Keith Lawson II
Principal / CEO
Keith worked in the business while attending college, and joined KLC full-time after graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Building Construction from the University of West Florida in 1992. He holds Florida Certified Plumbing, Certified Mechanical, Certified General and LP gas licenses, as well as Alabama Plumbing and Conditioned Air and Georgia Plumbing and Conditioned Air licenses. Keith has been estimating and managing commercial plumbing & mechanical projects of all sizes since 1992. Keith served on the Board of Directors for the North Florida Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors organization until 2013, when he was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to fill the Mechanical seat on the Florida Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB). Keith served as CILB Chairman in 2019 and as past Chair of the Additional Business Entity Committee and past member of the Florida Homeowners Recovery Fund Committee. Keith has been accepted in a Florida court as an expert witness in both the plumbing and mechanical trades. In 2020, Keith was appointed to the University of West Florida Construction Management Program Advisory Council.
Manager of Construction Operations
Buddy joined Keith Lawson Company in June 2009, starting in the HVAC piping trade as a welder/pipefitter and worked on the plumbing crews. He joined the Project Management and Estimation team in 2011. He has worked on all aspects of large commercial plumbing and mechanical construction projects including plumbing, sheet metal, steam, hydronic and medical gas systems. Buddy earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Flagler College and holds a Florida Certified Plumbing License.
Plumbing / Mechanical Commercial Estimator
Mitch joined Keith Lawson Company in 1992 as a plumber and in 2000, began estimating residential / commercial jobs and serving as project manager. In 2001, Mitch assumed responsibility for supervising commercial retrofit and construction projects. He has over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry. Mitch holds a City of Tallahassee journeyman plumber license and is certified for gas socket-fusion piping and gastite gas piping.
Eric is a seasoned Project Manager, joining KLC in 2020 and bringing with him more than 17 years of MEP management experience and 27 years of industry knowledge and expertise. He is highly skilled in all project phases, including contract negotiations, submittal process, specification review, contract buy out, subcontracts and pre-construction meetings and design build. Eric successfully managed diverse projects ranging from K-12 Schools, Hotels, Offices, Retail, Industrial, Manufacturing and Hospitals. He is a proactive leader skilled in managing the project team to provide value to the client by delivering quality projects on time, within contract terms and on budget.
Summer joined KLC in 2018 as the Construction Administrator for the Tallahassee Division Manager and Project Managers. Summer’s professional experience has equipped her with a comprehensive understanding of the construction industry including but not limited to administration, project management and customer service. As a fundamental asset to the company, she spearheads any and all duties related to the project management administration for the Tallahassee division.
Vice President / Division Manager
Chris joined Keith Lawson Company in 2013 as Division Manager for the West Florida satellite office in Panama City, FL. He has over 36 years’ experience in the mechanical and plumbing industries including Design/Build, Estimating and Project Management. Chris’s knowledge covers a wide range of facilities including Hospitals, Military Facilities, Schools, Gymnasiums, Conference Centers, Manufacturing Facilities, Condominiums, Hospitality, Retail and various types of Commercial Facilities.
Chris holds Florida Certified Air Conditioning Contractor and Certified Plumbing Contractor licenses, an Alabama Master Plumber / Gas Fitter license, a Georgia Master Plumber Non Restricted license, a Florida Medical Gas Certification and a Florida Fire Protection System Contractor V license.
Richard has been working in the plumbing and HVAC fields since 2009, is also skilled in commercial pipe fitting and welding and studied the HVAC trade in school. Richard originally started with KLC using his skills and knowledge working on construction projects and was reassigned in 2019 to begin estimating projects.
Tommy began working in the HVAC trade in 2005, working in the field for 5 years and then moved into estimating in 2010. Tommy has taken a 4-year sheet metal apprenticeship course and has certifications in Swing stage scaffolding, OSHA 10, lifts and lulls. He has also attended training courses in advanced print reading, welding and estimating.
Assistant Project Manager
Zack has been working in the plumbing and mechanical construction industry since 2007 and joined KLC in 2020 as an Assistant Project Manager. Zack’s plumbing and mechanical experience has focused on the new commercial construction for standalone medical centers, schools, restaurants, retail and hotels, as well as hospital retrofits. Zack received training by Trimble Company in their field engineering system. He holds a medical gas license and plumbing apprenticeship certificate in South Carolina.
Nick has over 20 years of construction experience including carpentry, metal fabrication, equipment operation, residential/commercial plumbing and more. He has experience building schools, facilitated nursing facilities, hotels, multifamily dwellings and hospitals. Nick has managed several commercial projects and assists with estimation, consultation and fabrication. Nick joined Keith Lawson Company in 2013 is currently serving as the Corporate Safety Director and Trainer. He attended GA Tech where he received specialized training in safety and leadership, becoming an OSHA authorized construction safety trainer. Nick has multiple certifications in various safety fields and has completed the OSHA 30, 510 and 500 courses. Nick is striving to help develop a modern safety culture within Keith Lawson Company through coaching, training and developmental leadership.