Management Team

Jacqueline Smith “Jackie”


Jackie has held senior management positions for companies operating in the contractor marketplace for the last twenty-six years. Well regarded for her keen business acumen, Jackie has a proven track record in effectively managing industrial contracting businesses.

Beginning her career in 1988 with Bay Mechanical Inc, one of the largest mechanical contractors on the east coast, Jackie was responsible for business operations including Financial Systems, Operations, Overseeing the Industrial Division, Service Division and Project Management. In 1995, Jackie accepted a position with a third generation residential and commercial painting contractor.

As Vice President of Operations, she implemented a number of processes which strengthened cash flow, grew profitability, and improved customer service levels. Jackie quarterbacked the implementation and integration of accounting and job cost software into business operations. She developed marketing plans for the company and spearheaded a highly successful new customer and retention campaign. During her tenure, she built and cultivated an exceptional workforce and they became one of the largest and most reputable painting contractors in the Richmond, VA area.

During her career, Jackie has consulted contractors across the country in sound business practices, including loss control, systems for higher efficiency and production, hiring practices and human resources policies.

In New Kent Coatings’ short history, they have been honored with two significant awards. In 2013, the New Kent Chamber of Commerce awarded them their annual Excellence in Business Award and in 2014 they received the coveted (WBENC) WPEO Star Award. Jackie is also on the Board of Directors of the WPEO Washington DC and New York regions.

Michael Gardner

Vice President Central Virginia

Mike began his career in the industry in 1978 working in the marine industrial arena in Jacksonville, Florida. From there Mike spent a period of time on the oil rigs offshore with Bechtel. At Penn Gulf Mike entered the world of pulp and paper. Mike landed in Virginia in the early 80’s with RDC of Virginia working with Tom Radcliff as his mentor. Since then Mike has continued to hone his skills in protective coatings working for several reputable companies including Industrial Cryogenics Enterprises (ICE). Although Mike has a vast knowledge in many industrial settings, his focus over the past twenty years has been in pulp and paper, water storage and power generation. Mike has earned his role as Field Operations Manager because of his vast experience, management skills and integrity.

Daniel “Dan” Gibbens

Operations Manager

Dan began his industrial coatings career at Kings Bay Naval Base while overhauling the largest covered dry dock in the world. He then oversaw the lead abatement and beautification of the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico, which was awarded the SSPC Krone Knoy award. Dan then moved to Virginia to operate Spensieri Painting’s Chesapeake office. Although he continued his career in structural steel landmarks, his focus was in the water/ wastewater industry including elevated water towers. Dan has a proven track record of building, managing, and training a high powered and effective team to reach company goals and objectives while also having an exceptional ability to establish, maintain, and grow loyal customer relationships.

Dan has been on the leading edge of safety and training during his career. He currently holds many OSHA, SSPC, and other coatings specific certifications. Dan is the current tenured chairman of the SSPC Hampton Roads Chapter.