Our Leadership

Frank Renda

Frank grew up working in his family’s construction business, Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc., eagerly learning the trade from his father and uncle. After graduating from Texas Tech University, he returned to the family business as a field supervisor. Years of hard work and an unswerving dedication to quality earned Frank the title of General Manager. At that time, the company was a local utility contractor with around 100 employees. The business boomed under Frank’s visionary direction, expanding into nearly two dozen states, acquiring 2,000 employees, and growing from $20 million to over $550 million a year in revenue.

Today, Frank serves as CEO of Southland Holdings, one of the largest construction companies in North America with licenses in over 30 states. He offers nearly three decades of project management experience and has worked on projects from Maryland to California.

Rudy Renda

Growing up around his family’s construction firm, Rudy can remember being on job sites since the age of three, learning from some of the best and hardest workers in the business. He graduated from Texas Tech University and joined Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc., as a field supervisor, working alongside his cousin Frank Renda.

Rudy has spent almost 30 years leading various heavy underground projects including pipelines, tunnels, water and wastewater treatment plants, and marine work. As part of Southland Holdings’ leadership, he is responsible for overall operational performance at the Southland family of companies. Whether he is working on safety enforcement, budgeting, or nationwide job site coordination, Rudy is determined to lead by example and exceed client expectations.

Tim Winn

Tim began his construction career in 1991 working on a survey crew in Longview, Texas. After graduating from Texas Tech University with dual degrees in Finance and Economics, he joined Frank and Rudy Renda at their family’s business, Oscar Renda Contracting, Inc.

As the construction firm was growing into the leading Texas-based provider of water and sewer infrastructure, Tim took on their first large-scale out-of-state project in North Carolina. His devotion to ensuring successful project completions and going beyond client expectations helped him expand the business into 21 states.

Tim’s responsibilities as part of Southland Holdings’ executive leadership include efficiency reviews, resource management, equipment procurement, and partnering strategies. He has worked on projects from New York to Hawaii and continues to coordinate work between job sites across the nation.

Jarrod Watson

Jarrod heads the finance, accounting, tax and treasury functions for Southland Holdings LLC and all its subsidiaries. He emphasizes maintaining Southland’s strong financial health while driving value for its ownership. He is leading the company through the development of strong internal controls and processes to maximize efficiency and fidelity in financial reporting. During his almost 20 years of experience, Jarrod has worked for large Fortune 500 companies such as Yum Brands (Pizza Hut) and McKesson as well as smaller privately held companies like CROSSMARK (a leading CPG sales and marketing company). He has lived and worked on four continents, leading finance teams and organizations, driving processes and functions like budgeting, forecasting, financial analysis, M&A, sales compensation and system implementation, to name a few. In 2003, Jarrod graduated in the Top 5 percent of his class while receiving his Master of Business Administration from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University. In 2004, he passed the CPA exam and was licensed in Tennessee but has not renewed his license since that time. Prior to attending Vanderbilt, Jarrod received his Bachelor’s Degree in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington, which led him to work for three years in a genetics lab with Orchid Biosciences.

Russell Lindsey

Russell is in the business of growing strong, competitive companies. He believes in open communication with clients and goes the extra mile to solve issues that may arise during a project’s lifecycle. Russell holds a Construction Science degree from Texas A&M University and an Executive Master’s degree in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University. He has honed the skills he learned in the classroom on the field and in the office, providing exceptional operations management and expert construction industry knowledge. Today he supervises the daily operations of a 280-employee company that generates over $160 million a year in revenue.