What We Do

Generating Value for Clients through Our C2C® Approach

Company

Company History

In 1968, Edgar M. Jolley founded EMJ on the philosophy of delivering exceptional construction projects with impeccable customer service. This vision to serve led to a business reputation of collaboration and long-term relationships.

In the early 1990s, President Jim Sattler expanded EMJ’s client base and diversified its sectors, which positioned the company for steady long-term growth. Since that time, EMJ has built projects in 48 states in the continental U.S. in a variety of sectors. EMJ’s growth has continued to expand as it branched into specialty organizations, creating a vast family of companies which serve clients nationwide.

Since our inception, EMJ has built over 260 million square feet of construction projects across the nation. Today, you will find EMJ’s name as the builder of record on a wide variety of projects. Our diversity, success and reputation result from our commitment to maintain the principles on which we began and the vision of leadership throughout the years. Most recently, EMJ was ranked #82 out of the Top 400 Contractors in the nation by Engineering News-Record.

Our Foundation

Purpose

EMJ’s purpose is to serve. We believe that in order to serve the industry—from clients to employees to the communities in which we work—our team must be devoted to helping others.

Vision

Our vision is to change the industry, and while we can’t change the world overnight, we believe we can transform the construction industry— one client experience at a time.

Mission

EMJ is a construction services company that strives to serve with honesty, transparency, and respect. We are guided by, and measure ourselves by, this mission.

Promise

Thinking like owners, we strategically and creatively generate value through risk reduction and profit maximization for our clients through four client-focused steps: ask, listen, think, do.

Objective

Growing together is our ultimate goal. With our clients as our focus, we are committed to instilling an environment of mentoring, growth and professional development for employees.

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Company

Our Leadership

Chief Executive Officer

Jay Jolley

Chief Executive Officer

Jay Jolley

After graduating from Tennessee Tech University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, Jay Jolley’s tenure with EMJ began. He first served as Project Manager for six years during which he led over 35 projects. Jay was then named Vice President and was challenged alongside Burt Odom to open a new office in Dallas with the goal of building 42 grocery stores in 42 weeks. After successfully completing the challenge, Jay led the office and helped it grow its client base, project diversity and revenues to become one of the most successful construction offices in the Southwest.

After relocating back to Chattanooga, Jay assumed the role of President and oversaw all office and field operations for the Chattanooga, Boston and Dallas offices as well as corporate policies and procedures.

In 2010, Jay was named Chief Executive Officer. As CEO, he oversees EMJ Corporation and its family of companies and collaborates with the Board of Directors and leadership team to establish the organization’s strategic vision and goals.

Jay’s favorite part of leading the organization is being constantly inspired by passionate servant leaders who love what they do. His mission for the company is to create long-term success by mentoring the next generation of leaders. His hands-on approach as CEO is seen from day one; Jay personally calls every single employee within their first week of work. His inclusive attitude towards his team and ability to think creatively about the future of the company frame EMJ and the family of companies for success year after year. In his spare time, he enjoys building and flying planes and spending time with his family.

President

Burt Odom

President

Burt Odom

Burt Odom began his construction career when he served under EMJ founder, Edgar M. Jolley after graduating from Auburn University. Having worked more than 30 years in various positions including as an estimator and project engineer, Burt’s unique perspective in all facets of the construction process is an asset to the entire EMJ family of companies. Burt helped establish EMJ’s Dallas office and played a key role in growing its client base, project diversity and revenues to become one of the most successful construction offices in the Southwest. Burt now serves as the President of EMJ Corporation, his role since January 2010.

Burt’s favorite part of leading the organization is growing our talented team and inspiring them to do great things. He instills a servant leadership mentality by leading by example; he is actively involved in EMJ’s Career-4-Life mentoring program and implements the C2C® philosophy daily through his work.

Burt is involved in his local community and connected to the construction community nationwide. He is on the committee of International Council of Shopping Centers and attends events for the organization annually. He is on the board of Coppell Bible Fellowship and Faith Christian School’s Building Committee. He is a former Awana leader and an Associated Builders and Contractors Advisory Board Member. He lives in Coppell with his wife and enjoys spending time with his four children.

Chief Operating Officer

Doug Martin

Chief Operating Officer

Doug Martin

Doug Martin has more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry and more than 20 years within EMJ’s family of companies. Upon graduating from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he began his career as a project engineer and served several organizations. Doug joined EMJ in 1993 and has served as its Chief Operating Officer since January 2015.

As the COO, Doug sees his role as creating a sustainable future for the family of companies and its employees through operational excellence. He provides day-to-day leadership of operations and management of the corporation’s strategic vision, growth and budget. Doug also ensures that all employees are effectively trained, manages continuing education and promotes growth within the family of companies through EMJ’s Career-4-Life objective, which help recruit and retain high-caliber employees and instills an environment of learning and professional development.

Doug is heavily involved in his community and serves on several local boards, including Junior Achievement of Chattanooga and the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association. Previously, he served as a board member for Urban Hope Academy and St. Jude School and was on the committee for the Tennessee Association of Community Leadership Conference. Doug and his wife have three children. His family lives in Chattanooga.

Chief Financial Officer

Chuck McGlothlen

Chief Financial Officer

Chuck McGlothlen

As Chief Financial Officer of the family of companies, Chuck McGlothlen sees his role as encouraging employees to embrace EMJ’s entrepreneurial culture and develop into their full potential. He ensures the family of companies implement the latest construction technologies and practices, and empowers employees to grow, expand their capabilities, and diversify their strengths.

A member of the EMJ team since 2013, Chuck has over 30 years of operations management experience in the construction industry and applies this knowledge in working with other members of EMJ leadership to develop long range goals, strategies, plans, and policies for each subsidiary and company within the EMJ family. While he focuses on the overall fiscal aspects of EMJ and the family of companies and oversees internal and external accounting operations and procedures, he also oversees EMJ’s Information Technology and Human Resources departments.

Chuck has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and management with a minor in economics from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo., and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame. He is involved in professional organizations nationwide including the Construction Financial Management Association, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Society for Human Resource Management and Tennessee Captive Insurance Association (TCIA). Chuck lives in Hixson with his wife.

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

J. Christopher Hall

Executive Vice President and General Counsel

J. Christopher Hall

An attorney with more than 23 years of experience, Chris Hall joined EMJ as Executive Vice President and General Counsel in 2007. Chris provides legal counsel to EMJ and its family of companies regarding operations and risk management and also guides leadership to help ensure EMJ’s strategic vision aligns with its operations and policies.

Chris says his favorite part about working at EMJ is its people. He feels fortunate to work with and be associated with the talented, dedicated and caring people that EMJ has within the family of companies. He says his ultimate goal is to assist our companies in serving and providing value to our clients and that the opportunities to grow and provide value are endless.

Chris graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga with a bachelor’s degree in economics and earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville. He is a member of the Tennessee and American Bar Associations, the Tennessee Bar Association’s Construction Law Section, and the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law.

Chris is an active member of the community and serves on boards of several charitable organizations, most recently the Make-a-Wish Foundation of East Tennessee. He lives in Chattanooga with his wife and four children.

Executive Vice President

Ray Catlin

Executive Vice President

Ray Catlin

As Executive Vice President, Ray Catlin believes his role is to serve each and every person in EMJ’s Dallas office. His responsibility lies in leading the office in the right direction while supporting and enabling employees to accomplish the large-scale goals of the family of companies.

Ray has nearly 18 years of experience in construction and has been with EMJ Corporation since 2002. He recently earned the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Certified Development, Design and Construction Professional credential, an exclusive recognition of a retail real estate professional’s high level of competency in their specialty.

Ray’s favorite part of leading EMJ Dallas is seeing clients’ projects become reality through the dedication and hard work of his team and watching EMJ’s vision of taking the industry in a new direction come to life. His mission for Dallas is to grow internally and build a clientele base that relies on EMJ as their trusted partner.

Ray is an avid supporter of Habitat for Humanity and leads the Dallas office in fundraising efforts and a weekend house build each year. He is on the board of the Retail Contractor’s Association, a member of ICSC’s CenterBuild Planning Committee, the ACE Mentoring Board, and Vice President of the Cottonwood Creek Elementary PTO.

Ray graduated from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. When he is not serving the Dallas office and his community, he spends time with his wife and four children at their home in Coppell.

Executive Vice President

Clint Dean

Executive Vice President

Clint Dean

Clint began his construction career as a student co-op in the Chattanooga office while he was studying civil engineering at Auburn University. Nearly 20 years later, Clint is managing it as the Executive Vice President.

Clint is a knowledgeable and capable asset to the Chattanooga team as he has been involved in nearly every role or facet of the construction process, from a superintendent to a project manager. His goals for his office include maintaining EMJ’s strong reputation in the southeast and expanding into a variety of sectors nationwide.

As Executive Vice President, Clint’s favorite part about leading the Chattanooga team is seeing employees grow into servant leaders. By promoting a culture of selflessness and mentoring, Clint empowers his employees to lead by example and serve others, which has led to strong growth in the office as well as on each job site.

Clint also stays active in the Chattanooga community. He served or currently serves as a board member of the ACE Mentor Program, Greenspaces and the Bethlehem Center and as a member of the Ronald McDonald House Finance Committee and the Leadership Chattanooga Alumni Association. He was previously named one of Chatter Magazine’s “20 under 40” as well as ICSC’s “20 under 40.” In his spare time, he enjoys fishing, playing golf, and spending time with his wife and two children.

Executive Vice President

Neil Pratt

Executive Vice President

Neil Pratt

Neil Pratt’s lifelong mission has been to help others reach their goals, and as Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Boston office, he takes steps toward this daily.

Neil has nearly 15 years of experience in construction and has been with EMJ Corporation since 2003. In 2015, Neil assumed the leadership role of EMJ’s Boston office, having previously led Accent Construction Services in Chattanooga. With his move to Boston, Neil hopes to “deepen roots” in the New England area and grow the Boston office’s client base.

Neil’s favorite part about working at EMJ is its entrepreneurial culture and the opportunities that are given to employees. He appreciates the collaborative spirit of EMJ and the team’s desire to “go the extra mile” for both clients and colleagues.

In Neil’s spare time, he is involved with First Thing’s First, an organization dedicated to strengthening families, where he serves as a board member. He frequently attends industry-related learning events, including those of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), to continue to grow in his profession. A graduate of Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, he lives in Boston with his wife and their two children.

Media Library

EMJ | A Construction Services Company

EMJ President Burt Odom underlines our purpose: to serve. He and EMJ Chief Operating Officer Doug Martin discuss how EMJ seeks to change the industry through collaboration.

EMJ | We Are EMJ

EMJ President Burt Odom and Chief Operating Officer Doug Martin remark on the importance of mentors in our careers. They also identify what makes EMJ a leader in the construction industry: its people.

EMJ | Defining Value

Neil Pratt, Executive Vice President of EMJ's Boston office, defines what value means to him. He discusses our responsibility to spend time with the client and to ask, listen, and think before we do.

EMJ | C2C Collaboration

Ray Catlin, Executive Vice President of EMJ's Dallas office, discusses our C2C approach that collaboratively generates value for clients. He also cites an example of how our team exceeded a client's expectations.

EMJ | Building Relationships

Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ's Chattanooga office, speaks about applying C2C and tracking value generation for a client. He also discusses EMJ's ability to form relationships with clients.

Awards

Engineering News-Record Magazine

Engineering News-Record Magazine Revenue Volume Rankings for the last 5 years:
2016 | Top 400 Contractors, 82nd
2015 | Top 400 Contractors, 101st
2014 | Top 400 Contractors, 129th
2013 | Top 400 Contractors, 120th
2012 | Top 400 Contractors, 119th

Retail Traffic Magazine

Square Footage Rankings for the last 5 years:
2011 | 2nd in Shell Space; 6th in Interior Space
2010 | 3rd in Shell Space; 3rd in Interior Space
2009 | 3rd in Shell Space; 3rd in Interior Space
2008 | 2nd in Shell Space; 2nd in Interior Space
2007 | 3rd in Shell Space; 2nd in Interior Space

Building Recognition in Chattanooga Awards

Building Recognition in Chattanooga Awards
2016 | CSI’s Collaborative Building Team of the Year – Cabela’s, Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

Dallas Business Journal

Dallas Business Journal
2015 | Best Retail Real Estate Deal Awards- Waterside
2015 | Best Rehab/Reuse Real Estate Deal Awards- Turtle Creek Village
2015 | Best Outside Relocation Real Estate Deal Awards- Farmer Brothers’ Headquarters

D CEO Magazine

D CEO Magazine
2016 | Best New Industrial Project- Farmer Brothers’ Headquarters

Community Awards

Community Awards
2016 | Spirit of Achievement Award, Junior Achievement of Chattanooga