a family-owned and operated business that has earned recognition for undertaking large, complex projects, fostering innovation, embracing emerging technologies, and making a difference for their clients, employees and community.
BRENNON SMITH SR.
Brennon is owner and President, a senior executive leader with 41 years of extensive experience in commercial, industrial, and retail construction and development throughout the southeastern and mid-western U.S. He possesses 20+ years, direct field-site construction supervision and 25+ years of design-build delivery, estimation, property acquisition & development, property management and maintenance, leasing, and construction management experience. Involved with 1550+ construction projects since entering the industry in 1979, his expertise spans the industry’s sectors. Alone, he has held general contractor licenses in 17 States and has performed government and private sector ground-ups and interior buildouts; complex, mechanical and electrical projects; distribution center, multi-story office, medical, dental, and laboratory facility construction; industrial renovations; restaurant interior and exterior reimages; extensive site work operations; and, underground fuel tank and utility installations.
He attended Jacksonville State University in the late 70’s, playing saxophone in the Marching Southerners for three years. Studying business management, Brennon left his studies unexpectedly when his father experienced a severe, near life-ending fall on a construction site. Following, he married and went into business for himself providing emergency and insurance construction services before joining Abrams Construction, a Georgia 100 company in the 1980s, as a field superintendent building ground-up Home Depots, Service Mechandises, and Suntrust banks. Brennon spent 10 years with Abrams as one of their top superintendents before being meritoriously promoted within their sister, Properties development company as VP of Construction where he stayed for an additional seven years. In the early 2000s, Brennon started JBrennon Construction and serviced clients as large as Staples, Linen ‘n Things, Nordstrom, Ross Dress, and other big-name retailers. After the crash of 2008, Brennon refocused his efforts on a diversified portfolio of clients, gaining footholds in several prestigious scientific Federal agencies like CDC, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and Y-12 National Security Complex. Brennon still focuses on retail but has since included restaurant, medical/dental, and industrial clients in his business plan. Currently, he is finishing his business degree at the University of Alabama. Brennon lives in Rocky Face, GA, is married and has three grown boys, two of whom work with him in the company. He enjoys log fires, wine, cigars, travel, and spending time with his grandchildren.
President | Owner
Brent grew up in construction, beginning his career in the residential sector as a laborer, becoming a skilled sheetrock installer, finisher, painter, and applicator by the time he finished college. In and out of the construction industry since he was 10 years old, he understands the importance of field experience and its inseparable relationship to business leadership and management. Brent possesses a diverse background and unique skillsets in process design and control, contract management, finance, and technical writing much of which he honed while living and working abroad for seven years in Germany and South Africa. In July 2017, Brent left Federal government service as a Finance and Procurement process manager to partner with his father, redesigning and growing the business.
Native to Rome, GA, Brent graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia, Honors College with B.A.’s in Political Science and History, May 2004. Following graduation, he attended US Marine Corps, Officer Candidate School (OCS) and commissioned a top graduate December 2004. Brent trained as a Naval Flight Aviator and pre-selected for fixed wing, FA/18 Hornets but was medically disqualified from further flight service in 2008 just before assignment to his platform. Now a Reserve Major, he manages plans, policies, and operations for the operating forces in the Pacific theater, part-time. Having earned a M.S. in Information Technology & Project Management, a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt, completion certificates from the prestigious Washington and NATO Schools of Protocol, and several other masters certificates in technological and security studies, his knowledge and expertise span an array of subjects. Recently, he was the distinguished graduate of Command and General Staff College at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Class of 2017. He has received several personal awards in the armed forces for his development of novel programs and tools to manage processes and procedures. Brent is married with one son and one daughter. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting weights, hiking, running ultra-marathons, and studying the pre-history of ancient civilization.
BRENNON SMITH JR.
CFO | V.P. Operations
Chief Relationship Manager | Project Manager
Shelby began his journey in the construction industry as a laborer, similar to his older brothers. Endless hours of demolition and clean-up evolved to eventual supervision and management of projects. He has an array of field experience within the industry. Working long days and often weekends during one of the worst economies in the history of America enabled him to survive at Kennesaw State University, where he graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 2014. His love for both self-exploration and community grew and eventually fueled his years of travel and discovery around the globe. Following graduation, he worked as a construction superintendent for one year, during which he received a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher Certification. Shortly after, Shelby moved to Stuttgart, Germany to assist his oldest brother in a residential renovation project, gaining great appreciation for the trade and the challenges it presents worldwide. While living and traveling abroad, he met a group of people at a Yoga Festival in Bulgaria - there he was offered an opportunity to work with a men’s fashion brand out of London for the next 3 years. During this time, Shelby helped manage over 150 wholesale clients from the United States across the United Kingdom as well as Europe. While assisting the company’s wholesale division, he also managed their ambassadorship program and Instagram account, comprising 500+ athletes across the globe. Traveling from London to Los Angeles to New York on a quarterly basis, he met thousands of people along the way and realized his life passions for networking and building community. In his free time, Shelby enjoys being outdoors, exercising, cooking and believe it or not, cleaning. When he is not tending to the dishes or folding his clothes, he loves exploring the city of Dalton with his girlfriend, Sarah. You can catch them running around streets of downtown or grabbing a beer at Cherokee.
Stanley’s residential construction experience includes new homes, additions, remodeling, drywall, stucco, and plastering while his commercial work comprised the construction of new offices / warehouses, office remodeling as well as environmental wash pads for large commercial rental companies.
Chief Safety Director
Born and raised in California in the 1960’s, Jim brings a plethora of construction experience, having worked as a union journeyman laborer in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, an OSHA certified construction safety professional, and an ES&H data analyst.
Andrew serves as JBrennon’s designated Safety Officer. Born and raised in Hayden, Alabama, he dedicated his time to friends and family before moving to Chattanooga, TN where he has assumed management and oversight of JBrennon’s safety program, safety planning, and field oversight of safety in construction operations.
Process / Workflow Manager
Saul serves as JBrennon’s Process and Workflow manager. A Dalton Native, Saul naturally attended Dalton State College and in 2020, obtained a B.S. in Mathematics and Associates Degrees in Physics and Computer Science. The focus, intuition, and attention to detail required of his academic endeavors prepared him as the ideal candidate for his position at JBrennon.
A proud native of Houston, Texas, Vinson found his way to Dalton after graduating from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2020. As an undergraduate, Vinson studied corporate finance en route to becoming a Business Analyst and Accounting Manager at JBrennon. Throughout his childhood, Vinson demonstrated a knack for numbers and a notable curiosity for economics.