Leadership

Dianne Rushing President

Dianne Rushing is the president and CEO of AOS Specialty Contractors, Inc.  Under Dianne’s leadership, AOS has grown from one small crew to the entity it is today.  AOS performs a wide variety of projects including a number of recognizable Columbia landmarks including the Veteran’s Monument on the State House Grounds, the Owen’s Field Skate Park, and the recently completed Assembly Street Pedestrian Improvements.  However, AOS operates across South Carolina and has completed similarly iconic projects across the state including the Charlotte Street Park and Gasdenboro Park in Charleston, SC. 

Dianne takes a hands-on approach to operations and customer relations as she strives to meet every customer prior to commencement to ensure AOS has sufficiently captured every aspect of the project.  AOS projects  must blend functionality with iconic aspects and project specifications can only capture so much of that vision.  

AOS is now a recognized niche contractor fielding over forty employees and growing every year.  Dianne is active in her local community and in a number of groups including the Women President’s Organization, Vistage, American Association of Concrete Contractors as well as serving on the City of Columbia Commercial Revolving Loan Committee. 

Jane Plante Vice President

Jane Plante is the Vice President and leads AOS’ Business Development Team.  With nearly twenty years of project management experience, she oversees the continued operations and implementation of AOS core values and best practices while ensuring customer satisfaction on every job.

Jane works to identify and cultivate relationships with new subcontractors and vendors to constantly evolve AOS’s repertoire of available services.  AOS started as a small company doing a variety of small projects but through Jane’s leadership, the company has evolved to tackle a number of specialized projects including granite work, monuments, interior commercial renovations, and water features.  Jane puts together teams capable of exceeding a customer’s needs and expectations for every project.

As Vice President, Jane identifies talent within the AOS team and familiarizes new team members with the core values which make up the AOS culture: respect, integrity, excellence, drive, and teamwork.  Together, these values determine how AOS will tackle each project, leaving each project complete on time and on budget no matter the difficulty.  She has an unparalleled ability to identify methods and ways of enhancement to leave the project better for AOS’ involvement. 

Our Team

George Brower, Operations Manager

Mike Sweatt, Senior Estimator

Lauren Hunter, Finance Manager

Mike LaCola, Estimator

Reed Rogers, Project Manager

Dago Aguilera, Project Manager

Luke Wilkes, Project Manager

Claire McLane, Project Manager

Mandi Milstead, Operations Admin

Joni Peterson, Estimating Admin

Jose Zavala, Superintendent