About Sain Associates

Meet our owners and leadership team.

Our Mission

We are more than engineers, project managers, and consultants - we are relationship builders who strive to solve our clients' problems. We follow a servant leadership model in order to provide exceptional service to our clients and associates. The true litmus test of our value to clients is reflected in our high volume of repeat customers.

Sain Associates was founded by Charles "Hack" Sain in1972. Hack left a great legacy to the engineering industry. He was a member of the Alabama Engineering Hall of Fame, and AGC Hall of Fame, he is known for writing the Earthwork section of the Standard Handbook for Engineers by McGraw Hill.


Jim Meads, P.E.


Jim has over 35 years of transportation engineering experience throughout Alabama and the Eastern United States for a diverse range of public and private sector projects. In addition to serving as President/CEO, he also serves as Corporate Ethics Officer and Chief Engineer. He is a registered Professional Engineer in 23 states.

Joe Meads, P.E.

Sr. Principal

Joe has over 35 years of experience as a civil engineer. In addition to leading Sain’s business development efforts, he also serves as Principal-in-Charge of many of Sain’s municipal, industrial, and government projects. He is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, and Mississippi.

Becky White, PTP

Chief Operating Officer / Sr. Principal

Becky is a certified Professional Transportation Planner and is the Chief Operating Officer at Sain. She serves as principal-in-charge for Sain's transportation planning projects and has over 30 years of professional experience. Her expertise includes short- and long-range transportation planning, traffic forecasting, interchange studies, corridor planning, traffic operations, safety studies, and group facilitation.

Vann Rutledge

Chief Financial Officer / Sr. Principal

Vann has over 25 years of experience in the accounting field working with external clients and managing corporate financial operations. In addition to serving as CFO, he is the Corporate Secretary for the Corporate Executive Committee.

Alicia Bailey, P.E.

Practice Leader / Sr. Principal

Alicia has over 20 years of engineering experience and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama and Florida. Alicia oversees Sain's transportation design and surveying practice areas. Her experience includes roadway and drainage design, construction administration, and various coordination issues on projects for the Alabama Department of Transportation and many municipalities and counties.

Nathan Currie, P.E.

Project Manager / Associate

Nathan has over 14 years of engineering experience serving state and county DOT’s, municipalities, and local and national private developers. He serves as a Project Manager for Sain's Infrastructure Team. His experience includes the design of roadways and multi-use paths, roundabouts, intersection and interchange improvements, and the design of drainage systems and stormwater management facilities.

Paul Gilliam, P.E., PTOE

Senior Project Manager / Associate

Paul Gilliam has over 25 years of experience performing and managing traffic engineering and transportation planning projects in over a dozen states for a variety of public and private sector clients. Paul is an expert in travel demand forecasting, particularly the interaction between traffic simulation and travel demand modeling. Paul joined Sain in 2018 with the acquisition of his firm, Vision Engineering and Planning, LLC.

Stefan Graeber, P.E.

Civil Team Leader

Stefan has over 22 years of experience as a professional civil engineer. A native of Germany, Stefan received a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree and a Master of Engineering in Construction Management from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. His project experience spans all phases of project design, bidding, construction, and project closeout.

Darren Hamrick, P.E., MS, LEED AP

Practice Leader

Darren has over 25 years of experience in engineering various aspects of site development and municipal projects. His experience has included a variety of projects for the Government Services Administration, Corps of Engineers, VA Hospitals, facilities for the US Department of Defense, residential development projects, commercial shopping center projects, industrial park master planning, and industrial development projects.

Richard Holt, P.E.

Tennessee Branch Manager

Richard has over 25 years of professional experience in transportation engineering. He manages Sain’s branch office in Pulaski, Tennessee. He has extensive experience with the preparation of roadway construction plans from the initial planning and survey stages through design and construction.

Gary Pitzing, PLS

Survey Manager

Gary has 42 years of experience in performing ALTA/ASCM, topographic and boundary surveys, GPS and conventional survey methods, and commercial construction staking. He is a registered professional land surveyor in Alabama, and he is a certified Backflow Preventer technician and tester.

Jeff Stephenson, P.E., PTOE

Transportation Team Leader / Associate

Jeff has 22 years of transportation engineering experience throughout Alabama and the southeastern United States. He leads Sain’s traffic engineering and transportation planning staff and has completed numerous traffic studies, interchange studies, safety evaluations, and advance planning projects for both public and private sector clients.

Harry Wilson, P.E.

Huntsville Branch Manager

Harry has over 40 years of engineering experience and is a registered Professional Engineer in Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. Harry graduated from North Carolina State University with a civil engineering degree. He has lived in the Huntsville area since 1987. In 2020, he was tapped to run the Huntsville branch office



Independent privately owned company delivering high standard consulting services in the engineering industry.


60+ employees

A diverse team of engineers, surveyors, designers, and consultants across three offices.


23 states

Sain staff are licensed to provide engineering services in 23 states across the United States.