People on the Move – EMJ Construction Promotions

Congratulations to the following people on their promotions.

At EMJ, recognizing the achievements and encouraging the development of our our people are at the forefront of our company’s strategy each year. As we enter a new year, we want to take a moment and celebrate some the following well-deserved promotions. Thanks for all you do!

EMJ Construction Appoints Lance Gopffarth EVP of Construction Risk

EMJ Construction has appointed Lance Gopffarth as Executive Vice President of Construction Risk.

EMJ Construction has appointed Lance Gopffarth as Executive Vice President of Construction Risk.

In his role, Lance provides leadership, coordination, guidance, and technical expertise in all areas of operational execution, including contract compliance, quality, safety, scheduling, warranty and document control.

He provides assistance with preconstruction, development of best practices, assistance with project issues, implementation of construction technology, assistance with claims and dispute resolution, including training and coaching.

Lance has more than 40 years of construction-related experience, 30 with EMJ Construction. Previously, he served as a Project Manager, VP of Construction in Dallas, then EVP of EMJ’s office in Tulsa, Okla. In addition, he ran the wind division at a renewable energy constructor and provided operational oversight for a renewable energy subcontractor.

Lance lives in Ft Worth with his wife, Colette. He is passionate about helping others grow and service to his faith, family, friends and coworkers.


Jack Brown Named Vice President of Construction for EMJ Dallas

EMJ Construction has promoted Jack Brown to Vice President of Construction for its Dallas-based team.

Jack Brown, VP of Construction, EMJ Construction

EMJ Construction has promoted Jack Brown to Vice President of Construction for its Dallas-based team.

In his role, he will continue to build client relationships and pursue new work, while providing oversight and strategic vision to the operations team, ensuring every client receives an innovative and customized construction experience.

“Jack has worked seamlessly alongside the rest of our team since joining EMJ this past April,” said William Mosher, EVP, EMJ Construction Dallas. “His client-centric approach has enabled us to expand into new regions and build a great pipeline of work.”

While at EMJ, Jack has been a part of the Montecillo Town Center project in El Paso, which broke ground earlier this fall, along with two multifamily projects set to break ground this upcoming spring in New Mexico and Colorado.

Jack has over 35 years of construction management experience, including time at Balfour Beatty, CBG Building Company, and BBL Construction as a leader of Multi-family and Mixed-Use markets. He has a track record of success in growing profitable business units while building and developing operations teams that deliver added value at every level.

“I have received nothing but overwhelming acceptance and support from all levels since being here at EMJ,” said Jack Brown. “I look forward to helping continue to further diversify the company’s project types across the nation.”

Jack earned a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Broward University. When he’s not working, you can find him in his community serving at youth sporting events, in the air enjoying the freedom of flight as a private pilot, or going on walks with his two Biewer Terriers – Hyatt and Westin.

EMJ Appoints Holly Bischoff as Chief Financial Officer

EMJ Construction has appointed Holly Bischoff as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, she is responsible for the overall fiscal functions of EMJ and its subsidiaries and related companies.

Holly Bischoff, Chief Financial Officer, EMJ Construction


EMJ Construction has appointed Holly Bischoff as Chief Financial Officer. As CFO, she is responsible for the overall fiscal functions of EMJ and its subsidiaries and related companies. She will continue to work with the Executive Leadership Team to establish long range goals, strategies, plans and policies for each while aligning them with the overall mission, strategy, and vision of EMJ.

“Holly has been an integral part of the Accounting and Finance department for many years,” said Burt Odom, President and CEO, EMJ Construction. “She’s been the backbone of the Accounting Department during her tenure, authored much of the company’s financial direction, forged deep relationships with our financial partners, and served as a trusted senior-level counselor to the EMJ Construction executive team.”

In this role, she will work closely with and oversee the department’s well-established and seasoned leadership team. She will oversee internal and external accounting operations and procedures, including preparation of budgets, financial reports, as well as tax and audit functions.

Bischoff was raised in Crossville, Tenn. After graduating from Tennessee Technological University with a B.S. in Accounting, she attended The University of Oregon and earned a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in finance.

She began her career as a Senior Auditor at Arthur Andersen before moving to Brach’s Confections where she served as a Financial Reporting Supervisor and Budgeting and Planning Manager.

Bischoff joined EMJ in 2004 where she has served in successive positions, including Controller, Vice President of Finance and Accounting, Senior Vice President of Finance and Accounting, and Interim Chief Financial Officer.

“Holly has been a key leader in our organization for many years,” said Odom. “We’re very excited to watch EMJ Construction continue to grow and succeed under her financial leadership.”

Bischoff lives in Chattanooga with her husband and two children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling in her camper, reading, photography, and spending time with her immediate and extended family.

Since 1968, EMJ Construction has delivered billions of dollars in construction projects across the U.S. The corporation’s history and experience are unique, but what elevates EMJ is the client experience. With more than 52 years of diverse experience, thousands of partnerships across the country and numerous satisfied, repeat customers, EMJ challenges clients to expect more — one project at a time.

DSV Breaks Ground on Massive Multi-use Warehouse and Office Building

On December 7, DSV Global Transport and Logistics (DSV) broke ground on a one million-square foot warehouse and three-story, 48,000-square-foot high-end office building in Lancaster, Texas.


On December 7, DSV Global Transport and Logistics (DSV) broke ground on a one million-square-foot warehouse and three-story, 48,000-square-foot high-end office building in Lancaster, Texas.

EMJ Construction is serving as the general contractor and will complete the project alongside O’Brien Architects. Members from each company were present to commemorate the groundbreaking, as well as representatives from the City of Lancaster, including Mayor Hairston who spoke briefly.

The mayor of the city of Lancaster, Mayor Hairston, says a few words at the DSV groundbreaking.


“I’d like to officially welcome DSV Logistics to our great city. The city of Lancaster will gain much from this partnership as DSV invests $72 million into this new facility and $8 million into business and personal property,” said Mayor Hairston. “We are excited that DSV continues the ongoing motion of large companies choosing to locate here in our hometown.”

This project is monumental for both DSV and the city of Lancaster. Providing over 450 job opportunities for local citizens, this site also marks the first location in the United States in which all three DSV divisions will be represented: Air & Sea, Road and Solutions.

Mike Marlow, President of North America Solutions at DSV says a few words at the groundbreaking.


“DSV’s culture is to be involved in the community, way beyond bringing jobs here, and we look forward to working alongside you all,” said Mike Marlow, President of North America Solutions at DSV. “When this facility opens, it will be the largest facility run by DSV in the United States. We are very proud of that and looking forward to being here in Lancaster.”

DSV began in 1976 with 10 hauliers and is now a global company, present in over 90 countries and employing over 55,000 people around the world. Out of its over 80 strategically located offices in the United States, this building in Lancaster, Texas will be the largest and represent one million of the 60 million total square feet that DSV builds annually.

“EMJ is excited to bring our strong industrial and logistics experience to a project of this magnitude,” says William Mosher, EVP of EMJ Construction, Dallas. “We are looking forward to serving a world class client like DSV in the great city of Lancaster, Texas.”

Click here to learn more about DSV. Visit O’Brien’s website to see more of their work. Check out more of EMJ’s projects here.

Lidl Opens New Store In Wilmington, North Carolina

On Wednesday, November 18, Lidl opened its latest store in Wilmington, North Carolina. Built by EMJ Construction, the store is located at Independence Mall.

On Wednesday, November 18, Lidl opened its latest store in Wilmington, North Carolina. Located at Independence Mall, this store marks the 11th completed by EMJ Construction. This is the second Lidl store in Wilmington and brings the company’s total store count in North Carolina to 23.

The Lidl at Independence Mall is part of a redevelopment of the former Sears site and Sears wing at the shopping center. Five Below and Dick’s Sporting Goods have also opened in the new, exterior-facing portion of the mall.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Lidl to our mix of tenants,” said Helen Lewis, General Manager of Independence Mall. “We’ve found that shoppers are looking for more than just retail options from their malls; they’re looking for a one-stop-shop for all of their errands.”

“Lidl is a great grocery store chain that consistently exceeds the expectations of its clients,” said Chas Torrence, EVP, EMJ Construction. “We are thankful to Lidl and Brookfield Properties for the opportunity to be a part of this project.”

Members of the EMJ Construction project team include Tina Brogdon, Melissa Dykes, Brandon Robinson, Joe Woolums, Joey Barbeuld, Matt Uebler, and Ken Boyd.

In August, Lidl US announced plans to open 50 new stores by the end of 2021. The stores will be located in Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and Virginia. Lidl will invest more than $500 million in the new stores and will create about 2,000 new jobs across these communities.



Earlier this year the National Retail Federation ranked Lidl as the top retailer in its Hot 100 Retailers list of fastest-growing companies. Lidl opened its third regional headquarters and distribution center in Cecil County, Maryland, earlier this year to support its store network. It plans to open its fourth distribution center in Covington, Georgia over the next two years.


H-E-B Opens New Store in Kerrville, Texas



In November of 1905, Howard Butt, Sr.  opened a quaint shop in Kerrville that  would eventually grow to become the beloved grocery store chain, H-E-B, with more than 400 stores throughout Texas and Mexico that employs more than 120,000 Partners (employees). This week the company opened a new store on Main Street in Kerrville, Texas. Built by EMJ Construction, the store opened weeks ahead of schedule.

“There are few things that exemplify the state of Texas more than H-E-B,” said George Heath,  VP of EMJ Construction. “We are honored to work for this company and iconic brand in its hometown.”

The store will offer fresh, quality food options, expanded departments and innovative services that allow customers to choose how they shop, pay for and receive their products.

Some highlights and updated departments of this new store include:

  • H-E-B Curbside service allowing customers to shop online and pick up their order at the store
  • Pharmacy with drive-thru service
  • Blooms floral department with certified floral designers and local delivery
  • True Texas BBQ restaurant with indoor seating and catering for events
  • Large selection of craft and import beers and wines
  • One of the company’s largest Meal Simple departments stocked with chef-inspired meals
  • Showtime Kitchen featuring live demos and daily samplings using quick and easy recipes
  • Sushiya offering handmade sushi selections made in-store daily
  • A bakery department featuring handmade artisan breads, cakes and Tortillería for fresh tortillas
  • A produce section with expanded organic and Texas-grown selections
  • A cheese shop with expanded selection of more than 250 cheeses
  • Gas station with car wash
  • 22 check stands featuring several self-checkout registers for quick customer service



With more than two decades of service to the Kerrville community, Greg Nichols will continue to work as the location’s general manager. The 31-year H-E-B Partner has served on numerous local nonprofit boards and has dedicated his time to giving back to the community, including continuing to move the chains at area youth football games. He will lead a team that added 100 positions, growing the store’s workforce to more than 415 Partners.

“It’s not easy to finish a construction project of this magnitude during normal times, but this team of dedicated partners delivered during a global pandemic,” said Nichols. “They really did a great job and listened to what we needed and were really responsive as we got ready to open.”


The EMJ Construction team (L to R): Alex Thomas, Erick Perez, George Heath, Denver Moody, Matt Connors, Ryan Jarvis, and Kathryn Mueller. Not pictured are Nancy Mickle, Mindy Evans, Drew Halsey, and Andrew Lackey.



To complement the look and feel of the surrounding Hill Country community, H-E-B incorporated design elements such as metal shed roofs and limestone materials. The limestone used for the store honors the company’s second location for its stores, which opened in 1911 at the rock Masonic Building on Earl Garrett St. in Kerrville.

A nod to the company’s roots, part of the design element will include a decorative facade for the Curbside area that resembles the retailer’s original store.  Dedicated in 2016, the Texas state historical marker will be located near the Curbside area.

H-E-B’s first store, which opened as C.C. Butt Grocery Store, was located in the 800 block of Main St. The new store is the ninth location where H-E-B has operated a store in Kerrville.

EMJ’s Multimillion-dollar Restoration of Hotel Paso Del Norte is Complete

After a years-long renovation, Hotel Paso del Norte, El Paso’s largest hotel and one of its most historic landmarks, has officially reopened.

The EMJ team began work on this project in October 2019. In order to maintain the integrity of the original hotel while also updating it to modern codes and standards, the team performed intricate work which included: refinishing the entire building, rebuilding walls to meet code requirements, updating mechanical systems, special ordering parts that would connect to original parts and systems in order to get the kitchen up and running, new fire alarm and sprinkler systems, and sourcing marble from all over the world in order to match the natural stone in the lobby.

“I am proud of the work that our team did on this project. We are excited to help bring such an iconic landmark back to life for the El Paso community, especially one that supports tourism and economic development,” said William Mosher, EVP of EMJ Construction.

This Trost-designed hotel originally opened in 1912 and is now part of the Autograph Collection portfolio from Marriott.

“Once in a great while, you happen upon a place that captures time and everything that is good about life,” said Carlos Sarmiento, general manager of the Hotel Paso del Norte, in a news release. “That’s the feeling people experience at Hotel Paso del Norte.

The 351-room hotel features a 10th-story pool, cigar bar and preserved original features like the intricate Tiffany-style stained glass dome over the Dome Bar.

There are also plenty of food and drink options at the hotel, including the Sabor restaurant and 1700° Steak House.

Hotel Paso del Norte also features 33,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including private boardrooms, meeting rooms and ballrooms.

Visit our website for more pictures and information about this project.