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Bill oversees the business operations for Ajax and also serves as Project Executive for many of our projects.
He has been with the Company for the past 20 years and has more than 25 years of experience in the construction management, design/build and general contracting fields. His project portfolio exceeds $1 billion.
A graduate of the University of Florida’s Rinker School of Building Construction, Bill holds a General Contractors License in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina. He has served as President of the North Florida Association of Builders and Contractors.
Jay is responsible for the overall management, safety and leadership of the Ajax team consisting of more than 125 men and women. He also serves as the project executive on many projects and leads the team on business development throughout the Southeast.
As the grandson of Ajax founder “Block” Smith, Jay literally grew up in the business. He started as a laborer working in the field then interned while earning his Bachelors degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Upon graduation, he served as project engineer, then Director of Business Development before being named Vice President.
While he has been involved with more than 200 construction projects, Jay is most proud that the Ajax team has maintained a unique family-like atmosphere.
Brian Desotell has over 20 years of professional experience, including 15 years of management experience in operations and finance. In 2016, Brian joined the business as Ajax’s Chief Financial Officer. His responsibilities include planning, supervising, and monitoring the entire Ajax fiscal operation. Brian is a graduate of Florida State University with a Master’s in Business Administration, and also holds a Certified Public Accountant license in Florida.
Brian directs business plans, budgeting, policymaking, revenue generation, and personnel policies. He establishes, reviews and updates all internal accounting procedures, advises the Board of Directors on corporate growth and investment portfolio, monitors and plans for all bonding limits and activities, establishes accounting procedures for each jobsite, and reviews and disseminates new accounting pronouncements and ensures communication with clients and staff. Brian also manages all corporate administrative functions, including systems analysis and purchases, budget analysis for various departments, and equipment purchases.
Derek has established himself as a leader and sees his strengths in design review, estimating, value engineering, cost analysis, schedule maintenance, quality control, negotiation, submittals, pay requests and change orders.
He oversees for all project operation and activities, including estimating and project management. Derek also is responsible complete project management from pre-bid through punch-list completion.
Derek is a graduate of Auburn University with a degree in Building Construction Technology and has been with Ajax since 1994.
Joe began his career in construction during junior high school helping his dad in his general contractor business. Upon completion from high school, Joe worked as a journeyman carpenter and has since tallied over 45 years of experience in the construction industry, including more than 30 years with Ajax.
Joe’s experience ranges from renovations to new construction of facilities for various state, county and private organizations. He is responsible for continued supervision of the project, including schedule, subcontractor supervision, procurement activities, quality, and safety. He oversees the Project Superintendent and ensures that the project schedule and quality objectives are being maintained.