost and mulch products. Additionally, he was previously responsible for municipal and federal contracting, opera  tions management, disposal management, transportation, logistics and commodity marketing. Mr. Crawford is a Board of Director Member and  Chairman of the Sponsorship Committee for Recycle Florida Today, a nonprofit organization dedicated to recycling education and improvements throughout the state of Florida.

Clif Kennedy

As a former Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, Mr. Kennedy was responsible for the training and combat readiness of hundreds of Marines and led expeditionary combat operations around the world.  His leadership and experience conducting operations in extreme situations give him a unique perspective in the disaster response business.  Additionally, his management background in a commercial real estate development and an international non-profit have broadened his capabilities in effective leadership.  As a Regional Manager, Mr. Kennedy is responsible for maintaining business relationships and providing hands-on participation and incident command in response and recovery operations. Upon joining the DRC team, Mr. Kennedy was immediately activated in response to Hurricane Harvey and worked closely with the City of Houston and Harris County. Mr. Kennedy also worked with the Texas General Land Office restoring 125 miles of Texas coastline after Hurricane Harvey. During this project he coordinated with 8 different federal, state, and county agencies and completed the project on time while navigating numerous unexpected contingencies. Mr. Kennedy has a B.A. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. He is a Texas resident and has resided in Houston since 2010 with his Wife, Kat, and their four children.

Jay Gunter, Regional Manager    

Mr. Gunter comes to DRC with 35 years in the solid waste business. Jay started throwing trash on the back of a garbage truck in 1983 and has operated every type of waste and/or hauling truck imaginable. He rose through the ranks at BFI becoming a Sales Rep and President’s Club member in 1989; in 1990 as an Operations Manager he became a member of Chairman’s Club. During his long career in the waste industry, Jay has held almost every position. He was landfill and transfer station certified through the Solid Waste Association of North America. He was also certified as HAZWOPER through the University of South Florida and has served as an incident commander through several hazardous waste events. As a previous Solid Waste Superintendent with Lake County, Florida, Jay has been through the 200, 300 and 400 series for Municipal emergency management and understands that side of a disastrous event as well. His disaster experience includes coordination or clean up after Hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, Alberto and Mitch as well as many other flood and tornado events.


EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT KEY PERSONNEL

Lisa Garcia- Contracts Manager

Ms. Garcia has overseen DRC’s contracts since 2010, maintaining contractual records and documentation, such as receipt and control of all contract correspondence. She’s also responsible for applying, renewing and activating general contractor licenses nationwide, and other authorizations and pre-qualifications. Prior to joining DRC, Ms. Garcia provided administrative assistance for emergency response projects involving FEMA protocol.

Marc Watkins- VP of Estimating

Mr. Watkins brings over 20 years of construction and management experience, first as the owner of his own construction company, and then as a Project Manager and Logistics Manager for DRC in 2010. He was instrumental in DRC’s response to the BP Oil Spill, and soon became DRC’s Quality Control System Manager, ensuring that specifications were followed, and work proceeded on schedule and within budget. He now serves as Lead Estimator and Vice President of Estimating.

Joe Newman- Program Manager

With more than 12 years of experience in overseeing large-scale construction and disaster-related debris management projects, Mr. Newman has managed teams over multiple disasters including Hurricanes Isabel, Dennis, Katrina and Ike.

In 2008, Mr. Newman responded to the devastation in Galveston following Hurricane Ike and as a Program Manager, he oversaw the collection, processing and recycling/disposal of over 1 million cubic yards of debris. He has been involved in projects in various capacities, including heavy equipment operation, planning and coordination of construction process, securing permits and licenses, delivery of materials and equipment, FEMA compliance, coordinating and operating with municipality officials, and estimating for contracts.

In May of 2015, Mr. Newman responded to the historic floods meeting the needs of Texas Department of Transportation and the Houston Solid Waste Department. He was tasked with tracking all debris operations.

Certifications: Hazwoper