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Renegade Steel Buildings Team Members
The bullpen at Renegade Steel is made up of a tight-knit team of like minded individuals who not only believe in the product we are selling, but also understand the value of the customers to whom we are selling that product. At Renegade Steel, no one is merely a number or a contract. We are sincerely grateful for the alliances we build with our clients, our industry partners, and the other team members. Bringing far more to the table than a positive attitude and a wealth of integrity, Renegade Steel team members offer over 50 years combined experience in the steel building industry. Add to that a number of key members who boast solid customer service backgrounds and entrepreneurial spirits, and we believe we’ve built a really well-rounded team. We think you’ll agree!
Kevin Welch –Founder/President
As the Lead Renegade, Kevin brings almost two decade’s worth of experience in the steel building industry with solid focuses on sales and operations. He launched Renegade Steel at the beginning of 2010 and has carefully constructed an experienced and knowledgeable team of sales professionals who share a dedication to their customers and their craft. In doing so, Renegade Steel’s business tripled during the first three years of operation as it serves a diverse clientele from the beaches of Florida to the hills of California.
Professional Philosophy: “The Golden Rule still applies! My sales team and I always treat our customers the way we would want to be treated. We also do what we say we’re going to do. That’s a lost art in this day and age, but one we are committed to.”
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: “I love what I do for a living and who I do it with! I believe in the product we’re selling. I enjoy servicing my customers and building relationships. And I have a blast working with a great group of people. I’m proud of what we’ve built together and what we’re continuing to build.”
Pet Peeves: Tardiness; Disorganization; Laziness or Lack of Effort
Favorite Things: “MY GIRLS – my wife and daughters get every bit of my time when I’m not in the office. I also love vacationing with my family, and hunting or fishing on the rare occasion.”
Special Talent: Kevin has never met a problem he couldn’t solve!
Lee NeSmith –General Manager
With a quarter of a century’s worth of sales experience to his credit – nearly 20 years of those in the steel building industry – providing excellent customer service comes naturally to Lee. It’s not only what he knows – it’s what he loves and he wouldn’t want to do anything else. He was a natural choice as a founding member of the Renegade Steel team.
Professional Philosophy: “I believe the formula for success is directly related to honesty, integrity, and treating people the way they should be treated.”
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: “I really enjoy meeting and talking to new people, so I like the fact that this is a customer-focused company that finds new ways to go the extra mile. Plus, the Renegade team is more like a close-knit family than co-workers – we work very well together.”
Pet Peeves: Disorganization; Clutter – “I’m a clean freak!”
Favorite Things: “I love spending time with my family, especially my kids and grandbaby. We take a family vacation to the beach at St. Augustine together every year. I also really love snow skiing and Mexican food.”
Special Talent: “I believe that I have a unique skill for connecting with people – I really enjoy using that ability to work with our youth and college students at my church.”
John Kivett –Controller/Operations Manager
John got his first taste of leadership as Team Captain of Furman University’s football team, the Paladins. After graduating in 2006 with a degree in business administration, he entered the steel building industry and found his new niche. He takes his role as Controller and Operations Manager at Renegade Steel very seriously, and no doubt has designs on achieving the title of team MVP.
Professional Philosophy: “I am very detail-oriented – down to the penny, and am committed to always doing the right thing. I’m not afraid to tackle the small, mundane tasks that make the bigger tasks easier. With a firm grasp of my personal morals and values, I try to approach everything and everyone with honesty and integrity.”
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: “There is no tension at the office – everybody gets along and the atmosphere is great. I really appreciate how approachable Kevin is – he truly values our opinions and listens to what we have to say.”
Pet Peeve: ACCOUNTABILITY – “If you make a mistake, you make a mistake. Own up to it and be accountable. We’ll find a solution.”
Favorite Things: “My family – I love spending time with my wife and our three children. We have a good time doing just about anything, especially going to Lake Hartwell and attending Furman football games.”
Claim to Fame: John went to Furman University on a football scholarship and became an All-Conference Offensive Tackle.
Jim Carroll –Senior Sales Executive
After graduating from Florida State University with a degree in Economics (Go Noles!), Jim spent 25 years in the service industry – many of those behind the bar of some of the finest establishments in the South (picture Tom Cruise in the movie “Cocktail”). It was there that he developed a signature style in dealing with people – quickly putting them at ease with his approachable nature and laid-back attitude. Jim brings his expertise in customer service, talent for organization, and strong analytical skills to the Renegade Steel team.
Professional Philosophy: “I always give 110% to everything I do. I’m passionate about my work – sometimes overly so.”
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: “I am working with lifelong friends who share an enthusiasm for what we’re doing. We utilize several decades’ worth of combined experience from each of our industries to redefine how to do our job in the best way possible. We’re being given all the tools and making things happen.”
Pet Peeves: Dirty dishes; Empty tank of gas
Favorite Things: “My wife and our little girls. I also love rock music from the ‘80’s, the Great Outdoors, photography, and taking trips to Lake Hartwell and the beach at St. George Island.
Special Talent: Jim is a master mixologist – he can make any cocktail in the book and even concoct a few of his own special creations.
Joseph Dye –Sales Representative
While Joseph’s professional career has taken him down a few different paths in 25 years, he’s valued growing relationships and providing results. From marketing and advertising, to logistics and even full-time ministry as a church pastor…he’s always focused on people’s needs and expectations. Joseph has an entrepreneur’s heart and mind, which makes for a great project manager with Renegade’s clients who are looking for a partner who will walk with them through all the details of pricing, ordering, and delivery of a custom steel building.
Professional Philosophy: “Integrity is paramount; building trust and confidence is important; treat everyone with courtesy and respect; I don’t know everything but I probably know where to find the answer.”
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: “From the fist day I stepped foot in the office I knew this company was focused on fulfilling client expectations and making the process enjoyable for everyone involved. There’s no arrogance in this office but an air of humble confidence that Renegade offers the greatest product, price, and opportunity for a buyer to be satisfied…every time!
Pet Peeves: Bad manners; untruthfulness; when things out of my control don’t cooperate.
Favorite Things: “My wife and our family – five kids, one son-in-law, and our grandson, Holden; quiet time each day to read, pray, and focus; UGA BullDawg football and Duke BlueDevil basketball.”
Special Talent: Joseph can juggle just about anything; is famous among his friends and family for grilling (wings are his specialty); and still preaches and teaches the Gospel of Jesus Christ whenever called upon.
James Welch –Sales Representative
James has had quite a diversified career. He started out early in his professional life with 5 years in the car business where he initially learned his customer service skills. He owned his own automotive painting business for 20 years personally developing his customer base and fleet accounts with very high end European car dealers, and achieving a solid reputation in the community as simply the “best there is.” James then moved into the corporate world and spent 6 years as a highly successful area manager, overseeing retail shops in 2 states for a national company in the quick lube and automotive repair industry. Here he fine tuned his managerial skills while also honing his customer service skills. James brings to the Renegade Team a finely tuned customer service skill set, a never quit and all things are possible attitude, and a strong desire to genuinely meet and satisfy the needs of every customer.
Professional Philosophy: “I believe with a positive attitude and strong work ethic any and everything is possible. I also believe in a high moral and ethical standard; which may not bee the easiest path to take, but it’s always the correct path to travel.”
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: “Renegade Steel is a family! Some of us are related and some of us have known each other for decades, but we all interact with and respect each other as a family unit. There is competition between us, but also an immense support for each other to succeed in meeting our customer’s needs and growing our customer base. Everyone here realizes that Renegade Steel is only as great as it’s weakest member, and everyone supports each other to become better individually and as a whole. Never before have I witnessed a work environment quite like Renegade”
Pet Peeves: Tardiness, Dishonesty, and the inability to listen!
Favorite Things: “My wife and I are blessed with a beautiful daughter, inside and out! I love experiencing the world all over again through her. She is my absolute favorite fishing and hunting partner (she has bested me plenty of times), and there is no one I’d rather watch FSU football with! She has a giant heart (like her mother), a gentle soul, empathy and compassion for those less fortunate, and she is very intuitive beyond her years. I am very proud to be her Daddy!”
Special Talent: James is an avid saltwater fly fisherman who has caught everything from trout and redfish, to snook and tarpon on fly. He also knows his way around a kitchen.
Kevin Giddens–Sales Representative
Kevin brings skills learned from three decades of experience in the automotive industry to his role at Renegade. His excellent work ethics started early at the age of 14 with his first job. Hard work allowed him to transition into sales and eventually into management in automotive fleet and leasing. His outgoing personality and honesty fit right in with the customer oriented goals here at Renegade.
Professional Philosophy: "Honesty goes a long way and the value of a relationship is immeasurable."
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: Friendly group that treats each other like family.
Pet Peeves: Lying
Favorite Things: Spending time with family and camping
Hobbies: Home remodeling
Michael Nelson –Sales Representative
Michael brings valuable skills from his nearly 30 years in the printing industry. Attention to detail and dedicated customer service are just a couple of the skills needed for such a demanding industry. Michael honed his talents and became a manager for the company having worked in each department. Those skills along with his strong work ethic and morals make him a great fit here at Renegade.
Professional Philosophy: I am a man of integrity and believe in doing the right thing even when no one is looking. I will always stand by my moral and ethical convictions. "Trust is earned and kept by honesty and good communication."
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: Building relationships with new people I come in contact with daily. Even though I may never meet my customers face to face, I feel like I can connect with them. I am definitely a people person and enjoy working with a group of guys that all want to see each other succeed.
Pet Peeves: Pessimism - I am a "Glass Half Full" kind of person. There is power in positive thinking so I believe there is no problem that can't be resolved if I apply myself with the abilities I have been blessed with.
Favorite Things: My family first and foremost. I love spending time with my wife and son, usually doing what my son enjoys the most. As long as we are together is what is most important to me.
Hobbies: Hunting, Fishing, Golf, Playing Guitar and Woodworking
Jeff's career has given him a variety of experiences that he utilizes to help enhance our company and customer experience. He started his career in the graphics arts industry as a graphic artist. His electronics engineering degree allowed him to move to a service support manager position on the manufacturing side of the industry. He followed that with opening a photography studio. He eventually came to Renegade in a sales capacity for three years. His artistic and sales experience allows him to understand the needs of communicating well with our customers.
Professional Philosophy: Work hard at any job that you do regardless of what that is. Take pride in doing a good job and others will notice.
What I Like Most About Renegade Steel: I like the friendly work environment. It's almost like a small family here with everybody supporting each other all with a common goal of providing an excellent product for our customers.
Pet Peeves: Laziness
Favorite Things: Spending time with family.
Hobbies: Tennis, Golf, Painting, Photography, working on classic cars