AMECO’s leadership team is dedicated to delivering unique Site Services® that increase productivity, reduce cost, and provide schedule certainty and performance reliability to owners and contractors, all with a world-class safety commitment. With representation across AMECO’s operating footprint, our leadership team is positioned to support our clients and project teams in meeting their goals with innovation and expertise.
Chief Executive Officer
Gary Bernardez returned to AMECO as chief executive officer in May 2021. He previously served as president of AMECO from 2000 to 2014, followed by chief operating officer of Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping and an independent consultancy role performing acquisition advisory services.
Mr. Bernardez has more than 36 years of experience serving capital construction project owners, contractors, and ongoing plant operators in the oil, gas, chemicals, mining, power, biotech, manufacturing, and infrastructure end markets. His tenure in the industry includes expertise in project execution, construction, risk management, operations, business development, strategy, information technology, acquisitions, and corporate administration.
He has participated in various executive management programs, including the Wharton School, London School of Business, and the Thunderbird International School of Management. Active in professional and civic organizations, Mr. Bernardez is an executive committee member of the board of directors of Junior Achievement of Greater South Carolina. He previously served as chairman of the Greenville (SC) Humane Society board of directors, chairman of the board for Junior Achievement of Upstate South Carolina District, board member for the Blind Children’s Learning Center, and as a volunteer for the YMCA.
Mr. Bernardez holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Bowling Green State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson University.
Chief Financial Officer
Tasu Adamjee serves as chief financial officer (CFO) of AMECO. As CFO, Mr. Adamjee leads AMECO’s accounting, financial planning and analysis, audit, corporate insurance, and risk management functions.
Since joining AMECO in 1996, Mr. Adamjee has held various financial and operations leadership positions of progressive responsibility supporting construction and maintenance projects in North America and internationally. He previously held several portfolio assignments, including acquisition and transitioning of a family business into the AMECO corporate structure, project manager for enterprise resource planning (ERP) system selection and implementation, implementation of balanced scorecard, and growth strategy development.
Mr. Adamjee graduated from the University of Calgary with a double concentration in Accounting and Operations and Management. He holds a professional accounting designation from Canada as a Certified Professional/Management Accountant (CPA/CMA).
Chief Human Resources Officer
Steve Shafer rejoined AMECO as chief human resources officer in June 2021. Mr. Shafer is an accomplished senior human resources executive with more than 25 years of multi-functional experience across broad industry sectors, including oil and gas, chemicals, power, pharmaceuticals, government, and infrastructure. He is a seasoned leader with a track record of success in transforming dispersed teams to drive business results in complex industries throughout the Americas, Europe, and the Middle East.
Mr. Shafer graduated from Clemson University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a master’s degree in Human Resource Development. He has also completed the human resources executive program at the University of Michigan.
Chief Operations Officer
Executive Support and Office Manager
Cynthia Webster has nearly 40 years of experience supporting executive leadership and office operations. Ms. Webster has provided sales support for various sectors, including maintenance, mechanical, food, beverage, automotive, electronics, and consumer products. She has supported senior leadership at AMECO since 1994 and has served as office manager since 2016, providing executive support to the president, CEO, CFO, and vice president of business development.
In addition to supporting office operations, Ms. Webster has served on various employee committees, including the United Way Committee and the Employee Involvement Team.
Chief Supply Chain Officer
Chris Arnold leads AMECO’s supply chain and technology organization. Mr. Arnold joined AMECO in 2012 and has over 30 years of experience in the construction equipment industry, including more than 13 years of international operations experience. He has held roles in strategic development, operations management, sales and marketing, business integration, supply chain, product development, and general management.
Mr. Arnold holds a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo and a master’s degree in Management from Purdue University.
Director – Corporate Communications & Marketing
Sheri Ware is the director of corporate communications and marketing for AMECO. Ms. Ware has over 25 years of experience supporting the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) industry in project management, engineering management, and project controls positions on global life sciences, advanced manufacturing, energy, petrochemical, and chemicals projects. She has held a variety of roles in the United States and internationally with a major EPC company throughout various phases of the project life cycle, from technical due diligence to feasibility studies, front-end engineering and design (FEED), detailed engineering, construction, operations and maintenance, and shutdown and turnaround. Ms. Ware joined AMECO in 2018 to lead the organization’s marketing and communication efforts and support the global sales and strategy team.
Sheri holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/Management from the University of South Carolina.