“If you build it, they will come.” With that declaration, the construction industry could be said to operate. But there is a lot of meaning in the simple statement. To “build it” is no mean feat. It takes professionals, skilled laborers, and farsighted managers. The structure exists on paper. It takes a pragmatic hand to turn wishful thinking into a realized vision. In the Architecture category, we quoted Le Corbusier: “Architecture is the learned game ... of forms assembled in the light.” So, who do you think does all that assembling? A construction site is one sure sign of economic progress. Whenever cranes dominate the sky, you can almost hear the economic engine revving. A designer dreamt the city up. The people in construction put it on the map.

Managing Director, Design & Construction for Belz Architecture + Construction. Firm offers design, design-build, and general contracting services. Focuses on healthcare, industrial, office, retail, government, and education construction. Notable clients include Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, St. Jude, Nike, Smith & Nephew, and UT Medical Group. LEED Accredited Professional. Member, Associated General Contractors, American Society of Healthcare Engineering, and U.S. Green Building Council.

President, MCDR, Inc. Firm specializes in hotels, corporate headquarters, office buildings, churches, retail and distribution centers, hospitals, and sports complexes. Major projects include University of Memphis’ McWherter Library, Holiday Inn’s Corporate Headquarters, Target, Union Planters National Bank, and Gibson Guitar. LEED Accredited Professional. Past President, Associated General Contractors of Tennessee. Board Chairman, AGC Comp Trust Tennessee.

Vice President and CFO, Grinder, Taber and Grinder, Inc. Firm offers general contracting, design/build, construction management, and LEED-certified projects. Major clients include Rhodes College, Pinnacle Airlines, Smith & Nephew, Second Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Day School, FedEx, Christ Community Health Services, One Commerce Square, and The Visible School. Received AIA Awards for Excellence for the MIFA Building and Christ Community Medical Center. Member, Associated Builders and Contractors.

Vice President and Partner, Grinder-Haizlip Construction Company. Firm’s services include commercial  and industrial construction. Clients include FedEx, Wright Medical Technology, National Civil Rights Museum, Hickory Hill Community Center, and Memphis Grizzlies Athletic Center. Member, Economic Club of Memphis, East Memphis Rotary Club, and Land Economics Society. Leadership Memphis class of 1987. Former Board Member, Memphis Housing Authority.

Executive Vice President, Inman-EMJ Construction. Firm offers commercial general contractor and construction management services. Clients include
AutoZone Park, AutoZone Headquarters, the Ford Center for the Performing Arts at Ole Miss, Campbell Clinic, University of Memphis, and University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Honors include Associated Builders and Contractors Excellence in Construction Award. Member, Greater Memphis Chamber.

President, Linkous Construction Company, Inc. Firm specializes in general contracting, construction management, and consulting. Clients include Bellevue Baptist Church, Briarcrest Christian School, Central Church, FedEx, Harding Academy, and Lausanne Collegiate School. Received Platinum Safety Training and Evaluation Process Award from Associated Builders and Contractors, and Excellence in Construction Award from ABC. Member, Society of Entrepreneurs.

CEO, Montgomery Martin Contractors. Firm offers general contracting, construction management, design build and pre-construction services. Clients include Highwoods Properties, Christian Brothers University, Ole Miss, Memphis College of Art, The Salvation Army, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, and Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare. Board Member, WKNO and Neighborhood Christian Center. Member, Urban Land Institute, Lambda Alpha International, and the Memphis World Trade Club.

Division President, Flintco, Inc. Firm caters to healthcare, hospitality, correctional, educational, and commercial industries. Major clients include Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, FedEx, University of Memphis, Memphis International Airport, and the National Civil Rights Museum. Vice President, West Tennessee Chapter, Association of General Contractors. Past Board Member, Associated Builders and Contractors Education Trust. Member, Advisory Board, The Salvation Army - Memphis.

President, Patton & Taylor Construction Company. Firm offers services in general construction, construction management, and value engineering. Projects include Harbor Town Landing, Civic Center Apartments, 88 Union Center, The Hamilton at Turman Farms, Centennial Garden Apartments, and Memphis Cotton Exchange. Has been named Builder of the Year by Memphis Area Home Builders Association. Member, Memphis Area Association of Realtors, Lambda Alpha International, and Associated Builders and Contractors.

Owner and CEO, Metro Construction, LLC. Firm offers general construction services. Since 1981, firm has completed projects with a value exceeding $500 million. Projects include FedEx Supply Chain Services Global Headquarters, The Peabody hotel renovation, and Memphis Hilton. Received Excellence in Construction Award for Radio Center Flats, Memphis Jewish Community Center New Wellness Center, and Circa restaurant. Received Design of the Decade Award for Peabody Place. Board Member, Fire Museum of Memphis.

Project Executive, W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company. Firm offers construction management, design build, general contracting, and pre-construction services. Clients include renovation of 20 properties on the National Register of Historic Places. Projects include ALSAC/St. Jude, Cobblestone Landing, and University of Mississippi Law School. Member, U.S. Green Building Council. Completed the Corps of Engineers Quality Control Managers course.

President, Chris Woods Construction Co., Inc. Clients and projects have included National Cotton Council, Bumpus Harley-Davidson, Faith Baptist Church, White Station Church of Christ, Royal Furniture, Colonial Hills Church, and Southern Thunder Harley-Davidson. Firm has received multiple Excellence in Construction Awards from Associated Builders and Contractors. Member of ABC, American Institute of Architects, and U.S. Green Building Council.

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