Our Team

Leadership Team

Lee Walker

Lee Walker

Partner

Lee became the fourth generation of Walkers to join the family business when in High School he began learning the trade by working summers and holidays in the field as a delivery helper and an apprentice to Journeymen.  In 1997 the family company was sold to a national roll-up group.  Later the same year Lee transitioned to a full time position as the North Mississippi Service and Maintenance Salesman while finishing his undergraduate degree in Business Management at the University of Mississippi.  After graduation Lee relocated to the Memphis office and began to estimate and project manage small to medium sized new construction and retrofit projects.  In 2001 Lee was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Project Management and promptly became the top account manager in the company.

In 2007, Lee made the decision to venture out and begin Mechanical Systems Company, LLC.  By departing from the corporate framework, Lee was able to return the focus to customer service and quality workmanship.

Chris Claude

Chris Claude

Partner

Chris’s work ethic was developed while he was studying for his undergraduate degree of a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at Iowa State University.  For four summers, Chris traveled to different parts of the country and sold educational books door-to-door learning the benefits of hard work and dedication. After graduating, Chris accepted a job with The Trane Company, an international air conditioning manufacturer, as a Sales Engineer in Memphis, TN.  Chris won several sales awards selling to customers who were mechanical contractors, mechanical engineers and facility owners.  Subsequently, Chris quickly progressed up the management ladder starting off as a Team Leader before becoming the Indirect Sales Manager and finally the General Sales Manager.  Chris is a Past President and active member of the local ASHRAE chapter.    He also was a founding member of the local USGC Chapter

Chris formalized his business education when he graduated from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University with an Executive MBA in May 2008.  Also in 2008, Chris joined the Mechanical Systems Company, as a partner, bringing his expertise in the areas of engineering and finance.  Chris is also very active in the West Tennessee ABC Chapter where he serves on the Board of Directors and is the Education Chair.  Finally, Chris became a fully licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Tennessee in the fall of 2013.

Bill Wren

Bill Wren

Partner

In 1973 Bill began a four year plumbing apprentice program and upon completion he was promoted to plumbing foreman for one of the largest commercial plumbing contractors in Memphis.  In 1986 Bill was recruited to work as a project manager and estimator by one of the oldest and most respected commercial plumbing contractors in the city.  After this company made the decision to close with the retirement of the owner, Bill joined the Mechanical Systems family as a partner and Vice President of Plumbing.   Bill brings over 40 years of knowledge of commercial plumbing, estimating and project management to the team.

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Hays Patrick

Hays Patrick

Project Manager

Hays joined Mechanical Systems in February 2016.  Hays is a licensed plumber and general contractor in the State of Tennessee and is a past International Code Council Certified (ICCC) Building Inspector and ICCC Residential Electrical Inspector.  His construction career began in 1999 where he co-owned a local plumbing company overseeing both residential and commercial plumbing projects for 6 years.  During this time he pursued his general contractor’s license and oversaw both new residential and commercial construction projects throughout the Mid-South area through 2009.  After this time, he joined the City of Millington as Chief Building Inspector through 2012.  In 2012, he joined B&B Specialty Contractors as Project Manager overseeing and directing construction projects for over three years.  Hays attended Murray State University.  He is an avid cyclist and is a YMCA-certified cycle & boot camp instructor.

Russ Phillips

Russ Phillips

Director of Business Development and Engineering

Russ joined our team in 2017 after a 15 year career with Trane.  Russ is an experienced systems engineer with significant experience in the construction industry.  His primary role at Mechanical Systems includes working directly with clients to provide creative solutions that meet the unique needs of each opportunity.  He has significant expertise working with executive-level and facility director-level decision-makers, providing cost effective capital strategies that create impactful projects without sacrificing the long term building performance.  Russ graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Missouri.  He is also a licensed Professional Engineer and has a LEED AP Accreditation.  Russ’s areas of expertise include: Design Build Construction, Building Systems Design, Project Development, Building Automation, Energy Auditing Chiller Plant Optimization, Sustainability Programming and Project Financing.

Greg Carter

Greg Carter

Project Manager

Greg is a Project Management Professional (PMP) who joined Mechanical Systems in 2011. Greg began his career in 2007 as a project manager with a different company where he learned the HVAC, sheetmetal and piping trades.  After that he made his way to Mechanical Systems where he now manages large HVAC projects. His experience, work ethic and ambition gives him a great advantage when it comes to handling multiple large projects simultaneously.  Greg is also a very good problem solver when it comes to obstacles that arise during the construction of large buildings and complex HVAC systems.  You can rest assured that Greg will deliver a project which satisfies the scope, works within the budget and meets the schedules our customers expect.  Greg loves the company and the “family business” feel it brings as everyone on the team is a tight knit group.

Dave Hall

Dave Hall

Project Manager/Estimator

Dave is a Project Manager/Estimator who joined Mechanical Systems in 2007. Dave began his career in the field and worked my way into the office where he now leads the HVAC portion of our Tenant Infill division. His combined field experience and classroom training gives him a great advantage and provides a unique perspective to solve problems which arise when remodeling existing HVAC systems. You can have confidence that Dave will deliver a project which satisfies the scope, works within the budget and meets the schedules our customers expect.

Matt Kerchoff

Matt Kerchoff

Mechanical Project Manager

Matt is a Project Manager on the HVAC side.  Matt received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Christian Brothers University.  He went to work for Walker J Walker in 2000 and worked there for 2 years before he went to work for another local company in the industrial automation field where he enjoyed 15 years of service and learned that customers come first.  However, given the opportunity to come back and work with Lee and Chris he was up for the challenge and is glad to join the Mechanical Systems Company team where every day is something new.

Billy Covington

Billy Covington

Project Manager/Estimator

Billy is a Project Manager/Estimator with over seven years of field experience in plumbing, sheet metal, and HVAC. Billy is passionate about what he does and loves to help people. Billy says “nothing is more fulfilling than being part of an organization that values its employees and being part of a team that works hard together to reach their goals.”

Jason Oattis

Jason Oattis

Plumbing Project Manager

Jason Oattis has worked in the plumbing industry for over 20yrs. Being a 4th generation plumber you could say it’s the family business. He has worked as a journeyman plumber in commercial and multifamily construction. In 2004 he moved to Portland, OR where he worked in multi-family plumbing, which consisted mostly of condominiums and apartments. In 2011 he returned with his family to his hometown of Memphis and began work as an estimator and project manager. He has worked as a plumbing project manager on multiple large projects in the city of Memphis in the last 6 years. Jason has an eye for detail and understands the need for a quick response to get the job done for our customers in today’s fast pace construction Industry.

Tori Parker

Tori Parker

Assistant Project Manager

Tori joined Mechanical Systems in July of 2017. She began her career in construction in 2011 as a project administrator for a large general contractor. There she learned the financial aspects of projects including how to stay within budget, job cost accounting, and industry billing practices. She also learned how to create and process various types of project documentation. Tori then went on to the contracting department of a large mechanical manufacturer where she continued to manage project finances and learned more about the technical aspects of HVAC and BAS projects. Tori’s background and experience, coupled with her tenacity for learning, has brought her here to take on a new role as an Assistant Project Manager.

Service/Controls

Mac Vickers

Mac Vickers

Vice President of Service

An experienced general management executive with a track record in developing strategic plans, reorganizing complex businesses and building revenues.

Skilled at managing complex business challenges, Mr. Vickers is an experienced leader with a history of creating organizational value, fostering extensive continuous improvement programs for employees and mentorship throughout his career. He recognizes issues vital to organizational success and focuses his team on overcoming all obstacles to progress. His leadership and management skills further complement his powerful negotiating skills and a talent for turning today’s problem into tomorrow’s business opportunity.

Overall, Mr. Vickers has a combination of analytical and financial skills balanced with frontline general management, finance, marketing and business development experience. This background offers the ability to accurately assess and formulate strategies for the long-term while having the talent and expertise to execute aggressive action plans to reach near & long term business goals.

His education includes a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Owen School of Business at Vanderbilt University and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree from the University of Mississippi.

Melanie Jones

Melanie Jones

Service Office Manager

Melanie has been with Mechanical Systems since February 2016.  She is excited about the opportunities presented here as part of a vibrant and growing service division.  Her goal is to exceed customer expectations by providing top notch customer service that backs up the technical expertise we offer in the field.

Melanie began her career in the HVAC service industry in 1994 with another local mechanical contractor. While simultaneously studying operations management, she was part of a rapidly growing service department which meant meeting the many daily challenges brought on by growing pains.

Although Melanie enjoyed success in the industry, she left in 2012 to pursue more time with her school aged children.  She was very pleased with her decision to return to this field and to be able to be a part of such a forward thinking and employee minded company.

Melanie has been heavily involved in the implementation of three software systems including mobile applications.  She also has experience dispatching and managing over 40 service personnel and 5 staff serving Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Memphis and Jackson areas in Tennessee.

Roy Austein

Roy Austein

Service Operations Leader

Roy started his HVAC carrier in 1988 when he went to work for the family business at Austein Mechanical. He went through 5 years of Local 614 Steam fitters union apprentice school and worked at Austein Mechanical until he got his TN State Mechanical and Plumbing license. Roy started his own HVAC Company in 1998. In 2005 he went to work for another company and became the service manager there in 2007. Roy joined Mechanical Systems in 2015 as Service Supervisor and manages all our field service operations.

Randy Miller

Randy Miller

Controls Leader

Randy joined Mechanical Systems Company in 2017. Randy entered the HVACR field in 1977 and has experience in all facets of the Industry. In 2002 he decided to concentrate on Building Automation Systems and years of experience designing, programming, and installing these systems. With his knowledge of HVACR systems Mechanical Systems Company can provide you with the Building Automation System to meet your needs.

Kelly Stafford

Kelly Stafford

Account Manager

Kelly joined our service team in January 2017. His background in the mechanical world goes back to his teenage years working on boilers with his father. After college, Kelly worked his way up from Field Hand to Management. His years of training in the industrial world brings another aspect to our service division. His team building and customer service is what sets him apart from the rest. Kelly has never met a stranger. His main focus is taking care of clients, building long term relationships, and being the liaison for Mechanical Systems in their Service Department. He brings over 15 years’ experience in the Mechanical world.

Josh Vanelli

Josh Vanelli

Commercial Building Consultant

Josh joined our sales team in October of 2016. Josh came from an extensive history of sales background ranging from door to door sales up to outside business-to-business sales. Josh is very involved in the community as well as High Point Church. Josh is also involved with Memphis Athletic Ministries and helps coach basketball and golf for different age groups. During his sales career with AT&T he was the top salesman in the Tennessee and Kentucky market. Josh leads our Linc sales and helps businesses reallocate funds to their bottom line with tying it all back to the services Mechanical Systems has to offer.

Kristina Furlong

Kristina Furlong

Service Administrator

Kristina is one of our newer members of the Mechanical Systems family. With her vast background in customer service, she had no problem fitting right in with the team. She has been in the HVAC industry for about 3 years and is very eager to further her career in our service department, assuring that any experience with our company is a pleasant one. Her people skills and positive attitude are fundamental in building infallible, lifelong relationships with our customers. Born and raised in Memphis, you can oftentimes find her at the Grindhouse, cheering on our Grizzlies for another exciting season. Fostering and rehoming dogs is another passion of hers, along with her love of all types and forms of art. Kristina looks forward to bringing her enthusiasm and problem solving skills to all areas of MSC.

Office Administrators

Emily Goodnight

Emily Goodnight

Office Manager

Emily joined Mechanical Systems in February 2013 as an Administrative Assistant and moved her way up to Controller/Office Manager a year and a half later.  She graduated in 2010 from Queens University of Charlotte with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration.  After spending a few years in Charlotte as a professional nanny she was offered the position to work at Mechanical Systems and moved back to Memphis.  Besides her controller duties she works with employees to meet all their HR needs.  Emily is a die-hard Memphis Tiger fan and enjoys bringing her baked goods to share with everyone in the office.

Jordann Andre

Jordann Andre

Administrative Assistant

Jordann Andre’ joined Mechanical Systems in April 2015 as the Administrative Assistant. Her previous experience includes several years of working part-time in customer service, which have prepared her for the tasks of a busy and exciting office environment. Wanting to work in the formality of business and start full time, she found her way to MSC. She works closely with the controller to provide personnel support, event planning and various other administrative tasks. She primarily handles payroll, invoicing, preparation and filing of reports and assisting in the day to day operation of the company. She is also the main contact for outside customers and our field technicians. One of the things she enjoys about working at MSC is the opportunity to take on new assignments. She is motivated by being assigned new projects and finding ways to improve her performance. Outside of work, Jordann can be found spending quality time with her family. She enjoys finding fun things to do on the weekends.