Thomas & Hutton Names Two New Shareholders

Thomas & Hutton Names Two New Shareholders

Thomas & Hutton is pleased to announce the addition of two new company shareholders: Cecilia Arango, CPSM and Brian Riley.

Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President Ben Jones states, “For 77 years, Thomas & Hutton continues to focus on growth and sustainability, and ownership transition is an integral part of our plan. We are excited to welcome Cecilia and Brian as shareholders at Thomas & Hutton. With both having over 20 years of experience at the firm, their outstanding performance and steadfast loyalty continue to propel Thomas & Hutton forward. Their commitment to our clients, mission and culture will make them valuable members of our ownership team and will help play a role in shaping the future and continued success of our company.”

Cecilia Arango, CPSM is a Certified Professional Services Marketer and oversees the marketing, communications, and community relations for Thomas & Hutton’s 10 regions in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Tennessee. She earned her B.A. in English Communications and received this year’s 2023 Georgia Southern University Alumni Association’s George & Lucy Armstrong Award. Cecilia began her career at Thomas & Hutton as an intern in 2001 and upon graduation, transitioned full-time to the marketing department. Today, she leads company-wide marketing strategy and operations as the Marketing Manager.

As a past Georgia Trend’s 40 Under 40, Cecilia is an alumnus of Leadership Georgia, Leadership Southeast Georgia, and Leadership Savannah. She is passionate about service to the community and currently serves on various boards and committees including United Way of the Coastal Empire Campaign Cabinet and Marketing Committee, Savannah Sports Council, TEDxSavannah, Society of Marketing Professional Services, Leadership Southeast Georgia, and the Georgia Economic Developers Association. She enjoys being on the stage as an actress, singer, and performer and names the historic Hyundai Community Celebration a career highlight serving as its Mistress of Ceremonies. An avid runner, Cecilia is over halfway done on her quest to run a marathon in each state and is the founder of a running book club – Read, Run & Rant.

Brian Riley is a Civil Group Leader and Senior Project Manager in our Charleston region. He attended the University of South Carolina and began his career with Thomas & Hutton in 1998 as a land surveyor before transitioning into a construction administration role followed by civil designer and became a project manager in 2005.  In 2006, Brian relocated to Wilmington, NC to establish Thomas & Hutton’s presence in the NC market before returning to Charleston in 2012. Over the course of his 25-year career, Brian has played an integral role in the success of numerous projects in South and North Carolina, notably Daniel Island, Carnes Crossroads, Brunswick County Parks, and Holden Beach Middle School.  He currently oversees a group of project managers and designers that work on a vast array of projects including residential, commercial, and industrial developments.

An alumnus of Leadership Charleston 2014 class, Brian is a current member of the Charleston Chamber and active committee participant influencing new policies related to development regulations. He enjoys an active lifestyle that includes fitness training, golf, fishing, and hunting.  Brian is also active in the men’s fellowship community at Kings Cross Church.