For only the second time in its 23-year history, DBS Corporation has a new CEO.
Wes Robbins, who joined the Chattanooga-based construction firm 19 years ago, took over as president of DBS this summer, succeeding one of the company founders, Cary Davis who retired as president after 23 years.
At the same time, Jason Geraci joined DBS as vice president and project manager. Garaci, who originally joined DBS 16 years ago, rejoined the company after a three and a half years working for a national retail development firm.
"It is a very exciting time to be taking the helm here at DBS, " says Robbins. "We are experiencing growth in several of our target markets including industrial, medical office, retail and grocery."
DBS was started by Cary Davis, George Bright and Doug Stein 23 years ago. The company began building primarily for the Fletcher Bright Co. and has build many retail shopping centers, including more than 120 Wal-Mart stores in 20 states.
The company continues to diversity with a portfolio of more than $50 million of projects last year and even more under construction in 2017.
DBS is currently working on its biggest single project to date — the $35 million regional headquarters for the Tennessee Department of Transportation at the Enterprise South Industrial park in Chattanooga.
"I think that project is a testament to our ability to diversify successfully because there are so many different types of buildings on that site — a two-story administrative office building, a truck maintenance facility and a materials test laboratory and storage facilities on a 65-acre site," said Kate Holliday, director of marketing for DBS.
DBS has built more than $1 billion of construction projects over the past 23 years and maintains a staff of 27 workers in Chattanooga.
"Our speed to market is a key attribute and by working the way we do with developers and commercial tenants, we are able to build and complete our projects quicker," Geraci says.