Executive Management Team

ESOL's executive management team is formed by:

Philip A. Tritico, P.E., President, Chairman

Lester W. Davis, Executive Vice President, Finance

Gary M. Hougardy, Vice President, Information Technology


Philip A. Tritico, P.E., President, Chairman

Mr. Tritico is founding President and Chairman of ESOL. He is a seasoned executive with 35 years of experience in the engineering and construction industry. His primary experience is in consulting engineering and construction management in the civil & environmental fields. Previously Mr. Tritico built his own consulting practice, Industry Advocates, and ran the Houston office of Delta Environmental. Mr. Tritico's professional experience includes partnering, litigation support, and advisory commission service. He specializes in engineering/construction management and economy, infrastructure capital, risk management, market analysis, business planning, strategic/preemptive consulting and legal support. Technically, Mr. Tritico is highly specialized in earthen fills and its applications in all areas of civil and environmental developments.

Throughout his career, Mr. Tritico identified major gaps in the industry, and the greatest problem in civil engineering & construction. Early in his career, he set out to fill those gaps and solve that problem. He identified the problem sources, defined the markets, and developed the solutions. Mr. Tritico developed ESOL's engineering advance, and led intellectual property development. He conducted ESOL's market study, developed its business plans, and built ESOL's core group and management team. Mr. Tritico led capitalization, service design and software developments. Phil holds a bachelor of science in civil engineering from Texas A&M with graduate studies at the University of Houston. Mr. Tritico is a recipient of the John B. Hawley Award, awarded to him in 1995. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Texas. He is married to Helenanne and has four children.


Lester W. Davis, Executive Vice President, Finance

Les Davis is Executive Vice President-Finance and Secretary/Treasurer of ESOL. He manages the company's financial operations, and oversees financial systems, accounting, office systems and company benefits. Mr. Davis is a seasoned financial professional with 25 years of experience in all facets of accounting and financial management. His career is composed of 17 years in the institutional financial services industry at Prudential Securities and Lehman Brothers, and 8 years as ESOL's financial officer and first investor following its founders. While in financial services, he served 2 years on the management side and 15 years on the trading side. Mr. Davis' capacities ranged from analyst levels to vice president positions before joining ESOL's executive management team. His professional experience encompasses trading, corporate credit evaluation and analysis, investment suitability issues, and analysis of various hedging, arbitrage and swap strategies for multi-billion dollar institutional portfolios using largely corporate bonds, “mortgage-backed and various types of asset-backed securities”. During ESOL's product development phase, Les was instrumental in leading the integration of financial and accounting systems to ESOL's web application. Les holds a bachelors of business administration in accounting from University of Texas. While in the financial services industry, Les earned Series 7 and Series 63 licenses from FINRA and a Certified Financial Planner license.


Gary M. Hougardy, Vice President, Information Technology

Mr. Hougardy is a seasoned software engineer with 27 years of experience in design, development, implementation, maintenance and management of large-scale computer-based systems. His professional experience includes 10 years within the governmental sector including the Department of Defense, Department of Veterans Affairs, and Department of Homeland Security, and 17 years in the private sector focusing largely in telecommunications, entertainment, and engineering. His professional experience includes systems modelling and prediction, data analytics and simulation, expert system development, statistics, database optimization, and project management. Mr. Hougardy developed and operates ESOL's online service tools, manages all builds and enhancements, manages system security, and oversees all matters of system development and production. Gary holds a bachelors degree in computer science from California State University, Northridge. He has also performed post-graduate studies in computer design and automation, and has received extensive professional training in database design and development, software systems programming, and project management.


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