Changes on the Horizon for Gray Construction’s Southeast Office
Leading engineering, architecture and construction firm Gray Construction today announced several organizational changes to its Southeast office in Birmingham, Ala. These changes follow Gray’s recent news that the company will redevelop downtown Birmingham’s historic Booker T. Washington Insurance Co. building into its regional headquarters.
The organizational changes were brought forth as part of a business improvement strategy devised to capitalize on growth opportunities within the region. To respond agilely to Gray’s regional and national growth plan, the following changes were made.
Brian Jones was appointed Chief Operating Officer and is now based out of Gray’s Lexington, Ky. headquarters. Brian began his career as an intern at Gray in 1999, when he was a civil engineering student at the University of Kentucky. In 2004, Brian relocated to Gray’s Southeast office in Birmingham. Since then, he has worked on a variety of complex projects and was named Gray’s project manager of the year in 2007. From 2010-2015, Brian served as regional manager, and subsequently vice president of the Southeast office, where he propelled Gray to substantial growth, particularly within the region’s thriving manufacturing sector. As an active board member of the Alabama chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors, Brian also led much of Gray’s local industry initiatives and was a vital part of the Birmingham community. As Chief Operating Officer, Brian will provide day-to-day oversight of Gray’s operations team and operational systems. Bringing more than 16 years of experience with Gray to his position, Brian will focus on preparing the company for continued growth, providing the best tools and work environment for Gray’s extraordinary people, and customer relationships in Gray’s core markets.
Daniel Pittman was named Regional Manager, Southeast Office. Daniel joined Gray in 2010 after a successful career at BL Harbert and Charles & Vinzant Construction. Daniel was hired as a Project Manager in the Birmingham office and in 2013 was promoted to Senior Project Manager. Throughout his tenure at Gray, Daniel has been responsible for the success of numerous key retail and manufacturing projects. As Regional Manager, Daniel will liaise with subcontractors and customers on plans, proposals and sales, supervising all team members in Birmingham. Daniel’s extensive project management and leadership experience will be crucial to driving further growth within the region.
Zach Lemley has joined Gray as Manager, Business Development. Coming from JESCO, Inc. where he was Manager of Business Development since 2012, Zach has his B.S. in Biophysics from the University of Alabama. Based out of Gray’s Southeast office, Zach will be responsible for developing and implementing strategic sales plans, developing and maintaining relationships with existing and new customers, and serving as a liaison between the sales department and business units.
Alex DeMartini was appointed Manager, Project Development Services. Alex began his career at Gray in 2012 as a Business Development Manager in the Birmingham office. He has been a vital part of the team for key sales, demonstrating his talent for gaining customers’ confidence and nurturing relationships throughout the proposal and execution phase. As Manager, Project Development Services, he will focus specifically on the preconstruction and development of special projects.
“This is an exciting time not only for our team in Birmingham, but for Gray as a company. We’re seeing some of our biggest opportunities in the Southeast, and are extremely proud of the excellent talent we have on board to manage our continued growth,” said Jones. “Our Birmingham office is in good hands under Daniel’s leadership.”
Gray Construction, is a nationally ranked engineering, architecture and construction firm with over 55 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution, hospitality and retail facility construction. Currently, Gray has several large projects that are underway or recently completed including: multiple projects for Austal USA in Mobile, Ala.; a ship loading terminal for Drax Biomass in Port Allen, La.; a Keurig manufacturing facility in Douglasville, Ga.; and a manufacturing facility for JX Nippon Oil & Energy USA, Inc. in Childersburg, Ala.