About Us

Photo was taken at the northwest corner of Granby Street and City Hall Avenue in 1910


Est. 1908

The Builders & Contractors Exchange was founded in 1908 and led by our first president, Mr. E. D. Hobbs “to bring the various branches of the construction industry closer in touch with each other.”  Today our objective to “bring about cooperation and a general uplifting of the business” has not changed.

Our Vision

We believe that our service, and the benefits we provide to the construction industry, make the Builders & Contractors Exchange vital to the continued success of the construction industry in the greater Hampton Roads area.

To ensure this success, the staff and Board of Directors of the Exchange, make every effort to develop and implement effective services relevant to the changes of the construction industry.

We are dedicated to serve the members of the Exchange with diligence, innovation, and quality teamwork.


Promoting a spirit of cooperation and good will among its members and among those participating in or interested in the construction industry.


Cooperating with other groups, associations, or professional societies existing or formed for like purposes.


Advising its members of new developments in the industry through the publication of a bulletin, through the securing of plans and specifications of new and proposed work, and in any other way that will assist its members to keep in touch with new and additional work.


Supporting legislation in the interest of the construction industry and the community; opposing legislation contrary to such interests.


Formulating and promoting policies and procedures regarding invitations for bids, bidding, and contracting which are in the best interests of the membership and the community.


Serving the various levels of government and the community with standing or special committees in matters wherein the special knowledge of its members can be of value, but not inconsistent with the aims of the Exchange.

Officers & Directors


PresidentHarry L. Davis IIISussex Development Corporation
First Vice PresidentMary ThompsonSuperior Marble & Stone, Inc.
Second Vice PresidentMichael W. AndersonRiverside Brick & Supply Co., Inc.
Third Vice PresidentSherri L. MilesJ.D. Miles & Sons, Inc.
TreasurerWilliam Gresham, Jr.E. T. Gresham Company, Inc.
SecretaryWilliam CrockerHoy Construction, Inc.


One-Year Term

Daniel J. GrygoHampton Roads Bonding
Ed JostOverhead Door Co. of Norfolk
Eric StichlerBlueridge General, Inc.

Two-Year Term

Jeff CashWarwick Mechanical Group
Jessie RichardsonBay Diesel & Generators
Michael L. SterlingVandeventer Black LLP

PAST PRESIDENTS (Scroll down to see past Presidents, *Red Denotes Deceased)

William E. Franczek2017Robert H. Wells1989W. R. Maul1960
George G. Parker2016W. Collins Gooch1988C. E. Thurston, Jr.1959
Jeff W. Knowles2015D. Leroy Spencer, Jr.1987R. Forrest Fowler1958
R. Thomas Hitt, Jr.2014Roy E. Spears, Jr.1986R. C. Dorey, Sr.1957
Ronald K. McIntosh2013Harry L. Montgomery1985William A. Cox, Jr.1956
Michael F. Meehan2012Manning C. Merritt1984George H. Burton, Jr.1955
James K. Shea2011Richard D. Tuttle1983R. R. Richardson1953-1954
Robert H. Ashburner2010William T. Armistead1982E. A. Haycox1951-1952
Douglas L. Haislip2009Jack G. Barr1981L. E. Dalton1950
Don R. Johnson2008Harold C. Hoy1980W.T. Gregory1948-1949
Doyle A. Palmer2007S. Norwood Richardson1979W. C. Whitehead1946-1947
Kenneth F. Morris2006James V. Powell, Jr.1978J. C. Stephens1944-1945
B. Christopher Moring III2005Richard W. Lynch1977J. T. Nichols1942-1943
Brian A. Geary2004Charles T. Lambert1976V. J. Mirabella1940-1941
Mark J. Hourigan2003Robert E. Kersey1975H. C. Hofheimer II1939
Robert M. Kirby, P.E.2002Walter P. Conrad, Jr.1974E. L. Whitehurst1937-1938
Johnnie L. Spencer2001Walter L. Tucker, Jr.1973W. A. Garlette1935-1936
Alex J. Bradley III2000Frank J. Hooks1972J. A. Hagan1933-1934
Allan T. Sivils1999N. G. Wilson III1971J. J. Collins1932
George H. Burton III1998Donald D. Miller1970Ira Cahoon1930-1931
William E. Chitty II1997Everette K. Wilson1969J. J. Shanahan1927-1929
E. G. Middleton III1996William E. Chitty1968A. Lee Ribble1924-1926
Richard C. Hudson, Jr.1995Lee B. Duke1967E. B. Griffin1921-1923
James L. Craig III1994Marvin W. Lucas1966A. B. Consolvo1918-1920
R. Keith Hathaway1993Stanley Waranch1965M. A. Williams1915-1917
Elizabeth A. Twohy1992E. George Middleton, Jr.1964E. L. Myers1912-1914
Robert H. McKenzie, Jr.1991Rhea L. Walker, Jr.1963Perry W. Ruth1910-1911
Alvin D. Davidson1990J. Wesley Snow, Jr.1962E. D. Hobbs1908-1909
W. O. Sherman1961