John Graham

Chattanooga office Marketing / Project Manager

John’s exposure to construction began in 1962 when his father was elected Marion County Road Superintendent. His father held that position until 1987 and during that period, John worked several summers gaining experience that would help shape his career. In 1983, John joined the Operating Engineers union in Chattanooga. His first job after joining was for TVA at the Brainerd levee project in Chattanooga, where he worked until it was finished. There he operated every piece of equipment except the dragline. This included small cranes, backhoes, bulldozers from D-5 to D-9, gradalls, and several models of scrappers. John’s next big position transferred him to the downtown Chattanooga TVA building. His final union job was on the construction of the Rinehart Bridge over the Tennessee River at South Pittsburg Tennessee. In 1987 John returned to the Marion County Highway Department as Assistant Superintendent where he remained continuously employed until 2010. His primary responsibility was to oversee maintenance of the department’s equipment, determine what equipment was required for operation of the department, purchase equipment, and schedule daily work assignments. This role required John to be on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for emergency call out.
In 1995. John was appointed Highway Superintendent by the Marion County Commission. He was re-elected to that office in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008. After years of successful service as Highway Superintendent, John was elected County Mayor in 2010. As the new County Mayor, John would first be tasked with helping turn the county’s struggling finances around. By the time he retired from office in 2014, the county’s budget was once again in good standing. Shortly after his retirement from public office, John joined the Collier team and helped to establish a full-time presence in Southeast Tennessee.

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