Our Team

Our General Contractor Team Is Full of Leaders and Hard Workers.

The formula for our success as a general contractor starts with a strong management team and dedicated employees. It continues through our collaborations with clients and architects who trust us with their projects, and subcontractors and suppliers who provide invaluable services. Together, we work hard and enjoy celebrating our accomplishments.

Meet our team.

Glynn Dowdle, Dowdle Construction Group

Glynn Dowdle


A veteran in the commercial construction industry, Glynn Dowdle began his career in 1988 and has since been transforming spaces all across Nashville and Middle Tennessee into restaurants, bars, churches, art centers, public parks and much more. Glynn’s passion for helping his clients’ vision come to life fuels every decision he makes. With a strong moral compass, Glynn has built his company and his reputation on doing business with integrity, transparency, and direct communication because he believes that the relationships that he builds with his clients, employees and subcontractors are as valuable as the buildings themselves.

In his early years as a contractor, Glynn built a few residential homes but always had his sights set on commercial construction. The elaborate architecture of historic buildings in Nashville piqued his interest and the satisfaction he felt when he was able to bring a building back to life was irreplaceable. The older the building, the greater the challenge for Glynn and his team, but they have made a name for themselves in and around Nashville for their ability to restore and transform existing buildings. In fact, some of Glynn’s favorite projects have been adaptive reuse projects like Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Antioch Campus), the 1865 Condos and Silo Studios, among others.

Allen J. Buchanan, Dowdle Construction Group

Allen J. Buchanan


Allen Buchanan was born and raised in the Nashville construction industry and has nearly 20 years of hands-on construction experience. From summers in college as a carpenter’s assistant to his current position as Principal at Dowdle Construction Group, he has honed the skills and talents necessary for building, renovating, and rehabbing commercial construction projects in Nashville and surrounding areas.

Allen excels at new business development, client relationships and project oversight for a broad range of industries including bars/restaurants, churches, public parks and more. Allen’s project management skills are a tremendous asset as he works with clients and architects to move projects forward on time while working side by side with superintendents to ensure issues get resolved and clients’ expectations are met.

A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Allen holds a bachelor’s degree in construction management and land development.

Chase Manning, Dowdle Construction Group

Chase E. Manning


Chase Manning is a true problem solver. Whether he’s tackling a difficult estimate for a client or implementing a new company-wide software system, there is no shortage of ways that Chase adds value to Dowdle Construction Group. As Principal, Chase is responsible for project management and provides accounting services support for our superintendents and project managers. These duties include creating and overseeing estimates and proposals as well as working closely with clients to manage expectations, resolve construction challenges head-on, and find proactive solutions to ensure projects are completed on time and on budget.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, Chase holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in engineering management. Chase’s strengths include clearly and transparently communicating with clients every step of the way while finding unique and creative ways to save them money. Chase also has a background in computer technology, which led him to single-handedly update our software capabilities to streamline our communication process with our clients and increase efficiencies.

Lori Hanning, Dowdle Construction Group

Lori Hanning


Lori Hanning has a dedicated career in construction accounting. Over the past 20 years, she has become a subject matter expert in the daily financial operations, human resources, and formulating credit policies and sales of construction companies. In addition to her extensive repertoire of financial expertise, Lori brings excellent customer service to each subcontractor or client she interacts with. Lori oversees the financial and accounting reporting.

Gayle Howard

Accounts Payable Manager

Gayle Howard has 20 years of experience in construction accounting and has worked extensively in accounts payable and billing. Gayle also owned and operated her own business and the skills she developed as an entrepreneur has proved invaluable to Dowdle Construction. A skilled communicator, Gayle enjoys working with customers and subcontractors alike.

Peggy Reed, Dowdle Construction Group

Peggy Reed

Accounting Administration

Peggy Reed has brought organization to Dowdle Construction Group for the past 15 years. Her experience spans over 35 years with accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. Highly proficient in preparing federal and state tax forms and monthly financial statements, Peggy is also knowledgeable about cost accounting, US GAAP principles, and proficient with QuickBooks Pro, ComputerEase, and other accounting and managerial software programs.

Terry Mulliniks, Dowdle Construction

Terry Mulliniks

Senior Estimator Emeritus

Terry Mulliniks is backed with decades of experience and a background in the structural steel industry. He performs estimates for all stages of the construction process, from concept to design development and final project. A graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Terry is proficient with estimating software and takes pride in providing accurate and budget-sensitive preconstruction estimates.

David Plott

Director of Preconstruction

David Plott has over 25 years of estimating experience and six years of project management experience. He has worked on construction projects in many sectors and industries, including retail, banking, industrial, warehouse/distribution, office, healthcare, multi-family, hospitality, military, educational, and government. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in building construction from Auburn University, and he has an ASHE Healthcare Construction Certification.

J. Jeffrey Cricco

Senior Project Manager

Jeff Cricco has more than 35 years of commercial construction experience managing both public and private projects in multiple states, ranging from shopping centers and medical office buildings to multifamily housing. A skilled problem solver, Jeff has a business management/accounting degree from Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire, but relocated to the South to get his start in construction working on projects in Disney parks and hotels and Universal Studios complex.

Marcelo Cortes, Dowdle Construction

Marcelo Cortes

Project Manager

Marcelo Cortes is a licensed general contractor as well as a licensed roofing contractor. He has spent the last 20 years familiarizing himself with all technical aspects of code compliance and construction process. Marcelo’s proven to be a resourceful problem solver with an exceptional ability to communicate at all levels.

Kyle Swarm, Dowdle Construction

Kyle Swarm

Project Manager

Kyle Swarm is a project manager with an in-depth knowledge of the methods, materials and tools involved in the construction of buildings. In 2016, Pro Remodeler Magazine recognized him as a 40 Under 40 professional for his accomplishments in “implementing an online software system that led to an increase in overall productivity and customer satisfaction.” A University of Iowa graduate with a degree in economics, Kyle’s portfolio of work includes managing several large renovation projects for the State of Tennessee.

Korey Benedict, Dowdle Construction

Korey Benedict

Project Manager

Korey has been in construction for a decade, where he started his career as an assistant plumber and electrician.  From working both in the field and in the office, Korey offers a comprehensive understanding of each project. What makes Korey such an asset is his extensive sales training. His friendly demeanor helps build relationships with clients and subcontractors alike.

Brett Wilson

Project Manager

Brett Wilson has over a decade worth of experience in commercial construction. Following the completion of his degree in Construction Management, Brett quickly worked his way to become a Project Manager. He is currently responsible for projects ranging from $2,000,000 to $12,000,000. Brett brings a honed skillset that greatly enhances the team.  His attention to detail and ability to work in high pressure situations make him an invaluable asset.

Chris Curley, Dowdle Construction

Chris Curley

Project Manager

Chris Curley’s career spans more than 25 years supervising the construction of office buildings, banks, medical offices, retail stores, multifamily housing and religious facilities for commercial construction companies. A native Nashvillian and Middle Tennessee State University graduate, Chris excels at project managing ground up construction, budgeting and scheduling, value engineering and communicating with the entire project team.

Denise Hudgens, Dowdle Construction

Denise Hudgens

Assistant Project Manager

Denise Hudgens has a background in construction, codes administration, residential and commercial real estate, and property management. A 28-year veteran of the construction industry, she started her career working as an estimator for a general contractor and soon took over full management of all construction projects and personnel. Denise collaborates with owners, architects, subcontractors and codes departments to build a high-quality project at the most reasonable price possible.

Sarah Melchi, Dowdle Construction Group

Sarah Melchi

Project Coordinator

With a degree in Communications from the University of Illinois, Sarah Melchi joined Dowdle Construction Group with a strong background in vendor management and public relations. Her wheelhouse includes streamlining processes to ensure programs are running at peak efficiency. Sarah ensures clear communication during all phases of a project and is pivotal to projects being completed in a timely manner.