BLOC - Building Leaders of Chattanooga
is a platform to help younger professionals in construction build their networks, get a better understanding of the industry, learn strategies to help in business and in personal growth, and lay foundations for leadership. Those involved in BLOC have forged strong bonds, created a new events that raised thousands of dollars for philanthropy, met community and business leaders, grown through new leadership responsibilities, and have had a lot of fun along the way.
BLOC offers opportunities for collaboration, idea generation and to hear different perspectives. Programming includes tours, sit-downs with top community leaders, philanthropy, panel discussions, happy hours, and more.
Industry professionals in the building industry under 40 who are in East Tennessee are eligible for membership. To be considered for membership, candidates are nominated by CEOs/Owners and leaders in the construction industry and approved on annual basis by the BLOC Board of Directors.
Members are required to attend member meetings, with no more than 3 absences per year, and are encouraged to get involved in committees and in programming to expand their leadership roles.
2020 BLOC Member Roster:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Will Tutton, Chair - Southeast Painters
Rob Bentley, Vice Chair - TT Wilson
Wes Bonds, Sec/Treasurer - TU Parks
Charlie Wood, Triad Electric
John Brock, Brock Insurance
Jerod Gilley, Construction Consultants
Taylor Smoak, JDH
EJ Crutcher, Vounteer NDT
Brandon Adams, First Volunteer Bank
Ben Bowman, Nabco Electric
Forrest Catron, Wright Brothers Construction
Matt Elliott, EMJ Corp
JP Evans, Southern Spear Ironworks
Jack Feagans, Logan-Moore, LLC
Jared Gillian, Pointe General Contractors
Caleb Hammontree, Tyson & Associates
Tara Itofe, SOS Pros
Sarah Iwasa, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
Andrew Jenkins, Jenkins Masonry
Brent Laman, Smith Currie & Hancock
Slade McGuire, Southern Spear Ironworks
Pamela Morgan, AT Construction Services
Antown Owens, Inline Electric Supply
Shane Principe, Tim Payne Painting
Brennan Purcell, HHM
Rachel Ruiz, Miller Martin
Matthew Schaller, L Squared Construction
Sarah Shields, Core Safety Group
Nick Smith, International Fire Protection
Trey Tallent, TU Parks
Caroline Thomas, Thomas Brothers
Will Weeks, Weeks Paving
Upcoming BLOC Member Meetings:
A session with a leadership coach on how to activate your skills to become a leader in industry, business and life.
Financial Planning for People Under 40
A session with a financial planner to help young people and families make smart steps towards retirement and other financial goals.
Importance of Advocacy
A session with our state and local delegation on why sharing your voice is important and how to do it.
Juggling Work/Life Balance
A session with a life coach for professionals trying to raise young families while building a career.
Statewide Day on the Hill in Nashville
BLOC members are invited to join construction executives across the state to share our industry's priorities with our delegation.
Leadership Luncheon with BLOC Members and their CEOs