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.

Jack Brown Joins EMJ Construction

Jack Brown, Director of Construction, EMJ Construction

EMJ Construction is pleased to welcome Jack Brown, Director of Construction. Jack is based in the Dallas office.

In his role, he will work closely with the Executive Vice President and the Dallas leadership team to build client relationships and pursue new work, while providing oversight and strategic vision on all projects to the operations team, ensuring every client receives an innovative and customized construction experience.

“We are excited to welcome Jack to our team,” said William Mosher, EVP, EMJ Construction Dallas.  “His experience, commitment to quality, and client-centric approach make him the perfect addition to our team as we continue to expand into new sectors and regions.”

Jack joins EMJ with over 33 years of construction management experience, including time at Balfour Beatty and CBG Building Company 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 joined the EMJ team because of the dynamic family-like culture, the relentless desire to serve clients, and the team’s eagerness to pursue diverse project types across a broad geographical area,” said Jack Brown. “I look forward to being an instrumental part of growing the company and helping to further diversify its 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 or in the air enjoying the freedom of flight as a private pilot.

Let’s create a supply chain of gratitude

“If we magnified blessings as much as we magnify disappointments, we would all be much happier.” —John Wooden

A recent story on LinkedIn talks about a math teacher who wrote the following on her chalkboard:

When she turned to her class, the kids were snickering. She asked, “What’s so funny?” The students quickly noted that her first math fact was incorrect.

The teacher responded, “Sure, but I got 9 out of 10 problems right.” Her lesson that day was about far more than math. It was a lesson to prepare her students for the world, and that one mistake can outshine 9 successes.

Her message wasn’t that they should work harder and never make a mistake. It was to never let the negative get in the way of the positive and to never get discouraged—to have grit.

So how do we change our perspective and put more emphasis on the positive? One way is to give thanks.

Expressing gratitude for a colleague’s contribution, even the small things, is a great way to emphasize good work and harness strengths.

Studies show that simple acts of gratitude encourage feelings of increased well-being and reduced depression. Affirmations also build confidence and trust and are proven to increase performance and job satisfaction and improve culture as employees pay their gratitude forward.

It’s a good time of year to reflect on all that we are thankful for, but let’s not stop there. Let’s intentionally express our appreciation for those that positively impact our life and work each day.

In his book Thanks a Thousand, author A.J. Jacobs chronicles his effort to thank every single person who made his morning cup of coffee possible, which turns out to be hundreds of people around the world including farmers, chemists, presidents and artists.

Much like the folks behind Jacobs’ cup of coffee, sometimes in a business setting, the steady, consistent performers can get overlooked, simply because they are getting their work done. Stop and consider your supply chain of positive, and express thanks day in and day out for the large and small contributions.

As Coach Wooden said, let’s magnify our blessings today and every day.

Happy Thanksgiving.

 

Recommended Reading:

This is the Most Underrated Way to Be a Better Leader

The Importance of Saying Thank You in Business and Beyond

Thanks A Thousand by A.J. Jacobs

High Point Shopping Center Opens in Dallas

Last week, the EMJ team and The Ainbinder Company celebrated the opening of Academy Sports + Outdoors and Five Below at the High Point Shopping Center in Dallas.

Spanning more than 14.5 acres, the High Point development includes 9 buildings, totaling 180,000 square feet. EMJ’s work included all site work and new construction, as well as adding a new traffic signal on Northwest Highway.

The opening of Academy and Five Below marks the second construction milestone on the project. Burlington opened in September, and Marshalls is expected to open next week.

 

 

Congratulations to the project team!

Bobby Bass, Project Manager
Keith Starkes, Preconstruction Manager
Chris Ross, Preconstruction Manager
Charles Grothe, Project Engineer
Mike Coyne, Lead Superintendent
Marcus McAdams, Superintendent

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https://www.emjcorp.com/project-updates/grand-parkway-academy/

CarMax in Corpus Christi Celebrates Grand Opening

EMJ’s fourth project to date for CarMax opened last week in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Located on five acres, construction of the 7,500-square-foot store included all site work and installing of a below grade 2,000-gallon fuel storage tank.

“The team’s hard work and client support was outstanding,” said George Heath, EMJ Vice President of Construction. “Their diligence led us to the recent award of two new stores in Denton and Lubbock.”

EMJ’s ongoing partnership with CarMax is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

Look for more updates on the team’s work with CarMax, and congrats to the Corpus Christi team on a job well done!

Jon Fair, Project Manager
Daniel Brantley, Superintendent
Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Will Morris, Project Engineer
Kathy Griffin, Accounting Manager
Suzanna Trent, Administrative Assistant

Visit www.carmax.com for additional information about CarMax.

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CarMax in Norman Celebrates Grand Opening

 

Alpha + Inwood project slated to begin early next year

This week, the EMJ Construction project team hit several milestones in planning and development stages of the Alpha + Inwood project, which is slated to begin early next year.

The massive mixed-use development is located at Alpha and Inwood roads, directly west of the Galleria Dallas and the Dallas North Tollway. The development will consist of a hotel, office building, retail spaces and apartments.

This is a flagship project for EMJ Construction, who is partnering with Bridgeview Real Estate, Transition Development, O’Brien Architecture and Danny Forester Design Studios.

Check out this animated rendering of the project.

To read more, visit Dallas News .

 

Jacob Wadlington joins EMJ Construction

EMJ Corporation is pleased to welcome Jacob Wadlington, Director of Business Development.

Jacob is based in the Dallas office and will report to the Senior Vice President of Business Development. In his role, he will work closely with the Executive Vice President and the Dallas team to build client relationships and pursue new work.

Jacob has extensive experience in the real estate and construction industries and brings strong relationships with clients in a variety of real estate market sectors throughout Texas. Previously, Jacob led business development efforts for an engineering firm.

Jacob earned a Bachelor of Science from Lipscomb University and a Masters of Science from Texas Christian University. He lives in Coppell, Texas, with his wife, Sara and two sons Clark and Peter.

Welcome to the team, Jacob!

CarMax in Norman Celebrates Grand Opening

Norman, Okla., now has a new CarMax store! EMJ joined CarMax in celebrating the grand opening of its new location on Wednesday.

This marks EMJ’s third project to date for CarMax, and another store is currently under construction in Corpus Christi, Texas.

“This was an outstanding performance by our project team, and they have continued to solidify our relationship with CarMax,” said George Heath, EMJ Vice President – Retail. “They have been a good programmatic client for us and have asked us to pursue three more projects in Texas and Mississippi.”

Dan Swope, CarMax Location General Manager, shares George’s sentiment, “It was fantastic being in our new home today.  We have been looking forward to this for so long, and we wanted to say thank you for the care and attention you put into our facility.  You have been awesome partners along the way!”

EMJ’s partnership with CarMax is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

Look for more updates on the team’s work with CarMax, and congrats to the Norman team on a job well done!

Jonathan Fair, Project Manager
Drew Halsey, Vice President of Preconstruction
Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Andrew Lackey, Project Engineer
Will Morris, Project Engineer
Rickey Palmer, Superintendent
Brenda Palmer, Administrative Assistant
Sheila Nazario-Thomas, Administrative Assistant
Mary Gross, Project Accountant

Visit https://www.carmax.com/ for additional information about CarMax.

 

EMJ celebrates 23-year partnership with Walmart

Last week, EMJ celebrated the grand opening of its 30th Walmart store, marking an important milestone in our 23-year partnership with the retailer.

The 200,000-square-foot store in El Paso, Texas, is a new prototype with a larger footprint and grocery home pick-up center.

“I am extremely proud of the project team,” said George Heath, Vice President – Retail, EMJ Construction Dallas. “They demonstrated selflessness, trustworthiness and grit and did an excellent job of executing this project and continuing our long tradition of success with the Walmart program.”

The EMJ, Walmart relationship began in 1995, but picked up steam in 2010 when the retailer ramped up their new store construction program. EMJ pursued their work throughout the West Coast and Texas markets and developed a programmatic team to handle the growth.

“We constantly trained new team members, created a rigid compliance and stormwater program to respond to the increasing demands of the Walmart Realty Department,” said Heath. “Our predictable execution yielded six negotiated projects and over $250 million of work in the past eight years.”

This partnership is what EMJ refers to as programmatic work—performing multiple projects for one client of similar scope and size. This type of relationship enables our team to develop a highly tailored, efficient construction process for the client that supports long-term consistency, accountability and trust.

We are thankful for our strong relationship with Walmart and for the many trade partners who support us in our work. We look forward to many more years of partnership.

Congrats to the Walmart El Paso team:

Conner Kamps, Preconstruction Manager
Cody Shulze, Project Manager
Andrew Lackey, Project Engineer
Aaron Scott, Level II Superintendent
Denver Moody, Superintendent
Ashley Turner, Operations Accountant I
Suzanna Trent, Administrative Assistant

Related story:

El Paso Times: New 24-hour West El Paso Walmart to open Wednesday, offer online grocery pickup