Case Studies Building for the Future

Monica Davis – Kirkwood Community College

Students are often attracted to community colleges for the practical programs they offer. But Monica Davis knows that it’s also where the programs are taught—facilities that are comfortable, well-equipped and modern—that keeps students enrolling. That’s the gamble being made by the community college where she’s senior director of construction and facilities planning. As with other […]

Kevin Hudson – University of North Alabama

For Alabama native Kevin Hudson, instilling value in every encounter with his team has become a hallmark of his career in construction—a way of giving southern hospitality a new meaning. After graduating from Auburn University in 2008, Hudson got his start working with a small contractor out of Nashville, Tennessee, before pursuing opportunities back in […]

Chris Neal – Restore Hyper Wellness & Cryotherapy

For many businesses in the U.S.—especially franchises—the pandemic has posed considerable challenges, from reduced store capacity to employee health and safety. But while some companies have had to scale back operations, others have found new opportunities for growth. One business that’s managed to thrive is Restore Hyper Wellness, a retail provider of services such as […]

Weyen Burnam – StorageMart

So what do you do when rain ruins a day in the sun on South Padre Island in Texas? Start a chain of self-storage facilities. That’s how StorageMart was founded by Gordon Burnam, recalls his grandson, Weyen Burnam. While exploring the island with his family, Gordon struck up a conversation with the owner of a […]

Tommy Jones – Stanley Martin Homes

Classic diners, like the ones you’d find in New York City, are known for 20-page menus with everything from scrambled eggs and toast to lobster and filet mignon. Tommy Jones is a fan of diners, but he says his role as the director of corporate manufacturing for Stanley Martin Homes is different from that of […]

Marc Rienow – Gengras Motor Cars

They told him when he started he wouldn’t be asked to work at the auto dealerships. No, Marc Rienow was hired specifically to care for the Gengras family’s 40-acre estate in central Connecticut; he’d not be setting foot on Motor Cars lots or inside showrooms. That didn’t last long—within three months after his 1993 hiring, […]

Patrick Inaba – Federal Realty Investment Trust

At a ritzy rooftop wine and cheese reception in Miami’s Coconut Grove, the air feels almost alive—a mix of ocean brine, merengue and Channel No. 5. The guests, revelrous and relaxed, are mingling in the open-air space surrounded by silver platters laden with pricey hors d’oeuvres—until one of them reaches for a canape and gets […]

Pete Ferreira – Hotwire Communications

In technology, as in human health, a little fiber can go a long way. For Pete Ferreira, fiber is ensuring Hotwire Communications lives up to its name as it connects internet customers throughout southwest Florida. Lauded by Netflix and PCMag as the fastest internet service provider in the country, Hotwire is also becoming the ISP […]

Tim Singleton – Wellesley College

Walking around Wellesley College’s campus just outside of Boston, students have been treated to a pastoral landscape that has changed little since 1875. Stone and brick buildings are nestled between groves of woodland trees and winding paths hug the shoreline of Lake Waban. That made the redevelopment of Science Hill—including a new redesign of historic […]

Tai Davis – Fayetteville State University

Watching Tai Davis work with his facilities team, one would never know he’s a staunch introvert, mostly content to keep to himself. Davis credits his California upbringing with introducing him to people from all backgrounds and cultures—and for teaching him to accept them for who they are. But it was his mother, a social worker […]

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