As Founder and Managing Principal, Leon’s role includes communication between offices, staff development, business development, strategic planning and financial oversight.
Leon has a diverse background having been a developer, construction consultant and construction executive. His career involves working with both municipal and private owners. He graduated from Jacksonville State University in 1989 where he played baseball. He then earned an MBA from LaGrange College.
Leon began his career with a large contractor where he spent 17 years. When he left he had risen to Executive Vice President. He then consulted for seven years in the Southeast prior to founding Principle Construction in 2013. He has always been an avid community supporter and today serves on multiple boards and committees. He is married to Lisa Moody and they have four children and two granddaughters. Leon is an active golfer, sports enthusiast and enjoys traveling with his family.
Paul manages the firm’s Restoration Division with offices in Columbus and Newnan, Georgia. His higher education began with a degree in Building Construction Technology from Georgia Southern University. He has since earned multiple certifications in mitigation and restoration services. His day-to-day focus is sales, marketing and operations management in the geographic area of Columbus, Newnan, LaGrange, Auburn and Opelika. Paul is a former president of the Greater Columbus Homebuilders Association, was awarded the Torch Award by the Columbus Chamber of Commerce for doing business with integrity, and is a current member of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce. He is married to Helen Posey, they have two adult daughters and five grandsons. Paul enjoys playing golf, fishing, and camping with his family.
Jay graduated from Auburn University in 2006 having co-oped during college. He began his career as a Superintendent and spent six years in the field before becoming a Project Manager for a large contractor in Nashville, Tennessee. He has built nine LEED facilities in the Southeastern United States. Jay is a licensed general contractor in Georgia and Alabama. He graduated from the Leadership Troup Program in 2013. Currently, he serves on the board of directors of Hillside Montessori School and volunteers for several community organizations. He has one daughter and they enjoy riding horses together. Jay is a serious hunter in his spare time.
Brent graduated from Purdue University in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in Building Construction & Contracting Technology. He began his construction career in Texas where he spent five years working as a field engineer and superintendent on commercial and institutional building projects. In 1988, he moved to LaGrange, Georgia, where he has worked for the past 31 years as a superintendent, project manager, and estimator on commercial, institutional, and industrial projects. Brent and his wife Catherine have three daughters and two grandsons and one granddaughter. Brent enjoys hiking, camping and traveling with his family.
Jeff is a graduate of Southern Polytechnic State University with a B.S. in Construction Management and A.S. in Architectural Engineering Technology. He joined Principle Construction with over 34 years combined experience in the fields of Construction, Architecture, and Land Development. He has held roles with several companies as Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Project Executive, and Vice President. He has worked on project types such as Educational, Municipal/Government, Religious, Retail, Cinema, Recreation, Office, Healthcare, Assisted Living, Multi-family, and Single-family. He is married to his wife Kim and they have 2 adult children. His favorite things to do are outdoor activities, spending time with his family, and being active in his local church.
Doug graduated from Auburn University in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career as a process / manufacturing engineer working for an automotive seal supplier. He spent over 31 years in various engineering, production and management roles with the company before joining Principle Construction in 2020 as a Project Manager. In his new role he is working with the other Project Managers on municipal, commercial and industrial projects concurrently. He is married to his wife Jayne and they have four children and two grandsons. Doug’s favorite thing to do is take his family to the beach.
Joseph began his career in construction working with a custom cabinet company. He then joined his father’s company building custom homes in the West Georgia and East Alabama regions. He then joined El Paso Gypcrete, in El Paso, Texas as an Estimator on large scale multi-family projects. In 2021 Joseph joined Principle Restoration, a division of Principle Construction. He then moved to the commercial construction division as a Project Manager in the LaGrange office in 2022. Joseph’s enjoys kayaking, hiking and traveling in his spare time.
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Auburn University in 2005. She worked in finance for eight years before joining Principle in 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. In 2018 she became Office Manager where she is responsible for the general operation of the office, basic accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. Ashley also offers administrative support to our Project Managers and Field Staff where her key role is document control. Ashley works together with Principle’s staff to ensure all business from the office to the field is running smoothly.
Renee graduated from Rhodes University, South Africa as an educator. She married Bob in 1980 and together they started up & ran a successful retail, advertising, and distribution business for over 30 years. They moved to the United States in 2015 and settled in Columbus, GA. Today, they have three children and seven grandchildren living in South Africa, Australia, and Columbus, GA. She loves the outdoors, nature & animals. Renee has been with Principle since April 2016 & has enjoyed being a part of its growth.
Elizabeth received her B.B.A. in Accounting from Georgia Southern University in 2016. Previously practicing in real estate, Elizabeth enjoys seeing her community and the surrounding areas develop. She joined the Principle team in 2019 as the Marketing Coordinator. In this role she works with the Principle Restoration and Principle Construction teams to perfect their online presence.