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Director of Business Development

Jim came to Paragon Construction in 2015 bringing more than 35 years of construction experience including a central focus on the Military Lodging and Housing channel since 2008. In his role as Director of Business Development, Jim establishes and maintains lasting industry relationships nationwide, focusing on added value for the client, and effectively communicating concepts and ideas. His primary responsibility is to determine how Paragon Construction can best serve the needs of the client based on his comprehensive understanding of the Military Housing and Lodging Program. Jim works closely with the members of Paragon Construction’s management team to pursue new business opportunities and support the execution of the strategic and financial goals of the company.

Prior to joining Paragon Construction, Jim served as the Senior Vice President of Construction for the Corvias Group following six years of employment with Lendlease (US), where he was the Senior Vice President Director of Lodging. He managed the development of approximately 15,000 homes across seven locations ($200M budget). In addition, he oversaw the development and construction of 11,800 hotel rooms in 38 Army installations ($1B budget). Jim served as the primary contact for all project stakeholders including the Department of Defense, Inter-Continental Hotel (IHG) Group, Lenders, ICC and Design- Build Team. He was responsible for all aspects of leading the construction group including fiscal management, long-range planning, scheduling, delivery, construction quality, safety, employee relations, performance management, accountability, compensation, staffing and cost control. In his time with Paragon, Jim has has managed dozens of military housing and hotel projects averaging $10-15 million per project, including Camp Pendleton in San Diego and Fort Lee in Virginia.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate from Wayne State University Law School. He was previously a licensed attorney, real estate broker and licensed Contractor in the state of Michigan. The son of a US Air Force of officer, Jim is a self-starter who established his own construction development company at the age of 18. His focus on building safe and thriving urban developments in downtown Detroit included efforts to employ disadvantaged individuals and their families to provide better opportunities and housing options.

Jim currently resides in Brentwood, TN, with his wife Jodie and their five children. Together, they are active in the community, especially school activities and the YMCA.