News Release: September 4, 2018
Newport News, Va. – Last month, Newport News-based construction manager W. M. Jordan Company announced changes to its senior management structure. These changes are designed to enhance and align its management structure with the company’s future goals. Today, the company announced additional executive appointments, effective immediately.
Craig Arnold, 45, vice president of special projects, works with owners and design teams during preconstruction to maximize complex project programs. He sets the stage for successful project delivery systems such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and incorporates construction methodologies including lean construction. Since joining the firm in 2001, Arnold has provided preconstruction services such as cost estimating, value analysis, and constructability analysis for such high-profile projects as the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Critical Care Hospital, Virginia’s Western Forensic Science Laboratory, and the renovations and additions to the Science Museum of Virginia. Arnold holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Virginia Tech.
Brooks Ballance, 53, vice president and senior project executive, works to continually improve operational processes and develop effective project management teams. Ballance joined the company as a project manager in 1999. His approach to project planning and team building has led to successful outcomes for complex projects including the Virginia Commonwealth University Health System Critical Care Hospital, the renovations and additions to the Science Museum of Virginia, and two research education buildings for the University of Virginia. Ballance holds a Bachelor of Science in building construction from Virginia Tech and is a board member of the Virginia Tech Myers-Lawson School of Construction Management.
Howard Joyner, 63, vice president of field operations, provides executive oversight and support to all of W. M. Jordan Company’s project sites. He works closely with superintendents to improve efficiencies on the job site, analyze risks and opportunities, and allocate resources across project sites. Joyner joined W. M. Jordan Company in 1981 supervising construction of complex projects such as the Sentara Louise Obici Memorial Hospital, the Virginia Marine Science Museum, and the U.S. Navy Advanced Firefighting Training Facility before becoming a general superintendent responsible for project sites in Hampton Roads and the Carolinas.
Claire McCleery, 61, serves as vice president of learning and development. McCleery joined W. M. Jordan Company in 1992 as an administrative assistant and soon became manager of administration, responsible for mentoring all project administrators. In 2004, she expanded her duties as director of learning & development, where she worked to help all employees develop their skills and talents. Her new role expands and restructures her responsibilities for maximum effectiveness.
Randy McNeely, LEED AP BD+C, 59, project executive, focuses on client satisfaction and mentors and supports project management teams for all projects in North and South Carolina. McNeely joined W. M. Jordan Company in October 2017 as a senior project manager with 22 years of experience with global construction firms. He holds a Bachelor of Science in building construction and technology from Purdue University.
Company president Ronald J. Lauster said, “I am excited for these individuals as they step into their new roles. Each of them embodies what it means to be a true leader and mentor in this company.”
Founded by Robert T. Lawson and William M. Jordan, W. M. Jordan Company is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The company provides construction management, design build, development, virtual construction, sustainability and contracting services to a diverse clientele in Virginia and the Carolinas.
W. M. Jordan Company has developed industry-leading strategies for green initiatives, supplier diversity, virtual and augmented reality, preconstruction services, design build solutions and public-private partnerships. The company’s unique customer and employee focused business model is defined by its guiding philosophy of “The Relentless Pursuit of Excellence”, which requires continuous creativity, innovation, and improvement. The firm is dedicated to the concept of lifelong learning, developing future leaders through its corporate intern program, promoting good health and teamwork through its wellness program, and by giving time and resources to the community.
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