Ned N. Fleming, III
Executive Chairman of the Board
Mr. Fleming is a founder of Construction Partners and has served as Executive Chairman since our inception. He co-founded private equity firm SunTx in 2001 and serves as Managing Partner. He also serves as Chairman of NationsBuilders Insurance Services, Inc.; Ranger Offshore, Inc.; and Big Outdoor LLC; and he is a Director of Veritex Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: VBTX). Prior to co-founding SunTx, Mr. Fleming served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Spinnaker Industries, Inc., a publicly traded materials manufacturing company, until its sale in 1999. Earlier, he worked at a Dallas-based private investment firm, where he led acquisitions in the food and beverage and defense industries. Mr. Fleming received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University.
Charles E. Owens
Vice Chairman of the Board
Mr. Owens is a founder of Construction Partners. He has been a member of the board of directors since 2001. From 1990 to its sale in 1999, Mr. Owens was President and Chief Executive Officer of Superfos Construction U.S., Inc., the North American operation of Superfos a/s, a publicly held Danish company. During his tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer at Superfos Construction U.S., he oversaw the successful acquisition and integration of more than 35 companies towards becoming one of the largest highway construction companies in the United States. Prior that, he was President of Couch Construction, a subsidiary of Superfos Construction U.S. headquartered in Dothan, Alabama. Mr. Owens received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Troy University in Troy, Alabama.
Fred J. (Jule) Smith, III
President and Chief Executive Officer, Director
Mr. Smith has served as our President and Chief Executive Officer since April 2021 and as a member of our Board since November 2021. Before that, Mr. Smith served as our Chief Operating Officer from October 2020 to March 2021 and as a Senior Vice President of the Company since 2017. Until October 2020, Mr. Smith also served in various management roles for Fred Smith Company, our North Carolina subsidiary, since 2005, including as its President from 2009 to 2020. Before joining FSC, Mr. Smith served as Chief Operating Officer of Fred Smith Construction, Inc. from 2005 to 2009. Prior to that, he held various other positions within Fred Smith Construction, Inc. and also served in the Supply Corps of the U.S. Navy. Mr. Smith received a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Wake Forest University.
Mr. Jennings has served as a member of our board of directors since 2017. Since 2001, he has been a partner and Chief Financial Officer of SunTx. He also serves as Chairman of Interface Security Systems Holdings, Inc. and as a Director of Ranger Offshore, Inc. Prior to co-founding SunTx, Mr. Jennings was Vice President of Finance and Treasurer of Spinnaker Industries, Inc. Earlier, he also held senior finance positions at a publicly traded oil field services and food and beverage companies. Prior to that, he was a Senior Audit Manager with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Jennings received a B.B.A. from the University of Toledo and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Mark R. Matteson
Mr. Matteson has served as a member of our board of directors since our inception in 2001 and as Chairman of our Audit Committee from 2008 until April 2019. He is a partner of SunTx, which he co-founded in 2001. Earlier, Mr. Matteson was Vice President of Corporate Development of Spinnaker Industries, Inc. until its sale in 1999. He currently serves as Chairman of Carolina Beverage Group and as a Director of NationsBuilders Insurance Services, Inc. Mr. Matteson received an M.B.A. from Georgetown University and B.A. in Foreign Service and International Politics from Pennsylvania State University.
Michael H. McKay
Mr. McKay has served as a member of our board of directors since 2002 and was appointed to our Audit Committee in 2008. Mr. McKay has been an Advisory Partner at Bain & Company since 2009. He also serves as a Director of Big Outdoor Holdings, LLC and Hubbardton Forge, LLC. Since joining Bain & Company in 1987, he helped found its Private Equity Group. From 2004 to 2006, Mr. McKay served as Chief Investment Officer of a principal investment firm based in Washington D.C., making public and private investments, and was Managing Partner of a Boston-based hedge fund from 2006 to 2009. Mr. McKay is also a Senior Lecturer at the Brandeis International Business School, where he has served on the faculty since 2010. He received an MBA the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business and a B.A. in Economics from Harvard University.
Stefan L. Shaffer
Mr. Shaffer has served as a member of our board of directors since 2017. Mr. Shaffer is the Managing Partner of SPP Capital Partners, a middle-market investment banking and asset management firm, which he co-founded in 1989. Previously Mr. Shaffer was a Vice President in the Private Placement Group at Bankers Trust Company from 1986 to 1989, and he worked as an attorney with the law firm of White & Case from 1982 to 1986. Mr. Shaffer received a J.D. from Cornell University Law School and a B.A. from Colgate University.
Noreen E. Skelly
Ms. Skelly has served as a member of our board of directors since 2019. Ms. Skelly engages in private consulting activities for financial institutions. She previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Veritex Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: VBTX), the holding company of Veritex Community Bank, headquartered in Dallas, Texas. She has also served as Chief Financial Officer of Highlands Bancshares, Inc. and in various senior management positions within the corporate finance functions at Comerica Bank and ABN AMRO / LaSalle Bank. Ms. Skelly received a B.B.A. in finance from the University of Texas at Austin and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.