Chas Torrence (Left), Jack Bowen (Center), and Alex Miller (Right). Photo by Matt Hamilton at the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
EMJ has promoted Chas Torrence to President of EMJ and Alex Miller to EVP of its Southeast Office.
These executive transitions will take effect on January 1 and are part of EMJ’s strategic approach to executive succession. They are designed to develop and sustain strong leaders and ensure their success over time. Jack Bowen will continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer.
As President, Chas will plan and direct the day-to-day construction operations for EMJ’s Southeast, Southwest, and West regional offices. He will bring direction and consistency to the operations of each office and align the strategic vision with the organization’s culture, procedures, and policies.
Torrence has 22 years of construction experience. He joined EMJ in 2013 as a Senior Project Manager and, in 2015, was promoted to Vice President. He has served in various roles in his career, including estimator, project manager, construction manager, Vice President, and most recently, Executive Vice President of the Southeast Office.
Torrence earned a bachelor’s degree in construction science and management from Clemson University. In 2017, he was named a Top Young Professional by Engineering News-Record and among the International Council of Shopping Centers’ Top 40 Under 40. He serves on the Board of Directors for the ACE Mentor Program of Chattanooga and AGC East Tennessee.
“Since he joined EMJ, Chas has been highly effective in multiple settings and roles,” said Jack Bowen, CEO of EMJ. “His combination of knowledge, operational excellence, and dedication to clients makes him the right choice to lead our operations across the country.”
As EVP, Miller will be responsible for the operations and success of the Southeast Office in Chattanooga by providing day-to-day leadership in its regional operations. He will lead the team and ensure it is aligned with EMJ’s overall strategic vision, culture, philosophy, mission, goals, and policies.
Miller attended the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he earned a degree in civil engineering. In 2005, he joined EMJ as a co-op. In 2008, Alex joined the firm as a Project Engineer. Since that time, he has held several successive roles, including Senior Project Estimator, Director of Preconstruction, and Senior Vice President of Preconstruction. Alex serves on the board for Junior Achievement of Chattanooga.
“Since he joined EMJ, Alex has proven himself to be smart, dedicated, and committed to doing what is right for our clients, partners, and colleagues,” said Torrence. “I am excited to work with him as he continues to help guide and inspire the Southeast office.”
Founded in 1968, EMJ is an employee-owned commercial general contractor with a national reach and local presence. EMJ has diverse experience in many sectors, thousands of partnerships nationwide, and numerous repeat customers. EMJ is a part of BLDR Holdings, Inc. (BLDR), a construction services investment company.
Recently, the Chattanooga Times Free Press published a feature about this transition in leadership at EMJ. Read more below or check out the entire article here.