Charles Hilliard has been a part of the Meco family since April 2017, and he works as our Commercial Sales Representative at our Augusta branch. The family environment at Meco is what hooked him in after he found a job opening for us at indeed.com. He describes Meco as a company that sticks to our core values of honesty, integrity and trust. Some of his favorite projects at Meco have been at Martin Marietta, a leading supplier of construction aggregates and heavy building materials, and SRS, the Savannah River Site which is a nuclear reservation in South Carolina.
When outside the office, Charles loves spending time with his wife, Kandice, and their seven kids – and yes, he did seven! They love having a big family, and he enjoys fishing and hunting, often bringing some of his kids along too. Football is his favorite sport, and he loves both watching it and coaching it too! Making memories with his family and loved ones follows his life motto of “living the dream”.
Charles is ambitious and hard-working as well as honest and loyal. His “can do” attitude is a great model for the values that Meco as a company holds. He’s got a good sense of humor, but he also knows when to be serious and to get work done. He has made great relationships with our customers, and always seeks to do the best he can to serve them well, because after all, “service makes the difference”. We are so thankful to have Charles in our Meco family, and we look forward to seeing him to continue to grow in our company for many years to come!
This summer Ken joined the Meco family as our Service Coordinator for the Augusta Branch. As a Service Coordinator, he can excel using business knowledge and past experiences from other jobs to grow within the company. Before he worked at Meco, he spent four years working for NHRA as a Top Fuel Drag Racing Team Member. Despite the challenge of learning all the different services we offer and each technician’s niche field, he enjoys the family-oriented work environment, the stability of the job, and the people he gets to work with daily. Ken loves having many opportunities to grow personally and professionally.
At home, Ken loves spending time with his wife, kids and grandkids. His favorite hobby of all time is Racing, but he also loves working with his hands building and designing cars and trucks. Some of his other hobbies include music and shooting – he is an expert marksman! If he could have his ultimate dream job, he’d be a Pro Racer.
Ken is loyal, trustworthy and determined – he is always willing to help and serve in any way he can, making him a great team player! He really connects well with people and has an easy-going nature; which you can see in the relationships he has started building with our customers. We are so thankful that he joined the Meco family, and we look forward to watching him grow at Meco!
Heidi has been with Meco since 2015 as our Accounting and Office Manager. Her time at Meco has helped her refine her accounting and leadership skills. Before her time at Meco, she worked doing glass etching, sign design, production and photography for catalogs as well as web design. She joined the Meco family after finding an online ad during a temp job gone bad, and she hasn’t looked back since! Her favorite things about Meco are the people she works with, the work she does, and the family atmosphere of the Meco team. Her favorite project that she has undertaken at Meco is our inventory management and accounting system, APTORA. This project has equipped her with the skill set to assist anyone in the office with APTORA assistance – she’s our APTORA wizard for sure!
At home, Heidi loves to spend time with her family. She has married to her husband, Tim, for 11 years, and together, they have a 21-yr. old step-son, Chris, a 10-yr. old daughter, Annika, a Terrier/Lab mix, Charla, a Jack Russell/Fiest puppy, Possum, and a Calico cat, Gypsy. Tim and Heidi always seem to be going and doing. Together, they enjoy remolding houses and starting new projects on their own. As a family, they love to go to baseball games, go to Six Flags, grilling out, watching movies, and playing pool. Heidi also loves crafting, baking, organizing, and photography. In fact, if she hadn’t ended up in accounting, you may have booked her for a photography shoot! Heidi and her family also enjoy taking cruises and traveling. Some of her favorite trips that she has taken are California with her parents, Oregon with her friends, hiking the Rio Grande, Niagara Falls with her grandparents, Cozumel with all her cousins, and Disney with her husband and kids.
Heidi is smart, kind and willing to help wherever help is needed. She is a team player and a valuable part of our Meco family. She is excited for Meco’s future and hopes to have more opportunities to lead in the accounting department across multiple branches. Her positive attitude, leadership, and desire to serve others, is an example of the values that we hold dear at Meco. We are so thankful for you, Heidi, and for all you do! We cannot wait to see how you continue to grow in Meco for many years to come!
Scott is our outside Retail Sales Representative at Meco, and he has been with the company since January 2002 – 18 years! Scott worked for SRS prior to joining Meco where he was able to go into a nuclear storage vault, and he was later introduced to Meco through a friend and former employee at the company. His favorite thing about joining the Meco family was the small family-like environment and the opportunities for growth. Through working at Meco, he has gained more confidence and knowledge about the products we carry while being able to build meaningful relationships with our customers. His favorite project to date has been Sprint Foods #701 and enjoyed seeing that project through from start to finish.
While not at the office or out at job sites with customers, Scott enjoys spending time with his wife and family – which includes 10 grandchildren and a few puppies! He loves seeing them grow up and making memories together. He also enjoys golfing, boating, and kicking back to watch classics like The Andy Griffith Show. He also enjoys traveling occasionally and one of his favorite trips was to Barcelona, Spain, and he hopes to travel more after retirement.
Scott is fun-loving and loyal, and he is wonderful at building genuine relationships with people that he meets. He sees success as having done his very best no matter what the circumstances. Over the many years with Meco, he has made close knit relationships with customers and with his Meco family that will carry on through retirement. If he could have another job outside of Meco before retiring, you could find him coaching football at either UGA or Tennessee – and we know he’d have a blast doing it. We are so thankful for the many years he has worked diligently at our company and really made a positive impact. He hopes to be semi-retired in the next five years, but until then, we are so thankful that he is part of the Meco family!
Brad was introduced to Meco when he met his wife and her parents during their junior year at Auburn University. Brad is the son-in-law to the company’s previous owner, Jeff Futrelle. He and Franklin Futrelle, Jeff’s son, took over the business in December of 2017. Brad is the CEO at Meco as well as our current Sales Manager. He came into Meco having a general knowledge about petroleum equipment since he was a manufactures rep that sold product to Meco and our competitors prior to taking over the company – something that was never actually an idea or plan until it was discussed four weeks prior to moving to Augusta! During his time at Meco, he has learned so much about installation and service, construction, leadership, continuing to build a family atmosphere within the company, as well as had personal and professional growth. Leading Meco has allowed him to live out his dreams of one day owning a company and becoming an impactful leader. Before his time at Meco, Brad has worked some interesting and unusual jobs – one of which was selling yellow page advertising in a call center when apps and internet advertising were really taking off. This was a difficult task since no one was buying or using yellow page ads anymore; however, it taught him a lot about what he didn’t want to do as well as how to overcome difficult situations with new people. Some other interesting jobs include managing and bartending at the well-known Skybar and working as a regional manager for Red Bull.
At home, Brad enjoys spending time with his family, watching college football and tailgating, going to the lake, fishing, camping, and four-wheeling. Brad is married to his wife, Elizabeth, and they have three kids, Jackson, Madison, and Hartley, who arrived this September of last year! He and his family also love to travel, and they recently took all the kids to Disney World. One day, he’d love to travel to New Zealand or Alaska. One of his favorite things is to spend time with his wife and family making new memories as well as sharing memories from his childhood with his own kids.
Brad is dependable, honest, hardworking, and genuine. He cares about his employees as well as our customers, and he is always seeking to lead and serve better. He believes that success is knowing you have made a difference in your own family and the people around you, having the attitude to put forth your very best effort for your family and peers, working hard towards a goal, and trusting in the Lord to provide. His love for what we do at Meco as a specialized industry, the small family business atmosphere, and his love for all the employees, shows in how he leads. He has enjoyed having opportunities to grow in leadership as well as design projects from the ground up, and he hopes to lead Meco for many years to come. We are so thankful for his leadership and the many hats he wears at Meco to make our team the very best we can be!
John Thomas joined the Meco family in April 2011 as a Service Technician for the Greenville branch. Before he was at Meco, he worked in Production and Audio as a Video Technician where he was able to make sets, staging and productions. It was also a blast to play around with extremely powerful lasers! Being a part of the Meco family has given John more opportunities to learn technical and social abilities, as well as a work environment that has always been understanding and has had his back through many personal life events.
When John is not on the job at various sites, he loves spending time with his kids and working out at the gym. In his free time, he also enjoys taking on challenges by learning more about computers and computer applications as well as Astronomy. He also enjoys many different types of music and is a big fan of Star Trek the Next Generation. The three things that make him the happiest in life are his kids, having security, and his freedom.
John is serious, hard-working and caring which shows in how he serves all our customers without complaint no matter how challenging the task or situation. He takes everything in stride and always puts his best efforts forward with every job he does. Although he is not sure what the next five years look like, we hope that he will always be a part of our Meco family. We are so thankful for him and hope to see him grow and continue to have a great impact here at Meco!
Roger Carpenter has been in sales and management for 25 years but joined the Meco family in August 2015. Before his time at Meco, he worked at Pinnacle Propane and had the skill sets that made him a great fit for the Meco team. Roger works as a Sales Representative at our Greenville Branch, and he enjoys working at a company that shares the same values as himself. The most challenging part of his work is adjusting to change, but he is always eager to learn and grow in this ever-changing industry. He loves that the company has a great work-life balance and cares about not only their employees but also about the families that are a part of the Meco team.
At home, Roger enjoys spending time with his wife of 25 years and their dogs. They have three kids, and their whole family loves sports, and one of Roger’s favorite sports being volleyball. He also enjoys cooking and boating, and if he won the lottery, he would love to build their dream home on a lake and own their own boat. He also enjoys movies and Rock music – especially Bon Jovi (and we agree that he has pretty good taste). If he could try any other job for just a day, he would love to be the head football coach at Clemson University, especially in a game against Alabama.
Roger is honest, reliable, and caring with a good sense of humor. He is great at building close knit relationships with those that he works with as well as new and old customers alike. He works very hard to do the best he possibly can and remains committed to our core values. He is a team player, believing that we are a team – together everyone achieves more. Through his time at Meco, Roger has enjoyed getting to work on different projects and learning so much along the way. He hopes to continue to grow in his career at Meco and hopes to eventually become a sales manager or branch manager one day. We look forward to all the future holds for Roger at Meco, and we are so thankful to have him on our team!
Chris became part of the Meco family in June 2018 as a Key Account Sales Representative. He works directly with Scott in our Retail Sales department and has grown in his knowledge and skills tremendously in a short amount of time. He came into Meco knowing very little about the Petroleum Industry but is now quoting jobs and ordering parts and equipment to complete ground up projects. The thing he loves the most about Meco is the family-like atmosphere and the support given to all employees. We are all working towards the same goal, and the unity here at Meco is what keeps us moving forward.
When not at the office, Chris loves spending time with his wife, Erin, their two kids, Colton and Ensley, and their dog, Benny. He also enjoys golfing, baseball, hunting, working out and grilling. His favorite teams are the Atlanta Braves and the South Carolina Gamecocks, and if he could have a different job for just a day, he’d love to be a professional baseball pitcher. He also enjoys country music and watching Forensic Files with his wife. He loves Mexican and Indian food, and his favorite book is the Bible. Among other his other interests and hobbies, he loves to travel. If he won the lottery, going on fancy vacations with his family would be first on his to-do list.
Chris is trustworthy, outgoing, and loyal; he is great at building relationships with our customers and always seeks ways to better serve them. He is constantly seeking to grow and become better each day – a trait about him that we really admire and value. Chris would eventually love to become the Sales Manager at Meco, helping the company expand and grow further. We are so thankful for all that Chris does here at Meco, and we are so excited to continue to see him grow within the Meco family!
Dan is our Regional Manager at Meco’s Greenville Branch and has been with Meco since December 2005 – 13 years! Before working at Meco, Dan worked as a Mobile Lube Mechanic, and he found Meco while seeking employment in Greenville, SC. He loves the family-oriented atmosphere, the rewarding work and seeing hard work pay off. Being able to contribute to the organization and a sense of accomplishment are some of the best things he has gained from being part of the Meco family. His favorite project to date was our Rite Aide Distribution Facility project, and it was great to see that project from start to completion.
At home, Dan loves spending time with his wife and watching football. He enjoys cooking and grilling and can make one mean margarita! He also enjoys reading and has read over 100 novels by James Patterson. In his free time, he enjoys gardening and working on cars, and if he won the lottery, he’d not only buy a bigger house, but would also purchase a faster car – one that he could work on and customize too! He and his wife have a daughter who lives in Arizona and is studying for her master’s degree and an American White Shepard rescue. They enjoy taking trips in their camper and watching Crime shows, like NCIS. One of his favorite memories was flying to Florida at 7 years old, and if Dan could have a different career for a day, he would be an airline pilot!
Dan is hardworking, honest and dedicated to getting the job done and doing it well. He is great at connecting with customers and seeks for ways to better serve our customers out in South and North Carolina. Working at Meco has given him the ability to work hard and fulfill short term and long-term growth results, as well as provided him with great leadership opportunities. His wish is to continue growing our Greenville branch as well as see Meco open other branches. His hard work and dedication to see the company continue to thrive and grow, make him a valuable member to our Meco family, and we are so thankful for him!
Deana Skeen joined the Meco family in February of 2018 initially as a temp. She was hired on full time shortly after and works as Admin Assistant and head of Marketing. Coming into Meco with no background knowledge of the petroleum industry, she had lots of training to do and learned lots of information very quickly. Some of her favorite projects at the company have been helping her dad set up our website, starting up our social media accounts, and building our APTORA manual. She loves the people that she works with and the family-oriented environment at Meco.
At home, Deana loves spending time with her husband, Brett, and their two kitties, Rigby and Pumpkin. Her husband served in the United States Air Force for 6 years with one deployment during that time. They met back in high school and have been together 9 years. Together, they enjoy watching anime shows and Marvel movies, going to concerts, and being outdoors. They love any sort of adventure where they can go to new places and try new things – especially all different kinds of food! They would love to travel more and visit places like Italy, Japan, and South Korea. Her favorite vacations so far were their honeymoon in North Georgia and a family vacation to Gulf Shores, Alabama where her and her sister were able to play with baby Kangaroos. In her free time, Deana enjoys reading, bullet journaling, organizing, painting/crafting, building projects with her husband, and spending time with her close friends and family. If Deana could have any other job for just a day, her dream job would be to either be a librarian or to open her own clothing boutique. Her and her husband love their church family, where they serve on the worship team, and Deana is involved in their women’s ministry.
Deana is loyal, hardworking, and compassionate; she works towards doing the very best she can at any task she’s given. Her definition of success is seeing a job or task well done and knowing it was done to give God glory. She is excited to be a part of Meco’s growth and looks forward to seeing the company expand and have larger impact and further reach in and outside their local community. She hopes to eventually be a stay-at-home mom but still working with and for Meco – possibly leading a whole Marketing team. We are so thankful for all she does for the Meco team and look forward to continuing to see her grow within the company!