Davis & Floyd’s Wiley Roper, EIT, and JC Hollingsworth, EIT, grew up together in the peaceful, quaint neighborhoods of Greenwood, South Carolina. They were part of the same playgroup as toddlers and later went through school together at Merrywood Elementary School and Greenwood High School. Throughout their childhoods, they rode their bikes together along Greenwood’s streets, played in their neighborhood’s creeks and streams, and built forts together in the woods.
Having formed a bond over their shared love of building and the outdoors as children, both Roper and Hollingsworth found a natural career fit in the civil engineering field as adults. They both now work in Davis & Floyd’s Charleston office, just a few desks down from one another, continuing to give back to the communities that raised them. Together, they collaborate on civil site and drainage improvement projects to design sustainable and resilient infrastructure throughout the Southeast.
As a large firm serving multiple markets in the Southeast, Davis & Floyd’s leadership is often asked why the company has elected to maintain its headquarters in the small town of Greenwood, South Carolina. “We believe our business is at its best when infused by a shared commitment to the communities that raised us. As an employer and as a firm, we build community,” said Davis & Floyd CEO Stephen Davis.
JC Hollingsworth echoed this sentiment, noting “Davis & Floyd is a great place to work; we do interesting work on large-scale projects like a big firm, but have the intimate, small-town feel of a small firm. There are plenty of stories of Davis & Floyd friendships like Wiley’s and mine, going back almost 70 years over the life of our company.”
Wiley Roper added, “I am very fortunate to be able to work with one of my best and oldest friends. Davis & Floyd has been great in that it has allowed me to keep my connection to home while living and working across the state. There is a great family atmosphere here and across the multiple offices.”