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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
Joe Riegle most recently worked in Atlanta as a senior estimator. He oversaw all aspects of the bid and estimating process on projects for healthcare, higher education, science and technology, aviation, and parking structures. He started his career in 2015 as a project engineer before becoming an estimator a few years later. As a preconstruction manager, he will assist with project planning, including cost estimation, design evaluation and more.
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 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 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.
Warren Macias has been in commercial construction for over twenty years. Starting in the UBC Carpenters Union 4-year Apprenticeship program, Warren began his career as a commercial interior and rough framing carpenter. He was soon promoted to superintendent and then into project management where he was responsible for projects up to $81M. His knowledge of the industry from the ground-up has given him the ability to lead by example.
Assistant Project Manager
Denise Hudgens has a background in construction, codes administration, residential and commercial real estate, and property management. A 31-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. Denise serves on the Board of Directors for National Association for Women in Construction.
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.