Thor, Inc. General Contractors and Engineers - Leadership

John Whittle, P.E., Chairman“Here at Thor, we are often intimately involved with every aspect of the project, from site selection all the way through the design phase and then construction.” John Whittle, P.E., Chairman

John Whittle’s academic and practical background is in civil engineering, first with a Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Military Institute, followed by a three-year tour in the Air Force as a civil engineering officer, then back to college at the University of Virginia to complete a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering. He then worked for over 6 years at a major architectural/engineering firm in Virginia before he became president of Thor, Inc. in 1968.

When he decided to join Thor, his hands-on construction experience had been limited to summer jobs during high school and college, but that was enough to put construction in his blood. He liked the “A to Z” aspect of construction. “Here at Thor, we are often intimately involved with every aspect of the project, from site selection all the way through the design phase and then construction.” Whittle said.

Since the day he arrived at Thor, Inc., John Whittle has presided over most of the company’s extraordinary growth. When asked about when the company enjoyed its most significant expansion, he explains that growth came in the increasing sophistication of projects rather than during any specific era.

With improving experience and skill, Thor became able to attract larger and more complex jobs, the successful completion of which, in turn, improved the company’s prominence and reputation. Thor’s financial strength improved all along, as well, which enhanced its bonding strength and enabled the company to continue to grow.

 

John Whittle, P.E., ChairmanAllen B. Whittle, LEED AP, President

Following in his father’s footsteps by pursuing construction jobs in summers during high school and college, Allen Whittle realized that he too had construction in his blood. After pursuing degrees in Physics (University of the South, Sewanee, TN)and Civil Engineering (Washington University, St. Louis , MO), he began to work full time at Thor in 1997, first as a project manager, then chief estimator and in 2005, president.

In 2007 he was chosen as one of the “Top 20 Business leaders under 40” by the Blue Ridge Business Journal and the company itself was awarded “Small Business of the Year in Construction-Real Estate” by the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce.

During his leadership the company has completed a number of award-winning projects, including the Historic Norfolk and Western Passenger Station conversion to the O. Winston Link Museum and Roanoke Valley Convention and Visitors’ Bureau (2006 Inform Magazine Design Award for Historic Preservation and 2009 VA Society AIA Jury Citation for Historic Preservation, among others). Other award winning projects are the historic Waynesboro Heritage Museum (Valley Conservation Council “Better Models of Development” Award) and the Giles County Courthouse (Award of Merit for Renovation/Restoration Projects in Mid-Atlantic Construction Magazine’s “Best of 2006”).

Allen Whittle has proactively supported sustainability in the workplace and the U. S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) initiatives. The company has completed a number of LEED Certified and LEED Registered projects and there are currently four (4) LEED Accredited Professionals in the company.

 

John Whittle, P.E., ChairmanHarry E. Hudson, Vice President

Harry Hudson has over 40 years experience in the construction industry, beginning his career at Thor, Inc. as a laborer and working his way up to hold positions of superintendent, project manager, safety coordinator, director of labor development and vice president. He has conducted construction –related classes as an adjunct professor at Virginia Western Community College as well as training classes for Thor, Inc. personnel.

He has been involved with some of Thor’s largest and most complicated projects. His extensive knowledge of the construction industry, his ability to anticipate issues, solve problems and communicate are the skills that make his projects run smoothly and finish on schedule and budget.

He oversees construction project managers through preconstruction and estimating services and every aspect of the construction process, including prequalifying subcontractors, scheduling, cost control, purchasing, construction quality and supervision, safety, project management and submittals.

 

 

John Whittle, P.E., ChairmanJohn M. Younger, Vice President

With several years of service in the U. S Corps of Engineers John Younger entered the construction industry as a project manager and estimator in 1969. He brings a valuable combination of skills and experience to every project, beginning at the preconstruction and estimating phase and throughout construction as a project manager.

As an important member of pre-construction teams, John performs quantity surveys, cost estimating, materials analysis, subcontractor cultivation and solicitation, and price analysis for all of the architectural and structural components of a project. His patience and deliberate thought processes result in cost-saving solutions to issues at the pre-construction and construction phases of a project.

Throughout his career, john has demonstrated leadership in estimating and preconstruction services. He has served as President of the Board of Directors of The Professional Construction Estimators of America, and is well-known within the design and construction community in southwest Virginia.