Meet the People

People are the backbone of Flintco and without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. Here’s to the employees who exemplify the Flintco Ethos and what it means to be Flintco Made™.

Women in Construction Week Spotlight: Cristine Winchester

1. What led you to a career in the construction industry? 
I came to construction through Flintco's military hiring initiative. Despite being a degreed geologist, I had experience in construction as an Army officer and was given the opportunity based solely on our company's recognition of aligned leadership styles. I haven't looked back since.

2. What do you enjoy most about your current role? 
I am currently the Norman Central Library project manager. My favorite thing about this job is our team. Our Flintco team is strong, and everyone from the subcontractors to the design team, owner, and owner’s reps are collaborative and genuinely excited about what we are doing which is to build an extremely creative and challenging library for the community.

3. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career? 
I’m just proud to be exactly where I am right now. I didn’t think I would in this position so early in my career especially without the foundation of a construction management degree but the Flintco culture is all about rewarding hard work and developing employees. 

4. What advice do you have for women entering the construction industry? 
I would tell women to be themselves and don’t sell yourself short. Although this is a traditionally masculine industry, there isn’t some inherent knowledge base that men have over you, so just get in there and aggressively learn.

Women in Construction Week Spotlight: Melanie Gilbertson

1. What led you to a career in the construction industry?
I’ve been fascinated by construction from the first time I visited a jobsite with my dad, who was a structural engineer.  I decided I wanted to be both a designer and a builder around age 10, and that remained the plan until about 2 years in the architecture program at Oklahoma State University, when I realized I was never going to design anything crazy enough to earn a gold star from the professors.  Around that same time, I discovered that OSU had a well-respected Construction Management program, which seemed like a much better fit. 

2. What do you enjoy most about your current role?What’s not to love? In my role as a Quality Assurance Manager and Flintco’s Corporate Lean Champion, I get to meet people all over the company. One of the best parts is when I get to see an extremely skeptical foreman or superintendent realize maybe there’s some value to this Lean business after all, and then seeing them become one of our most vocal Lean advocates.

I love every aspect of being on a jobsite – the coordination between trades, the problem-solving required to resolve issues. My favorite part of the job is the camaraderie that develops between teammates on a project, even if you work for different companies, and that remains my favorite part to this day.

3. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
It’s a toss-up between several: Being the youngest female promoted to a project manager at my former employer, being asked (twice!) to be a guest lecturer on Lean in the construction industry at the University of Oklahoma, and being awarded a Flintco Chairman’s Award for Innovation.

4. What advice do you have for women entering the construction industry?
Don’t be afraid of looking stupid – ask questions and listen to the answers.  Take notes to free your brain from remembering mundane details, so you can focus on problem solving and critical thinking.  Treat professional development and continuing education as an opportunity to explore new heights, not as a chore.  Remember that it takes 10,000 hours to master a skill, so start developing your skills as a leader by volunteering for leadership roles every chance you get. 

Most importantly - keep your word, treat everyone with respect, and follow up on everything twice as often as you think you need to – earn a reputation for honesty, integrity and getting results, then work to keep it.

Women in Construction Week Spotlight: Alex Janota

To celebrate Women in Construction Week, sponsored by the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) we asked Alex Janota to share her story. She’s Assistant Project Manager in our Austin, Texas, office, and she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Association for Women in Construction, Austin Chapter.

1. What led you to a career in the construction industry?
My grandfather built custom homes, so as a kid I would occasionally tag along with him and watch him work. In high school, I decided to go into architecture and get a design degree, because he had inspired me to create. I ended up at orientation at Texas A&M and found out that I had clicked the wrong degree and selected Urban and Regional Planning. One of the counselors at A&M suggested that I enroll in their Construction Science program and try that for a semester, until I could get into architecture. One semester of construction classes, I was in love. It is amazing to take a roll of paper plans and to be a part of the team that develops them into a finished product that will impact people’s lives and memories.    

2. What do you enjoy most about your current role?
I am currently an Assistant Project Manager, and I enjoy getting to interact with all sorts of people who come from different walks of life. It is wonderful working with a skilled craftsman, like my grandfather, and I am constantly learning and trying to figure out ways to innovate, problem solve and lead. I work with a wonderful team of people at Flintco and have a great leadership team that supports me. I enjoy that Flintco employees strong and accomplished women that I can say are mentors and friends who I can call on at any time. 

3. What accomplishment are you most proud of in your career?
I am a full-time working mom of the cutest little 2-year-old boy, and a wife. Every day that I can juggle my career and be a great mom and wife are an accomplishment to me. I am very proud that in the last year I have been elected onto the National Association for Women in Construction Austin Chapter Board of Directors and I just been awarded a Flintco Chairman’s Award for Employee Development.    

4. What advice do you have for women entering the construction industry?
Surround yourself with people who believe in what you can be, support you and help create opportunities for you to grow and succeed.  Do not allow the thoughts of negative people to influence what you can do.  If you keep pushing yourself and looking for opportunities to get better and accomplish more, you will surprise yourself.  Develop your own style and rock it.

Clark Brashears, Assistant Superintendent

Clark is from Dripping Springs, Texas, a small town west of Austin. Growing up in a family-owned residential construction 

company, Clark says he learned the values of honest, trustworthy relationships as well as lessons in good building quality. Above all, Clark believes that respectfulness and kindness in every interaction is the most valuable principle he received from this experience.

Clark attended Texas A&M University, where he earned a degree in construction science and a minor in business. He completed an internship with Flintco before joining the team full time. Clark is now a Superintendent, and he will soon be celebrating 10 years of service with the company.

Clark lives with his wife, Jessa, and their 4-year-old son, Caden.


1. What is your favorite sports team?
Fighting Texas Aggies

2. What is your guilty pleasure for movies/TV/reading?
I really don’t do much TV or movie watching. If I had to say a show, it would be MacGyver. Also, pretty guilty about being active on Pinterest. Don’t take my man card, it’s to research woodworking projects which is really how I spend my spare time.

3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Flying. The time and hassle saved from avoiding traffic alone would be innumerable. Superhuman strength would be cool too (my first name is Clark, but my middle name is not Kent).

4. What is the best gift you were ever given?
My wife surprised me with a trip to Colorado on my 30th birthday. It was totally unexpected, a great break from the everyday and a great trip.

5. I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d....
Seek the assistance of talented tax, legal and financial advisors……enjoy getting to help others and then buy a bunch of stuff I probably don’t need.

Lena Banuet, Marketing Coordinator

Lena Banuet, a native of rural Minnesota, has lived in Tulsa for the past 5 years, and attributes the amazing people and community helping her feel instantly at home and are what keeps her centered.

Marketing Coordinator for the Tulsa office since April 2016, Lena’s primary role is supporting the Business Development group with proposal creation, interview preparation and any other marketing material needs.

Lena’s background is in graphic design and marketing, where she has worked with respected industrial brands such as 3M and Williams, food brands such as Freschetta, Mrs. Smiths and Red Baron, and pharmaceuticals such as Pfizer, Novartis and Bayer. Most recently she was the Editorial Designer for the Oil and Gas Journal, a leading petroleum weekly publication with worldwide coverage and 100,000 subscribers.

In her free time, Lena enjoys snuggling with her two dogs, Ellie and Pumbi, and is passionate about fitness and living a healthy lifestyle.  She serves as a leadership coach in Celebrate Recovery, a Christ-centered recovery program. She loves helping people and seeing lives changed and restored.


1. What is your favorite meal?
Crab legs! I am a pro at cracking them and getting all the meat out. When people say they don’t’ like crab legs it usually is because they haven’t learned how to eat them.

2. What is your favorite TV show of all time?
Downton Abbey

3. Do you have any hobbies?
Does drinking coffee count? If not, then knitting, group fitness, ministry, and going to OKC Thunder games (this is my newest favorite!)

4. Have you lived in any other countries?
Yes, I have lived in Lebanon for 6 months and Mexico for two years.

5. What is on your bucket list?
I want to go skydiving on my honeymoon. If I don’t get married, then I just want to go skydiving at the Grand Canyon.

Javier Flores, Director of Business Development

Born in Puerto Rico, Javier moved to Oklahoma at 11 years old. He attended Union High School in Tulsa, where he began his successful baseball career, winning the Oklahoma High School Baseball Player of the Year award his senior season.

Javier went on to attend the University of Oklahoma, where he was the starting freshman catcher on the 1994 College World Series championship team. He graduated with a degree in communications and earned multiple athletic honors. As a three-time All-American, three-time All-Conference player and College Baseball Hall of Fame nominee, Javier went on to spend five years in professional baseball, playing with the Oakland Athletics and the Texas Rangers organizations.

Following his baseball career, Javier worked as an Account Director, Vice President of Operation Support Services and Chief Operating Officer before joining Flintco last February as a Director of Business Development for the Oklahoma City division.

Javier has three children—Destany, 23, Parker, 5 and Olivia.


1. What is your favorite meal?
Pizza. And whenever possible, any Puerto Rican food.

2. Who’s your favorite sports hero/team?
Sports Hero: Roberto Clemente
Sports Team: Oklahoma Sooners

3. What did you do growing up that got you in trouble?
In Puerto Rico, we would have huge family events during the Holidays. I would typically disappear and my family would go crazy looking for me, only to find me asleep in the back of the car.

4. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“In matters of style, swim with the current. In matters of principle, stand like a rock.” – Thomas Jefferson

5. What other languages do you know?

Derek Knauss, Project Director

Derek Knauss was born and raised in eastern Pennsylvania in what he calls, “Small town, small school, large people.”

He has three kids -- ages 25, 28, 29 – who live in Asheville, NC; Boulder, CO; and St. Louis, MO, respectively. 

Derek’s permanent home is in Pensacola, FL, so he enjoys outdoor activities, such as hiking, exploring skiing and biking, and spending time by the water. Derek is committed to a healthy lifestyle in all ways and enjoys reading and researching -- especially if it has anything to do with ancient history, conspiracy or collusion, or ongoing global events.  He’s convinced our world is headed towards positive change despite the current chaos.

“I look forward to working with everyone at Flintco and Alberici for another 10 years,” Derek says. “And I wish to empower others so that their challenges create personal and long lasting growth.”


1. What is your favorite movie of all time?
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Little Big Man

2. With whom would you dine (living or not) if you had the chance?
Brunch with Thoth, Jesus Christ, Tesla, Red Cloud and Magellan -- that way there would be no shortage of topics for discussion.

3. What is your idea of the perfect relaxing weekend?
An early-morning hike in the woods or hills, then watching an EPL game or two while drinking iced mochas with my kids. Then we would hunt for a few good estate sales, cook out on the patio, watch the sunset on the water with live music.

4. What is your dream destination?
Machu Picchu or Giza

5. What’s your favorite sports team?
2004’s PFC U-12 Girls Purple Soccer Team

Shannon Dunn, Estimator

This month’s Employee Spotlight is Shannon Dunn, Estimator/HUB Coordinator. Shannon came to our Austin office in 2015

with more than 17 years of experience.  A native Texan, Shannon was born in Pecos, Texas, and grew up in Dallas.

In her role, Shannon reviews schematic construction documents and prepares baseline cost estimates for every portion of the building in conjunction with the design team. She also helps submit all HUB Subcontracting Plans for proposal packages and coordinates HUB trainings.

Shannon lives in Austin with her husband, Brunner, and their children.


1. When was the last time you did exactly what you wanted to do? 
Pretty much daily, I guess.

2. Do you have any hobbies?
Soon to be gardening, chicken coop, remodeling the house and riding on the back of my husband, Brunner’s, bike

3. What is the best gift you were ever given? 
My children, and the opportunity to become Brunner’s wife

4. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d:
Pay for my mother’s medical bills, get a place in Colorado and one in Cozumel, but still live in Texas

5. Who did you first see live in concert? 
The Cult

 Vernelle Taylor, Director of Tribal Relations

This month's Employee Spotlight features Vernelle Taylor, Director of Tribal Relations, from our Albuquerque office. She has been with Flintco for nearly 23 years.

Originally from Fort Belknap, Mont., Vernelle started working at Flintco when she was 20 years old, after completing courses in Construction Technology and Engineering. She went on to graduate from Miles Community College/University of New Mexico-Gallup.

As Flintco’s Director of Tribal Relations, Vernelle helps implement Flintco’s corporate strategic goals in Indian Country and works with staff on Native projects, ensuring tribal member growth, employment and native-owned company utilization to the greatest extent possible on projects.

Vernelle was awarded the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Advocate of the Year award in 2009, and was a recipient of the “Lewis B. Ketchum Excellence in Business” award from the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission in 2010, which is one of the most prestigious awards given to individuals in the Native American Community.


1. Do you volunteer anywhere?
I’m in the fourth year with the Youth Ministry at the Risen Savior Catholic Church, Get Out The Vote, Saint Felix’s Pantry, Posole Ole’ Special Olympics, and a Board Chair of the American Indian Chamber of Commerce

2. What other languages do you know?
I understand Assiniboine and make it a point to know the “pleasantries” of the Tribes where Flintco builds.

3. What did you want to be when you grew up?
Marine biologist or a special education teacher

4. If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
To be a wood lathemaster

5. What is on your bucket list?
Visit the structures of Ancient Olympia

Herschel Burrow, Maintenance Manager

This month's Employee Spotlight features Herschel Burrow from the Tulsa office. Herschel is the maintenance manager and has been with Flintco for two years. He graduated from Rolla Technical Institute for Construction and is from Steelville, Mo. 

Before Hershel came to Flintco, he worked as a mine manager for about 9 years in Sullivan, Mo. When that company was acquired, he chose to continue his career at Flintco in Tulsa. Prior to that, Herschel was a Corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps where he toured all over Asia, including the Philippines, Japan, Korea and Hong Kong and other areas of China.

A relatively new Tulsan, Herschel says he likes the city and the friendly people he calls coworkers. He lives with his wife, Jamie, and their 12-year-old son, Herschel.


1. What is your least favorite household chore?

2. Have you ever met a famous person?
U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield

3. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A fishing guide

4. What was favorite television show growing up?

5. What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
A car, a 1973 Pontiac Sunfire


Sophie is Herschel’s German Shepherd mix, who turns 2 in August. She’s also something of a celebrity, visiting the warehouse where her dad works on many Fridays. She makes her rounds, being doted on by various coworkers in the Tulsa office, and chases rabbits outside.

1. What is your favorite indoor/outdoor activity?
It’s the same for both: tug of war

2. What is your favorite sports team?
The St. Louis Cardinals

3. What was your first live sports event?
A Tulsa Drillers game

4. What is your favorite thing to do on your day off?
Chase squirrels

5. What is your favorite food?

Gene Mullins, Senior Estimator

Gene joined Flintco in 2015 as a senior estimator. Based in Memphis, Gene graduated from the University of Tennessee  at Martin with a B.S. in engineering and is a die-hard Vols fan. A fifth-generation Master Mason in Freemasonry, Gene is originally from Falmouth, Kentucky and moved to Tennessee when he started high school. It was there where he met and eventually married, his high-school sweetheart, Ashley. They two have two children – Mason, 12 and Morgan, 6. When Gene isn’t working, he can be found in the great outdoors hunting and fishing.


1. What did you want to be when you grew up?

2. If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead), who would it be and why?
Jesus – to thank him face to face for what he did for me on the cross.
George Washington – to discuss the founding
athers vision for America and compare that to what it is today.
Albert Einstein – to pick his brain.

3. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Definitely mind reading

4. If you could be on any TV game show, which one would it be?
Guy Fieri’s Grocery Games – I love to cook, but hate to do dishes.

5. What is one thing on your bucket list?
I hope my wife reads this…….deep sea tuna fishing.


Robert joined Flintco November 1st as the Industrial Market Leader. Based in Austin, Robert graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a B.S. in Civil Engineering and a minor in construction management. He has worked in 10 states delivering large projects in multiple industrial market sectors, including power, process (gas, food & beverage) and automotive. He is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) of Wisconsin and is a Registered Engineer in Training (EIT). Robert was part of Toyota’s expansion into San Antonio, a city and culture that has made a lasting impression. Like so many others before him, Robert wasn’t born in Texas, but got there as quick as he could.

Robert grew up in a family of five children in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, a small town with a rich history that sits at the confluence of the Wisconsin and Mississippi rivers. The town’s historical significance, and its appeal to outdoorsmen – Cabela’s opened its fourth outlet store there in 1998 – helped shape Robert’s interest in history and the outdoors. From an early age, Robert channeled his inner Tom Sawyer, spending his free time hunting, fishing and navigating the waterways that frame his hometown. Over the years, Robert has also developed a love of motorcycles, horses, skiing, golfing and camping – not necessarily in that order.


1. What is one of your favorite quotes?
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." -  Theodore Roosevelt

2. Do you have any hobbies?
Hunting, fishing, boating, motorcycles, skiing, golfing, horseback riding and camping

3. What is your favorite TV show?
Hell on Wheels & Deadwood

4. Favorite music:
Country & Old Rock; George Strait, Merle Haggard, Hank, Robert Earl Keen, Chris Stapleton and AC/DC

5. What is one thing on your bucket list?
I would like to get my pilot's license one day (for personal use and enjoyment).

Charles Hogan, Senior Project Manager

Charles Hogan is an Oklahoma State University graduate who has worked with Oakridge, a division of Flintco, LLC, nearly 37 years. He is a family man both at home and at work, calling his long-time colleagues his second family.

Out of seven siblings, Charles is the first one to graduate from college. With six grandkids and four great grandkids, he stays busy attending their school and sports events. You can also find him tailgating with friends, both for his alma mater and the University of Oklahoma – the sign of a true Oklahoma sports fan.

In his free time, Charles can be found landscaping his yard, and in the winter he turns his focus to fixing any and all things around the house that need repair. Since he doesn’t believe in throwing things out, there is not much that he can’t get working again. A recent example is the repair he made to his mother-in-law’s lights on her Christmas tree. The tree had sentimental value to her, and she didn’t want to replace it. He figured out there was a broken wire, so he cut it, made a new splice and now the tree is glowing with lights once again. Charles also enjoys woodworking and recently built a nativity scene for his family.


1. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
There are no chores that I absolutely hate, but I am not real fond of pooper scooping the yard.

2. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Teaching grades 1st thru 8th.

3. What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life?
Life is like dancing, sometimes you lead and sometimes you follow. Always take the time in life to stop and smell the flowers.

4. What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
Early morning – nothing is better that a new day. Saturday – time with the family. April – everything is turning green and colorful.

5. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
Twenty-six – just a good time in my life.

Matt Dobson, Senior Superintendent

Matt, a Senior Superintendent out of the Albuquerque office, joined Flintco in 2008. Last year, he and his family moved to Lubbock, Texas to he could supervise the construction of the Texas Tech University Sports Performance Center project.

When Matt isn’t working or keeping up with his son and daughter’s extra-curricular activities, he enjoys running. He recently competed in his first half-marathon and is training for another one in February. Matt also plans on tackling a full marathon in the future.   


1. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A Pastor or full-time Missionary

2. What is on your bucket list?
I would like to do a combination Moose and Caribou hunt in Canada with my wife.

3. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
If I could witness an event in the past it would be the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

4. What other languages do you know?
I know a little bit of Spanish, and a little bit of Chichewa (a Central African language).

5. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d:
Buy a ranch in Colorado to live on and build a seasonal church camp and retreat, with hunting, fishing and other recreational activities.


Brittney is an assistant project manager in Tulsa, where she began her career with Flintco as an intern. After earning her degree in construction management from Oklahoma State University, she joined the team full-time working on Phase III of the Boone Pickens Stadium at her alma mater. While she has worked on numerous projects, the one that holds a special place in her heart is the renovation of Union Public Schools' Grove Elementary. According to Brittney, the students "would see us walking down the corridor and give high fives thanking us for working on their school!"

When she’s not at work, Brittney is spending time with her husband, Brent and their five-month-old, Braden.


We asked Brittney five questions with the caveat that she had to answer the first thing that popped into her head. Below are her answers.

1. What would you do if you had one week off and $5000?
I would go to the beach with my family to relax, enjoy the sun and make memories!

2. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
I'm not a fan of cleaning the toilet.

3. If you could choose one amenity to add to the workplace, what would it be?
One of those fancy back massaging chairs would be amazing for a mid-day break!

4. If you could splurge on one must-have item, what would it be?
A good pair of jeans.

5. What the most embarrassing show on your DVR?
We don't have DVR but Mean Girls is probably the most played movie on my Netflix account!

David Pounds, Director Construction Support Services

David is the director of Flintco’s newly-formed Construction Support Services. This department supports Flintco’s operations by consolidating and coordinating four functional areas: Quality Assurance, Corporate Scheduling, Corporate Systems and Programs, and Equipment Warehouse and Maintenance. As director, David is responsible for the development and leadership in each one of these areas while ensuring that the whole department adapts to the evolving needs of each office’s job site operations.

During his time with Flintco, David was a Project Manager and Preconstruction Manager in Tulsa and most recently served as the Corporate Quality Assurance Manager. A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, David earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in engineering.

When he’s not at work you can find him out riding one of Tulsa’s many bike trails with his daughter, teaching his son the art of sarcasm or hanging out with his intelligent, attractive and successful wife.


We asked David five questions with the caveat that he had to answer the first thing that popped into his head. Below are his answers.

1. What do you miss most about being a kid?
Snow days from school.

2. What would you name the autobiography of your life?
“Sarcasm isn’t Funny”

3. Do you volunteer anywhere?
Church – Christ the King and as Tulsa’s Preservation Commissioner”

4. If you had just one box for all of your stuff, what would you put in it?
I have a box for all my stuff… it’s called my house.”

5. What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life?
There’s no point in life in having enemies.

Jeff Baxter, Project Engineer

Jeff, a Project Engineer for Flintco’s Springdale office, joined the Flintco team in 2014. Born in Baltimore but raised in Springdale, Arkansas making him a lifelong Razorback fan. The construction of the Bentonville West High School - which was completed this year – holds a special place in his heart. “Building schools is a truly amazing experience,” Jeff said. “I feel incredibly blessed to have been a small part of something that will transform lives for decades.”

When he’s not at work or spending time with his wife and one-year-old daughter, Piper, Jeff enjoys mountain biking, running and lifting weights. You might even be surprised to know Jeff has competed in the “Tough Mudder” six times. He just signed up for his seventh competition.


We asked Jeff five questions with the caveat that he had to answer the first thing that pops into his head. Below are his answers. 

1. What’s your happy song? (I.E., Can’t help smiling when you hear it.)
Ice, Ice Baby” by Vanilla Ice. I listen to it every morning. It’s better than coffee.

2. What did you do growing up that got you into trouble?
I used to put baked beans in my pockets. Yeah, I’m not proud of that.

3. What is something you learned in the last week?
Unfortunately, I learned that a fun-filled trip to a children’s museum can result in Hand Foot and Mouth disease for your sweet, innocent one-year-old daughter. Oh well, at least she had a blast picking fake apples from a fake tree!

4. Have you ever won anything? What was it?
On June 2, 2012, I won the wife lottery! I sure hope she reads this.

5. What was the best gift you received?
I received my first personal Bible when I was 15-years-old. This was probably the most meaningful and impactful gift I have ever received.

BJ (Barbara Jo) Agnew Brillard, BIM Coordinator

Born in Phoenix, Arizona and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, BJ is a graduate of Auburn University and became a licensedArchitect in 2012. She joined the Flintco team in 2015 and is expecting her first child in April with her native Memphian husband, Ricky.

BJ has deep roots in the construction industry. Her grandfather was a Mechanical & Electrical Engineer, her mother is a licensed interior designer, and her brother is a licensed structural engineer who is now the chief operating officer at a commercial real estate company in Nashville.

When not at work, BJ stays busy playing co-ed soccer, kickball and refereeing soccer games. As a Grade 6 State Referee, she has been chosen as one of the 16 Tennessee refs to represent the state at youth regionals the past four years. BJ has been selected as a “top 25 referee” twice at the youth regionals for region III and was one of 10 chosen in 

2014 to represent the region at D2 and D3 National Youth Presidents Cup. In 2015, she was selected as the top female referee and asked to represent region III at the D1 Youth Nationals. BJ has also been spotted on the ESPN Network officiating college matches, as well.

Active in the Memphis community, BJ is a member of the American Institute of Architects and Construction Specifications Institute. She has served on the Memphis in May’s production committee for the past six years and is an active member of the local Junior League. This past year, BJ served as the production chair for the League’s Merry Marketplace.

The Fast Five

We asked BJ five questions with the caveat that she had to answer with the first thing that pops into her head. Below are her answers.

1. If I weren’t in construction, I’d be:
An artist that owned an arts and crafts store where I’d give lessons on knitting, crocheting, art, stain glass, and mosaics. I’d also have gallery space to display and sell artwork for local artists.

2. If I won the lottery tomorrow, I’d:
Pay off my brother’s, parents, cousins and my houses, cars, debt. Then I’d set up college or trust funds for my two nieces, my potential two kids, and my godchildren. If there was some left, I would invest in real estate or build a luxury multifamily/condo development downtown.

3. You’d be surprised to know:
I’ve been a season ticket holder to the traveling Broadway series at the Orpheum for seven years, and I’ve only lived in Memphis for eight and half years.

4. If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
 Manipulate time. 

5. Favorite movie of all time:
Fiddler on the Roof.

Mark Mackey, Project Director

Mark Mackey joined Flintco in August 1990 as a field engineer and has progressively advanced to project director. He has more than 30 years of construction expertise including carpentry, engineering, estimating and project management.  Mark graduated from Oklahoma State Technology Institute with a degree in engineering technology.

When he’s not at work, Mark can be found hanging out with his family, riding his Harley or enjoying the Great Outdoors.

The Fast Five

We asked Mark five questions with the caveat that he had to answer with the first thing that pops into his head. Below are his answers. 

1. What would you do if you had one day/one week off of work and $1000/$5000?
 One day and a $1,000 – take my grandkids to do something fun and give them a shopping spree with anything I had left to spend. One week and $5,000 – that’s easy head to Cabo San Lucas, hang out at Cabo Wabo, do a lot of lounging at the pool, do some Marlin Fishing and of course I would take Belinda with me.

2. What is your favorite season and why?
Favorite season is summer because I hate the cold, I like shorts, t-shirts, sandals and cool drinks.

3. What's one work-related skill that you'd like to develop, especially if you could do it easily?
Typing – I’m horrible at it.

4. What's your happy song? (i,e. Can't help smiling when you hear it)
It’s a Great Day to be Alive by Travis Tritt

5. What is one of your favorite quotes?
“Lead, follow, or get out of the way.” -General George S. Patton

Gary Nelson, Superintendent

Gary has over 35 years of industry experience and joined the Albuquerque Flintco team in 2012. When he’s not on the job site, you can find Gary tending to his vegetable garden and taking raising chickens. 

The Fast Five

We asked Gary five questions with the caveat that he had to answer with the first thing that pops into his head. Below are her answers.

1. What did you want to be when you grew up?
A Game Warden

2. If you could witness any event past, present or future, what would it be?
The return of Christ

3. What was your favorite TV show growing up?
Red Skelton

4. What’s the one piece of advice you would give others about life?
Love is the most powerful force in the universe. Don’t miss an opportunity to tell someone you love them.

5. If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do?
I would buy a small working ranch and retire.


Your co-workers would be surprised to know….
I have an identical twin brother.

Esther Thais, Financial Manager

More at home on two wheels than four, Esther Thais, or as some call her – “The Silent H” – is a competitive Cat 3 cyclist who is a member of the all-female race team, Isocentric. After joining Flintco only one year ago, Esther was named as the ‘Honor Man’ at the company’s annual APG event. Her “let’s do this” attitude and willingness to step forward during leadership moments made her a standout to the U.S. Navy Seals who run the event.

Originally from Monticello, Illinois, she was introduced to the world of competitive cycling by her Dad who also used to race. A self-proclaimed “competitive eater,” when Esther is not racing around the streets of Tulsa or talking her co-workers into trying new and unusual restaurants, she’s usually binge watching shows on Netflix. 

The Fast Five

We asked Esther five questions with the caveat that she had to answer with the first thing that pops into her head. Below are her answers.

1. You have $10,000 to spend on anything. What would you buy? 
Bike stuff – there are two specifically on my wish list. A Fatbike which is like a tank on two wheels and rolls over anything – it has a high giggle factor. The other would be a custom steel frame road bike.

2. What was your first concert?
Shinedown at the Cox Convention Center. 

3. If you knew what you know now, what would you tell your teenaged self?
Relax and always roll with whatever happens because everything eventually works out for the best. 

4. Most embarrassing TV show you watch?
The Vampire Diaries

5. Favorite place to ride your bike?
North. The hills and scenery around Lake Skiatook are by far my favorite areas to ride. 

Bonus round

Your co-workers would be surprised to know…?
I have a different pair of shoes I wear for each bike I own – it’s all about being color coordinated.  

Chris Moyes, Project Manager

Chris graduated Texas Tech University with a degree in Business Administration and Finance. In 2008 he joined Flintco as an Office Engineer on the St. Edward’s residence hall. Since then, Chris has accumulated a strong resume in the higher education market sector.

When not at work, Chris spends his time with his family and enjoying a good game of golf. Chris also let on that when he was young he had aspirations of becoming a professional golfer. We recently caught him at Flintco’s night out at Top Golf where he was working on his swing. 

The Fast Five

We asked Chris five questions with the caveat that he had to answer with the first thing that pops into his head. Below are his answers.

1. What would you do if you had one day/one week off of work and $1000/$5000? 
If I had $1,000 I’d go to Vegas! If it was $5,000 I’d jet somewhere that    cell service is not available.

2. What is on your bucket list?
Watch the Texas Rangers Play at Fenway Park.

3. What chore do you absolutely hate doing?
The dishes…ask my wife, she will say the same thing!

4. Who did you first see live in concert? First album you ever bought?
I think it was John Mellencamp at Madison Square Garden. Which I really just think my parents wanted to go so they took my brother and me along. MMy first album was Aerosmith's Big Ones.

5. If you could choose to stay a certain age forever, what age would it be?
Thirty, because you don’t feel too young, but you’re not too old either.

Steve Lowery, Superintendent

Steve is a Superintendent at the Albuquerque office and has been part of the Flintco family for over 18 years. His coworkers describe him as very outgoing, down to earth, kindhearted and funny. You can always count on Steve to put a huge smile on your face.

In his spare time, Steve enjoys doing anything that has to do with the outdoors, including hunting and perfecting his shooting skills. 

The Fast Five

We asked Steve five questions with the caveat that he had to answer with the first thing that pops into his head. Below are his answers.

1. If you could have dinner with three people (living or dead), who would it be? 
I would have dinner with my great grandparents. I would ask them about issues they faced in their lives, about their journey to come to the United States, their dreams and aspirations. 

2. If you could be on any TV game show, which one would it be? Why?
I would want to be “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” who was a hysterical stage hand, judge and dancer on the Gong Show. He would always come out in a green windbreaker jacket, a painter's cap, bell-bottomed pants and sneakers. Now that’s just good living…

3. Who did you first see live in concert? First album ever bought?
AC/DC was my first concert (that should shed some light about me). The first album I ever bought was by Boston.

4. What is the best gift you’ve ever given?
The best gift I ever gave was a horse to my daughter. 

5. What is the best gift you’ve ever received?
A bike…and of course freedom! :-)

Bonus round

Anything people would be surprised to know about you?
I doubt it!

Vic Alford, Senior Superintendent