What We Do

A Family of Companies Committed to Client Relationships 

EMJ

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 47 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 #69 out of the Top 400 Contractors in the nation by Engineering News-Record.

Our Foundation

Vision: Change the Industry

Change the industry, one project experience at a time.

Mission: Deliver Unique Value

Deliver unique value through servant leadership to our clients, partners and colleagues.

Culture: Practice Servant Leadership

Practice servant leadership, lead by example, inspire and serve others.

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Our Leadership

Chairman of the
Board of Directors

Jay Jolley

Chairman of the
Board of Directors

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, and in October of 2016, Jay transitioned to his current position as Chairman of the EMJ Board of Directors. As Chairman of the Board, he works with executive leadership, as well as the Board of Directors, to establish the overall strategic vision of the organization.

In his spare time, he enjoys building and flying planes and spending time with his family.

President and
Chief Executive Officer

Burt Odom

President and
Chief Executive Officer

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 and Chief Executive Officer of EMJ Corporation, his role since October 2016.

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

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.

Senior Vice President

Chas Torrence

Senior Vice President

Chas Torrence

Chas oversees and directs the day-to-day operations of EMJ Special Projects. His 15 years of construction experience in a variety of roles, including estimator, project manager and construction manager, serves as a valuable resource to all departments within Special Projects.

Chas earned a bachelor’s degree in construction science and management from Clemson University, and in 2017, he was named both a Top Young Professional by Engineering News-Record and among the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Top 40 Under 40.

Chas serves on the Board of Directors for East Tennessee’s chapter of Make-a-Wish, and he is Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Miracle League of Chattanooga.

General Counsel

Colby Cox

General Counsel

Colby Cox

An attorney with more than 20 years of legal and construction experience, Colby Cox joined EMJ in 2017. He provides legal counsel to EMJ and its family of companies regarding operations and risk management and advises leadership to ensure EMJ’s strategic vision aligns with its policies.

Colby graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in civil engineering, then attended law school at the University of Kansas, where he earned his Juris Doctor. He is a member of the State Bar of Georgia, the Missouri Bar, the Kansas Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Colby is certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and has always been an active member of the community, serving as a board member of several nonprofit organizations. He lives in Southlake, Texas, where he and his wife enjoy being outdoors hiking, running and biking with his family and can also be found coaching his sons in their various sports throughout the year

Senior Vice President of Recruiting

Nicole Gaiser

Senior Vice President of Recruiting

Nicole Gaiser

As Senior Vice President of Recruiting, Nicole Gaiser leads EMJ’s team of corporate recruiters, manages full-cycle recruiting, builds relationships with both internal and external clients, and ensures employee engagement and growth within the family of companies.

Nicole has more than 12 years of recruiting experience within the construction industry and has served EMJ Corporation since 2007. She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communication from Texas A&M University before launching her recruiting career as a construction recruiter in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.

Nicole loves EMJ’s culture of servant leadership and entrepreneurial spirit and that the company truly cares about the professional and personal growth of its employees. She plays a key role in the development of meaningful programs and employee perks to help sustain, recognize and reward EMJ employees.

Nicole is based in EMJ’s Dallas office and lives in Rockwall, Texas, with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, watching sports and volunteering in her church nursery.

Vice President of Business Development

Hal Routh

Vice President of Business Development

Hal Routh

Hal is responsible for all business development activities with the goal of promoting growth and revenue for EMJ’s family of companies. He manages the business development team and works closely with executive leadership to assist in meeting financial goals and executing business plans. 

With 20 years of success in sales and sales management for large private and publicly-traded commercial construction firms, Hal joined EMJ in 2016. His extensive knowledge in the real estate and construction industries combined with his experience leading the business development efforts of other large contractors make him a valuable member of our team.

Hal graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in economics and earned a master’s degree in business administration from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He resides in Raleigh, N.C., and is very active in his local community, having served on the boards of Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina, The Children’s Place, Wake Middle School Club Baseball and the Raleigh Chamber Board of Advisors.  He currently serves on his church’s mission council and periodically volunteers his time on disaster relief teams. When Hal is not spending time with his wife and three children, he enjoys boating, hunting and watching the UNC basketball.  

Vice President of Marketing

Deron Smith

Vice President of Marketing

Deron Smith

Deron leads the EMJ Corporation marketing and communications team in internal and external marketing and communication strategy and business development support. 

He has 20 years of experience as a consultant and in-house communications and marketing professional. Before joining EMJ in 2015, Deron served as the National Director of Communications for the Boy Scouts of America and held positions with notable public relations firms Edelman, Publicis Dialog and The Gooden Group.

He is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in oral communications and public relations. Deron is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family and serving his church. 

Media Library

EMJ | A Construction Services Company

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

EMJ | We Are EMJ

EMJ President and CEO Burt Odom and COO 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:
2017 | Top 400 Contractors, 69th
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