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Meet the Principals

Derek Starling,


Mr. Starling is an engineering professional with a balanced history of managing projects, conducting engineering reviews, allocating quality resources, developing a cadre of excellence in the firm’s staff, and maintaining responsive client relations. With over 28 years of experience, specializing in program management, enterprise resource planning, data collection/analysis, and quality assurance engineering of civil works and industrial projects, he is responsible for project planning, execution, monitoring and resource balancing with skills with the ability to support multiple projects simultaneously. Mr. Starling is a licensed Professional Engineer in Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and Texas. He is a Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Six-Sigma Black Belt.

Willie A. O'Neal Jr.

Mr. O’Neal has over 26 years of professional experience in the execution of program and project management, business development, leadership, marketing, quality assurance/quality control and the construction administration of commercial and government projects. As SOL’s Program Director, he has served on various projects, task orders and work orders, achieving program objectives on programs that range from $100,000 to several billion in construction value. As one of SOL's  principal in charge, he is vested and committed to the overall success of the company. He provides leadership on culture, values, organizational structure.  He ensures projects are aligned with the organization’s strategy and direction.  He has a deep focus on maintaining exceptional quality of all aspects of the organization, as well as, maintaining a level of safety which fosters the most productive and rewarding environment for all team members. Mr. O'Neal is a Certified Six Sigma Engineer and Certified ISO 9000 Quality System Facilitator with Business Managing Projects training, Low Impact  Green Infrastructure training and a Local Public Agency Certification.

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