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HPM’s Will Cather Included in BBJ’s 2024 NextGen BHM List

Will Cather, Project Manager at HPM, has been included in the 2024 NextGen BHM: Construction & Real Estate list published by Birmingham Business Journal. This list is comprised of up-and-coming industry leaders who demonstrate great potential and leadership qualities. Recipients were chosen based on their contributions to their companies, their role in the industry, the likelihood of them becoming prominent leaders in their field, and their role in the Birmingham community. All honorees are under the age of 30.

About the NextGen BHM Recipient

With a robust background in contracting, design, and project management work, Will is a master of all trades in the construction/real estate industry. He currently provides leadership on HPM’s Regions account. His scope of work includes numerous facilities maintenance capital projects, which often present demands around the clock. Capital replacements/upgrades of elevators, fire alarm systems, HVAC units, HVAC control systems and both exterior and interior LED lighting retrofits are all common FMC projects. Will remains available to the client, going above and beyond to demonstrate commitment to getting the job done with excellence. This consistent work ethic has earned him a remarkable amount of credibility within the industry.

Regions Project Manager David Caulkins heralded Will’s contributions, stating, “Will has been such an asset to the team, it’s hard to surmise into a simple statement. He is transparent, available, and impactful, all in a timely manner.”

Will was promoted after only eight months with HPM, an honor indicating his high level of performance and robust work ethic. “Will excels in managing client expectations as he communicates in a clear and effective manner”, said his supervisor, Charles Phillips. “He is a team player and fosters a collaborative work environment where his coworkers feel valued and motivated. Will understands that if one person on our team succeeds, we all succeed.”

Community Involvement

A rising star in his profession and his community, Will is dedicated to giving back to the Birmingham area. He is actively involved with The WellHouse, a local organization providing residential, therapeutic programs to female victims of human trafficking. After attending a gala benefitting the organization, Will immediately began pursuing opportunities to serve on their board.

A graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and life-long resident of Birmingham, Will is sure to impact the construction industry and the Magic City for decades to come.

Megan Cordingly, Ph.D. Promoted to Senior Business Analytics Manager

An integral part of HPM’s Operations team, Megan Cordingly, Ph.D. has consistently demonstrated a strong commitment to excellence and a keen understanding of the intricacies of business analytics. Her expertise in data visualization and ability to translate complex insights into actionable strategies have significantly contributed to HPM’s ability to provide accurate and digestible reporting metrics to our clients, project teams and company leadership. Because of her dedication and contribution to the continued success of our company, she has been promoted to Senior Business Analytics Manager.

Megan joined HPM in 2022. Throughout her tenure, she has been instrumental in streamlining internal processes, resulting in significant improvements in efficiency and productivity. For example, she transformed HPM’s accounts receivable reporting by automating and digitizing the process. She was also instrumental in overhauling and improving the marketing quarterly checklist, allowing the marketing team to access vital project information, while combining historical data through a custom marketing dashboard. This allows the team to better pinpoint arising opportunities. In addition, she has worked with numerous project teams to develop custom dashboards that effectively deliver the information needed by our clients.

In her new role, Megan will lead efforts to create a comprehensive data analytics program for HPM that will support the continued evolution and growth of the company. Her key responsibilities will include driving the vision and strategies for collecting, managing and analyzing data while deploying cutting-edge visualization tools to automate reporting and enhance decision-making.

The initiatives led by Megan will be critical to HPM’s continued evolution as a technologically innovative company that leverages real-time data to identify trends and patterns valuable to predictive analytics efforts that can then be delivered as actionable insights, driving our project teams and our clients to success.

Megan and her husband David are the proud owners of two Great Danes, Shadow and Grace. In her spare time, Megan enjoys kayaking, growing vegetables in her backyard and spending time with family and friends.

March Madness: Community Involvement Version

The month of March has been full of community involvement opportunities at HPM. We are grateful for the multitude of organizations that exist to better the communities in which we live and work. Whether rolling up our sleeves to cook chili, attending events or hitting the golf course, it has been a privilege to support outstanding causes as a team across our footprint. Take a moment to learn more about the dedicated organizations we partnered with this month!

It’s Better than Good… It’s Exceptional

HPM’s Birmingham office kicked off the month with a strong start at The Exceptional Foundation‘s 20th Annual Chili Cookoff. With over 70 participating teams, the event saw unprecedented involvement this year. On top of supporting a great cause, we were proud to take home third place for our “HPM’s Chili Madness” recipe. The Exceptional Foundation provides year-round social and recreational services for adults and children with special needs. Their programs provide unique opportunities to promote healthy living, strong social relationships and community involvement. Learn more about getting involved with this impactful organization in the Magic City.

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Beat Cancer, Eat Chili!

The following weekend, HPM’s Mobile team brought their chili game in support of the American Cancer Society. The group went all out for the theme, kept their eyes on the prize, and, most importantly, raised funds for a life-saving cause. As an added bonus, we defended our reigning champion status, taking home first place in our category. Thank you, ACS for allowing us to partner with you in your valiant effort to find a cure. Be sure to check out the organization’s volunteer opportunities.

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Tomorrow’s Construction Leaders

HPM team members, Melissa Bradley and Sara Chapman participated in Read Across Montgomery Public Schools Week. The district added an exciting twist, focusing on career exploration through reading. Melissa and Sara leveraged this occasion to teach first graders about the many job opportunities in the construction field. They read the children’s book “Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site”, and conducted a coloring activity centered around hard hat safety. It was a privilege to spend time with the next generation of leaders. Thank you, Forest Avenue Magnet Elementary School for having us!

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Bold Futures

Next on the agenda was sponsoring and attending Girls Inc.‘s Bold Futures Breakfast. Participants in the program, ranging from fourth-grade to high-school seniors shared stories of the organization’s impact on their personal confidence, character and career goals. Girls Inc. equips girls and young women to reach their full potential while advocating with and for them to end inequity and discrimination. With a presence in more than 350 cities in the United States and Canada, there are endless ways to serve this world-changing organization. Find your affiliate and learn more about involvement opportunities.

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Shining Stars Gala

Our Texas team was pleased to support Round Rock ISD‘s 23rd annual Shining Stars Gala, “An Evening in Paradise!” Attendees gathered to celebrate the district’s successful growth strides while raising support for continued progress in the years to come. HPM considers it a great privilege to be a part of the vibrant, thriving community of Round Rock, TX.

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Leading with the Lions

Last, but certainly not least, our Huntsville team participated in UNA‘s North Alabama Football Golf Tournament. Proceeds from the event will benefit the university’s upcoming project, Bank Independent Stadium, for which HPM is providing program management and owners’ representation services. We look forward to continuing to interact with the Florence/Shoals community as this project is brought to life!

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HPM Celebrates 26th Annual Women in Construction Week

HPM is pleased to celebrate Women in Construction Week, an annual observance initiated by the National Association of Women in Construction March 3-9. The first Women in Construction Week was held in 1998. Awareness of the observance has increased exponentially over the past 26 years. Today, men and women in the construction industry recognize this week nationwide. This is an important time for construction companies of all shapes and sizes to show support for their female employees.

Women in Construction Week Events

The National Association of Women in Construction offers virtual events each day of the week, as well as events by region. This year’s topics of conversation include opportunities for tradeswomen, DE&I and leadership in the industry.

In addition to encouraging employees to attend NAWIC events, HPM is hosting an internal event curated for female employees. Women across the company’s footprint plan to participate in a virtual workshop Elevating Confidence and Building Leaders. The course is centered around navigating a male-dominated field as a woman. Emotional intelligence skills such as self-awareness, assertiveness and empathy are incorporated into the curriculum, as well as leadership skill building. HPM’s core values also inform the content.

Women in Construction Week

Building Women

The steering committee of HPM’s Building Women initiative is hosting the workshop. Building Women was created in early 2023 in effort to create a more inclusive and diverse workplace, where everyone feels welcome and valued. The group holds professional development, networking, and community service events throughout the year. HPM’s female employees enjoy a unique camaraderie as a result of the professional and relational opportunities Building Women provides.

The Forum

In October, HPM hosted the Inaugural Building Women Forum. Attendees found the opportunity to gather in one place with their female colleagues to be invaluable. Company leadership presented on various topics impacting females in the workforce, imparting wisdom, vision and inspiration, including self-advocacy in the workplace, work-life integration, strategic communication and more. HPM is committed to continuing this forum, providing an equitable platform to discuss challenges related to the ever-evolving corporate landscape and providing innovative solutions for advancing women within the company and beyond.

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Business Alabama Names HPM Best Small Company Finalist

Business Alabama Magazine recently revealed the finalists for the annual Best Companies list, including HPM as one of six finalists for Best Small Company. After taking nominations from the public, the selection committee chose finalists in seven categories. Finalists were selected based on company achievements, culture and community impact. An awards ceremony will be held in Birmingham on March 1. At that time, the winner in each respective category will be announced.

Business Alabama covers business activity of all shapes and sizes in all sectors of Alabama’s economy. For over three decades, they have been tracking economic growth and development within the state, reporting on vital issues influencing professionals across Alabama. Over 50,000 executives, managers, employees and owners read Business Alabama on a monthly basis. PMT Publishing is the producer of the magazine.

HPM is program management firm headquartered in Birmingham with 11 offices across the Southeast. The company was born from builders and has evolved into a team of experts specializing in program management. The 160 professionals comprising HPM’s team provide expertise in a variety of niche service offerings, including owners’ representationaudit & contract servicesplanning, projects controls and more.

HPM’s Chris Allee Shares Insights on Advanced Manufacturing

The article below was written by Richard Berger and published by To learn more, click here.

Top growth markets Phoenix, Atlanta, Austin, and Raleigh are considered North America’s top four advanced manufacturing sectors, according to a new report from Newmark.

The firm said that rapid expansion in North America’s advanced manufacturing sector promises to deliver significant economic impact to newly selected sites and their surrounding regions through added jobs, infrastructure improvements, and substantial capital investments.

The report said regions predominantly secondary and tertiary metros near major markets with higher-than-average levels of preexisting advanced manufacturing talent, relatively lower-cost energy, and abundant, affordable land are poised to benefit most from advanced manufacturing investments.

Travis Epp, Partner, Audit & Assurance, EisnerAmper LLP, Partner, Eisner Advisory Group LLC, tells that the momentum for advanced manufacturing is strong because of supply chain challenges identified in recent years as well as geopolitical concerns.

He said the federal government has provided incentives to stimulate advanced manufacturing by creating initiatives such as the CHIPS Act, the National Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Initiative, the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), and the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), which itself provides a host of incentives for manufacturing clean energy technology.

“The economic viability of the advanced manufacturing sector is significantly impacted by both tax incentives (federal, state, and local) and qualified labor,” Epp said.

“In recent years, there has been a shortage of labor in the manufacturing industry despite significant wage increases to offset inflation. To meet the labor demands of both advanced manufacturing and traditional manufacturing, access to labor is essential, which requires proximity to metros near major markets.

“Further, skyrocketing land prices in metro markets adversely impact the attractiveness of developing manufacturing facilities in major markets.”

Research and development is also a key aspect of advanced manufacturing as more technology is involved in the process, according to Epp.

“Unlike the previously noted incentives, the taxation of research and development continues to be adversely impacted since the beginning of 2022 due to the elimination of the historical treatment of full expensing and the requirement for amortization,” he said. “Businesses continue to lobby for the return to expensing.”

His clients, which include both domestic companies and US subsidiaries of foreign parents, have utilized the tax incentives available to them and are in secondary and tertiary metros near major markets.

Chris Allee, Director of Program Development at program management firm HPM, tells that manufacturers and investors are targeting markets that can tick the many boxes needed to be successful amongst today’s headwinds, including low labor costs but accessibility to a wide pool of talent, a business-friendly atmosphere, and high population growth.

“We’re seeing hot spots emerge across the Sunbelt in states like Tennessee, Texas, North Carolina, and Georgia,” Allee said. “Especially in Texas, we’re seeing more suburban submarkets around major metro hubs like Austin and Dallas provide these infill locations that manufacturers find attractive and can offer the dynamic labor and strong fundamentals needed to be successful.”

Newmark said Phoenix has attracted 14 major project announcements—the most of any single market examined—that are expected to generate close to 15,500 additional advanced manufacturing jobs for the metropolitan area.

It pointed to mid-sized markets such as Syracuse; Albany; Greensboro; and Columbia, SC; as others that offer greater cost savings for manufacturing operators while still maintaining the skilled workforce needed.

New clusters are forming and existing clusters are further maturing as a record number of new industrial projects are set to begin in over 160 metro and micropolitan areas in the next decade, as captured in Newmark Research’s survey.

HPM Promotes Taylor Thorn to Vice President of Growth Strategy

HPM has announced the promotion of Taylor Thorn to Vice President of Growth Strategy for the company. Thorn is a 13-year veteran of the commercial real estate and construction industries and will oversee all growth initiatives for HPM in his new role.

Career Path

Thorn began his career with HPM as a Project Engineer in 2012, before being promoted to Project Manager, Senior Project Manager, Senior Program Manager, Program Executive and most recently, Assistant to HPM President, Ryan Austin. As Vice President of Growth Strategy, Thorn will oversee business development, marketing and client relations for HPM, as well as overall leadership for the firm’s staff of more than 160 individuals. His goal within this position will be to identify and understand the needs of prospective clients to provide holistic solutions through HPM’s range of service lines.

“We’re in a monumental chapter of HPM’s growth story in 2024, with many new projects and company initiatives on the horizon,” said Austin. “We needed someone to oversee growth within all facets of our company and no one understands the vision for the future of HPM quite like Taylor. He is a true champion of not only our firm and its people, but of every client we have worked with and their individual successes. I rest easy knowing Taylor is helping to lead HPM into another year of prosperity.”

Throughout his career at HPM, Thorn has managed client partnerships, program staffing and internal controls and reporting. He first joined The University of Alabama account team and has provided oversight and leadership for multiple program accounts including Regions Bank, the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex, Calhoun Community CollegeBuffalo RockOle MissNational Cement and Avanti Polar Lipids

What’s Next?

“For over a decade, I have seen firsthand not only the overall growth and achievements of HPM, but also the personal growth of each employee that has turned our company into the program management powerhouse that it is,” said Thorn. “I believe HPM has thrived because of our supportive culture, commitment to fostering meaningful client relationships and combined years of expertise and experience within the industry. I am honored to be given the opportunity to lead HPM alongside Ryan as we expand our footprint into new avenues and markets and continue to serve our clients with top-tier program management and owners’ representation services.

Thorn is a graduate of Auburn University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in construction management. He is a Certified Construction Manager (CCM) and is Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design LEED certified. He is a member of the 2017 Future Leaders in Construction (FLIC) cohort, a group comprised of individuals demonstrating robust leadership and effective management skills within the construction industry.

HPM’s Year in Review

2023 has been a year of exponential growth for HPM and the program management industry at large. More than ever, owners are finding immense value in securing a trusted partner to safeguard their interests as complex projects are brought to life. While it is impossible to sum up a very full year in one post, we’re taking a moment to reflect on this HPM’s milestones within the program management industry and beyond.

Awards & Recognition

ENR once again included HPM in their annual Top 50 Program Management Firms as well as their Top 100 Professional Services Firms. This recognition is a result of the many industry-leading clients who continue to entrust HPM with their program management needs.

HPM was honored to be named a 2023 Project Achievement Award winner the South Atlantic Chapter of CMAA in recognition of our work on Auburn University’s Rane Culinary Science Center. Representatives from HPM were able to attend the annual CMAA SAC Project Achievement Awards Gala held in Atlanta, GA. CMAA offers Project Achievement Awards annually to recognize projects that stand out as examples in the construction industry, demonstrating excellence and innovation. These awards are reserved for facilities that push the industry forward and motivate its leaders to push past perceived limitations and pursue what others have deemed impossible.


Rane Culinary Science Center’s Laurel Hotel and Spa received Five Diamond Recognition from AAA, indicating ultimate luxury. The Laurel is the first hotel in Alabama to be given this recognition, and one of only 89 nationwide.

Project Milestones

Among the many exciting project milestones this year was a celebration held at Airbus recognizing their newest expansion in Mobile, AL which will be accomplished through the construction of a second A320 final assembly line. Along with securing Mobile’s status as the fourth largest commercial airline manufacturing center in the world, this addition is projected to create 1,000 jobs for community residents, bolstering the economy in The Port City for years to come. We are proud to partner with Airbus as they continue to represent the best of the aviation industry.


This year brought great progress on the Manor ISD account as multiple facilities within the program opened their doors to students. Great strides of Progress were also made at Round Rock ISD, which are poised to continue successfully in the new year.

In August, HPM celebrated 20 years of supporting Regions Bank. HPM has provided support in capital improvement projects of all shapes and sizes as Regions has experienced exponential growth. Over the course of the last two decades, years, HPM has managed more than $800 million in project volume. This includes 3,000 projects and 10,000 associate moves on behalf of the client.

This fall, The University of Alabama broke ground on the Smith Family Center for the Performing Arts! HPM is honored to help deliver the vision for this state-of-the-art facility for dance and theater programs. Substantial progress was made on the numerous additional projects HPM is managing on behalf of the university as well.

Ground was broken on Ground has officially broken on Leonardo’s state-of-the-art customer support center in Milton, FL. The facility will span 113,000 square feet and include four large hangar bays, major component repair and overhaul, transmission work that will include Dynamic Test Bench, a full-sized paint booth and all associated tooling and equipment.


New Opportunities for HPM

The University of North Alabama to serve as program manager and owners’ rep for Bank Independent Stadium, a state-of-the-art, multi-purposed facility on campus. The stadium will be thoughtfully designed for year-round utilization by UNA and the wider Shoals area. We look forward to leveraging our vast portfolio of stadium experience in partnership with the outstanding university as they realize a much anticipated goal on behalf of students, athletes and the community at large!


Mississippi State University selected HPM to manage construction of new residence hall complex, the Luckyday Tower. The facility will serve as a living and learning community for MSU’s Luckyday freshman Scholars.

HPM also acquired work with The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Beginning in 2024, we will be managing the construction of their new School of Engineering.

Company Initiatives

Early this year, HPM rolled out our company-wide Building Women Initiative this year, along with hosting the inaugural Building Women ForumWe look forward to the program’s continued growth, providing an equitable platform to discuss challenges related to the corporate landscape.


The operations team implemented new “Fourth Friday Training” in 2023, a company-wide cross training opportunity. This equips our professionals with knowledge pertaining to all facets of the company.

In March, HPM celebrated Women in Construction Week with a video highlighting the females comprising our company. It can be viewed here.

In October, HPM launched an updated, reimagined website. The modernized site showcases HPM’s breadth of service offerings, diversity of experience and astute caliber of employees.

Community Impact

Community service is a key opportunity for us to live out the company’s core valuesNo matter the office location, employees across the footprint were given many opportunities to serve their communities. HPM was honored to sponsor and volunteer at a myriad of community events nationwide. These included chili cook-offs, golf tournaments, school reading days, toy drives and much more!


Company Growth at HPM

This year HPM expanded our footprint with a new, larger office in Huntsville, AL. The new office is located downtown at 200 Clinton Avenue West, Suite 703. The space enables HPM to better serve clients within the Huntsville area and expand capabilities on projects throughout the market. We look forward to finding new opportunities for growth and strengthening our robust team in The Rocket City and beyond.


Thank you!

These highlights are but a glimpse into the transformative HPM has enjoyed. We extend deep gratitude to our clients, industry partners and all following along as the company achieves success. 2024 has big shoes to fill, and we are confident that with our team, it will surely deliver.

HPM Expands Presence with Larger Office in Huntsville Alabama

Alabama-based national Program Management firm HPM announces the opening of a larger office location in Huntsville, Alabama. This solidifies the company’s commitment to broaden its footprint within the market and supports an increase in clients and projects within the region. Since 1997, the company has established a solid reputation as a leader in representing owners in managing the planning, design and construction of capital projects and has completed numerous projects across North Alabama.

Roots in Huntsville, Alabama

“HPM has stayed loyal to its roots in Alabama since our company’s beginnings more than 26 years ago. This expansion proved to be an easy decision as Huntsville remains one of our most active markets in the state,” said HPM President Ryan Austin. “As Huntsville, Madison, Decatur and the surrounding areas have experienced explosive growth, we have seen an influx of work here, too. We knew it was in the best interest of our firm and our clients to expand our footprint as investment continues to pour into the market. With this larger presence, we can foster our existing long-term relationships with valued partners while also making new connections to continue providing quality work to the region’s most high-profile projects.”

HPM’s presence in North Alabama area dates back to 2009. The company got its start in the region with the construction of Westwind Technology’s MRO facility for which HPM provided program management and owners’ representation services. In recent years, the firm has continued to serve the market with notable projects including 52,000 square feet of interior renovations at Drake State Community & Technical College; the construction of a new 204,000-square-foot North Alabama distribution center for Buffalo Rock; the renovation of the 180,000-square-foot Sparkman Building at Calhoun Community College; and renovation and expansion projects on behalf of Aerojet Rocketdyne. HPM is slated manage the construction of The University of Alabama in Huntsville’s New Engineering Building, commencing in Fall 2024.

Bright Days Ahead

The new Huntsville office is located downtown at 200 Clinton Avenue West, Suite 703. The space enables HPM to better serve clients within the Huntsville area and expand capabilities on projects throughout the market. HPM has appointed Senior Program Manager, David Jones to lead initiatives out of the Huntsville office. Since joining HPM in 2018, David has assisted in the execution of ongoing capital development programs throughout Alabama. He possesses more than 17 years of construction experience.

“This expansion bolsters HPM’s services in markets across the region, and I’m honored to oversee our talented team and ongoing strategy in Huntsville,” said Jones. “We have established a trusted reputation through our project successes in the market, and now we can grow our portfolio with a stronger boots-on-the-ground approach. We look forward to finding new opportunities for growth and strengthening our robust team in The Rocket City and beyond.”

Procurement Professional, Ivy Mitchell Receives Promotion

For over a decade, procurement professional, Ivy Mitchell has added immense value to HPM’s Procurement Services Department. Due to excellent performance and consistent leadership, Ivy has been named Director of Program Development.

Ivy’s Achievements

Ivy leads procurement efforts for Airbus where over $750M of work (20 work packages) have been procured. Additionally, Ivy spearheads procurement efforts for Saraland Sports complex, Mercedes and Leonardo. As Director of Program Development, Ivy will be focused on helping project teams, bringing consistency to the procurement process company wide. This enables clients to engage with highly qualified suppliers and ultimately mitigate risk for building programs.

Denny Dahner, Category Buyer with Airbus praised the team led by Ivy stating “HPM’s team of procurement professionals utilize a methodology that is very organized, professional and adds tremendous value to achieve our Airbus project targets. The cooperation happens in a respectful and open way.”

Why Utilize a Procurement Professional?

HPM’s Procurement team assists clients in identifying and procuring high quality designers, consultants, contractors, design-builders and construction managers to position construction program for success. Along with the architects, the team makes adjustments in the schedule to expedite completion.

HPM’s procurement process brings numerous benefits to our clients. Value adds include cost savings, supplier management, risk mitigation, improved quality, transparency, compliance, and strategic decision-making. By implementing HPM’s process, clients can enhance their operational efficiency, reduce costs and gain a competitive edge in the market.

More About Ivy

Beyond her workplace achievements, Ivy serves as a mentor to numerous individuals at varying stages of their careers. Colleagues appreciate her willingness to invest in those around her and strengthen the team. Her sharp wit, fierce loyalty and willing spirit make Ivy a beloved figure in the HPM community.

Ivy and her husband, John have a riverfront home where they love to fish and spend time together outdoors. Their daughter, Jordan is currently in school to become a Certified Nurse Practitioner and engaged to be married on April 20th next year.

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