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.
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.
Kevin Simpson joined the Phillips Hardy team with several years of experience in the construction industry. In addition to extensive expertise with USACE projects, Kevin boasts a track record of successfully estimating and managing multi-million dollar projects. Kevin began his career in the plumbing industry before transitioning to construction, his previous roles including Operations Manager and Project Manager/Estimator for HB Construction, Inc. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from ITT Technical Institute.
Andy Killen is a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri. Prior to graduation, Andy held several valuable internship roles, some of which included working here at Phillips Hardy as well as the Missouri Department of Transportation. The critical industry knowledge and experience obtained during these internships allowed Andy to hit the ground running when he joined the Phillips Hardy team following graduation.
Luke Rosendale is a 2018 graduate of the University of Missouri, earning a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering with a Material and Structural emphasis. Despite being a recent graduate, Luke brings with him valuable industry knowledge, with experience in scheduling and planning as well as managing multi-million dollar projects. Prior to joining the Phillips Hardy team, Luke held the roles of Materials Inspector for the Missouri Department of Transportation and Project Manager for Emery Sapp & Sons.
Dwayne Kennedy came to Phillips Hardy with over 20 years of expertise in the Environmental Health and Safety Management field. Dwayne has a broad background in safety management with experience in an array of industries. He boasts a track record of developing and implementing innovative safety training and procedures, resulting in considerable decreases in the number of injuries and unsafe conditions, as well as turnover rate. Additionally, Dwayne is an authorized OSHA 500, 501, Confined Space Entry and HAZWOPER instructor, DuPont STOP instructor, ISO Internal Auditor and Incipient Fire Force trainer. Dwayne studied Industrial Engineering and Management at the University of Arkansas and Business and Quality Management at Missouri State University.
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.