Who We Are
Meet Our Team
In 2007, Lee became part owner of Phillips Hardy Inc. In his current role, Lee focuses on industry innovation and incorporating current best business practices into the company. He manages client relationships with the goal of customer satisfaction in mind. With an eye to the future, Lee evaluates new markets to ensure the company continues to experience industry growth and evolution.
Wyatt Phillips grew up running earth-moving equipment with his dad and was in the farming industry for many years. Phillips Grading and Construction, incorporated in 1994 by Wyatt and his wife, Kathy, originally began in 1967 as a part of a farming operation developed by Wyatt’s father. Wyatt is proud to have seen their family business grow substantially; what started as building drainage ditches for farmers in Mid-Missouri is now a diverse 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.
Lance Simons comes to Phillips Hardy with over a decade of senior financial and accounting experience. He holds both a Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Management & Accounting from Columbia College. He previously worked with a large real estate Investment firm where he moved his way up through the ranks to hold the role of Controller. While with the investment firm, he was the recipient of the 2018 Bear Award in recognition of significant contributions bringing about a positive financial impact on the company. Lance also held financial roles within both the banking and mortgage industries.
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.
Andrew Killen graduated from the University of Missouri in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. While in college, he held several internships allowing him to gain vital industry experience, including two internships with Missouri Department of Transportation assisting with inspections of various road & bridge construction projects across NE Missouri. Andrew began his career with as a Project Engineer here at Phillips Hardy where he put his education to use supporting our project management and estimating functions. After working as an Engineer with OCCI gaining valuable field experience overseeing projects across the Midwest, Andrew returned to the our team to work as an Estimator.
Bryce Beckley graduated from the University of Missouri in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. While in college he was a construction intern with Missouri Department of Transportation gaining vital industry experience such as jobsite safety, traffic control management, material testing, and quality control inspection experience. Prior to joining Phillips Hardy, he spent nearly 4 years in a Field Engineer role with Kiewit Infrastructure in Florida. During his time there, he worked on complex projects for both the Orlando International Airport as well as for the Florida Department of Transportation.
Christopher Garner brings 15 years of industrial planning and mechanical experience to the Phillips Hardy team. He holds an Associates of Applied Sciences in Networking Technology Degree from Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas. Chris spent 11 years working for Georgia-Pacific becoming a skilled Millwright. He also gained extensive knowledge on developing and implementing standard maintenance procedures in accordance with project needs as well as designing, constructing, and maintaining various types of heavy machinery. In his role here at Phillips Hardy, Chris unites those skills with heavy-highway knowledge to ensure our projects proceed safely and efficiently as planned.
Jonathan Robertson comes to Phillips Hardy with over a decade of heavy construction and machine operating experience. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from University of Arkansas. Jonathan began his career at Kiewit Infrastructure as an Equipment Operator, progressing into such roles as Field Engineer and Concrete Paving Superintendent. During his tenure there, he became proficient in managing and maintaining heavy equipment, project planning and detail to quality assurance.
Jacob McFail graduated from the University of Missouri in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. While in college he interned with Missouri Department of Transportation, Snyder and Associates and Emery Sapp and Sons. In those various internships, he gathered valuable industry experience and skills such as construction inspection, material testing, communication with subcontractors & contractors, and project estimation & management.
We have been in the construction business for decades, and we take great pride in our ability to evolve our business with industry changes while understanding that maintaining strong core values creates the foundation for success. Phillips Grading and Construction, incorporated in 1994 by Wyatt and Kathy Phillips, originally began in 1967 as part of a farming operation developed by OJ Phillips, Wyatt’s father. With its roots in drainage ditch construction, grading flood damaged land, and levee construction, the company grew over time to construct many private projects including both commercial sites and residential subdivisions as well as many public projects.
Lee Hardy began his construction career with his family’s general contracting business, Hardy’s Inc. where he was a fourth-generation family member and vice president for thirteen years. Hardy’s family business had its origins in 1950, when his great-grandfather, F. Lee Hardy, formed Lee Hardy and Son with the purchase of their first bulldozer. The company originally performed custom dozing work and soon evolved into farm-to-market road construction. As the generations of Hardy’s grew up, Lee Hardy and Son diversified into Hardy’s Inc. which focused on highway transportation and local municipality projects.
As their individual companies expanded, the Phillips and Hardy families had opportunity to work together on a few projects and by doing so, developed a mutual understanding and respect for the core values driving each company. After Hardy’s Inc. underwent a merger acquisition with another local contractor, Hardy remained for a five-year contract to support the estimating and project management divisions as a manager and consultant.
Following the completion of Hardy’s contract in 2007, he and the Phillips’ rekindled their working relationship, recognizing the unlimited potential for success when combining their talents, and formed Phillips Hardy Inc.