Construction company Harkins has named to its board of directors Jayson Williams, co-founder and CEO of Mayson-Dixon Companies, a minority-owned family of companies that was founded in 2015 as MD Strategic Consulting, a public affairs firm that utilizes campaign-tactics to tell client stories to achieve their missions. He has since started complimentary businesses such as Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development, Modern Builders and Modern Suppliers, which combined with MD Strategic Consulting created the first turnkey community development firm that engages in neighborhoods, constructs residential and commercial projects, solves complex supply chain issues, manages properties of various sizes and brings investment partners into underserved communities.
Maximizing minority business enterprise (MBE) participation on projects is Harkins’ company policy, the company said. The company places a 15% goal on all projects, regardless of the minimum requirement. Harkins provides ample opportunities for small business firms to participate in future work through various outreach efforts to develop strong relationships with qualified MBE contractors. Williams’ board representation will help to improve small business efforts for the company through his experience in public service and as a minority contractor, with key relationships established in the industry.
“We couldn’t be happier having Jayson as the newest edition to the board,” said Harkins President and CEO Gary Garofalo. “He offers a wealth of knowledge through his public service initiatives and minority contracting experience. We look forward to our partnership in the coming years.”
Harkins mentored his construction division, Modern Builders, in passive house building over the last eight months. Williams is proud to be the first Passive House certified minority contractor in Maryland to help Baltimore take the next step towards a future of energy conservation.
“Often when people ask me how we can invest more in minority and women-owned businesses, my answer is simple: Give us a seat at the table and a real opportunity to succeed,” Williams said. “I look forward to being an active participant in their board and being a voice for increasing investment in minority, women-owned and small businesses, growing my partnership with Harkins and the industry at large.”