Dean speaks with Chattanooga Civitan Club

Downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. | | John Neff
Downtown Chattanooga, Tenn. | | John Neff


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Clint Dean

On Friday, July 8th, Executive Vice President Clint Dean spoke with the Chattanooga Civitan Club about EMJ’s involvement both commercially and civically in the Chattanooga area and the company’s ultimate mission: to serve.

The Civitan Club is a service organization dedicated to helping the Chattanooga community. EMJ’s team shares this commitment, having provided 850 hours of community service in 2015.

Clint noted that EMJ employees “are continuing to stay focused on our community and being involved” even as the company expands its national presence and is “projected to cross the $1 billion dollar threshold.”

He also discussed the company’s goals and outlook for the coming years.

“Our vision is to change the industry,” he said.

“We feel like the construction industry is broken and that there’s a better way to do things. … We just think through collaboration and early involvement there’s a better way to go about construction.”

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EMJ hosts annual training, honors team for safety


During Construction Safety Week, EMJ hosted the first of four annual Summer Safety Meetings to teach and review protocol for all field staff in the family of companies. 

At the meetings, EMJ recognized the following individuals for their exceptional work in maintaining safe and injury free job sites. Todd Crawford of EMJ Construction and Josh Phillips of Accent Construction Services both received the Outstanding Safety Award. Receiving the Outstanding Superintendent Safety Award were Ray Alamo of Accent Construction Services, John Massetti and Michael Grammer of RedStone Construction and Kevin Reece, Rex Vice, Wayne Ritter, John Hapka, Steve Laningham and Greg Thomas with EMJ Construction. Joe Woolums of EMJ Construction was presented the Outstanding Estimator award. The final award was presented to Christopher Palmore of EMJ Construction for Outstanding Project Manager.

These awards are presented to individuals based on their efforts to ensure a safe jobsite, the ability to plan ahead and include safety in the pre-construction phase, and their ability to engage others, including subcontractors, in safe behavior and practices.

Please join us in further recognizing and congratulating these individuals for their continued hard work!

EMJ named Collaborative Building Team of the Year


EMJ Construction was named CSI’s “Collaborative Building Team of the Year” at the Building Recognition in Chattanooga (BRIC) awards on April 26th. EMJ received the honor for our Cabela’s project in Fort Oglethorpe, Ga.

The award speaks to our C2C promise of transparency and collaboration with all team members to maximize potential and capture untapped value.

In addition to the Cabela’s recognition, River Street Architecture received an honorable mention in the “AIA Best Design of the Year” category for EMJ Hospitality’s Holiday Inn & Suites in downtown Chattanooga, and DH&W Architects was honored with the “Sustainable Project of the Year” award for the Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport terminal built by EMJ Construction.

The BRIC Awards is a program developed by the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee, American Institute of Architects of Chattanooga, Construction Specification Institute of Chattanooga, green|spaces and Sustainability Professionals of Greater Chattanooga to recognize the best of the best in the building industry. The event was presented by the Associated General Contractors of East Tennessee and benefited the ACE Mentor Program.

EMJ receives Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award


The EMJ Hospitality team on the Spring Hill Suites and Residence Inn in Clearwater, Fla., received the Sunshine State Safety Recognition Award from the University of South Florida (USF) Safety Consultation Program. Following the OSHA Consultation in March of 2016, Jim Ulseth, USF OSHA consultant, recommended the project for the project team’s commitment to workplace safety and health.

Congratulations to Ron James, Superintendent; Tony Cagley, Superintendent; Dexter Lezama, Superintendent; Michael McKenzie, Project Engineer; and Matt Fugate, Director of Construction.

The University of South Florida developed the Safety Consultation Program to motivate and support employers who take a proactive approach to safety and work with their employees to implement and maintain an effective injury and illness prevention program.

C2C Spotlight on Superintendent John Rudez

From left to right: Co-Op Harrison Hilt, Vice President Greg Everett, Superintendent John Rudez


John Rudez is the superintendent on the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute (TNACI) in Chattanooga, and he exhibits C2C® characteristics by constantly scouring the plans and details for ways to generate value for the client. TNACI is a nonprofit organization, so every dollar counts, and John proactively researched specifications of the project before the team broke ground. John’s research helped the client identify alternate materials and improve construction processes that met the design intent. This proactive value analysis has already begun producing a better-quality product for the client and more economical project.

Since then, each time John meets with the client, he has new ideas to improve efficiency, cost-effectiveness, or use of square footage to better achieve the client’s ultimate goal.

“Every time he opens the plans, John uses his 20+ years of experience to help the owner think more practically about the project, which, in turn, creates value,” said Steve Totzke, the project manager on TNACI.

“John is truly going above and beyond to serve them with value-generating ideas and propositions.”

In addition to his service to the owner, John is also serving our company by mentoring a Co-Op on his project. He has led by example as well as trained on safety, and is a great model for our mentoring program.

“John continues to think about this building with the end-user in mind, a true C2C characteristic,” Steve said. “But beyond that, he is helping EMJ grow our team into forward-thinking employees.”

Junior Achievement honors EMJ for 27 years of service

Two of EMJ’s projects, Palm Beach Outlets, West Palm Beach, FL and Fountains of Farah, El Paso, TX are finalists for ICSC’s U.S. Design and Development Awards.

Brian Jordan and Doug Martin
Brian Jordan and Doug Martin


Junior Achievement of Chattanooga presented EMJ Construction with the 2016 Spirit of Achievement Award on March 15, 2016. The ceremony was held at the Chattanooga Convention Center featuring keynote speaker Brian Jordan, former Atlanta Brave and Atlanta Falcon.

The Spirit of Achievement Award recognizes and honors organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the business, social and cultural assets of the Chattanooga area. Each honoree has exhibited strong leadership, an entrepreneurial spirit and adheres to a high level of ethical principles. EMJ is being honored for its nearly 27 years of service to Junior Achievement. Members of EMJ’s Chattanooga office visited classrooms at eight local schools in 2015, educating students about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through the Junior Achievement curriculum.

Doug Martin, EMJ’s Chief Operating Officer, accepted the award on behalf of the company.

“We truly enjoy working with the Junior Achievement program. Our children are responsible for the future, and our team enjoys interacting with the future of our business and our city firsthand when we visit these schools,” said Martin.