Griffith Engineering Principals

Chad Griffith, PE, CEM, GBE, LEED AP
Chad Griffith, PE, CEM, GBE, LEED APPresident

A Closer Look

Chad is a licensed professional engineer in twenty seven (27) states and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Green Building Engineer (GBE), and a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

Chad’s professional affiliations include the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the International Code Council (ICC), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and the Georgia Association of Physical Plant Administrators (GAPPA).

His notable design experience includes:

Chad resides in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife and three boys. Outside of managing Griffith Engineering, Chad enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in the local community. Chad has spent time as an Assistant Scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troop 477, and coaching wrestling with the Nava Breffle youth wrestling program in Dunwoody. In general, Chad looks forward to opportunities to inspire and motivate people around him to overcome challenges and realize more of their potential. Some of Chad’s hobbies include hiking, traveling, playing basketball, and watching college football and basketball.

Chad earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University in 1995. He is the founder and President of Griffith Engineering, Inc., and serves as the firm’s Managing Principal. His more than 20 years of industry experience includes mechanical system design, project management, energy auditing, and energy modeling.

John R. Nott, PE, CEM, BEMP, CMVP
John R. Nott, PE, CEM, BEMP, CMVPPrincipal
John is a licensed Professional Engineer in Georgia, and is both a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and a Building Energy Modeling Professional (BEMP) through the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), and a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional (CMVP).

John leads Griffith Engineering’s Energy team. This team develops models with several traditional modeling software products, and also develops custom programs to evaluate specific measures. He is also very involved with other aspects of Griffith Engineering’s energy projects including auditing and reporting. John has a background in mechanical systems design and performance contracting, which gives him a unique perspective on the application of many leading energy efficiency strategies. John combines the practical application of proposed energy conservation measures with over a decade of experience evaluating their impacts to ensure accurate predictive modeling, design and construction feasibility.

John’s recent project experience includes the following:

John earned his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2007. He resides in Peachtree Corners, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. When he’s not doting on his daughter, John enjoys rooting on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at various sporting events.

He also stays connected to his alma mater by serving as the scholarship chair of the local alumni club. John’s hobbies include collecting old engineering books, old maps, and refinishing furniture. He is always up for a competition and enjoys playing games and sports with friends and family. He considers himself adventurous and doesn’t pass up the opportunity to go new places and trying new foods.

Ryan Parkins, PE
Ryan Parkins, PEPrincipal
Ryan is a licensed mechanical engineer and has project management and mechanical design experience on a variety of project types. He is also an experience energy modeler. Ryan is the Principal-in-Charge of Griffith Engineering’s MEP design team and works to establish a level of design quality and thoroughness that is second to none.
Ryan was born and raised in Greeneville, Tennessee. He and his wife Amanda live in Brookhaven, Georgia. In his free time, Ryan enjoys wake boarding and spending time at the lake, as well as weightlifting, traveling, and troubleshooting/fixing a variety of things ranging from his boat to the washing machine.
Wally B. Ray, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+C
Wally B. Ray, PE, CEM, LEED AP BD+CPrincipal
Wally manages Griffith Engineering’s Charlotte office. He also serves as Project Manager and lead mechanical engineer on projects that originate in that office. Wally also has mechanical and energy engineering responsibilities on other Griffith Engineering projects outside of North Carolina.

Wally is a licensed professional engineer in six (6) states, he is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) as well as a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP BD+C). His professional affiliations include the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE), the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Energy Services Coalition (ESC) & the United States Green Building Council, North Carolina Chapter (USGBC).

Wally’s notable project experience includes:

  • Naval Air Station Oceana energy audit and engineering design, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Hoke County School System energy audit, Raeford, NC
  • Mayland Community College renovations, Statesville and Morrisville, NC
  • University of North Carolina at Charlotte multiple renovation projects, Charlotte, NC
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland energy audit and utility analysis, St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Forsyth County School System renovations and upgrades, Cumming, GA
  • Veach Baley federal building chiller replacements, Asheville, NC
  • Terry Sanford Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse renovations and upgrades, Raleigh, NC
  • Charles Jonas Federal Courthouse project development study, Charlotte, NC
  • U.S. Custom House study, Charleston, SC
Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Wally is a 1996 graduate of North Carolina State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He lives with his wife and twin daughters in Cornelius, North Carolina. Outside of his role of managing the Charlotte office of Griffith Engineering, Wally enjoys spending time with his family and being active in his church and community. Wally has spent time volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, serving as a deacon at his church, and helping coach his daughters’ soccer teams. Wally’s personality and leadership style are supportive: he takes pride in motivating Griffith Engineering team members and encouraging them to reach their potential. Wally enjoys hiking and camping with his family, and is a home theater aficionado.
Christine Trovato, CFO
Christine Trovato, CFOPrincipal
Christine has more than 25 years of finance and business management experience with a demonstrated history of working in the design and construction industry. As CFO, Christine oversees all financial and HR aspects of Griffith Engineering. She excels at managing financial performance through budgeting, value engineering, risk management, cost management, and strategic planning. Through her dedication to Griffith, Christine continues to grow the financial strength of the firm and offer exceptional benefits to our team. Christine’s leadership and commitment to our clients and our team is seen day in and day out.

Born and raised in Springfield, Missouri, Christine is a 1994 graduate of Missouri State University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Management, with a minor in Economics.

Christine, her husband and three daughters live in Roswell, Georgia. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her family and is involved in her church and her daughters’ school and community activities. She is also Vice Chairman of the Board for the Pregnancy Aid Clinic, a member of the Atlanta Area Suzuki Piano Association & a volunteer with the Roswell Youth Theater. Christine enjoys going on family vacations to the beach, adventurous road trips, and the occasional stop at Disney World.