Our people are what make us different — their broad experience, unwavering commitment to service and dedication to client relationships. We are in the business of addressing complex challenges and finding the right answers for our clients, and that requires the best people.
Our company culture supports and attracts the most talented, experienced and motivated professionals. The GEL Group is a place where knowledge and ideas are shared, where collaboration is prized and where innovation and entrepreneurship thrive.
That’s why we are confident that our people will out-perform the competition every time. Whether it’s the analysis of a simple water sample or the remediation and reclamation of a Brownfields site, our people bring the necessary resources together to provide the best possible solution to the challenge.
And our dedication doesn’t stop at work. GEL men and women give to their communities in many ways, from building homes for Habitat for Humanity to providing Christmas gifts to children through the Helping and Lending Outreach Support program (HALOS) and many other non-profit and humanitarian activities.
Our Leadership Team
Kathleen H. Stelling
Chairman, The GEL Group, Inc.
Kathy serves as Chairman and Secretary of The GEL Group Inc. Kathy has been with the company for over a decade. Together with her husband, CEO Jim Stelling, and CFO Doug Earnst, she participated in the purchase of General Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (now The GEL Group, Inc.).
Kathy married Jim Stelling in 1972, and earned a B.A. degree in education from the University of South Carolina in the following year. She taught high school history for eight years, heading the department for the last two. She withdrew from the workforce while raising their daughter Kathleen, and joined GEL in 2001. Kathy is a member of various organizations, both non-profit and for-profit.
James M. Stelling
President and CEO, The GEL Group, Inc.
Jim Stelling is President and Chief Executive Officer of The GEL Group, Inc. Before he joined GEL, Jim was with Ruscon Construction Co. for twenty years. He served in various positions and was President in 1995 when he joined GEL. In March of 2001, Jim and Kathy purchased a controlling interest in General Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (now The GEL Group, Inc.).
Jim serves on several boards, including the Charleston Development Board Foundation, and Porter Gaud School. He also serves on the Vestry of St. Philips Church where he is Senior Warden. He was formerly the Chairman of Harbor National Bank (recently acquired by BNC Bank), on the Board of Directors of Charleston Rotary Club, Roper Hospital, Trident Chamber of Commerce, Water Missions International, and other non-profit organizations and civic groups.
Jim obtained a B.S. in Commerce from the University of Virginia in 1972, and was married to Kathy the same year. They have one daughter, Kathleen, who is married to Mac Hodgson, a shareholder and officer in the firm. Jim’s hobbies are golf and hunting.
Douglas E. Earnst
Chief Financial Officer, The GEL Group, Inc.
Doug Earnst was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. After serving in the United States Navy for six years, he married the former Frankie Cauley and settled in Charleston, South Carolina, where he earned a B.S. degree in business administration from the Citadel in 1979. Upon graduation, Doug joined the public accounting firm McKnight, Frampton & Co. and worked there until 1989, when he accepted a position as Controller with General Engineering Laboratories, Inc. In 2001, Doug was appointed Chief Financial Officer and with Jim and Kathy Stelling participated in the purchase of General Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (now The GEL Group, Inc.).
Doug has served as a Deacon and Elder at Westminster Presbyterian Church, President of the Rotary Club of St. Andrews, Assistant Governor of Rotary District 7770, Treasurer of the Make A Wish Foundation of South Carolina, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Trident Academy and Treasurer of the Education Foundation/Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Doug and Frankie have two sons and two grandsons.
Joseph M. Hodgson, Jr.
Vice President, The GEL Group, Inc.
Mac Hodgson is Vice President and a Shareholder of The GEL Group, Inc. Prior to joining GEL in 2013, Mac spent 10 years at SunTrust Robinson Humphrey in Atlanta, GA, where he was most recently a Director and Senior Analyst in the Equity Research Department. In that capacity, Mac was a research analyst covering approximately 25 small-to-mid cap financial institutions in the Southeast, Northeast and Midwest United States.
Mac earned a B.S. in Business and a Minor in Spanish from Wake Forest University in 2003. In 2006, Mac received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. After meeting at Wake Forest, Mac and his wife, Kathleen, married in 2005, and they have two daughters, Mae and Penny. Mac is currently a Rotarian and Board Member of the Rotary Club of Charleston – Breakfast. When not working, Mac enjoys golf, the outdoors and traveling.
John I. Crawford
Human Resources Director, The GEL Group, Inc.
John has been with The GEL Group, Inc. since 2005. Prior to his career with GEL, John worked for 21 years with another local firm, serving in many different capacities, including HR Director.
John, a native of Trinidad, West Indies earned a B.S. degree in Economics and Management from Charleston Southern University (CSU) in 1982. He attended CSU on an academic and soccer scholarship.
John has been active with the Be a Mentor program in Charleston for the last 4 years. In addition, he has served on several boards including Carolina Youth Development Center and Charlestowne Soccer Club. John has two children, a son, Ian, who is a captain in the USAF and a daughter, Aubrey, a senior nursing student at Clemson University. During his spare time, John enjoys golf, reading, gardening and watching soccer.
Carey J. Bocklet
Chief Operating Officer
Carey has been with GEL since 1989. She began her career at GEL as an engineer with the environmental consulting division of GEL Laboratories, LLC (now GEL Engineering, LLC) and was the Director of this group for three years before transferring to the laboratory operations in 1998.
Prior to her career with GEL, Carey worked for 5 years as a process engineer with a major electronics manufacturing firm. Carey earned a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Clemson University in 1984 and a Master's degree in business administration from Clemson University in 1988. Carey is married to Dr. R. Cary Bocklet and they have two sons, Michael and Christopher.
Keith D. McCullock, P.E.
Principal, Director, GEL Engineering, LLC
Keith D. McCullock is a Principal and the Director of GEL Engineering, LLC, a member of The GEL Group, Inc. Mr. McCullock has over 30 years of industrial and environmental consulting experience. He managed GEL’s Raleigh, North Carolina, regional office for over 13 years. As the Director, Mr. McCullock is responsible for managing all service groups within GEL including the Engineering Group, Environmental Services Group, Field Services Group, Industrial Hygiene Group, Permitting & Compliance Group, Source Emissions Testing Group, and Surveying Group.
Mr. McCullock is an active member of The North Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (NCMA) and Air & Waste Management Association (AWMA).
Prior to joining GEL Engineering, LLC in 1993, Mr. McCullock was the corporate environmental engineer for Milliken & Company, a privately held textile and chemical company headquartered in South Carolina. As the corporate environmental engineer, Mr. McCullock provided support to over 56 facilities located in multiple states.
He obtained a B.S. degree in engineering from North Carolina State University and holds Professional Engineering licenses in North and South Carolina. Keith and his wife, Kathy, live in Cary, NC and have two adult children, Ashlee and Madison
His hobbies are golf and watching sports.
Scott D. Carney, P.E.
Director, GEL Geophysics, LLC
Scott D. Carney, P.E., has been with GEL since 1992 and has served as the Director of GEL Geophysics, LLC since 2001. Scott’s career spans both traditional geophysics and subsurface utility engineering (SUE). In particular, his extensive geophysics expertise includes managing projects ranging from gathering and evaluating data for Chevron’s offshore programs to mapping extensive infrastructure for federal installations, large universities, and municipalities. Scott has a Master’s degree in Geological Engineering from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1988, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in SC, NC, GA, AL, FL, and MD.
Scott and his wife Renee were married in 1992 and have one daughter, Anya. During his time off work, Scott enjoys water sports, do-it-yourself projects, watching any Chicago sports team, and chasing his daughter around soccer fields throughout the southeast.