Chastain-Skillman Celebrates 65 Years in Business and Names New President

Chamber Member Chastain-Skillman has a lot to celebrate this year. Celebrating 65 years in business is an incredible feat. Though the firm was small in the beginning, Roy Chastain and Joe Skillman nevertheless worked to provide a reliable local engineer resource for Polk County. Over the next few decades, the company compiled an impressive list of engineering projects ranging from work in the phosphate mining industry to local municipalities, land development projects and large commercial sites.

Dr. Jim Chastain

Dr. Jim Chastain

Chastain-Skillman’s Dr. Jim Chastain, began working at the firm while in his teens. Upon graduating from college, he returned to work with his father and has been committed to the same core values. With the help of talented partners, he has guided the firm’s expansion beyond conventional civil engineering and surveying to include environmental engineering, environmental science, containment risk management, industrial hygiene and other public health services.


Jay Chastain

Jay Chastain

This week the firm announced their new president, Jay Chastain.  Jay has worked for the company for the last seven years and has been responsible for marketing, business development and strategic planning.  Jay is also a graduate of Leadership Winter Haven and is a member of the Endeavor Winter Haven Young Professionals Group. 

Dr. Jim Chastain remarked, “Jay represents the values our company has upheld for the last 65 years – integrity, teamwork, exceptional service and technical excellence. We look forward to Jay’s innovation and leadership.” Dr. Chastain will continue with the company working as a full-time Senior Consultant with a focus on project design and mentoring the company’s young professionals.

Chastain-Skillman offers services in:

  • Civil Engineering
  • Surveying
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Safety & Public Health
  • Sciences
  • Biological Sciences

They have worked on numerous jobs in Winter Haven as well as these projects you may recognize:

  • Lake Myrtle Sports Park
  • Florida Polytechnic University
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center
  • Southern Wine and Spirits

Jim At SculptureChastain-Skillman has offices in Lakeland and downtown Winter Haven. They are supporters of both communities in time, talent and treasure and recently sponsored a sculpture for the Florida Outdoor Sculpture Competition that will remain in downtown Winter Haven through February of next year.




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One Response to Chastain-Skillman Celebrates 65 Years in Business and Names New President

  1. SAM KILLEBREW says:


    Congratulations, I know you’ll be good leader for the company, you had a great teacher…..

    Sam Killebrew

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