About Us

Photo was taken at the northwest corner of Granby Street and City Hall Avenue in 1910


Est. 1908

The Builders & Contractors Exchange was founded in 1908 and led by our first president, Mr. E. D. Hobbs “to bring the various branches of the construction industry closer in touch with each other.”  Today our objective to “bring about cooperation and a general uplifting of the business” has not changed.

Our Vision

We believe that our service, and the benefits we provide to the construction industry, make the Builders & Contractors Exchange vital to the continued success of the construction industry in the greater Hampton Roads area.

To ensure this success, the staff and Board of Directors of the Exchange, make every effort to develop and implement effective services relevant to the changes of the construction industry.

We are dedicated to serve the members of the Exchange with diligence, innovation, and quality teamwork.


Promoting a spirit of cooperation and good will among its members and among those participating in or interested in the construction industry.


Cooperating with other groups, associations, or professional societies existing or formed for like purposes.


Advising its members of new developments in the industry through the publication of a bulletin, through the securing of plans and specifications of new and proposed work, and in any other way that will assist its members to keep in touch with new and additional work.


Supporting legislation in the interest of the construction industry and the community; opposing legislation contrary to such interests.


Formulating and promoting policies and procedures regarding invitations for bids, bidding, and contracting which are in the best interests of the membership and the community.


Serving the various levels of government and the community with standing or special committees in matters wherein the special knowledge of its members can be of value, but not inconsistent with the aims of the Exchange.

Officers & Directors


PresidentWilliam CrockerHoy Construction, Inc.
First Vice PresidentDaniel J. GrygoHampton Roads Bonding
Second Vice PresidentEd JostOverhead Door Co. of Norfolk
Third Vice PresidentJeff CashWarwick Mechanical Group
TreasurerMichael L. SterlingWoods Rogers Vandeventer Black PLC
SecretaryBrian StrangwaysIndependent Lighting & Electrical


Justin BallardS. B. Ballard Construction Co.
Jan Hall
Core 22 Design Build, LLC
Mike KellamWare Co.
Morgan WellsConrad Brothers of Virginia, Inc.
R. Waller Whittemore, Jr.Capital Concrete, Inc.

PAST PRESIDENTS (Scroll down to see past Presidents, *Red Denotes Deceased)

William Gresham, Jr.2022Elizabeth A. Twohy1992J. Wesley Snow, Jr.1962
Sherri Miles2021Robert H. McKenzie, Jr.1991W. O. Sherman1961
Michael W. Anderson2020Alvin D. Davidson1990W. R. Maul1960
Mary Thompson2019Robert H. Wells1989C. E. Thurston, Jr.1959
Harry L. Davis III2018W. Collins Gooch1988R. Forrest Fowler1958
William E. Franczek2017D. Leroy Spencer, Jr.1987R. C. Dorey, Sr.1957
George G. Parker2016Roy E. Spears, Jr.1986William A. Cox, Jr.1956
Jeff W. Knowles2015Harry L. Montgomery1985George H. Burton, Jr.1955
R. Thomas Hitt, Jr.2014Manning C. Merritt1984R. R. Richardson1953-1954
Ronald K. McIntosh2013Richard D. Tuttle1983E. A. Haycox1951-1952
Michael F. Meehan2012William T. Armistead1982L. E. Dalton1950
James K. Shea2011Jack G. Barr1981W.T. Gregory1948-1949
Robert H. Ashburner2010Harold C. Hoy1980W. C. Whitehead1946-1947
Douglas L. Haislip2009S. Norwood Richardson1979J. C. Stephens1944-1945
Don R. Johnson2008James V. Powell, Jr.1978J. T. Nichols1942-1943
Doyle A. Palmer2007Richard W. Lynch1977V. J. Mirabella1940-1941
Kenneth F. Morris2006Charles T. Lambert1976H. C. Hofheimer II1939
B. Christopher Moring III2005Robert E. Kersey1975E. L. Whitehurst1937-1938
Brian A. Geary2004Walter P. Conrad, Jr.1974W. A. Garlette1935-1936
Mark J. Hourigan2003Walter L. Tucker, Jr.1973J. A. Hagan1933-1934
Robert M. Kirby, P.E.2002Frank J. Hooks1972J. J. Collins1932
Johnnie L. Spencer2001N. G. Wilson III1971Ira Cahoon1930-1931
Alex J. Bradley III2000Donald D. Miller1970J. J. Shanahan1927-1929
Allan T. Sivils1999Everette K. Wilson1969A. Lee Ribble1924-1926
George H. Burton III1998William E. Chitty1968E. B. Griffin1921-1923
William E. Chitty II1997Lee B. Duke1967A. B. Consolvo1918-1920
E. G. Middleton III1996Marvin W. Lucas1966M. A. Williams1915-1917
Richard C. Hudson, Jr.1995Stanley Waranch1965E. L. Myers1912-1914
James L. Craig III1994E. George Middleton, Jr.1964Perry W. Ruth1910-1911
R. Keith Hathaway1993Rhea L. Walker, Jr.1963 E. D. Hobbs1908-1909