Johnson & Lesley Construction Company, Inc. began with the name H&J Site Preparation, Inc. Our company was established in 1998 primarily as a provider of forestry site prep work for various paper companies. Over the years, the company diversified to fulfill a wider range of construction needs. In 2000, Duncan Johnson became the sole owner of H&J Site Preparation, Inc., and began branching out into land clearing, pond building, and commercial site work. In 2002, Robert Lesley became an equal owner and the company’s name was changed to Johnson & Lesley Construction Company, Inc. Currently the company performs an ever-growing scope of services in both the commercial and private sectors.
Our Leadership Team
Robert Lesley graduated from Presbyterian College in 1997. He began working in the residential home building business for Lesley Builders, Inc., and was responsible for managing day-to-day operations, coordinating subcontractors, and controlling the company's finances. In his role with Johnson and Lesley, he manages the company's finances and oversees on-site operations.
Duncan Johnson earned a B.S. from Wofford College in 1996. He founded the company after graduating in 1996. Since then, his knowledge of the construction industry has grown and evolved to meet client needs. His primary duties include overseeing on-site operations, meeting with existing and potential clients, providing estimates, hiring new employees, scheduling work, and ensuring client satisfaction.
Jim Mayes brings 33 years of engineering, project management and construction experience to the company. He has experience in design and construction engineering for many midlands’ commercial and residential subdivisions. He also was intimately involved for over 10 years in site-work design build where he would “design projects at night and build by day” including initial master-planning, design and construction for the 2000-acre Lake Carolina residential project. Before joining Johnson and Lesley full-time, he was a Resident Construction Engineer for the South Carolina Department of Transportation where he managed construction projects totaling over $30 million including interstate rehabilitations and other SCDOT transportation projects.
After studying at Coker College, Robert Cooper began his professional career as the co-owner and manager of Woodcreek Farms Nursery. After a decade in that field, Robert turned his talents and attention to land clearing and construction, founding Earthworkers, LLC. Looking for larger projects and bigger challenges, Robert joined the Johnson and Lesley Construction team in 2012. Robert serves as a site manager, overseeing daily productivity and focusing on customer satisfaction.
Prior to joining Johnson & Lesley in 2020, Jerry served in myriad roles on construction sites throughout both South Carolina and Virginia, including managing numerous projects with budgets in excess of $10 million. He has supervised or managed the construction of schools, medical facilities, distribution centers, mines, hotels, apartments, subdivisions and roads, and he holds certifications from both the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA 46B & 48B) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Over the course of nearly three decades, Jerry has gained experience estimating, bidding and budgeting jobs, as well as operating everything from motor graders and excavators to rollers and water wagons. He is also proficient with engineering and surveying techniques and processes.
At Johnson & Lesley, Jerry serves as a general superintendent/project manager and applies his expertise, in particular, to complex sites and larger jobs.