Construction Management Alum Wants to Help Students Going in the Profession
College isn’t just something from the past for Clay Gordon ’00. The executive vice president of business development for Nabholz Construction Corp.’s central Arkansas operations can still be found around UALR to support the program that launched his career.
Gordon received a B.S.degree in construction management at UALR. “The degree gave me the tools and knowledge not only about the technical side of our industry but also the business side of our industry, which gave me a great advantage,” he said.
Gordon has worked on jobs including UALR’s new Engineering and Information Technology building and Magnolia Replacement Hospital. His project management experience at Nabholz includes the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Fort Smith; L’Oreal USA in North Little Rock; Wright, Lindsey & Jennings LLP in Little Rock; Mayflower High School; and Arvest Bank in Bryant.
“Shortly after I graduated I wanted to get involved with the Alumni Association and help the college and specifically the construction program for which I owe a lot to for my education,” said Gordon. He now serves as president of the University’s Alumni Association Construction Management Society and has served on the Construction Management Advisory Council since 2003.
He encourages other construction management alumni to get involved with the Alumni Association Society. “Networking is always good for everyone, and it supports the institution that helped prepare us for our careers,” said Gordon.
He has found that the organization also offers the opportunity for current students to meet professionals already in the field. “Although there is a national economic crisis currently, there is still a need for new schools, higher education facilities, hospitals, and infrastructure upgrades. What is also important is our industries need for talented people, especially craftsmen,” he added.
A Certified Professional Constructor through the American Institute of Constructors, Gordon is past chairman of the Associated General Contractors Young Executives Council. He is a 2008 Faulkner County Leadership Graduate and serves on the Faulkner County District Board of Junior Achievement and the Faulkner County Boys and Girls Club Board of Directors.
His wife Kelli teaches in Conway Public Schools. They have two daughters, Hannah, 6, and Elizabeth, 4.