Our Team

B. Scott Short – Founder and President

After graduating with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida in 1981, Scott began working for a major Florida construction company as a field engineer. He quickly moved into the roles of Project Manager and then Vice President. He left the firm in 1985 to become a founding partner of CenState Contractors, Inc. and eventually became the sole owner and President of the company in 1993. Under his leadership, the company has successfully completed projects for various municipalities and private owners throughout the state and region. He is a hands-on leader who continues to manage daily operations, overseeing all facets of the business.

Chris Groo – Senior Project Manager and Estimator

Chris has over 35 years of experience in the construction industry and has worked with CenState Contractors, Inc. as a Senior Project Manager and Estimator since 1992. Prior to joining CenState, he owned a construction business for 7 years, specializing in paving and drainage improvements, sewage pumping stations, and sanitary and storm drainage facilities. At CenState, Chris is largely responsible for the bid work and project managing. He also oversees much of the fieldwork, working closely with Superintendents, and is responsible for processing shop drawings, ordering materials, and cost control.

Jason Pecket – Project Manager and Estimator

Jason joined CenState in 2017 after graduating with an Industrial Engineering degree from the University of South Florida. Since joining the firm, he has estimated and managed a variety of projects in the areas of water, wastewater, and stormwater. He is OSHA 30-Hour certified and Confined Space certified.

Jessica Watwood – Project Management Assistant

Jessica has worked in the water and wastewater construction industry for more than 11 years. She first joined CenState Contractors, Inc. in 2008 as an Administrative Assistant and Receptionist. Since then, Jessica has become an invaluable asset to CenState and has advanced into the role of Project Management Assistant. She works closely with project managers and is involved in both the bidding process and construction management of a project.

Sharon Parsons – Bookkeeper

Sharon has been with the firm since 2005 and handles all financial records, including accounts payable and payroll. She works with the project managers on material releases, purchase orders and subcontract agreements, change orders and invoices.

Shawna Bolognia – Administrative Assistant

A native of California, Shawna moved to Florida in 1998 and worked in the food distribution industry in marketing and accounting roles. She joined CenState in 2018 and oversees various administrative duties for the firm.