John L. Hunter Construction Company, Inc. (JLH) was established in 1965 as a Sole Proprietorship company by John L. Hunter. He was born and raised in Blairsville, GA in the foothills of Brasstown Bald. He learned his hard work ethic from working with this father tending livestock, hogs, and cattle along with farming. He served in the Korean War and after his service moved to Atlanta. He started his construction business in 1965 with the help of his wife, Joyce Bowles Hunter, who encouraged him to go into business for himself. Joyce was a key part of handling the bookkeeping for the company. In 1988 he changed the company to a corporation. He has 4 sons, Kent, Jeff, Leslie and Larry who were all raised within the company.
Since the 1970’s to current all 4 sons of John L Hunter (Founder) have been employed with JLH and have been a large part in the growth of the organization. With a combined 150 years, each son has over 35 to 44 years of construction experience. The 3rd generation of the Hunter family are becoming a part of the company and working their way into management. J. Kent Hunter has taken over the general management of the company’s operation and is the President.
A focus on integrity, attention to detail and the willingness to outperform the competition has formed, repeat, long-lasting relationships for this company. Clients see a service that will do whatever it takes to ensure their project fits their budget and design specifications, especially for design-build projects.
"A FAMILY TRADITION BUILDING"
Meet the Team
John L. Hunter
65-years’ experience in construction. Retired after 52 years of dedicated service. The company was founded in 1965 as a Sole Proprietorship.
CEO/ President / General Manager/Shareholder
1975 to Present: 49-years construction experience in General Contracting. Studied at Kennesaw State University from 1976-1980 - Business Administration, Southern Tech, Civil Engineering Technology, Continuing Education AIA through the Associated General Contractors of Georgia. Experienced training in pre-engineered buildings by NCI Building Systems, L.P., Studied design and erection, 16 years certified building representative. Holds company General Contractors State of Georgia License and is the Qualifying Agent. Current responsibilities are the general management of day-to-day operations of John L. Hunter Construction Company, Inc.
Vice President - Preconstruction & Operations /
2008 to Present: 16 Years of Construction experience primarily on Healthcare, Multi-Family and Commercial Retail projects. Luke acquired his Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management at Southern Polytechnic State University and holds certifications for ASHE-Healthcare Construction, OSHA 30 Hour and NEPDS Level 1A (Blue Card). Luke manages the day-to-day operations of the project from its inception through occupancy and closeout. His responsibilities include the tracking cost and quality control. As well as executing subcontract negotiations, change order management and establishing and maintaining the project schedule. Luke will also be primarily responsible for ensuring that the project conforms to the standards of the local building codes and the projects desired level of LEED certification. Luke is NASCLA accredited and holds his license in the state of Georgia.
1979 to present: 45-years’ experience in concrete form work, carpentry, building layout, project supervision and equipment operations. Current responsibilities include on-site job supervision, equipment operations and maintenance.
1982 to present: 44-years’ experience in carpentry, layout, concrete construction, and tenant finish, residential and commercial construction. Kennesaw College – Business Administration. Current responsibilities include on-site job supervision and project management.
2004 to present: 20-years’ experience in layout, concrete forming, carpentry and supervision. Chattahoochee Technical College – Associate in Business Management. Current Erosion Control Blue Card. OSHA 10-Hour for Construction Card. Current responsibilities include on-site job supervision.
2014 to Present: 19-years’ experience in Accounting and Financial/Business Management. Current responsibilities include all aspects of Accounting, Taxes, Financial Statements, General Ledger, Job Cost, Business Management, Project Owner Contract Management, Subcontractor Contract Management, Insurance Administration. Works closely with the Founder and President. Member of CFMA Georgia Chapter.
Haley Hunter White
2001 to Present: 23-years’ experience in Business Management, Administrative and Accounting. Haley acquired her bachelor’s in business management at Kennesaw State University. Current responsibilities include Subcontracts, Change Orders, all aspects of Accounting, Financial Statements, General Ledger, Job Cost, Business Management and Assistant to the President and Vice President.
Assistant Project Manager
2018 to Present: 8+ years of experience in construction. Professional background in human resources and project management. Received bachelor’s degree from The University of Alabama in Human Environmental Science. Past projects include commercial hospitality and mixed use. Current responsibilities include estimating, subcontracts, purchase orders, change orders, RFI’s, and submittals. Assists lead project manager and team from project start-up through project close-out. Oversees company marketing.