Founder of The Branch Group Passes

Founder Bill BranchWe are sad to report the passing of Bill Branch, the founder and visionary of The Branch Group companies. Bill is widely considered one of the most influential businessmen and charitable citizens the Roanoke Valley has ever known. Upon his retirement, he generously and unreservedly offered the companies to all of our organization’s employees through an ESOP plan. The effects of this move remain a driving part of our culture of accountability today as every Branch employee-owner has a vested interest in everything we do, every day. We are eternally grateful. May you rest in peace Bill. There will never be another like you.

Click here to read article about Bill Branch by Jeff Sturgeon of the Roanoke Times

Announcing New CRE Manager

Steve Zegarski, Corporate Real Estate Manager

We are pleased to announce that Steve Zegarski has joined The Branch Group as our CRE Manager, on Monday, September 17, 2018.

Steve was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio and graduated from the University of Dayton with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During his time at UD, he realized that he wanted to be a high school teacher. From Dayton, he attended Virginia Tech, received a Masters degree in Education and earned his teaching certification. His first job was teaching Chemistry and coaching football at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke. (more…)

Project Accountant Joins Group

Bronce Monroe, Project AccountantPlease join me in welcoming Bronce Monroe to the Branch Group. Bronce is joining the admin team as Project Accountant.

A native to the Roanoke Valley, Bronce graduated from Salem High School. He then attended Roanoke College where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration with concentrations in Accounting and Finance. For the last eight years, he has worked as an accountant doing project accounting and general ledger accounting while running a small mowing business on the side. (more…)

A TURN IN THE TRADES

G.J. Hopkins enjoys highly successful year of apprenticeships

Over the last four years, G.J. Hopkins has seen a steadily rising influx of apprentices join its ranks. According to the company’s President, Ernie Caldwell, the numbers have climbed from an average of five or six apprentices in 2014 to thirty-one in 2018. He attributes this leap to a key change the company made to its apprenticeship program in 2015: paying apprentices upfront. (more…)

Goodloe Joins Team

Brenda Goodloe, Contract Administrator and Project AccountantIt is with great pleasure that I announce a new member to the Administration Team.
We welcome Brenda Goodloe as a Contract Administrator and Project Accountant. Brenda is coming to The Branch Group from the L.A. Lacy Team.
Brenda has been with LA Lacy since 2012 where she wore many different hats, from project accounting to inventory and project assistant. Brenda will be training with Michelle Harvey to learn the ins and outs of subcontracts, major material purchase orders and change orders. (more…)