The Branch Group, Inc. ranked among top regional and national construction companies

Branch Group LogoThe Branch Group, Inc. has been recognized as a top contractor by Engineering News-Record (ENR) and Virginia Business magazine.

With $391 million in revenue in 2018, Branch is ranked No. 249 on the 2019 ENR Top 400 Contractors list and No. 24 on ENR’s list of Top Contractors in Transportation: Highways. The rankings are based on 2018 construction revenues. (more…)

Building a Path to the Top

Will Karbach’s fascination with the construction industry started when he was a kid. He loved playing with Tonka trucks, and his dad would always get on him for leaving them scattered across the garage. As Will got older, he discovered that he enjoyed civil engineering because there was a sense of balance to it, and that’s the path he took.

Will earned his civil engineering degree with a specialization in construction management in 1987 from Rutgers University in New Jersey. He spent eight years gaining experience and worked his way up from estimating engineer to project manager. Eager to find a new opportunity to help support his wife and three children, Will applied for a position at Branch Highways (now Branch Civil) in 1996. Tom Partridge, former vice president of operations and eventual president of E.V. Williams, hired him as an assistant project manager, and Will quickly was promoted to project manager. Some of the work he’s proud of from that period includes the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport, Central Virginia Storm Water Reservoir, and MeadWestvaco. (more…)

From Quantico to the Job Site: How a Former FBI Agent’s Passion for Public Safety Led Him to the Construction Industry

Adam Clayton had two career interests when he was younger: the trades and public safety. Even though he enjoyed spending his summer breaks doing small jobs involving electrical work, painting, or installing insulation, he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement.

Adam’s successful public safety career was propelled by his desire to help people, which he said was just part of his DNA. He didn’t have a real desire to climb the ladder; He wanted to make a difference and then go home to his family. But it didn’t take long for people to notice he was a natural leader, and with that came several advancement opportunities.

He was a private investigator for many years, and that led him to the FBI, where he was a task force agent. As Adam continued to excel, he completed the Executive Law Enforcement Program at the FBI National Academy, the Executive Management Program at the FBI LEEDA Command Institute, and the Management Development Program at the University of Virginia. After the FBI, Adam served as major of operations for the Durham County Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina. (more…)

Branch Group Welcomes Project Accountant

Lisa Rogers, Project AccountantLisa Rogers is joining the Branch Group Project Accounting Team on Tuesday, September 3rd. Lisa will be based at the Branch Civil Office in Cary, NC and will be handling the Joint Ventures with Flatiron, both in Northern Virginia and the Raleigh area in North Carolina.

Lisa brings with her more than 15 years of experience in the construction industry as a Project Accountant. Most recently she worked as a Cost Controller for Systems One Services in Newark, DE.

Lisa is originally from New York City and now resides in Clayton, NC. She graduated from Rutgers School of Management with a B.S. in Business Management. She also earned an A.A.S. in Accounting from the Borough of Manhattan Community College.

Welcome to the Branch family!

Branch Group Subsidiary President Appointed to Governor’s business-led board

J. William Karbach, CEO of The Branch Group, is proud to share Governor Ralph Northam’s nominations announced Friday for his Virginia Board of Workforce Development (VBWD). We are pleased to announce the appointment of Ernie Caldwell, President of G. J. Hopkins, a Branch Group Subsidiary Company, to serve a term of four years beginning 7/1/2019 and ending on 6/30/2023. Governor Northam is focused on building a Commonwealth that works better for all people, no matter who they are or where they live. During Ernie Caldwell’s term, he and the Workforce Development Board will assist the Governor in solving real problems faced by real people. VBWD is a business-led board that acts as an advisory body to the Governor and provides strategic leadership to the state regarding the workforce development system and its efforts to create a strong workforce aligned with employer needs.