Management Team

Rob Burton, CEO

Rob Burton began working at Hoar Construction when he was 13 years old and has seen the company through one of the nation’s biggest economic disasters, leading Hoar Construction to emerge stronger and more diversified. Rob took advantage of his early hands-on training, learning not only the skills but also to love building things. He considers himself fortunate to have seen jobs go together literally from the ground up before he was old enough to drive. 

After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Building Science, he joined the firm and began to take on more and more responsibility. Rob’s hard work and dedication to the company resulted in his being named President in 1996, then CEO in 2001. Under his leadership, the company has expanded, increasingly taking on larger and more complex projects, opening offices in several geographic regions, and significantly increasing revenues. 

He has served the community through his work with the Birmingham Business Alliance, the Birmingham Zoo, Lakeshore Foundation, and Kiwanis Club of Birmingham, the MS Society, and the Monday Morning Quarterback Club. He serves on the Board of Directors for Regions Bank, Protective Life, and the American Contractors Insurance Group. He also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors for the BBA.

Turner Burton, President

Turner began his career in construction while a student at Auburn University. After receiving his degree in Building Science, he joined the firm full time and has served in a variety of roles, culminating in his current position as President. His commitment to the company’s values helps him focus on supporting employees and promoting a culture of customer service to clients and other partners.

Since becoming President in 2018, Turner has led our company to achieve its most diverse portfolio ever and put a new leadership team in place to guide our sales and marketing teams in a united business development strategy. He’s challenged our teams to create a better client experience through leadership throughout the entire development process. Turner also oversaw the development of a new, company-wide employee training and development program. 

With a life-long commitment to giving back, Turner is active in several civic and community organizations. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, a member of the Monday Morning Quarterback Club, and is very involved with Boy Scouts of America, Southern Research, Preschool Partners, and March of Dimes.

Randall Curtis, Executive Vice President and COO

Randall began working in construction as a co-op for local construction companies while still in college. Shortly after graduating from Auburn, Randall launched a long and successful career with Hoar Construction, beginning as Project Manager with teams that built large retail centers. During his 29 years with Hoar, he has gained a broad base of experience across market sectors, including starting a new division to work with the federal government and managing more than 5 million square feet of projects.

In 2018, Randall was named Chief Operating Officer in addition to his Executive Vice President role. He is responsible for day-to-day operations and overall management of Hoar Construction. One of Randall’s other top priorities has always been recruiting and retaining top talent within our industry to continue our company’s success and overall growth.

Randall serves on the national board of directors for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and is the past state chairman of the board for ABC Alabama. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board for Auburn’s McWhorter School of Building Science and the Camp Smile A Mile board. In the past, he has served on the board for Cornerstone Schools of Alabama and currently serves on the board of directors for BigTime Ministries. He is also an Army National Guard veteran.

Doug Eckert, Executive Vice President and CAO

Doug Eckert came to Hoar more than a decade ago from Birmingham’s largest law firm, where he served on the Executive Committee and ran the International Practice Group. As a partner in the firm’s internationally-recognized Construction and Procurement Practice Group, he represented primarily large general contractors in their everyday business.

As EVP and Chief Administrative Officer, Doug is responsible for many of the company’s shared services, including legal, risk management, and human resources. He holds risk certifications and is active in many legal organizations. A certified mediator and arbitrator who has written and lectured on international arbitration, Doug once served as the North American representative for the London Court of International Arbitration.

Doug has served on several corporate and non-profit Boards, including Magic Moments and Children’s Harbor, because he is especially committed to children’s charities. He is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the TumTum Tree Foundation, the longest-running wine auction dedicated to raising money for children’s charities in America. A big supporter of his alma mater, The University of Virginia, Doug currently serves as a trustee of the Jefferson Trust, making catalytic grants in support of innovation and leadership, as well as serves on the Board of the University of Virginia School of Law.

Jeremy Di Piazza, Executive Vice President and CFO

Jeremy Di Piazza joined Hoar in 2006 after serving as EVP and Director of a regional banking company where he developed an expertise in financial analytics while working on M&A assignments and leading a multi-billion-dollar credit products group in the bank’s Mid-Atlantic region. While at the bank, he came to know the management team at Hoar and was drawn to their commitment to each other and their values. Jeremy has responsibility for all of the company’s financial matters, including reporting, forecasting, treasury management, accounting operations, investments, and balance sheet management. He successfully navigated the company’s financial affairs during the most difficult financial recession the company has ever seen. With a focus on efficiency, results, and stewardship, he also led the effort to create a holding company structure which established five operating businesses (construction, program management, construction equipment, aviation, and investment/insurance activities). Jeremy holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a bachelor’s degree in finance from The Culverhouse School of Business at The University of Alabama.

His community involvement has led him to serve on the board and as chairman for multiple charitable organizations as well as maintain membership with the Construction Financial Management Association and the Risk Management Association. He is a past Chair of the National Multiples Sclerosis Society in Birmingham and current Vice Chair of Fraternus Inc. and a member of CFMA and Kiwanis Club of Birmingham.

Will Watson, Senior Vice President, Alabama Division

Will Watson began his career as a Co-Op at Hoar in 2002 after graduating from Auburn with a bachelor’s degree from their Building Science Program. With experience across all of the company’s major market sectors – including retail, mixed-use, multifamily, healthcare, federal, industrial, institutional, hospitality, and cultural and entertainment – Will now leads the Alabama Division as Senior Vice President. In this role, he is responsible for business development, project management, preconstruction, and more in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

Will is also a board member for the Alabama Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors.

Jeff Light, Vice President, Austin Division

Jeff Light began working in construction when he was 18 after graduating with a bachelor’s in Construction Science from Texas A&M in 2002. He graduated as the Most Outstanding Student from the Department of Construction Science and with the highest GPA from the College of Architecture. In 2000, Jeff began his career at Hoar in Houston before moving to Austin and starting that office in 2009. His experience includes a diverse portfolio of construction projects spanning commercial, higher education, healthcare, and the public sector across large portions of Texas. 

In addition to being a former board member of the Young Men’s Business League of Austin, Jeff maintains committee membership in ABC, AGC, and Urban Land Institute. He is an active participant in the Lean Construction Institute, a current board member of Rural Capital Area Workforce Solutions under the Texas Workforce Commission, a longtime supporter of the Ronald McDonald House of Central Texas, and a member of the Construction Industry Advisory Council at Texas A&M University. 

Jeff Kruse, Vice President, D.C. Division

Jeff Kruse was one of four original Hoar employees to open the D.C. office in 2014, as Vice President of Preconstruction Services, and took over as Division Head in 2017. In this role, his focus has been on diversification for the D.C. office to match markets in other geographic divisions as well as improving the quality of life of the division’s employees in a challenging industry.

With a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a Master’s in Building Construction from the University of Florida, Jeff came to Hoar with years of experience working for other similarly sized general contractors in the D.C. metropolitan area, across a variety of market sectors on both the project management and preconstruction side.

Jeff is passionate about improving the construction industry through lean construction ideology, starting early in the design process to maximize value to clients.

Mark Hendricks, Senior Vice President, Healthcare Division

Mark began his career at Hoar in 1993 as a Project Manager. Since that time, he has served in a variety of roles including Project Executive, Corporate Operations, and has spent the last ten years as Senior Vice President of the Healthcare Division. In this role, Mark oversees business development and operations for a variety of healthcare projects throughout the Southeast and country.

Client-focused and with a strong partnering spirit committed to client satisfaction and successful project outcomes, Mark has spent almost 40 years in the construction industry and focuses on earning the respect and trust of clients and colleagues. He graduated from Auburn University in 1984 with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Active in a number of community organizations and civic endeavors, Mark is a member of Leadership Birmingham, Alabama Hospital Association, Georgia Hospital Association, American Society of Healthcare Engineering, and Associated Builders and Contractors. He has also been involved in volunteer work and supporting Lakeshore Foundation, MS Society, Heart Association, and M-Power Ministries. 

Brady Johnson, Senior Vice President, Houston Division

Brady Johnson began work at Hoar Construction in January of 1998 after graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in Construction Science. He began his career as an Assistant Superintendent and continued to run his sites as a Project Superintendent, traveling with his family to many states to build projects across the US. Ultimately, Brady ended up in Birmingham at our corporate office and spent seven years as a General Superintendent, responsible for projects across divisions. After that, Brady and his family relocated back to Texas and started working to strengthen operations in Texas for the company. In 2022, Brady took over as Senior Vice President for the Houston Division and is responsible for driving growth and overseeing project management and preconstruction efforts there and in North Texas.

Outside of work, Brady participates in the annual Covenant House Executive Sleep Out, the AGC Houston Cookoff and other charity cookoffs, and has led the Texas office involvement in the Jucan Foundation Toy Drive for the past several years.

Growing up in and around West Texas, Brady believes in hard work and doing what you say. He absolutely loves when people and the company perform to the highest standard and believes whole heartedly in the way Hoar builds not only projects but also people. Brady considers himself a true product of what Hoar creates in its culture and people. He is passionate about leading a new group of professionals in this industry, not only within Hoar, but with trade partners owners and design partners as well. 

Michael Parks, Senior Vice President, Orlando Division

Michael Parks has led Hoar Construction’s Florida Division for nearly two decades and is responsible for growing the division into one of our company’s largest and most profitable. Since he took over the division’s senior leadership role in 2006, he has led a massive effort to expand the Florida Division’s office size, client portfolio, and project scopes. Today, the division works with some of the most recognizable brands and demanding clients in our industry.

Michael has worked hard to build ties with the community and establish the division as a truly local contractor. The entire division consistently supports local industry organizations and nonprofit groups like the Children’s Home Society of Florida and the Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc – Central Florida Chapter. Michael personally served as a past board chair for Central Florida’s ABC board and Heart of Orlando Younglife, is on the board for Victory Cup Initiative, and serves as the finance chair for BSA Troop 205.

Jason Bennett, Senior Vice President, Tennessee Division

Jason Bennett began his career as a Project Engineer at Hoar Construction in 2000 after graduating from Auburn University. In 2016, Jason was promoted to Senior Vice President of the Tennessee Division, which was originally established in 2001.

Jason is responsible for overseeing project management, preconstruction, and business development for the Division. His experience and insight on contractual negotiations, constructability issues, scheduling, and partnering are instrumental to our approach to delivering projects. He is also responsible for recruiting and training both new team members and current employees. His understanding of our culture and approach to construction ensure we deliver a consistent, high-quality product on each project we build.

He is involved in Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Urban Land Institute of Nashville (ULI).

Anna Powell, Vice President, Marketing

Anna Powell joined Hoar in 2019 with over 17 years of experience in marketing, sales, and sales operations, and has spent the majority of her career focused on helping marketing departments evolve their marketing efforts to meet the ever-changing requirements of today’s business decision-makers.

After taking on a major rebrand in her first year with the organization, Anna successfully increased Hoar Construction’s brand recognition across all channels and has been instrumental in implementing the organization’s new CRM strategy. In her first year with the company, Anna was elected to the organization’s Leadership Council, a group of company leaders tasked with a two-year project to strengthen business and culture. Her group’s project centered around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Anna is passionate about teambuilding and transformation, and she brings together marketing strategy across all divisions at Hoar Construction in alignment with the company’s sales efforts and overall strategic plan. A graduate of the University of Alabama, Anna is a board member of Birmingham CREW, a non-profit organization focused on increasing opportunities for women in CRE, as well as the YWCA of Central Alabama. She’s also a recently elected member of Chief, a private women’s leadership network.

Paul Walker, Vice President, Information Technology

As Vice President at Hoar Holdings, Paul Walker serves as a senior leader and oversees the company’s Technology Division for Hoar’s family of companies. He applies his degrees in management and computer science to provide vision and leadership for developing and implementing technology initiatives. This includes the development of policies and procedures, Virtual Design Construction services, and directing the planning and implementation of enterprise solutions in accordance with the mission, core values, and purpose of the company.

Jennifer Wright, Vice President, Human Resources

As the leader of Hoar’s Human Resources functions, Jennifer is responsible for creating a world-class employee experience and is the driving force behind Hoar’s people strategy and its alignment to key business imperatives. In her role, Jennifer leads the Human Resources (HR) team in all aspects, including HR strategy, workforce development, talent acquisition, leadership development and training, employee relations, organization change and effectiveness, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), employee engagement, and compensation and benefits.

Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree from Jacksonville State University and joined the company in 2013, bringing more than 15 years of experience directing human capital strategy and HR functions for other companies. 

Jennifer is a member of the Society for Human Resources (SHRM), Birmingham Society for Human Resources (BSHRM), and Construction Industry Resource Training Network (CIRTN). She was the recipient of the Colonial Properties Trust Outstanding Corporate Leadership Award in 2010 and the 2015 Top HR Executive Award from the Birmingham Business Journal.