Everyone has a different definition for capacity building. General contractors and minority firms provide practical solutions to help clarify the true meaning of capacity building. We’ll dig deep into financial growth, expansion into new trades or scopes of work and practical tips for evaluating opportunities that will support the growth of your business as you consider new opportunities.
Cheo D. Hurley is the founder, president, and CEO of THG Cos. LLC, a startup that has grown into a full-service construction subcontractor and building and real estate advisory/planning company completing over $10 million in projects in the Baltimore metropolitan region. He has extensive expertise in urban planning, development and construction and served five years as member of the Baltimore Planning Commission.
During his 16-year career in the construction industry, Rick Munford has become a seasoned contract negotiator, building, managing and retaining high-value relationships. He works collaboratively with project teams to ensure that clients get the most cost-effective solutions by providing accurate and timely costing, constructability and value engineering information starting at the conceptual phase and through buy-out and execution.
Simeon Terry is the vice president of Diversity Affairs for Austin Commercial, where his goal is to ensure that equity, diversity and inclusion are core organizational values. With 28 years of experience in the construction industry, 20 of them managing diversity programs, he develops and implements strategies to maximize inclusion in the workforce and supplier diversity through cultural competency education, diversity compliance, affirmative action, recruiting/hiring, mentoring and business procurement diversity.
Beverly Thomas is the president of Regional Contracting Services, a commercial carpentry company with annual sales revenue of $15-$17 million and 59 full-time employees, managing sales, marketing, community outreach and charitable contributions. Thomas received her in-depth operations, sales and marketing training while working as a branch manager for Terminix International in Atlanta, Philadelphia and New York, where she successfully managed branch territories with $1.3 - $1.5 million in sales.
Van Thompson is the diversity program director for Skanska USA Buildings’ Metro Region and has overseen the development of the firm’s Construction Management Building Blocks training program for 10 years. More than 400 small contractors have completed the seven-week program, which gives minority, women-owned and small businesses the skills to become bidders on contracts with major construction companies. He is a past chair of Skanska’s New York Metro Region Diversity Council.
Shane Warren is the founder of Warren Brothers Construction, a certi¬fied 8a Small Disadvantaged Business (SDB) that specializes in site finishing (landscaping, carpentry, hardscapes and furnishings), general construction and design-build services. Over two decades, Warren has built WBC into one of the National Capitol Region’s premier general contracting firms performing major repairs, alterations, new system installations and commissioning, renovation projects and landscape design and construction.