Jimmy Hawkins to Take Over Leon Williams Contractors as President

Leon Williams, owner of East Tennessee commercial construction company, promotes senior partner



Throughout his twelve years with Leon Williams Contractors, Jimmy Hawkins has focused on simplifying the construction process in East Tennessee.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn., March 8, 2016 — Leon Williams, owner of Leon Williams Contractors, LLC has named senior partner Jimmy Hawkins as the company’s new president. Hawkins has been with the commercial design-build company since 2004, first as a project manager, then promoted to senior partner in 2014.

Leon Williams, previously the owner and president of Leon Williams Contractors, has decided to take a role focused on business development. Williams has worked in partnership with Hawkins for five years and will still be active within the company.

“Jimmy’s leadership and diligence is a large contributing factor to the consistent growth we’ve experienced in recent years,” Williams said.

Since his start as a project manager after he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, Hawkins has managed numerous projects for the company. He has been responsible for estimating and managing design-build projects that range from $50,000 to $2 million, including the Blount County Eye Center, multiple phases of work at Foothills Church, retail centers in Maryville and Loudon, the City of Loudon Maintenance Department, Carson Newman’s and the University of Tennessee Chattanooga’s cafeterias, and various brands of dining establishments such as Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Subway, and Dunkin’ Donuts on the University of Tennessee’s Knoxville and Chattanooga campuses.

Hawkins worked steadfastly with the company and its vendors and a few years later, Williams made him his senior partner. In his new role as Leon Williams Contractor’s president, Hawkins will take over operations, project management coordination, and client services.

“Growth is inevitable when you work with an industry expert like Leon and with the skilled team I’ve had the pleasure of working with throughout the years,” said Hawkins. “I started with the company twelve years ago, and since then, I’ve had some unique opportunities such as being a project manager for the Knoxville Extreme Makeover: Home Edition renovation and partnering with local companies to build a better East Tennessee. It’s because of our dedication to our community and our craft that we’ve grown and will continue to grow as a leading construction company. We will continue to emphasize our core mission of simplifying the construction process by going above and beyond for our clients to produce high quality structures.”

In addition to his degree in civil engineering, Hawkins was a member of Chi Epsilon—the Civil Engineering Honor Society, graduated Magna Cum Laude and received several awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers.

“Our team and clients respect the high standards Jimmy maintains, because we know he believes in us and trusts us to provide the best quality service to our clients,” said Tim Prewitt, project manager at Leon Williams Contractors. “It’s a smart move for the company to appoint Jimmy as president since he’s already built such a rapport with us. We are proud of Jimmy and grateful to work under his leadership.”

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About Leon Williams Contractors, LLC

An experienced commercial design-build firm, Leon Williams Contractors simplifies the building process by effectively managing costs, adhering to deadlines and reducing complications to provide a seamless building experience. With 45 years as a value-engineering expert, Leon Williams Contractors offers a complete range of services including pre-construction consultation, site assessment, design-build expertise and construction management in the greater Knoxville, Tenn. area. For more information, visit or call 865-982-1734.


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