Born: Tallahassee, Fla., 1951
Education: Bachelor of building construction, University of Florida; master of business administration, Auburn University.
First job: I have always worked in construction. My very first job was digging ditches at $1.35 per hour. My first construction project after graduation was the Fairmont Hotel in Atlanta.
Person whom you admire most in business and why: I admire Sam Walton because of his big dreams, his hard work, his tremendous success and his ability to remain humble through it all.
What is your favorite thing about being a leader?
It gives me an enormous sense of accomplishment, as a leader, to see complicated construction projects get completed on time and on budget through the dedicated efforts of our project employee teams.