Desoto Group Leadership

Meet the team

Sonya Montgomery


Sonya Montgomery is the Chairman and CEO of The Desoto Group and a seasoned executive with a proven record of operational achievement.

A hands-on executive, Ms. Montgomery is responsible for the oversight of day-to-day operations for Desoto’s core business lines nationwide, and for building relationships with public and private partners. Her continued focus on the development of operations strategy and account oversight ensures a consistent experience with each engagement.

Ms. Montgomery’s expertise is derived from over three decades of experience in state and federal government, public/private partnerships, and C-Level executive management. Well-versed in the challenges and opportunities of today’s business environment, she brings practical solutions to contracting, contingent labor, and compliance. Her service in the United States Army, the Executive Office of the Governor, and as a long-time government affairs consultant to Fortune 500 companies has afforded her the ability to leverage large-scale partnerships, develop unique and individualized strategic solutions for clientele, and establish–and uphold–clear expectations for project stakeholders.

Lance Hendrix

Chief Operations Officer

Mr. Hendrix serves as Desoto’s Chief Operating Officer, responsible for all operational aspects of Desoto’s business with a specific focus on project delivery to our customers. He has over 30 years of experience in the Industrial and Power engineering and construction, with deep expertise in the Industrial and Power sectors.

Prior to joining The Desoto Group, Mr. Hendrix served as President of Kiewit Power Engineers, Executive Vice President of Kiewit Power, Vice President & General Manager of KBR’s Power business, Vice President of Strategy & Development for Wood PLC, and Vice President of Business Development for Washington Group’s Power business.

Mr. Hendrix holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and an Executive Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Alabama.

Andrea Demetrio

Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Demetrio serves as Desoto’s Chief Financial Officer, responsible for managing the financial actions of the company, including tracking of cash flow, budgeting and expense control, and financial planning. She has 21 years of accounting and finance experience Ernst & Young LLP, rising to the level of a Partner in EY’s audit practice. Ms. Demetrio’ experience includes serving public and private organizations with domestic and international footprints ranging from $50 million to $84 billion in revenue.

Ms. Demetrio is a Licensed CPA and member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and has a Master of Accountancy from University of South Carolina.