W.M. Jordan Company

Employee Spotlight: Dwayne Sellars

March 20, 2014

Dwayne Sellars

Dwayne Sellars

At W. M. Jordan, we believe that our employees are our biggest resource, contributing to the success and advancement of our company. In honor of their accomplishments and talents we will be putting our employees in the spotlight in our new employee spotlight blog series. Today, we introduce Dwayne Sellars.

Dwayne has worked for W.M. Jordan as a Virtual Construction Manager out of our Newport News location for the past four years. According to Dwayne, his fondest memory as a W.M. Jordan employee took place during his first participation in the company golf tournament. He stated that as a new employee it was a phenomenal experience to play in the golf tournament, and that it was even more impressive to see how organized and supported by the community W.M. Jordan was.

During his time at W.M. Jordan, Dwayne has completed a vast number of projects. Amongst these projects, Dwayne recalls his work with Fort Lee to be his favorite. The Fort Lee construction was one of Dwayne’s first tasks. Dwayne remembers this project so fondly not only because of how smoothly the project was completed, but also because the project was held in such high regard that he was asked to create, and present, a case study detailing the construction process.

One of Dwayne’s most impressive characteristics is the ability to solve problems when dealing with unexpected challenges. An example of which can be seen in his work with George Mason University, a project that Dwayne cites as being his most challenging project to date. The task at hand was to construct additional dining and construction services for the campus. This project ran into a few hurdles when dealing with the subcontractors brought onto the team. The difficulty was that the subcontractors used did not have the necessary qualifications to assist with the virtual design and construction processes which slowed down the team as a whole. However, despite the difficulties that presented themselves during this project, Dwayne and his team were able to rally around the project and were able to reach a successful completion.

Much like the George Mason Project, a lot of Dwayne’s biggest challenges stem from the different levels of understanding of terminology and design tools amongst subcontractors. While these problems do exist, Dwayne does his best to combat them by staying in constant contact with his subcontractors. In his communications with the subcontractors, Dwayne offers them all of the potential resources at his disposal to educate them while also assisting them in completing the task on time. Dwayne states that he tells his subcontractors, “Once you’ve got it, I’ve got you,” meaning that once they understand and learn the different processes he will continue to work with them on later projects, building relationships for the future.

Read our full interview with Dwayne below:



Name: Dwayne Sellars

Position: Virtual Construction Manager (Newport News)


Q.    How long have you been with W.M. Jordan?

A.    Since 2009


Q.    What is your most memorable moment from working at W.M. Jordan?

A.      The most memorable moment for me would be my first year at the golf tournament.


Q.     Why?

A.     As a new employee it was nice to play, but was also nice to see how organized the company was. It was the largest philanthropy golf tournament I have ever played in. Also, saw how many people came out to support our company which is a true testament to how the company is run.


Q.    What was your favorite W.M. Jordan project and why?

A.    There have been so many, but one of my favorites was a project with Fort Lee. I was a relatively new employee with a few projects under my belt. We had a good design team on board and everything went smoothly. After we completed the project, we were also able to make a case study out of it which I was able to present on about a half-dozen times.


Q.    What was your most challenging project?

A.    The most challenging project was a project with George Mason University dealing with the housing and dining services. It was a challenge because we didn’t have qualified subs on board to work with the Virtual Design and Construction process. Due to that, our department ended up doing a lot of the heavy lifting in that regard. We didn’t expect to have to put in that much work into that part of the process because we were expecting the subs to manage a certain workload. In the end, our department was able to step up to the plate and resolve the issue allowing us to still complete the job successfully.


Q.    What is your biggest challenge?

A.    A challenge that I encounter is dealing with the different levels of understanding of terminology between contractors, as well as, their use of certain design tools. Usually, this requires me to educate people along the way while also having to focus on the completion of the project.


Q. … And how did you solve it?

A.  I try to solve this issue by not shying away from the problems, but rather by meeting them head on. I offer all of the people I work with the resources necessary to reach a successful outcome. Additionally, whether phone call after phone call or face to face meetings, I’m always willing to help people learn. I always tell them to keep working at it because once you’ve got it, I’ve got you. Meaning once they show that they understand and know something, I’m not going to forget and that I will look to partner with them again in the future.



Q.    If you weren’t in construction, you would be…

A.    Independently wealthy or retired. Actually, I’ve always wanted to teach, more specifically at a higher level such as college or graduate school where I could challenge and motivate students.