Building Leaders of Chattanooga (BLOC)

Building Leaders of Chattanooga (BLOC)

BLOC is a platform to help younger professionals in construction build their networks, get a better understanding of the industry, learn strategies for business development and  personal growth, and lay foundations for leadership.  Those involved in BLOC have forged strong bonds, raised thousands of dollars for philanthropy, met community and business leaders, elevated their leadership responsibilities, and have had a lot of fun.

 BLOC offers opportunities for collaboration, idea generation and to hear different perspectives.  Programming includes tours, sit-downs with top community leaders, philanthropy, panel discussions, happy hours, and more.

Professional Development

Members of BLOC have the opportunity to attend quarterly sessions with business and community leaders to gain insight on leadership development and growth.

BLOC Party

Committee Chair: Matt Elliot, EMJ Corporation

BLOC likes to have some fun and schedules regular events to get together.  Once a quarter or more they’ll gather for Top Golf, happy hours, axe throwing ,,, whatever!

Student Mentoring

Committee Chair: John Clevenger, J&J Contractors

BLOC members help high school and college students understand the business of construction.  They engage with students at the Construction Career Center and with AGC Student Chapters at University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College.

Philanthropy / Community Service

Committee Chair: Charlie Wood, Triad Electric

BLOC members help high school and college students understand the business of construction.  They engage with students at the Construction Career Center and with AGC Student Chapters at University of Tennessee Chattanooga and Chattanooga State Community College.

BIG PIG BBQ Contest

Committee Chair: Wes Bonds

This annual event is BLOC’s primary fundraiser for the community and industry.  Teams compete to see who grills supreme in this super fun, daylong competition.  Proceeds raised benefit a community philanthropy and BLOC’s scholarship program.

Membership

AGC members under 40 are eligible for membership.  To be considered, candidates are nominated by CEOs/Owners and leaders in the construction industry and approved by the BLOC Board of Directors.  There is no fee to join.

Members are required to attend member meetings, with no more than 3 absences per year, and are encouraged to get involved in committees and in programming to expand their leadership roles.

2023 BLOC Board of Directors

Rob Bentley, Chair, TT Wilson

Will Tutton, Past Chair, Southeast Painters

Matt Elliott, EMJ Corporation

Charlie Wood, Triad Electric

John Brock, Brock Insurance Agency

Jerod Gilley, Construction Consultants

Rachael Hendrix, T. U. Parks Construction

Wes Bond, T. U. Parks Construction

BLOC Committees

BLOC Party Committee:
This committee develops robust and meaningful events and programs for members, including monthly meetings, speakers, networking and social events, tours and educational experiences.

Philanthropy and Community Service:
This committee identifies avenues to connect BLOC members with charitable outreach to enrich our community, including volunteerism, fundraising, and programming.

Student Mentoring:
This committee works with high schools and colleges, including the Construction Career Center, AGC Student Chapters, Hamilton County Schools, and other programs, to mentor and lead construction-focused students on success career paths.

BIG PIG BBQ Festival:
This committee works year-round on logistics, sponsorship, and marketing for BIG PIG BBQ Festival, BLOC’s signature event of the year.