JD Harris serves as Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities include the oversight of all operations across the Plainfield, IN, Mt. Sterling, KY and Concord, NC offices and the five operating divisions. JD and his wife, Dee, founded JDH Contracting, Inc in 1995.
Though JDH has grown exponentially since its founding, now with more than 200 employees, JD still invests personally in each and every employee, taking a personal interest in their professional and personal development. JD formed JDH to not only provide excavation services to the growing cellular tower industry, but also general excavation services including water and sewer installation, erosion control, and general grading. Realizing the need for a full-service construction provider, he quickly positioned the organization to provide a full range of tower erection, modification, and decommissioning services. He also led JDH’s entry into the fiber optic construction field, including a full range of splicing, mapping, engineering, and placement services. An entrepreneur at heart, JD again expanded the JDH portfolio in 2014 by adding vertical drilling to the already expansive menu of services. This has allowed JDH to partner with a growing number of electric power, civil, and commercial construction entities. JD’s vision has produced an extremely successful and well respected business operation.
Chief of Staff
Jim Mehring serves as Chief of Staff. His responsibilities include the creation and implementation of new policies and procedures, executive consultation, business development, and executive level employee recruitment. Jim joined JDH in 2015.
Previously, he worked as Vice President of Ohio and Kentucky Gas Operations for Duke Energy, where he had oversight of natural gas transmission and distribution operations, gas engineering, gas transportation, gas customer accounts and projects, and performance and compliance management. Jim’s 37-year career with PSI Energy, Cinergy, and Duke Energy includes several assignments in field work, safety and training, electric distribution control center coordination, and field management. Jim began his career as a lineman apprentice with PSI Energy in January 1977. He held numerous management positions in the field operations organization directing line construction and maintenance, substation construction and maintenance, electrical system operations, safety, engineering, and now natural gas operations.
Chief Operating Officer
Scott Sontag serves as Chief Operating Officer. His responsibilities include oversight of all company construction activities. With a hands -on management style and an extreme attention to detail, Scott ensures that all projects are progressing according to schedule and within budget and corporate regulations. He joined JDH in 1999.
Previously, Scott worked with a large regional grocery chain where, due to his attention to detail, he quickly rose through the ranks to become a specialist in audit and inventory control for the company’s retail stores and warehousing. This 10 year experience, primarily as an inventory control manager, created situations where details, controls, and problem solving were everyday occurrences. Scott was also responsible for implementing the roll out of a new, real-time inventory control system in the company warehouses.
Vice President, Fiber Division
Dave Tesmer serves as Vice President, Fiber Division. His responsibilities include complete oversight of all fiber division operations, including budgeting, personnel management, project bidding, divisional profit/loss and technical consultation. The division is capable of performing design, engineering, mapping, splicing, directional boring, underground and aerial construction. Dave joined JDH in 2001.
Dave has a rich background in all facets of fiber-optic construction. Prior to working with JDH, Dave held the role of Vice President of Cruz-Cell, Inc., and a telecommunication firm specializing in fiber-optic construction. Prior to honing his managerial acumen, Dave worked as a Splicer for Indiana Bell for 6 years. Dave is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where he specialized in the engineering and installation of fiber optic and telephone systems.
Scott Rogers currently serves as Vice President for JDH Contracting, Inc. (JDH). Scott is responsible for all operations of the JDH Kentucky office including the vertical drilling segment. Additionally, Scott serves the entire enterprise as a business consultant, safety adviser, and mentor. Scott brings over 24 years of experience in a wide variety of industries including telecommunications, general construction, underground utility construction, pipeline and tower. He has held several management positions ranging from Construction Manager to his current role of Vice President. Scott has a proven track record of exponentially and safely growing both business and operational units.