Herty Advanced Materials Development Center
Georgia Southern University

Advisory Board

R. Timothy “Tim” Evans


Tim Evans is President of Evans General Contractors, which provides comprehensive design/build and general contracting services to corporate, institutional and developer clients. Evans General Contractors is committed to meeting their client’s needs and exceeding their expectations by delivering quality facilities, on schedule, at the most competitive prices. The company is headquartered in Atlanta and has offices in Savannah. Tim has served on the board of trustees for Georgia Southern University for the past three years. He has also served on the advisory board for the School of Construction Management. Mr. Evans is a part of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and several other organizations that allow him to involve himself in the surrounding communities. He attended the Georgia State University program for Construction Management and the University of Georgia where he received a degree from the School of Business Administration in 1982.

J. Philip E. “Phil” Jones, Ph.D.


Phil Jones is the Director, New Ventures & Disruptive Technologies for Imerys. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Physics from King’s College, University of London in 1970 and a Ph.D. in Physics (Solid-state properties of synthetic kaolins) from the University of London. In 1975, he joined English China Clays plc, which is now a part of Imerys. In 1979, Dr. Jones transferred to ECC International’s lab in Sandersville, Georgia where he became Vice President, Technology. While there, he built a Technology Center for studying pigment applications in paper, polymers, paints and ceramics. His work has concentrated on developing and understanding the mechanisms for white mineral pigment performance where pigment characterization and ways of structuring mixed mineral systems have allowed micro and nano-engineering.

George Scott “Scotty” McCoy


Scotty McCoy is a third-generation tree farmer from Washington County, GA. He served as a board member of the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority in Atlanta, Brentwood School in Sandersville, First Federal Savings and Loan in Sandersville, and Chem-Nut, Inc. in Albany. Scotty has worked as a Grain Merchandising Specialist for White Commercial Corporation in Stuart, FL. Mr. McCoy earned his bachelor of science degree in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech.

Larry Montague


Larry Montague is the President and CEO of TAPPI, the world’s largest professional organization for the pulp, paper and packaging industries. TAPPI is a registered not-for-profit, international Non-Governmental Organization of about 14,000 member engineers, scientists, managers, academics and others involved in the areas of pulp, and paper. Prior to joining TAPPI in 2006, Mr. Montague was with The Newark Group, an integrated global producer of 100% recycled paperboard and paperboard products with manufacturing and marketing operations in North America and Europe, and served as vice president, sales and marketing, responsible for $185 million in sales. Mr. Montague earned his B.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Memphis (formerly Memphis State University) in 1977.

Trip Tollison


Trip Tollison is the President and CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority (SEDA). Mr. Tollison is the former chief operating officer and vice president of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Savannah. He received a degree from the School of Public and International Affairs from the University of Georgia. Upon graduation, he served as an aide in Georgia and Washington for U.S. Senator Sam Nunn. Afterwards, he went on to work as an aide to U.S. Congressman Jack Kingston in Washington and in Coastal Georgia. Mr. Tollison is active with several community organizations and currently serves on the Board of Directors of USO Savannah, America’s Second Harvest Food Bank, The Rotary Club of Savannah and the Savannah/Chatham Metropolitan Planning Organization. Mr. Tollison is also the Honorary Small Wing Commander for the 165th Airlift Wing, Georgia Air National Guard, and is a graduate of Leadership Savannah and Leadership Georgia.

Last updated: 3/28/2016

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