Position: President, Pointe General Contractors
Education: Graduated from Auburn University in 1998 with a major in Building Construction and a minor in Business
Personal: Married to Elizabeth Medeiros, 4 kids, lives on Signal Mountain and proudly coaches Little League Baseball & Youth Soccer
What made you decide to pursue construction as a career?
I got into the construction industry because it was the best opportunity for me to learn about diverse and different types of businesses. For example: how to build aircraft, how to ship food across the world, how to launch rockets, AND I get to eat at new and great restaurants all over the place.
What was your first job in construction?
I started with a large design-build firm called the Haskell Company. I worked in their Florida and eventually California office right out of school. I learned a lot, especially technical details and leading staffs at a young age. Through that experience, I crossed paths with the Allen family who created Pointe, which is in part how I eventually ended up in Chattanooga. I've been at Pointe since 2006.
You are involved in several businesses in different industries - construction, development, healthcare, retail, and education. Who has helped you along the way in leading successful businesses?
I've had several mentors along the way. My dad, Louis Medeiros, led a large pharmaceutical company and provides constant advice on better business practices. At my first job at Haskell, Jason Heuler helped me better understand engineering concepts. Ken Colgate at WS Development was a mentor on managing people and leadership skills and taught me to look at the 10,000-foot view when providing direction. Rex Allen at Pointe keeps me focused on facts in professional and personal relationships and reminds me to block out all the noise. And, of course, I couldn’t do any of this without the friendship and support of my bride, Elizabeth.
Tell us about your experience in teaching college students pursing careers in construction.
I've been an adjunct professor at several institutions for many years, including Florida Community College, Chattanooga State Community College, and University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I also serve as an Advisory Board member at Chatt State and UTC.
As the incoming Chair of AGC East Tennessee, what are your top priorities?
First, we've got a school to open soon. We will continue the work for a successful launch of the Construction Career Center to see that through start-up and beyond. Once it's open, we still have a lot of work to do ensure its success.
Advocacy is one of AGC's most important and valuable initiatives for our industry and I want to make sure that we continue to be the voice of construction at the local and state level.
I'm also interested in expanding our membership's footprint beyond Hamilton and Bradley County. The more voices we have advocate for our industry, the stronger we are.
Alpha-1 Foundation (2017 – Present)
SGL (2018 – Present)
AGC of East Tennessee (2006 – Present)
Chattanooga Regional Manufacturing Association (2020 – Present)
Quality in Construction Task Force, Office of the State Architect -TN (2019 – Present)
Industry Advisory Board, University of Chattanooga (2011 – Present)
Industry Advisory Board, Chattanooga State Community College (2009 – Present)
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Civic & Volunteer:
Social Ministry (2016 – Present)