Meet the 2019 Class of AGC 40 Under 40

Get to know 40 individuals who demonstrate an incredibly high level of leadership, professional excellence and commitment to the construction industry throughout the state of Alabama.

Ben Adomyetz, 29
Adomyetz is an estimator with Rogers Group in Tuscumbia. He started early in the construction industry, then took time out for service as a U.S. Marine before returning to the business and finishing college at the University of North Alabama. Since 2017 he has worked in aggregate sales for Rogers Group, starting with quarry sales and adding hot mix asphalt from the firm’s Tuscumbia and Russellville plants. Today he is a sales representative and estimator, working with asphalt, stone and construction.

Charlie Bailey, 31
Bailey is an insurance account executive with Pritchett-Moore in Tuscaloosa. He uses his insurance expertise to help clients in construction, working to manage risk, promote safety and mitigate costs. A University of Alabama graduate, he was named Alabama Independent Insurance Association Young Agent of the Year in 2017 and is president of the Tuscaloosa Independent Insurance Agents. He is active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Temporary Emergency Services and Coastal Conservation Association.

Justin Boozer, 34
Boozer is a project manager with Johnson Contractors Inc. in Muscle Shoals. After graduating from Auburn’s building science program, Boozer began his career with McCorkle Construction Co. and M.J. Harris Construction. For the last seven years he has worked with Johnson, managing projects in fields as diverse as industrial, commercial, healthcare and government. He is a board member of the Tri-State Carpenters Pension Plan.

Srdj Boskovic, 32
A branch manager with Building & Earth Sciences in Huntsville, Boskovic earned his PE licenses in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi and became a partial owner of his firm. Under his leadership, the Huntsville office has experienced close to 300 percent growth. Boskovic’s thesis on pile cap foundation systems was published in the June 2019 Journal of Bridge Engineering. Active in the Huntsville community, he enjoys coaching youth basketball.

Derick Boutwell, 33
Boutwell is in business development with S&S Sprinkler Co. in Mobile. In addition to extensive travel on behalf of the firm, Boutwell is a board member with the Alabama Fire Sprinkler Association, Mobile Section president for AGC’s Construction Leadership Conference and a board member of both the Mobile Section and statewide AGC.

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Matt Coaker, 37
Vice president of Southern Earth Sciences in Mobile, Coaker is a geotechnical engineer with a degree from the University of South Alabama. He serves on the board of the company and manages its Mobile branch, responsible for some 75 geotechnical projects a year. Recent key projects include extensive work for both Airbus and Continental Motors at the Mobile Aeroplex at Brookley and at the SSAB Steel plant near Mobile. He is very active with AGC and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Geoprofessional Business Association. He also lectures at the USA College of Engineering.

Cody Corley, 34
Corley is secretary-treasurer of The Bridge Builders of Alabama LLC in Pelham, a firm he helped found in 2014. A graduate of Auburn University’s building construction program, he is responsible for estimating and managing on-going projects, as well as office operations. To date, the firm has completed nearly 90 projects. He has more than 10 years of experience in bridge construction.

Thomas Cotton, 30
A project manager for Thomas Roofing in Mobile, Cotton has been active in the construction industry since graduating from Auburn University’s building sciences program. He is a member of AGC’s Young Constructors Forum Steering Committee, where he helps plan events and recruits speakers for its Lessons from Leaders program.

Wes Dillard, 38
Dillard is a project manager for Alabama Guardrail Inc., a company founded by his grandfather, James McKee. Dillard has 20 years of experience in guardrail, overhead highway signage and right-of-way fencing and is a certified trainer in road construction traffic control. He manages nearly 150 projects per year for his firm. Key recent projects include guardrail, fence and overhead signage at the Interstate 59/20 interchange in Birmingham and the Research Parkway project in Huntsville.

Michael Eubanks, 32
Eubanks is president of Gulf Hauling and Construction in Mobile. Third generation owner of his company, he is responsible for everything from bidding and estimating to operating equipment. Among recent key projects is work on construction of a new building on the campus of his alma mater, Mobile Christian School.

Alex Fleming, 33
A project manager with G.C. Specialties Inc. in Mobile, Fleming has handled more than $2 million in sales per year since joining the firm and has increased the installation crew from 2 to 18 employees. Beyond work in the field, which includes installations at the new Hancock Whitney Stadium at the University of South Alabama, he is the firm’s in-house IT expert, improving technology, security and social media. He represents the firm on the AGC Mobile Section board.

Kate Fluker, 32
Fluker, a CPA employed by BMSS LLC, is active in the Greater Birmingham chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction. Associates describe her as having a passion for construction and offering a strong voice for women in the industry. Her accounting specialties include work with general contractors and subcontractors.

Jonathan Green, 35
Green is construction manager for Hargrove Engineers + Constructors in Mobile. A certified construction manager, he has been with Hargrove for 10 years. One of his first projects was the billion-dollar ThyssenKrupp melt shop and cold rolling works, followed by a $60 million amines plant expansion in Florida and a $100 million brownfield agrichemical plant expansion in Alabama.

Josh Henry Green, 34
Green is a project manager and estimator with Forsyth Building Co. in Anniston. During his 15 years in the construction industry, he has managed projects ranging from $100,000 to $60 million. Key projects with Forsyth include the RMC Oxford Mediplex, the Boaz Municipal Park and Amphitheatre and several storm repair projects following a tornado in Jacksonville. He holds specialty certifications in concrete strength testing and in soils testing and masonry inspection.

Josh Harris, 40
Josh Harris is chief estimator at F.L. Crane & Sons Inc., a Mississippi-based finishing contractor with operations in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa. He has been awarded more than $45 million worth of contracts since starting with F.L. Crane. The firm performs drywall, floor covering and acoustical ceiling work in a multi-state area, in a variety of sports, education and entertainment venues.

Jason Hill, 33
Hill is lead estimator at Synergy Drywall & Acoustical Contractors in Oneonta, a firm he founded in 2011. Recent key projects include work at VA Cottages Building 149 Tuscaloosa, McLeod Software and Burr & Forman in the Wells Fargo Tower. Since it was founded, the company has completed some 600 jobs and grown from a single employee to a team of about 50 men and women. An Athens State University graduate, Hill is active with the Blount County Children’s Center and local school sports teams.

Rachel Hutto, 25
An executive construction account manager with Turner Insurance & Bonding, Hutto has been in the industry only three years but has already achieved the Certified Insurance Counselor designation. A University of Alabama graduate, she uses her insurance expertise to help construction industry clients and now has a multimillion-dollar captive book of business with clients in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. She is active in the Montgomery chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

Cody Jackson, 32
Jackson is environmental and safety manager for Dunn Construction Co. in Birmingham. He first took on safety responsibilities at Dunn when he was 27, then added responsibilities as safety manager at Couch Aggregates. And he was chosen as chairman of the ABC safety committee when he was 29. He is a member of professional safety organizations and certified to teach safety practices. In the community, he is an officer of the Firehouse Shelter Junior Board.

Jeremy Jess, 39
Jess is a senior engineer with OMI Inc. in Huntsville, an engineering firm with particular strength in geotechnical work. Jess is especially active in the firm’s geotechnical projects. Outside of work, he is a Sunday school teacher and a baseball coach, donating many hours to helping people in the community.

Jamie Lyles, 37
In sales with Bayou Concrete, Lyles has demonstrated dedication to his company and the industry in the short time he has worked with the Mobile area firm. One co-worker says of Lyles, “His dedication to his customers and the company that he represents is unparalleled.”

John McCary, 32
McCary is vice president of RaderMcCary Inc. in Birmingham. After 10 years in the construction industry, eight of them in another Birmingham firm, he teamed with Walton Rader to form a new firm, building on McCary’s strong working relationships with the city and other building trades. McCary leads the firm’s business development, preconstruction and project management.

Nathan McCorkle, 37
McCorkle is vice president of operations for C3 Services Inc. in Birmingham. He began his career in residential flooring, but switched to the commercial market in 2008 in Atlanta, before establishing a satellite office in Pelham in 2011. During his time with the firm, he has overseen more than $40 million worth of commercial floor projects. He served on the ABC Young Professionals Board from 2016 to 2017. He joined C3 Services in 2018. A recent key project for C3 was at Halifax Health in Deltona, Florida.

Robert McDonough, 33
McDonough is a project manager with Gulf Services in Theodore, a company specializing in wireless, utilities, foundations, roads and bridges. In addition to managing projects across the Southeast, McDonough is active in the AGC and CLC and in his community. He serves on AGC’s Mobile Section Steering Committee.

Kelly McElhenney, 37
McElhenney is president of Coastal Slip Form in Mobile, a firm that specializes in slipforming concrete barriers walls. Beyond her responsibility for overall management and direction of the company, she also serves in a safety leadership role. An engineering graduate of the University of South Alabama, McElhenney started her engineering career with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mobile District. She has been a speaker at dredging conferences and earned awards for work in the aftermaths of Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav and Ike. She also worked three years as vice president of McElhenney Construction Co.

Rick Moon, 35
Moon is vice president of Moon Construction Services in Huntsville. While he’s the son in a father-son business, his father gives him the credit for starting the business in the first place, combining dad Joseph’s years of experience at another company with son Rick’s academic experience at Auburn University. The firm specializes in new, tilt-up and concrete construction, design build and renovations and additions.

Luke Newell, 36
Vice president of Dunn Building Co. in Birmingham, Newell has strong credentials in construction management, especially in managing, estimating and leading construction divisions and projects. A graduate of Auburn University’s College of Architecture, Design and Construction with an MBA from Vanderbilt University, he has specialty certifications in LEED and design-build practices and earned ABC awards for two projects. With Dunn, he has estimated more than 200 potential projects and managed 30 with a total value of $20 million. His key project for Dunn is the 800,000-square-foot James Hardie Building Products manufacturing facility in Prattville, slated to open in the third quarter of 2019. He is president of the Firehouse Shelter Junior Board and participated in Leadership Vestavia Hills.

Brandon Owens, 38
Owens is vice president of operations at Wiregrass Construction Co. in Dothan. An Auburn civil engineering graduate, he has worked in heavy highway construction and site work for more than 20 years, the last 15 with Wiregrass. Within the industry, he is active with the Alabama Roadbuilders Association and the Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure. In the community, he is a junior board member of United Cerebral Palsy.

Mitch Pate, 31
Pate is project manager for White-Spunner Construction Inc. in Mobile. He is currently managing construction of a new three-story simulation lab at the University of South Alabama. Pate frequently pilots new software programs, then teaches co-workers how to implement them. An Auburn graduate with a master’s in construction management, he is also active in AGC and in the Mobile community.

Lauren Redden, 32
Redden is an assistant professor at the McWhorter School of Building Science at Auburn University. She joined the faculty after working several years in the industry with AGC member companies. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Redden has three times organized student volunteers to help with reconstruction projects — following hurricanes in Houston and the Florida panhandle and following tornadoes in Lee County, home to Auburn University. She also has created a summer camp for high school students, aiming to attract more women into the industry.

Billy Runnels, 39
A superintendent at Rabren General Contractors in Auburn, Runnels has won kudos for his leadership on The Lodge at Gulf State Park. The project is LEED, SITES and FORTIFIED certified, one of the first such in the Southeast. He also was recognized for completing the project on time, despite working through the challenges of a Gulf hurricane season. Runnels is recognized within his firm for his openness to new technology.

Shaun Shugart, 35
Shugart is chief estimator and project manager for Mobile Asphalt Co. An Auburn graduate, he has been with the firm 10 years, growing his knowledge of asphalt paving and his understanding of ALDOT specifications and procedures. Beyond the office, he is an officer with the Mobile County Road Builders Association and is active with the Baldwin County Road Builders Association.

Tyler Stephens, 34
Stephens is vice president of operations for Caddell Construction in Montgomery. He joined the firm as an assistant project engineer and quickly rose to accept additional responsibility. During his time with the firm he has been responsible for 13 major projects with a combined value of half a billion dollars. He has also helped the firm adopt new technology solutions. He has received kudos for his leadership on a new freshman residence hall at the University of Alabama and the General Instruction Building and Barracks at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Daniel Tew, 34
Tew is a CPA and senior manager with Jackson Thornton, using his financial expertise in support of the construction industry. Active in the Dothan section of AGC, he is in line to be an officer next year. An accounting graduate of Auburn University with an MBA from Troy University, he also is a graduate of Leadership Dothan and has filled leadership roles, including chairman, of the Dothan Area Young Professionals. He also has served on the boards of the Wiregrass Museum of Art and the Geneva County United Way.

Matt Thompson, 39
Starting as an intern with BL Harbert in 2000, Thompson is now vice president of estimating for the Birmingham firm’s U.S. group, working on more than $1.2 billion in projects. Under his leadership, the group has doubled in size. Key projects include the Airbus Final Assembly Line in Mobile, two GE Aviation facilities and the Mercedes-Benz parts consolidation facility in Vance. His work helped earn BL Harbert General Contractor of the Year honors from SubAla. In the community, he is active with Big Brothers/Big Sisters and volunteers with Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival. He is a graduate of Auburn’s building construction program.

Drew Thornbury, 37
A senior project manager with BHATE Geosciences Corp. in Birmingham, Thornbury is a licensed professional engineer and a partner with his firm. Recent major projects that he managed include the BJCC Protective Life Stadium, the BJCC Mega Expansion, 20 Midtown Development and the Plant Miller Wastewater Treatment Plant. His most recent design project was for the proposed 10-story Embassy Suites Hotel and Convention Center in Gulf Shores.

Justin Vandiver, 38
Vandiver is president of Smith General Contractors LLC in Florence, which is involved in work with a number of companies in the Shoals. A graduate of the University of Alabama, he is president of the Shoals Section of Alabama AGC and on the AGC board. He and his family live in Phil Campbell.

CC Watson, 28
Watson is chief estimator for fabrication and erection at Garrison Steel in Pell City. He also is active in his community, having worked several years teaching and coaching baseball at 5-Star Academy. He has used his coaching skills on the job to mentor students from the Ironworker Skills Institute, teaching them the basic principles of estimating.

Jake Way, 30
A project manager with Fite Building Co. in Decatur, Way recently has managed two award-winning projects — an $11.9 million Honda dealership and a major new Decatur attraction, the Cook Museum of Natural Science. Other key projects include a movie theatre, headquarters for Logicore, a medical office building and several banks. A graduate of Auburn in building construction, he has been a board member of ABC North Alabama and helped on an ABC project to build a free dental clinic in Harvest.

Sara Beth Wilcox, 37
A senior project manager with Brasfield & Gorrie in Birmingham, Wilcox has managed 34 projects worth a total of $145 million in her seven years with the firm. She is LEED® accredited and serves on Auburn University’s Industry Advisory Council. In 2017, she was chosen Project Manager of the Year by SubAla. Some of her repeat clients include Auburn University, Regions Bank, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, VCOM, Motion Industries, the Exceptional Foundation and Highlands School. Outside of work, she is active with the United Ability junior board and the Salvation Army Echelon.

Hunter Worley, 34
Worley is sales manager for Kirkpatrick Concrete in Birmingham. Building on a family background in concrete in the Memphis area, he leads sales efforts for Kirkpatrick’s seven plants in Jefferson, Shelby and St. Clair counties. He is a University of Alabama graduate with additional credentials including the NRMCA sales management course, and he is highly regarded for helping to implement new technology into tracking, pricing and measuring efficiency on the firm’s commercial and residential projects.

***Ages are as of September 1, 2019. Individuals whose age is 40 were selected
while they were still 39.

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