Meet Our Leadership Team

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Benjamin P. Pogue

      |      President & CEO

“When I transitioned into my role as president of Pogue in 2009, my plan was to build upon our company’s core values of quality, honesty, and integrity. The foundation of our success has always been our people. I believe firmly that Pogue is the most people-focused community builder in all of Texas. The reason we are powered by people is  because we intentionally empower our people to make key decisions and be the leaders of their projects.”

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Zach Walker

      |      Vice President

“After serving for three years as director of business development at Pogue, I left to pursue an ownership opportunity in the manufacturing industry. After my business was sold, I was thrilled to be asked to rejoin the Pogue family and am honored to be serving today as vice president.”

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Mark Wheelis, CPA

      |      Chief Financial Officer

“I started my career in the fifth largest public accounting firm as a CPA, where I audited construction companies. This prepared me for my position at Pogue, where I now oversee financial reporting, treasury, budgets, taxation, and provide general oversight of the accounting department.”

Texas Tech University Graduate: Suma Cum Laude, Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting & Master’s of Science in Accounting

Member of the Construction Financial Management Association

Treasurer of Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

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Bob Paulk

      |      Chief Operations Officer

“After serving my country in the Navy and serving in many business leadership roles, I now serve the people of Pogue Construction as Chief Operations Officer.  My role allows me to consistently implement and evolve our best business practices for the benefit of our clients and our employees.”

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David Karcher, LEED AP BD+C

      |      Director of Preconstruction

“I’ve worked in multiple roles within the construction industry for more than 40 years. This has given me a unique perspective of preconstruction services and a keen understanding of estimating, budgeting, and cost control.”

B.S. Construction Science, Texas A & M University

MBA, SMU

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Mike Gray

      |      General Superintendent

“In my role, it’s essential to be able to work closely with subcontractors, owners, and architects in a collaborative and mutually respectful manner. Building great teams is what results in great projects.”

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John “Kiwi” Authers

      |      General Superintendent

“I grew up in New Zealand and moved to the United States in 1990. In 2001, after 13 years in the construction industry, I joined the Pogue team, which has become like a second family to me.”

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JD McRae

      |      General Superintendent

“I have been a part of the construction industry since 1981 and joined the Pogue team in 2004.  In my role as a General Superintendent, it is very rewarding to support both office and field teams toward our mutual goal.  The opportunity to be involved in multiple projects from the preconstruction process through close out while providing quality products and services to architects, owners, and other building representatives is truly a blessing.”

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Sam Adams

      |      Project Executive

“I joined the Pogue team in 1998 and have seen the company transform and grow in many ways.  My role as Project Executive allows me to serve many of our Project Teams, using my experience to guide projects from start to finish.”

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Joel Martin, MBA

      |      Project Executive

“One of my very first memories is playing in the dirt of a building pad for a house my dad was building.  After that, I was hooked and have been in the construction industry ever since.  I strive to exceed all expectations of my fellow Pogue team members, clients, architectural partners, and subcontractors.  I feel very blessed to be part of a team focused company culture where we do excellent things daily.”

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Bob Bedrich

      |      Vice President - Houston

“I have been in the construction industry for 30 years and 22 of those years have been spent working in the Southeast Texas area.  I am excited to share my depth of experience and local expertise as I provide executive oversight for the entire project duration and ensure we are meeting deadlines and commitments.”

B.S., Building Construction, Texas A&M University

Pogue team member

Benjamin P. Pogue

President & CEO

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Benjamin P. Pogue

      |      President & CEO

“When I transitioned into my role as president of Pogue in 2009, my plan was to build upon our company’s core values of quality, honesty, and integrity. The foundation of our success has always been our people. I believe firmly that Pogue is the most people-focused community builder in all of Texas. The reason we are powered by people is  because we intentionally empower our people to make key decisions and be the leaders of their projects.”

Pogue team member

Zach Walker

Vice President

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Zach Walker

      |      Vice President

“After serving for three years as director of business development at Pogue, I left to pursue an ownership opportunity in the manufacturing industry. After my business was sold, I was thrilled to be asked to rejoin the Pogue family and am honored to be serving today as vice president.”

Pogue team member

Mark Wheelis, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

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Mark Wheelis, CPA

      |      Chief Financial Officer

“I started my career in the fifth largest public accounting firm as a CPA, where I audited construction companies. This prepared me for my position at Pogue, where I now oversee financial reporting, treasury, budgets, taxation, and provide general oversight of the accounting department.”

Texas Tech University Graduate: Suma Cum Laude, Bachelor of Business Administration/Accounting & Master’s of Science in Accounting

Member of the Construction Financial Management Association

Treasurer of Foundation for Lovejoy Schools

Pogue team member

Bob Paulk

Chief Operations Officer

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Bob Paulk

      |      Chief Operations Officer

“After serving my country in the Navy and serving in many business leadership roles, I now serve the people of Pogue Construction as Chief Operations Officer.  My role allows me to consistently implement and evolve our best business practices for the benefit of our clients and our employees.”

Pogue team member

David Karcher, LEED AP BD+C

Director of Preconstruction

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David Karcher, LEED AP BD+C

      |      Director of Preconstruction

“I’ve worked in multiple roles within the construction industry for more than 40 years. This has given me a unique perspective of preconstruction services and a keen understanding of estimating, budgeting, and cost control.”

B.S. Construction Science, Texas A & M University

MBA, SMU

Pogue team member

Mike Gray

General Superintendent

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Mike Gray

      |      General Superintendent

“In my role, it’s essential to be able to work closely with subcontractors, owners, and architects in a collaborative and mutually respectful manner. Building great teams is what results in great projects.”

Pogue team member

John “Kiwi” Authers

General Superintendent

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John “Kiwi” Authers

      |      General Superintendent

“I grew up in New Zealand and moved to the United States in 1990. In 2001, after 13 years in the construction industry, I joined the Pogue team, which has become like a second family to me.”

Pogue team member

JD McRae

General Superintendent

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JD McRae

      |      General Superintendent

“I have been a part of the construction industry since 1981 and joined the Pogue team in 2004.  In my role as a General Superintendent, it is very rewarding to support both office and field teams toward our mutual goal.  The opportunity to be involved in multiple projects from the preconstruction process through close out while providing quality products and services to architects, owners, and other building representatives is truly a blessing.”

Pogue team member

Sam Adams

Project Executive

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Sam Adams

      |      Project Executive

“I joined the Pogue team in 1998 and have seen the company transform and grow in many ways.  My role as Project Executive allows me to serve many of our Project Teams, using my experience to guide projects from start to finish.”

Pogue team member

Joel Martin, MBA

Project Executive

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Joel Martin, MBA

      |      Project Executive

“One of my very first memories is playing in the dirt of a building pad for a house my dad was building.  After that, I was hooked and have been in the construction industry ever since.  I strive to exceed all expectations of my fellow Pogue team members, clients, architectural partners, and subcontractors.  I feel very blessed to be part of a team focused company culture where we do excellent things daily.”

Pogue team member

Bob Bedrich

Vice President - Houston

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Bob Bedrich

      |      Vice President - Houston

“I have been in the construction industry for 30 years and 22 of those years have been spent working in the Southeast Texas area.  I am excited to share my depth of experience and local expertise as I provide executive oversight for the entire project duration and ensure we are meeting deadlines and commitments.”

B.S., Building Construction, Texas A&M University

Building a Legacy

“My family started this business more than 30 years ago. I’m proud to continue the Pogue legacy and to work with an amazing and talented team to develop new landmarks for future generations to enjoy.”

— Benjamin P. Pogue, President & CEO

The Pogue Legacy

Back in 1979, the Pogue family established Pogue Construction in Sherman, Texas. Over the next several years, our focus expanded from residential construction to commercial markets including medical, higher education, financial, and municipal projects.

But one thing hasn’t changed in all that time—our core belief that people are the true testament to our success. We consider our team members to be an extension of our family and we look forward to them continuing our legacy into the future.

1979

Pogue/Permenter Construction Company

1980

Sadler - Southmayd ISD AG Barn (First Commercial Construction Project)

1981

Commerce City Hall (first municipal project)

1983

Sadler Southmayd ISD—Southmayd Middle School (first job over $1 million)

1987

Sherman Cancer Center (first medical project)

1989

Texas A&M corps dorm remodel projects (first project in higher education)

1990

Parkland Hospital Project

1991

Texas A&M State Headquarters building

1994

Carroll ISD—Carroll High School (first ground-up high school project)

1995

Texoma Medical Center

2009

Ben Pogue takes over as President and CEO

2008

Prosper ISD—Prosper High School (first $100 million, single-phase project)