Winchester construction firm fills two top level positions

Winchester-based Howard Shockey & Sons, one of the commonwealth’s oldest and largest construction companies, has brought two new top level hires on board.

Jennifer Macks was named vice president of business development, bringing with her 20 years of commercial construction experience. Macks previously served as vice president of Skanska USA, one the country’s largest construction companies.

Jeff Boehm, president of Howard & Sons, said while Macks may have come from a large construction firm, she does a have a small company focus.

“We at Shockey try to look at everybody in the construction process as a partner, whether they are our client or a sub-contractor and I know Jennifer shares this philosophy,” Boehm said. “You don’t find that with some of the big companies over the mountain.”

Macks is also experienced in building information modeling, the generation of a digital model of a construction project, and lean construction, which is minimization of waste materials, time and effort. Boehm said lean construction is still something the industry is trying to practice.

“We are always trying to find ways to squeeze the waste, because when you do that, you squeeze cost too,” Boehm said. “That doesn’t always happen the industry as whole, but I think having Jennifer here will help us do that on a company level.”

Bill Wiley also joined Shockey’s Winchester office and will focus on business development in the Shenandoah Valley and West Virginia. Wiley previously worked at Harmon Construction and has expertise in construction, commercial land development and planning commission work.

Boehm said Wiley is a rare breed in terms of his credentials and experience.

“A lot of people are experts in certain parts of the construction process, but there aren’t a lot of people like Bill, who has experience in every part of the process, from the design on the map to a project’s completion,” Boehm said.

Boehm said Wiley also brings with him multiple connections throughout the Shenandoah Valley.

Shockey & Sons is a privately held construction company in its 118th year of business. Previous projects in the area the company has built include the Shenandoah Memorial Hospital Ambulatory Care Center in Woodstock, the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Joint Judicial Complex in Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury Continuing Care Retirement Community in Winchester.

Contact staff writer Henry Culvyhouse at 540-465-5137 ext. 184, or hculvyhouse@nvdaily.com