ABOUT SOUTHWESTERN SERVICES

Southwestern Services is a leader in providing value-added construction services to our customers by creating a successful partnership with them throughout the construction process. Our pledge is to establish lasting relationships with our customers by exceeding their expectations and gaining their trust through exceptional performance by every member of the construction team. The majority of Southwestern Services project management and executive team began their careers with retailers.  We understand the time-sensitive nature of construction projects and offer customer focused solutions.

OUR TEAM

John S. Lee

President

John has been associated with Southwestern Services since 1997, serving as Controller and Vice President until 2008. He returned in 2012 to lead the company. John holds a degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in Mathematics. John believes in reciprocal customer relationships built on the delivery of ongoing solutions which are based on a real understanding of the customer’s business needs.

Gary C. Wortham

General Manager

Gary joined Southwestern Services in 2002, bringing over 25 years of experience in marketing, customer services, and new business development. Gary’s career progressed through sales and marketing to Vice President of Sales and Marketing of a major national company, later serving as President and CEO.  His definition for success is surpassing customer’s expectations and his passion is Team Building with our customers.  Gary holds a degree from Texas A&M and serves on the 12th Man Foundation, Ambassador Council. In addition, he serves on the Construction Industry Advisory Council, Texas A&M Construction Science Department. Gary believes in meeting our customer’s needs by literally being an extension of our customer’s team taking the “worry” out of construction management for you, the customer.

Jack Keller

Vice President

Jack joined Southwestern Services in early 2015 after spending 20 years as the Director of Store Planning and Construction for one of the largest Christian retailers in the country. Jack led their expansion of nearly 180 new units in his tenure, in addition to his leadership capacity for store remodels, relocations, and acquisitions. He has sat in the same chair that today’s retail project manager sits in and has first-hand experience in executing demanding growth with smaller staff retailer construction departments. He has in depth, hands-on experience working with architects, engineers, codes departments, landlords, store designers, FFE suppliers, AutoCAD and all the necessary components to take a project through its lifecycle. Jack understands the challenges of today’s retailer and brings rewarding solutions based on successful results experience. He solidly believes in the servant leadership model and that Southwestern Services exists to serve the needs of our retail partners. Jack holds a B.S. degree in Economics from Tennessee Tech University and is based in our Nashville, Tennessee office.

Terry Easley

Director of Construction

Terry joined Southwestern Services in 2007 after spending over 15 years as a construction manager with one of the largest retailers in the country. Terry understands customer impact on remodels, and plans specifically to minimize the direct impact on our customer daily sales. Terry believes in effective daily communication and in providing professional solutions for successful projects

Justin Ashby

VP – Construction & Development

Justin joined the Southwestern Services in 2018 as vice president, construction & development. Previously, he spent over 25 years in design, construction and development positions with several multi-national restaurant and retail companies. Responsibilities in prior roles have ranged from land acquisition & entitlements through design & construction on ground-up development projects, to budgeting, value engineering and pipeline management of high volume national rollouts. In addition to his professional experience, Justin holds a master’s degree from Texas A&M University and holds the Certified Professional Constructor designation with the American Institute of Construction. Justin brings a customer centric approach to his role and approaches each project with the operational needs of the Owner in mind. He believes communication, collaboration and personal accountability are keys to a success.

Randall Ford

Senior Manager of Operations | Design

Randall joined Southwestern Services in 2014, bringing with him 15 years of industry experience and a unique perspective gained from his background in architecture, estimating and operations. Having spent time as an in-house construction manager for a fortune 500 retailer, Randall understands the time-sensitive nature of construction projects in the retail environment and is able to offer innovative, customer focused solutions. Randall is passionate about the community and civic engagement, serving on the board for a Fort Worth based non-profit, Project Success and volunteering with several local organizations.

Jason Lourance

Senior Project Manager

Jason joined Southwestern Services in 2014 following a 12-year career in retail construction. Jason has over 20 years in the construction industry, many of which were serving as an onsite Superintendent throughout his career. Jason’s experience in remodels, finish-outs, special projects, and roll-outs comes from “hands on” knowledge and consistently delivering on time/under budget projects. His attention to detail and his strive to exceed customer expectations has led to strong business relationships with our vendors resulting in success and profitability for all.

Dana Robinson

Senior Project Coordinator

Dana joined Southwestern Services in 2012 with an extensive background in customer service. Through the years she has taken a much more active role in the day to day operations of all projects. There is not a project that comes through Southwestern Services that Dana does not have a hand in. She is finishing a degree in Business Management from University of Texas. Her extensive background in customer service has given her a head start with client management making our customers more part of their projects from start to finish.

Amanda Chambers

Accounting Manager

Amanda joined Southwestern Services in 2018 with extensive construction accounting and human resource experience. Amanda is responsible for oversight of our accounting and human resource department. Amanda is dedicated to finding and helping to develop the right people. Amanda graduated from Tarleton State University with a Master’s in Human Resources and currently attending to obtain her Master’s in Accounting.

Chris Jones

Project Manager

Chris joined Southwestern Services in 2016. He grew up in the construction industry and is well versed in all aspects of construction. After a degree in Business Management he worked in the freight business before deciding to join the Southwestern Services team. He began his career with Southwestern Services as a Superintendent quickly proving himself and moving up to his now current position as Project Manager. Chris’ willingness to work directly with our customers and an approach of full disclosure to ensure satisfaction is one of many reasons why he is an important part of the Southwestern Services team.

Corey Davenport

Project Manager

Corey joined Southwestern Services in 2016 following an extensive career in the energy industry. Corey has comprehensive experience in all aspects of retail construction from special projects, roll-outs to full remodels. He has applied the principles of his business management degree to his work with Southwestern Services. He takes a foot on the ground/ hands on approach to all his projects. He believes that full communication and working directly with our customers is the only approach to successfully complete a project.

Benton Kemp

Project Manager

Benton joined Southwestern Services in 2018 after over 20 years in the construction industry. While attending Tarleton State University he became involved in residential and commercial construction. The bulk of experience acquired is in commercial finish-out and facilities maintenance, however complete remodels and ground up are in his background as well. Benton has moved up the ranks of the construction industry, spending time as trade subcontractor, an onsite superintendent, an estimator, a project manager, and division manager. He believes that communication with his customer is key and that keeping those customers regularly updated leads to great relationships. On time and within budget should always be the number one goal on every project.