Our company was founded by Robbie Hinkle, who has over 40 years experience in the business. Through his knowledge and expertise, the company has grown from a small utility company of only 10 employees to over 150 employees in the area’s utility installation industry.
We strongly believe that our company’s success is due to our exceptional management and field staff that take great pride in providing the utmost quality of service to our customers.
Robbie Hinkle, CEO
Robbie Hinkle has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, beginning his career at B. Frank Joy, LLC learning the basics of the trade. While at B. Frank Joy, LLC Robbie focused on underground utility installations for commercial, industrial and utility customers throughout the Washington, DC area. Robbie held increasingly responsible positions moving to crew leader to full Project Management.
Robbie saw a need that was not fulfilled by the construction companies, with the vision of bringing a new company to the market, Robbie incorporated R.B. Hinkle Construction in 1993. He started with three crews, a small base of equipment and lots of hard work. As owner and CEO of R.B. Hinkle, Robbie established the company’s corporate objectives and concentrated on managing and growing the business. He maintains an active role in servicing clients and R.B. Hinkle’s overall business development.
In 2013, Robbie promoted his daughter Dina Holstead to President of R.B. Hinkle while he pursued the sale of the company to PLH Group. The sale was completed in May of 2014.
As CEO, Robbie guides and oversees the direction of the company. With his solid business and management background, Robbie has provided the leadership necessary to grow a start-up company into the highly successful business it is today.
Dina Holstead, President
Dina Holstead is the President of R.B. Hinkle, an underground utility construction company servicing the mid-Atlantic area. Dina sets the strategy and goals for R.B. Hinkle Construction in collaboration with her father Robbie Hinkle, CEO who directs the organization’s growth through new service offerings and coordination with parent company PLH Group.
Dina joined R.B. Hinkle in 1996 and has served in numerous office positions during her 25 year tenure including Chief Financial Officer. Under her leadership, Dina operates with a “family company” philosophy that maximizes the organization’s resources and expertise on projects and business pursuits. She has been the driving force behind R.B. Hinkle’s expansion beyond the District of Columbia to the Mid-Atlantic with sights on a wider geographic footprint in 2016.
Dina became President of R.B. Hinkle in 2013. She is a graduate of Shepherd University in Shepherdstown WV and is very active in the community supporting various non-profits including Susan G. Komen Foundation, Girl Scouts, MS Society and several local foundations.
Pedro Hernandez, Vice President
Pedro Hernandez has worked for R.B. Hinkle since 2013 and currently serves as Vice President. Pedro is responsible for Operations, Business Development, Project Management and Estimating. His expertise drives revenue and profitability by ensuring projects are identified and bid correctly while deploying efficient project management to ensure successful project execution.
Pedro brings 20+ years of relevant underground utility experience in estimating, project management and Executive Leadership. Experience includes strategic planning, with executive leadership teams to position the company for growth, as well as complex negotiating skills with major area contractors. In addition, Pedro had developed key project management processes to help increase productivity which ultimately lead to higher company profitability.
Pedro has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Universidad Simón Bolivar, Pedro also holds a Masters in Engineering Management and a Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University. This combination of technical skills along with strong business and management education will help successfully position R.B. Hinkle for many years to come.
Robin Bland, Business Director
Robin is responsible for the management of the office staff and the office operations (including our numerous expansions). Robin has acquired a wide range of experience since beginning with R.B. Hinkle Construction in 2001, progressing through a variety of responsibilities including payroll and accounting positions. Robin was named office manager in 2010.
Prior to joining R.B. Hinkle, Robin was already immersed in the construction industry having worked for a similar company. Robin is best known as the “go to girl” for all office matters.
Scott Hoover, Director of Operations
Scott is the manager of the R.B. Hinkle/Pepco Contract with 15 years of construction experience. Scott manages and oversees approximately 35 crews working exclusively for Pepco Holdings. He is responsible for the projects from conception to completion. He supervises the foremen, organizing projects and timelines, coordinating with Safety, estimating job costs, meeting budget and time goals, ordering materials and maintaining equipment.
Scott is a dedicated leader with excellent communication skills and a proven track record of success overseeing construction quality, managing vendors and the Pepco client relationship.
Douglas Clark, Controller
Doug joined R.B. Hinkle in January 2016 as the Controller and is responsible for the financial operations of the company. He oversees the accounting department and works closely with parent company PLH Group to provide reporting and financial compliance. Doug has 30+ years of experience in accounting and possesses strong financial planning and organizational skills. He works closely with the auditors, bankers, insurance and bonding companies on the yearly audits; preparing the required reports and financial documents needed to complete these audits in a timely manner.
In addition, Doug coordinates with the President and VP of Operations on bids, budgets and all other financial aspects related to the company’s financial matters. He assists the project managers with claims, change order analysis and contracts and advises on the financial status of the work being performed. Prior to joining R.B. Hinkle, Doug spent 21 years in the Retail Sector and 9 years in consulting.
Certified Public Accountant – Texas
Masters of Accountancy – Managerial Accounting
Jose Ramirez Vasquez, Safety Director
Jose Ramirez Vasquez has 7 years of construction safety experience, working in many high profile jobs for DC Water and Sewer Authority. Experience includes an extremely unique project to employ thermal hydrolysis technology in North America’s largest such facility.
In addition to the DC Water and Sewer projects, Mr. Vasquez has safety experience in airport projects, waste water facilities, heavy civil industries, historical refinishing and restoration jobs, department of defense projects, and electrical/utility industries. Mr. Vasquez’s cross industry safety experience ensures R.B. Hinkle takes a leadership role in ensuring across the board safety for all employees.
Mr. Vasquez has facilitated OSHA 10 and 30 hour sessions for the construction industry including the OSHA 20 hour ET&D partnership foreman’s academy. Other areas of competent person training include Respirable Crystalline Silica, Confined Space in Construction, Emergency preparedness, Hazard Communication, MEWP’s & Telehandler VII, Rigging I, and First Aid/CPR/AED. This multi-industry work experience along with the extensive safety training will help R.B. Hinkle achieve its goal of being industry class in terms of health and safety administration.