As a tight-knit team, we establish a plan on how to best unite all the pieces for a final build that exceeds expectations. Find out more about these dedicated people who care about every facet of their work.
Kathy Phillips – President
Kathy Phillips is responsible for managing the overall administrative and business functions of Phillips Hardy Inc. An original founder with her husband Wyatt, Kathy has a deep commitment to this family-owned business and to the progression of the industry. She has been instrumental in establishing appropriate process for the company, ranging from implementing effective personnel to making key financial management decisions.
Wyatt Phillips – Vice President, Operations
Wyatt Phillips grew up running earth-moving equipment with his dad and was in the farming industry for many years. He and Kathy formed Phillips Grading and Construction and are proud to have seen their family business grow substantially; what started as building drainage ditches for farmers in Mid-Missouri is now an organization with a multi-state reach. Devoted to his profession, Wyatt has directed the evolution of the company using his experience and knowledge, while overseeing all aspects of in-progress jobs. Through the years, he has focused on building a team that is trustworthy and of strong character.
Lee Hardy – Vice President, Construction
Lee Hardy began his 25-year career in the construction industry serving 13 years as Vice President at Hardy’s Construction, Inc. and was the fourth-generation to work within the family-owned general contracting business, which employed more than 100 people. Hardy’s Inc originated from Hardy & Son in 1950 with the purchase of its first Caterpillar, performing custom work for agriculture, then evolving into farm-to-market work and finally to highway/transportation and local municipality projects. In 2001, Hardy’s Construction, Inc. underwent a merger acquisition with Emery Sapp & Sons, Inc., and Lee remained on board supporting the Estimating and Project Management divisions as Manager and Consultant. In 2007, Lee became part owner and Vice President of Construction for Phillips Hardy Inc. In his current role, he ensures that the company is continually innovating and using current best practices. He manages client relationships, with a focus on maintaining high standards of customer satisfaction. Lee also completes marketplace evaluations and oversees the equipment fleet.
Denise Day – Controller
Denise Day has been a member of the Phillips Hardy Inc., team since 2005. She oversees multiple departments within the company, including Account Payable, Receivables, and Human Resources. Denise also serves as the company’s EEO Officer. A certified public accountant, she has held various accounting and management positions throughout her career including at Williams-Keepers and Mid-Missouri Telephone Company. She earned her bachelors of science in accountancy from the University of Missouri and is a member of the Missouri Society of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs.
James Comerford – Project Manager/Estimator
James Comerford has a broad, 30-year background in the heavy highway construction industry with strengths in organizing and overseeing complex, large and technical jobs. His focus has been on estimating and managing bridges, sheet piling and cofferdam projects, but his work experience includes design build projects and major bridgework. An industry veteran, he has worked at APAC Kansas, John Massman Contracting, Co and Ideker Inc. He has a bachelor of art in physics from Baldwin-Wallace College and a bachelor of science in Civil Engineering from Washington University.
Jason Stastny – Project Manager
Jason Stastny came to Phillips Hardy Inc. with 20 years of construction industry knowledge and skills, having previously held the roles of Operations Manager, Area Manager of DOT Roadway Construction, and Superintendent/Foreman for Oldcastle Materials/APAC Missouri, Inc. Jason has extensive experience managing multi-million dollar projects in multiple states and across varying domains of heavy civil engineering. He holds various professional affiliations and certifications and his work has been recognized with numerous MAPA and NAPA Quality in Construction Awards throughout his career.
Phillip Raines – Project Manager/Estimator
Phillip Raines brings over 20 years of experience in highway construction to the Phillips Hardy team with a track record of achieving exceptional results in both the estimating and project management areas of DOT highway construction. Phil began his career with the Missouri Department of Transportation, working initially as an Inspector and then a Resident Engineer. Following which, he made the transition to the contractor-side of highway construction, working for APAC-Missouri and then Pace Construction Co. in estimating and project management capacities. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Missouri and has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri.
Matt Bainbridge – Safety Manager
Matt Bainbridge joined the Phillips Hardy team with over 20 years of experience in the heavy civil construction industry, beginning as an equipment operator for the Operating Engineers Local 101 in Kansas City, Missouri. In recent years, his focus turned to promoting a safe work environment through a previous position as a Safety Instructor with the Local 101 Apprenticeship Site. He holds many certifications with OHSA, IUOE National Training Fund, and National HAZMAT Program. He attended the University of Central Missouri and his coursework concentrated on Occupational Safety and Health.