Burt Odom, President of EMJ Corporation, has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer in addition to his current role. Jay Jolley, EMJ’s current CEO, will shift to the role of Chairman of the Board of Directors.
This transition is part of EMJ’s strategic approach to executive succession, which is designed to develop strong leaders that will ensure continued success for the corporation.
As President and CEO, Odom will be responsible for the overall success of EMJ and the family of companies. He will work with executive leadership, as well as the Board of Directors, to establish and execute the overall strategic vision of the organization.
“Throughout his career, Burt has proven himself to be a strategic visionary and servant leader,” said Jay Jolley. “He has the perfect combination of knowledge, operational experience and personal integrity to lead EMJ and the family of companies.”
Odom began his construction career in 1983 when he served under Edgar M. Jolley, after graduating from Auburn University. During his more than 30 years of experience, Odom has held various positions—most notably, as the Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Dallas office and the Chief Operating Officer before being appointed President of EMJ in 2010.
Jay Jolley, the son of Edgar M. Jolley, began his career at EMJ in 1983 as a project manager after graduating from Tennessee Tech University. Jay served EMJ in various roles including as its Executive Vice President and President before becoming CEO in 2010.
“Jay’s creative energy, strong work ethic and hands-on approach have left an indelible mark on EMJ,” said Burt Odom. “He boldly led EMJ during a time of diversification and growth. I am excited to work with him as he continues to help guide and inspire the company for many years to come.”
Odom will remain in the Dallas office but will continue traveling to and working in the family of companies’ corporate office in Chattanooga, Tenn.
About EMJ Corporation
Founded in 1968 by Edgar M. Jolley, EMJ Corporation has built over 260 million square feet of construction projects across the nation. The company has offices in Chattanooga, Boston, Dallas and Tulsa and serves a variety of sectors, including retail, industrial and healthcare. EMJ and its family of companies is expected to reach more than $1 billion in revenue in 2016 and was recently ranked #82 among Engineering-News Record’s Top 400 Contractors and #47 among construction firms in Building Design + Construction’s Giants Report.
For more information or to learn more about EMJ’s work, visit www.emjcorp.com or follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram.

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