Our Management team has a combined construction experience resume of over 60 years in all aspects of demolition,  clearing, grubbing, erosion control, site utilities, road building, vertical construction, environmental remediation, etc.  Our projects have included private, public, municipal, law enforcement, and government owned sites.


David K. Hayner


Mr. Hayner is a 3rd generation construction management professional.  Dave Hayner has been a Licensed Contractor in the State of Tennessee for over 12 years.  Dave attended Montana State University majoring in Civil Engineering / Construction Engineering Technology and Santa Ana College completing the Utility Sciences Program.  Dave assisted his father at Hayner Construction Co. for 5. Dave also worked for El Toro Water District for two years. In 1992, Dave moved to Tennessee to become the General Manager for Carlton Homes for 9 years and then served as the Director of Operations for Saddlebrook, Inc. for 5 years before prior to joining a civil construction firm in 2006 for 2 years.  Dave started his own civil construction company in 2008; Veterans Contracting Solutions Group, LLC, which specializes in Construction, grading, demolition, site remediation and utility installation.

Dave has overseen over 250 projects from concept to completion.  Mr. Hayner has managed over 100 employees at a given time.  Dave is a Desert Storm War Veteran with over 12 years of service in the U.S. Army Reserves. Mr. Hayner’s Military Occupational Specialty was that of Water / Petroleum Distribution utilizing pump stations, pipelines etc. Mr. Hayner has attended several military schools in his field of expertise. Dave’s military experience was directly related to his civilian work life.

The types of projects Dave Hayner has completed include but are not limited to; construction management of over 1500 residential and multi-family structures, oversight of over 30 residential, commercial and multi-family land development projects, site planning, architectural and engineering coordination, management of estimating, budgets, subcontracting, bank draw / proposals, etc.  Mr. Hayner has completed numerous continuing education courses on Safety, OSHA, Building Codes, Contractor’s Licensing, Scheduling Software, Management, Erosion Control, etc.  Mr. Hayner successfully obtained his State of California Water, Wastewater and Water Distribution Licenses.

Mr. Hayner has consulted on numerous commercial, land development, residential and utility projects.

Dave is very active in the Boy Scouts of America as an Assistant Scout Master.  Dave has also coached numerous youth sports teams and has taught several different age groups of Sunday School. 

Dave has a passion for Veteran’s issues and employs many veterans and spouses of veterans. He is also the vice president and co-founder of the Tennessee Veterans Business Association.


Tom Howard

General Manager

Tom, a native of Knoxville, has over 20 years of management experience, the last 12 in construction, site preparation and utilities.   After earning an Applied Science degree and an Airframe and Powerplant license from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Tom was employed by Standard Aero in Maryville, TN.   During his ten years there, he worked his way up from technician to manager of a shop consisting of 15 men and two shifts.   His responsibilities   included quality control, productivity, procurement and scheduling.

Tom then joined a local excavating company and spent three years as general manager responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, procurement, human resources, payroll logistics, invoicing, taxes, OSHA compliance, TN One Call compliance, materials and customer service and project management.

As co-owner of H & H Excavating, Tom again filled the role of general manager and Project Manager. Tom continues his duties as GM and Senior PM at VCSG.

In addition to Tom's degree in Applied Science, he has completed courses in general business at Pellissippi State, construction law, received his TDEC Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control Certification, HAZWOPER 40 certification and his Virginia Erosion and Sediment Control Responsible Land Certification.


Mike Gillis

Project Manager

Mike is a motivated professional with a diverse background and 20 years of experience managing office functions, project field superintendent, facilities operations management, vertical construction management, civil construction management, private sector clients, and enhancing productivity in multiple business environments. He brings a dedicated work ethic supported, strong organizational skills, and the ability to manage all aspects of the job. Mike's specialty is in commercial and residential construction.


Ken Brown

Project Manager

Ken has worked in the Oak Ridge Plants since 1982.  Prior to that he worked for Flour-Daniel at many locations in the southeast.  Ken came to work at the Y-12 Plant with a subcontractor to Rust Engineering and later went to work with Rust Engineering as an Area Superintendent.  Ken rolled over to MK Ferguson in 1990 when the contract changed.  Ken started as a Superintendent and ended up as a Project Manager.  Ken left MK-Ferguson in 2000 to join Safety and Ecology Corporation where he served as both a Project Manager and Construction Manager.  Since 2011 Ken has worked for Correct Construction as the B/D Manager and GEM Technologies as the Construction Manager.  Currently Ken is a Project Manager for VCSG.      

Ken has been trained for hazardous materials remediation and radiation work.  


Micheal Nellessen

Project Manager

Michael is an ambitious business professional that has a diversified background in construction and facility management. He has a strong dedication to service, work ethic and business acumen. Michael has over 10 years experience in construction management with projects up to $30m multi-family developments. He has also managed many commercial projects including many Dollar General stores and multi-million dollar hotel renovations. He has been recognized as a site safety leader and has a long record in bring projects in on time and on budget.


Jeff Patterson

 Site Work Superintendent

Jeff is from Pennsylvania and has been in construction for over 18 years.

He was employed by a private contractor where he managed a crew that did everything from grading of small home sites to complete site preparation and utilities for large commercial sites. Jeff was responsible for overseeing daily operations, coordinating contracts, ordering supplies, reading blue prints, ensuring the project was running smoothly and efficiently at all times with regular inspections, enforcing strict guidelines to maintain a safe working environment for all employees while ensuring a timely completion of each job through construction planning and scheduling.

He has also received his NC City Utilities license and class A CDL and his HAZWOPER 40 certification.