Jim Stroud is a lifelong resident of the Carolina Coast. From an early age, Jim learned the value of hard work and always had a fascination with the concept of building. After attending the University of North Carolina at Wilmington majoring in Finance, he excelled in the corporate world of both commercial and residential construction. Over the next thirty years, Jim gained multiple state licenses including that of General Contractor, Home Inspector, and beyond. Jim uses his many years of experience in construction and management to oversee all phases of construction activities with the goal of providing the highest level of service each client deserves.
Mr. McCoy a Cape Fear Region native, has been managing projects for Pride Restoration of North Carolina for 2 years. As a prior Manager with Wilhite Packaging and S&E Construction Mr. McCoy is no stranger to deadlines and attention to detail, which elements are important to the successful completion of all projects overseen by Mr. McCoy. He provides guidance to clients and his team during all project phases, ensures proper materials and resources are being utilized, and project deadlines are effectively met. Mr. McCoy’s background brings a vast knowledge to Pride in many aspects of the job.
Mr. McCoy is also a licensed Home Inspector and a certified Water Restoration Technician.
In Mr. McCoy’s downtime, he can be found tending to the garden with his wife, working on demolition derby cars, kayaking with his sons, and riding his motorcycle.
Mr. Benton being a native of the Cape Fear Region started working in Restoration at a young age with
his family until he enlisted in the United States Navy. In the Navy he was a mechanical engineer working
on main propulsion systems for ships. He served for four years. After his time in the service, he went to
work for Hertz Equipment Rentals as a shop supervisor and inventory controller fulltime and worked nights and weekends for Advance Auto Parts as a part time Assistant Manager in training. After two years of part time with Advance Auto Mr. Benton became the youngest store Manager at Advance Auto Parts. During his ten-year tenure Mr. Benton became a District Manager and covered multiple stores. Mr. Benton wanted a change in his career and switched from Retail environment to Facility Services. Mr. Benton joined GCA Service Group in Pender County where he over saw custodial services for all of Pender County. During his employment with GCA he moved up the corporate ladder quickly and
became a Senior Regional Manager. In his role as Senior Regional Manager, he covered the entire state of North Carolina and the lower half of Virginia. His responsibility included custodial services for over 15 million square feet of cleaning nightly, 300,000 acers of grounds maintenance and 8 million square feet of facility maintenance for k-12 school systems and colleges in his region. Mr. Benton was responsible for 635-hourly employees and 25 salaried employees. After a merger and acquisition of GCA from Mr. Benton comes to Pride Restoration with a vast experience in Management, construction and facility operation and Restoration.
When Mr. Benton is not working, he is spending time with family and friends. He likes to ride motorcycles, fish, hunt, and work in his yard.
Joel Knopp is the North Carolina Rep which handles Marketing, Sales, and Client Relations. He was born in Chicago, Illinois and comes from a military family. Joel has grown his customer service and sales experience through various professional sales environments most of his life. Joel can be best seen through his ability to implement client service quality assurance. Always going above and beyond to develop relationships and building trust amongst the community with the resources Pride Restoration has to offer. He loves the challenge of learning another’s craft and connecting people through networking circles. The result is seeing others succeed in business also known as “Givers Gain” which gives Joel a true sense of accomplishment. In his free time he enjoys salt water fishing , kayaking, and the simpler things in life.
Doris Lindly is our Office Manager. She was raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina and comes from a large military family, so she knows what it means to be of service to a community. Prior to finding her “calling” in the restoration industry, Doris worked as a Paralegal and Office Manager for a General Contractor. Then she found her calling in the restoration industry over 21 years ago and has not looked back since. She received her IICRC Water Technician Certification in 2009 and enjoys keeping up with the latest technology and trends in the ever changing restoration industry by going to industry conferences, webinars, and educational classes. When she is not working serving our community, Doris loves to travel, cooking, crafting, gardening and to read a good book on a beach somewhere.