Darrell Hughes, Our team

Darrell Hughes

Darrell Hughes is the leader of our team, Originally from south Mississippi, Darrell was inspired by a family member to be in the construction industry at an early age. After earning a degree in Civil Engineering from Mississippi State University, he took on several different positions in the commercial, industrial, and highway sectors of construction gaining a great deal of experience along the way. One of those positions brought him to Birmingham in 1990 and in 1995 he launched D F Hughes Construction. His introduction of the Design Build concept to the Birmingham residential remodeling market along with his passion for doing things the right way have played a key role in developing the firm into what it is today.


Nicole Shultz

Design Manager
Our Team Design Manager, Nicole was born in the panhandle of Florida and moved to Birmingham in 2011. She grew up with her father in construction, which cultivated a love for the entire creative design process. Graduating from Florida State University with a Bachelor’s in Interior Design, she soon married a Birmingham native and they planted their family in Chelsea, Alabama. After working in various companies within the design industry, she found her passion in the design|build world after collaborating with Darrell for a few years. Her love for helping people, eye for curating beautiful spaces, and drive for watching a project come together seamlessly has made her an asset to the DF Hughes team.


Johnny Lieske

Project Supervisor
Our Team Project Supervisor, Johnny was born and raised in Northern Illinois but moved to Birmingham in the fall of 2013 to finish his college baseball and academic career at UAB. He majored in Communications and upon graduating in 2015, invested nearly 7 years as a campus minister at UAB where he spent the majority of his time serving college students, homeless folks, and even going abroad twice in Africa in addition to prison ministry work in Alabama and Texas. His background in that work provides him with the desire to bring about the best experience for our clients and subcontractors and see the transformation of the projects from beginning stages to the final result. Johnny views each day on the job as an opportunity to serve and add value to someone else whether it be his boss, coworker, subcontractors, or our clients with an emphasis on communicating routinely with everyone involved.