Fortune-Johnson Bios

Brett Fortune - Principal & Chief Executive Officer

Brett Fortune has been actively involved in the construction industry for thirty years. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree, with a concentration in Marketing, from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. Brett has managed the construction of over 21,000 multifamily units since Fortune-Johnson's inception. Brett has extensive experience in all phases of construction operations, including site engineering, architecture, estimating, scheduling, site development, and building construction.

Brett is Chairman Emeritus for the Associated Builders & Contractors of Georgia and sits on the Southern Polytechnic State University Construction Department Board of Directors and the Clemson Construction Management Advisory Board. He is a founding member of Faith Builders of Atlanta. Brett is a LEED Accredited Professional.

Karen White, CPA - Chief Financial Officer

Karen White has thirty years of professional experience in the real estate industry. She graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Accounting. Karen is the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer for Fortune-Johnson responsible for overseeing accounting, finance, strategic planning, risk management and cost management for the company. She has been with Fortune-Johnson for the past 21 years.

Jim Fowler - Vice President Quality Control, Safety and Oversight

Jim Fowler has forty-one years of experience in the construction industry, including operations, estimating, scheduling, site development and quality control. He holds a Bachelor of Science from West Georgia College. Jim joined Fortune-Johnson as a Project Manager, and has successfully completed over 20 properties with an outstanding record of meeting schedules and budgets. With this wealth of knowledge and experience, Jim has been tasked with overseeing the Quality Control on each of our projects. He is responsible for coordinating the planning, implementation and supervision of the project quality control plan. Jim has been with Fortune-Johnson for 20 years.

Jim Dunn - Group Vice President of Mid-Atlantic Operations

Jim Dunn has over thirty years of experience in the construction industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Economics from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, Virginia. Jim has performed in nearly all facets of the multifamily construction industry including estimating, procurement, project management, and all levels of superintendence. In his current role as Group Vice President and Manager for the Mid-Atlantic region, Jim is ultimately responsible for all portions of simultaneous projects from conception to completion including preconstruction, staffing, construction, schedule, quality, safety, and budget, in addition to developing and cultivating relationships with clients and potential clients. Jim has been with Fortune-Johnson for 9 years.

Dennis Baldwin - Group Vice President of Southeast Operations

Dennis Baldwin has thirty-four years of experience in the construction industry. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Construction Technology and Associates in Arts degree in Civil Engineering from the University of North Florida. Dennis has personally overseen the construction of 13,000 units consisting of apartments, condominiums, student housing, nursing care homes and assisted living facilities. He has extensive HUD experience with over 3,100 units to his credit. In his current role as Group Vice President, Dennis is ultimately responsible for all portions of several simultaneous projects from conception to completion including preconstruction, staffing, construction, schedule, quality, safety, and budget, in addition to developing and cultivating relationships with clients. Dennis has been with Fortune-Johnson for 9 years.

Jason McIlvain - Preconstruction Manager

Jason joined Fortune-Johnson shortly after graduating from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering. He started as a junior estimator and within 8 years is now managing the Preconstruction Department. Jason is responsible for the daily management, supervision, coordination and successful completion of the Preconstruction phase for all projects. He coordinates the resolution of constructability issues during design, reviews pricing of design concepts and prepares value engineering analyses. He monitors the design progress for compliance with defined cost, schedule and quality criteria to ensure that the client's objectives are met. Jason is also a LEED Associate.

Joe Jenkyn - Director of Employee Relations

Joe Jenkyn has worked at Fortune-Johnson for 12 years and currently holds the position as the Director of Employer Relations. After earning his B.S. at Jacksonville State University and owning his own business, he came to work at Fortune-Johnson, Inc. as an Assistant Superintendent. His duties have ranged from Assistant Superintendent to Project Management and Quality Assurance Inspector. Joe has experience with the supervision of on-site construction, executing contracts, scheduling, safety and handling internal Quality Assurance among all of the jobsites. This variety of experience has allowed Joe to move into his current position where his responsibilities include recruiting and hiring, helping create and manage the company's training program, implementation and management of bonus programs and reviews, and various HR duties. Joe worked his way up to Sr. Management in just 6 years.

Joe is an active member of the Associated Builders and Contractors organization. He is a 2006 graduate of the Future Leaders program and served on the Board of Directors in 2010, 2011, and 2014. Joe has also served on several committee's including the Education Management Committee, where he served as chairman in 2010, and the Workforce Development Committee.