Doug Kennedy

Chief Executive Officer

Doug Kennedy has four decades of experience in the construction industry and joined Johnson & Galyon Construction in 2001. Throughout his career, he has been part of many notable projects, including the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital – NICU & Surgery Addition, the additions and renovations to Neyland Stadium, the Whittle Communications Corporate Building (now the Howard Baker Federal Courthouse), the Dover Downs Hotel & Convention Center, the renovations at Rockefeller Center in New York City, and the renovation and restoration of Ayres Hall, a landmark structure at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.  

Since 1983, Doug has been a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects. He currently serves on the College of Architecture’s board of advisors at the University of Tennessee.  

Doug is also an active member of the community, having served on boards and committees for several organizations, including the Emerald Youth Foundation, where he serves as chairman of the board, the 2013-2015 University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates, and the University of Tennessee’s Graduate School of Medicine board of visitors.  

Before starting his career in construction, Kennedy was a student at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he graduated with honors in 1978 with a bachelor of science in architecture.  

Doug and his wife, Vicky, currently reside in Knoxville and have raised three children: Justin, Kristin and Ryan.

Susan Bacon

Chief Financial Officer

Susan Bacon has been a valuable member of the Johnson & Galyon team since 1991. She currently serves as the chief financial officer and treasurer, where she is responsible for working with the company’s leadership team to ensure that all financial operations, human resources, and administrative services are functioning efficiently.  

Prior to joining Johnson & Galyon, Susan worked for several years in the audit divisions of two public accounting firms in Knoxville, and ultimately become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).  

Susan is a 2007 graduate of Leadership Knoxville, a current member of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce finance committee, and a member of the 2017 – 2020 University of Tennessee Chancellor’s Associates. She is a past member of the Knoxville Chamber board of directors and a former board member and treasurer of the Metropolitan Drug Commission.   

Prior to launching her professional career, Susan was a student at the University of Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration in 1986 and graduated with highest honors.  

She and her husband, Michael, have two children, Ellen and Max.

Doug Kennedy

David Smith

Executive Vice President

Beginning his career in the construction industry in the late 1970s, David came to Johnson & Galyon Construction in 1983. He earned two degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The first was in business administration in 1975, before earning his second degree in civil engineering in 1983.

Smith’s career project list is extensive and includes projects such as The Episcopal School of Knoxville, Parkwest Medical Center, Mountain Loft Condominiums (Gatlinburg), Powell Middle School (renovations and additions), and several Webb School of Knoxville projects. He also directed the successful completion of the technically challenging Knoxville Transit Center project, a LEED-certified initiative which spans a four-lane urban highway.

David is a registered professional engineer and is currently on the board of the Resource Valley Construction Training Council. He also currently serves on the Habitat for Humanity board of directors. David is past president of the Associated General Contractors of Tennessee, as well as the Knoxville chapter.

He and his wife, Lucy, have two adult children: Ryan and Hayley.

Susan Bacon

Bob Perry

Vice President of Field Operations

Bob joined Johnson & Galyon in 1984 as a project superintendent and quickly progressed through a variety of assignments, including project manager and director of operations. In 2018, Bob was promoted to vice president of field operations. In this role, he is responsible for all aspects of field operations. He works closely with our superintendents and their teams, providing leadership and direction to all field personnel on each of Johnson & Galyon’s projects. This ensures compliance with the schedule, defined quality standards, and most importantly, the safety of each person on the job site.

Bob uses the lessons he has learned throughout his career to continually improve processes in the field. His ability to anticipate challenges results in far fewer problems that have to be solved on behalf of our clients. His knowledge of complex building systems is a major factor in the success of our clients’ projects.

Bob has overseen the construction of some of East Tennessee’s marquee projects and worked with a variety of clients including the University of Tennessee, Commercial and Investment Properties, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Public Building Authority of Knox County, and the City of Knoxville and Tree Tops Resort, among others.

Bob and his wife, Linda, reside in Knoxville and enjoy spending time with their grandchildren: Alex, Addison, and Zane.

David Smith

Craig Daniel

Vice President of Preconstruction Services 

Craig entered the construction field in the early 1990’s and joined Johnson & Galyon in 2010. He studied architecture at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received his degree from the College of Architecture and Design in 1998.  

Craig’s construction expertise is a result of knowledge gained from providing both project management and preconstruction services for a wide range of clients over his 20-year career in the industry. His resume includes projects for the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Board of Regents, Tennova, Covenant Health, the University of Tennessee Medical Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and numerous private entities. Two recent and notable projects are East Tennessee Children’s Hospital NICU and Surgery Expansion and the University of Tennessee Medical Center Heart Tower Expansion. These two examples have a combined valuation in excess of 100 million dollars and over 400,000 square feet in combined area.  

Craig is involved in the Associated General Contractors organization and holds the President position for the Knoxville Branch. He has served on the AIA of East Tennessee board of directors in the past and beginning this year, will be serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design. He is also a member of the Sevier County Economic Development Council.  

Aside from construction, Craig’s passion is his family and providing support to his children in all their endeavors. He and his wife, Ashlea, have two sons – Reid and Case.

Bob Perry

Ellen Fowler

Senior Estimator, LEED AP

Since 1987, Ellen Fowler has been an instrumental part of the Johnson & Galyon team, having first served as a project manager and now as a senior estimator and corporate secretary.   

Ellen has worked on a wide array of notable projects throughout her career, including Volunteer Landing, East Tennessee History Center, East Tennessee Veterans Memorial, Knoxville Transit Center, Walters State Community College – Greeneville Campus, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the Episcopal School of Knoxville, among others. 

Ellen is a graduate of the Leadership Knoxville Class of 2002. She is an active member of the Executive Women’s Association and the Rotary Club of Downtown Knoxville. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians and is a former board member of the East Tennessee Foundation.   

Ellen Fowler attended the University of Tennessee, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in accounting, as well as Louisiana State University, where she earned a bachelor of science degree in computer science.   

Ellen and her husband, Gordon, currently live in Knoxville and have three children: James, Mary Jo, and Aubin.

Craig Daniel


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