Leadership

Our Leadership Team

One of the reasons HES is so successful is due to our qualified, experienced leadership. With several decades of combined experience managing large-scale businesses and a variety of educational backgrounds, we’re confident that HES is led by one of the most competent leadership teams in the industry. Learn more about them below.

Buddy Helton

Chairman

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Charlie Spencer

President and CEO

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Dave Makar

Chief Financial Officer

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David Helton

Executive Vice President

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Philip Gilbert

Director of Human Resources

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Josh Helton

Senior Vice President, South Central Region

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Scott Zimmerman

Senior Vice President, Southeast Region

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Buddy Helton

Chairman

Mr. Helton brings over 35 years of business expertise to our clients. For twelve years, he led a national facilities services company with responsibility for K-12 schools and higher education operations across the United States. Buddy delivered excellent results to customers, resulting in high customer satisfaction and company growth. Buddy and the HES executive team continue to have a “pioneering” attitude. Buddy graduated from the University of Tennessee with honors and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Charlie Spencer

President and CEO

Mr. Spencer has over 35 years of management experience serving school districts and the higher education market. Prior leadership positions include 12 years of executive level management with a large national facilities services firm where he led various aspects of sales and operations and most recently, he served as Executive Vice President at ESS where he had a significant role in M&A activity, forecasting,  contract negotiations and pricing strategies for this substitute teacher and paraprofessional industry leading company. Charlie resides in Knoxville, Tennessee and is a 1986 graduate of the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in Economics.

Dave Makar

CFO

Mr. Makar has a CPA and several years of experience in the financial management area. Prior management positions include over five years with a national industry leader in facilities services where he led many aspects of the finance organization. David graduated summa cum laude from Kent State University with a bachelor’s and master’s in accounting.

David Helton

Executive Vice President

Mr. Helton resides in Lebanon, Tennessee and brings over 35 years of both educational services and facility operations experience to our clients and team. His responsibilities have included management for operations and quality services delivery throughout the southeastern and south-central United States. David holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

Philip Gilbert

Director of Human Resources

Mr. Gilbert brings over 29 years of human resources experience to HES. His expertise includes labor & employee relations, contract negotiations, recruiting, hiring, training and development, benefit administration and compliance management. He joins HES after 20 years in the manufacturing sector and over 9 years in the facilities services business as the VP of HR. His current responsibilities include policy & procedure development and implementation, recruiting, hiring, training and development of management / associates and benefits plan administration. Philip is a former US Navy Petty Officer and holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC and an MBA degree from High Point University.

Josh Helton

Senior Vice President, South Central Region

Mr. Helton brings years of leadership and experience to our clients, as a second-generation facility management service provider. The Helton family's facilities management company, SBS, was established in 1990 and gained a strong reputation for K-12 facility services in the Southeast. In 2003, SBS was acquired by a large national provider to form a newly established education division. Josh attended Trevecca Nazarene University where he earned a B.S. and was a standout student athlete on the basketball team. During his time at TNU he was a two-time NAIA All-American and still holds numerous NAIA and TNU scoring and assists records.

Scott Zimmerman

Senior Vice President, Southeast Region

Mr. Zimmerman brings over 25 years in the facility management industry primarily in the K-12 education market. His responsibilities include team building, recruiting, hiring, training, and overall management of support personnel for school systems throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic areas. Scott brings extensive customer care and high-level relationship management experience to SMS. He leads a team of exceptional recruiters and managers who provide excellent customer service every day. Scott attended East Tennessee State University, where he gained a B.S. in Psychology with a Minor in Business Management.