Greenhill Engineering Consultants, Inc.
When Curtis O’Daniel and Colby Hilyer started Greenhill Engineering Consultants in 2011, they knew that building personal relationships with customers was going to be important to their business. They were right. “Most of our growth has been due to word-of-mouth advertising,” says O’Daniel, president and co-owner.
The company started with just the two of them and now, three years later, they have four employees. Greenhill Engineering Consultants (GEC) takes pride in its ability to complete projects with set constraints, on time and within budget.
The firm provides municipal, commercial and industrial consulting civil engineering services, planning, studies and reports. It assists clients in both the public and private sectors, and can provide services from preliminary studies through construction management. GEC’s staff has an in-depth familiarity with both development and capital improvement projects and the requirements of its clients.
Typical projects for GEC include municipal water and wastewater treatment plants, storage tanks and pumping facilities; natural gas supply and distribution; commercial construction and construction management; comprehensive regional, city and county-wide planning; project feasibility studies; and much more.
WinSouth Credit Union was one of GEC’s first customers. When a deadly tornado destroyed parts of Dekalb County, Alabama, in April 2011, WinSouth’s Rainsville branch was leveled. GEC was chosen to head up the designbuild team to rebuild the branch. Today, the rebuilt branch features 2,500 square feet of office space, three drivethrough lanes and state-of-the-art security measures.
O’Daniel’s and Hilyer’s relationships with WinSouth began before they started their company, however. “Curt and I both had our personal accounts at WinSouth when we started the business,” says Hilyer, vice president and coowner. “We were so pleased with the service we got from WinSouth that we wanted to have our business accounts there, too.” GEC has checking, savings, credit card, auto loan and investment accounts at WinSouth.
“WinSouth is like banking used to be—they know your name,” notes O’Daniel. “If you need financial help, you’re not going to be referred to a toll-free phone number. You can talk to a real person, right there. We like the personal service.”