Miles-McClellan’s corporate leadership team is not only comprised of our officers, our team also includes our project executives. Each of our project executives lead their IMMPact Team to live our vision of legacy through our dedication to client satisfaction and delivering technical excellence. There are many ways to live this vision. Our approach is to empower our employees to achieve great things.
Founder & CEO
Lonnie and his partner began building Miles-McClellan in 1978. Over the years, he set strategies and nurtured relationships which organically created the thriving company serving our community today. Lonnie evaluates and advises on the impact of long range planning, introduction of new programs/strategies and regulatory action while maintaining focus on our pursuit of client satisfaction.
How did you get into construction?
When I was young I followed my grandfather around helping out with odd jobs here and there — from plowing gardens to building fences. I really enjoyed being outdoors and creating things with my hands.
Which project are you most proud of?
Miles-McClellan was a part of the Construction Management team on the Nationwide Arena project (1998). This project became a turning point for Miles-McClellan. We received a large amount of recognition from the project. The completion of the Arena was truly a transcending moment.
I’m also very proud of our work for Honda in North Carolina. We traveled with Honda to North Carolina in 2007 and put in place $100+ million of construction in four years. We moved our employees down and became a part of the community. We’ve been there ever since.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is meeting people. Not from a business stand point but about creating social change. Connecting people in positions that can help connect people with opportunities.
What do you like about Central Ohio?
We moved our family to Columbus because it is such a family-friendly town. We also found that it is easy to get involved in the community which is very important to my wife and me.
What do you like about Charlotte?
I really enjoy watching Charlotte grow. Things are really exploding and it’s not just the downtown but surrounding areas and the Carolinas in general. Charlotte is a southern city transforming into an international city and everyone is embracing new ideas as more outsiders join the local community.
What is the best compliment anyone could give you?
“Thank you for building my school.” Miles-McClellan built the first prototype elementary school in Dublin, Ohio. Afterwards I met with their third graders. We played, reviewed the drawings, talked about the school and construction. Children have no agenda and I knew their thank yous were genuine and honest. I still have the cards they made for me!
What is the best advice you have ever received?
“Don’t try to be the biggest company but be the most profitable.” J.D. Flaherty, Construction Systems
What is something that most people don’t know about you?
When I was 24, I was a part of a team that built a plant for a company that produced the largest tires in the world. Not only did we build the plant but we also manufactured a tire. The tire was for a dump truck used in the mining industry and to call the tire large is an understatement. That tire was the largest tire ever made at the time and a picture of the tire made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.