The Best Experience

Whether you are working with a project manager, a superintendent, or an executive-you are interacting with an owner of the company. Our team of employee-owners combines highly skilled supervision, efficient construction methods, and accountable project management to get the job done- and doing it in the best possible way for our partners. We are committed to noble principles, fostering authentic relationships and delivering forward-thinking solutions that change our world.

How does TWF's  ESOP structure benefit our clients?

Independence – Our independence allows us to be forward thinking and client focused.

Talent – The level of experience and expertise on our team sets us apart in the industry.The average tenure of the office staff is close to 12 years, while the Superintendent's average tenure approaches 26 years- not many other construction companies can say this.

Service – Just as a homeowner takes better care of their property, our employee owners are motivated to work with pride and purpose for our clients. This level of care forges strong partnerships and has resulted in a 95%  repeat and referral client rate.

Innovation – We are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit and guided by innovative thinking. We have a vested interest in delivering ideas and solutions that transform our clients’ businesses.


As an employee owned company, our culture revolves around our employees and what matters most to them. Our company structure has driven and nurtured a unique culture that encourages, empowers and invests in our employee owners. Having an owner mindset has given our team members  a vested interest in our work for our clients, and our success as a company. We believe that when our clients succeed, our communities succeed.  And when our communities succeed-  we all succeed.  Giving back to our local communities is a big part of what makes T.W. Frierson's culture so special. TWF's Charitable Giving Program Video


To us, safety isn't just about rules. It's about making sure everyone goes home to their family each day in the same way they came to work. We manage  our safety program right down to the color of the hardhat on each person's head.   T.W. Frierson embraces safety and health as a core value and is committed to the elimination of personal injuries, occupational illnesses, and damage to equipment and property in all of our operations. The construction industry is inherently dangerous, but through the guidance and expertise of our EHS Professionals, unsafe work conditions are eliminated.  T.W. Frierson job sites maintain the safest possible work environment for our Employees, our Subcontractors and our Clients.  This is all derived from the mindset and safety culture that we instill in all our employees and is a key component to our safety success.

T.W. Frierson’s Superintendents, Foremen, and Field Employees are trained to recognize hazards, and are given the responsibility and authority to mitigate unsafe work conditions.  T.W. Frierson’s commitment to safety and health is a direct correlation to our safety record.  This is an extraordinary accomplishment considering the extent of work we self perform with our own employees.

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Our People

On November 1, 2016- T.W. Frierson became the only Nashville-based general contractor to transition from a family-owned to an employee-owned company. Our philosophy of employee ownership is seen throughout our company. We don't just build buildings together- we build careers and lasting relationships. Our success lies within the the entire organization- the people who work in the office and the people on the jobsites building our projects.  Whether you are working with a project manager, an executive, or a skilled craftsman- you are interacting with an owner of the company. The level of experience and expertise on our team sets us apart in the industry.The average tenure of the office staff is close to 11 years, while the Superintendent's average tenure approaches 21 years- not many other construction companies can say this. With over 220 years of experience under our collective tool belt, our leadership team combines engineering, architectural, business, and financial experience- making us the perfect construction partner. Select a member to see a brief biography:

  • Dean Taylor Jr.


    After graduating from Auburn University in August of 1991 with a Bachelor of Science in  Building Construction,  Dean promptly joined the family business. He immediately began his career working as an Assistant Project Manager for T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. Dean has worked in almost all aspects of the business- estimating, project management, contract negotiation, business development, as well as in the day-to-day functions of the company. In 2000, Dean and  his business partner, Del Hickman began the process of purchasing the company from their fathers-  Ernest Taylor and Winston Hickman.  During this period, Dean began to manage the operational aspects of the company and transitioned to the role of Vice President. In 2008, Dean and Del completed the purchase of the company and became the co-owners of T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc.  In February 2012, Dean became the President of the company and remains in that role today. Dean is committed to serving as a leader in the construction industry and is serving his 3rd term on the Board of Directors for the Associated Builders and Contractors.  Dean is a member of the Butler Advisory Board, and is also an active member of the Tennessee Family Business Center, a group dedicated to family business issues in the middle Tennessee Area.

  • Del Hickman

    Executive Vice President

    Del  is a native Nashvillian.  Before  graduating from Birmingham- Southern College in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and Finance, Del attended Brentwood Academy.  Through his high school and college summers he worked with T.W. Frierson as a laborer.   After college graduation, Del returned to the family business where he spent additional time working in the field.. In the early 1990’s  he began  working as an Assistant Project Manager for T.W. Frierson  and quickly transitioned to a Project Manager. Since the 1980’s, Del has worked in almost all aspects of the business- the field, estimating, project management, pre-construction, contract negotiation, business development, as well as in the day-to-day business functions of the company.   In 2000, Del and his business partner, Dean Taylor began the process of purchasing the company from their fathers-Ernest Taylor and Winston Hickman.  During this period, Del focused his efforts on pre-construction and serving in the role of Vice President.   In 2008, Dean and Del completed the purchase of the company and became the Co-Owners of T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc., just as their fathers once were.  In February 2012, Del became the Executive Vice- President of the company and is responsible for pre-construction and business development activities.   Del is a board member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and is also an active member of the Tennessee Family Business Center, a group dedicated to family business issues in the middle Tennessee Area.  From 2006-2008, he served on the Board of Trustees for Brentwood United Methodist Church. In 2011, Del and his wife, Mary Page, were Presidents of The Oak Hill School Parents Association.  He has served many years on Brentwood Academy’s Alumni Council and is currently active with Brentwood Academy’s New Parent’s Ambassador Program, and the BA’s Parent’s Association.

  • Kit Ozburn

    Vice- President

    Raised on a working farm south of Nashville, Kit has always had a fascination with creative problem solving. Whether mending cattle fences or raising a barn, growing up on a farm fostered a deep appreciation for hard work and a sincere sense of service. After attending the College of Architecture at University of Virginia, Kit worked with a traditional architectural design firm, as well as T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc.’s in-house design firm, Design Constructors, Inc. During his time as an Intern at T.W. Frierson, Kit was introduced to the design-build delivery method. This project delivery method complemented his personal philosophy that design at its core, is an activity of service. Upon completion of his Master in Architecture degree from the Sam Fox School of Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Kit rejoined Design Constructors, Inc. as a Project Architect, and later was promoted to Director of Architecture. Over the last 13 years, Kit has performed as an Intern Architect, Project Architect, Director of Architecture and finally, as a Principal of Design Constructors, Inc. In 2015, Kit formally joined T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. as Vice President, with a mission to streamline and perfect the process of design-build as a purely customer-centric model of construction. Kit is currently serving on the Board of Trust at St. Paul Christian Academy and multiple committees at his alma mater, Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville. He and his family are active at Christ Presbyterian Church and participate in multiple non-profit groups including End Slavery Tennessee and Reformed University Fellowship.

  • David A. Bockian

    Senior Vice President

    David graduated from University of Tennessee in 1983 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and later earned a Master of Building Construction from the University of Florida.  David worked for Lockwood Greene in both the design and construction management groups.  In 1991, as a Registered Architect and a licensed Contractor, David joined T.W. Frierson Contractor to blend these skills and continue to develop the Design/Build side of the organization. With a unique background in construction Project Management and industrial design, he is uniquely capable to work with many entities to take a project from conception to fruition.  In 1995, David was one of the founders of Design Constructors, Inc.  This Architectural firm was formed to work with Clients to develop projects from the start, and develop design, budget and schedule concurrently in the Design/Build Project Delivery Method.  These skills evolved to a position as Senior Vice President of T.W. Frierson in the year 2002, and one of the Preconstruction project development captains.

  • Robert H. Upton

    Vice President

    A 1977 graduate of Murray State University with a Bachelor of Science in Construction Technology, Bob’s career in construction has involved solid years of hands-on experience and hundreds of projects.  His roles in the construction industry have included project engineer, estimator, project superintendent, project manager, contracts administrator, senior project manager and Vice President of Business Development.  Currently Bob is responsible for identifying and pursuing construction opportunities for T.W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. Bob has participated in various and diverse types of projects through the years.  Among them are water treatment facilities, flood control projects, industrial and manufacturing facilities, hospitality venues, restaurants, high rise office, retail and faith based facilities. Bob is actively involved in industry associations, professional organizations and community service opportunities.  He serves on the board of the Nashville Chapter of NAIOP as well as the  Advisory Board for Belmont University’s Center for Business Ethics, and the Commercial Real Estate Prayer Breakfast committee. Bob is a member of several organizations including: Associated Builders and Contractors, Clarksville-Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce,  Maury County Chamber and Economic Alliance,  Tennessee Economic Development Council, and the Southern Economic Development Council. Additionally, he serves as a volunteer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

  • Bronwyn Wilson

    Human Resources Manager

    Bronwyn has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. A member of the T. W. Frierson team since 1999, she provides tactical and strategic support in employee relations, policy development and legal compliance, recruitment, benefits and compensation, health and wellness, payroll, performance management, and employee event planning. Bronwyn strives to efficiently serve the needs of the “internal customers” of T. W. Frierson Contractor, Inc. – its owners, management, and employees. Bronwyn’s professional background includes working in progressive Human Resources roles at United Stationers Supply Company, Kraft CPAs, and Centennial Medical Center. Her previous experiences working in a variety of environments have given her a broader understanding of employment issues that both companies and employees face. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with an option in Human Resources Management from Austin Peay State University. She is certified by the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and is trained as a Predictive Index (PI) Assessment Tool Analyst. Bronwyn recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors for her homeowner’s association.

  • Ben Eberle

    Vice President

    Ben graduated from college in 1995 and subsequently moved to Nashville the same year. Ben’s entry into the T.W. Frierson family begin in the fall of 1997. Ben began his career as a Project Architect with T.W. Frierson’s in-house design team, Design Constructors, Inc. Utilizing both conceptual and detailed architectural skill sets, the evolution to the construction side of the business was inevitable and Ben began his project management career in 2002. Ben now manages the preconstruction department and oversees estimating, scheduling, contract negotiations and management of the project from concept to design. Ben is committed to serving as a leader in the construction industry and his community. Ben is currently serving as the Chairman of the board of Our Savior Lutheran Academy, where his two children are enrolled.

  • Mike Melnyk

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mike  is responsible for all accounting and financial reporting, tax, banking, bonding and financial strategy for the company and principals. Prior to joining T.W. Frierson, Melnyk served as a principal partner with Franklin-based Melnyk & Melnyk, CPAs. After graduating from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, Melnyk became a certified public accountant in November 1995. He started working in 1996 with Crowe Horwath in Brentwood as an audit senior manager with oversight of assurance engagements for companies in the construction, health care, manufacturing and distribution, and professional services industries. Melnyk is a member of the Tennessee Society of Certified Public Accountants and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.    

Build Better

Our belief in sustainable construction is rooted in our promise to Build Better. Our promise to Build Better is a commitment to innovative solutions, efficient processes and reducing waste. It is a commitment to our people, our clients, and our community. Build Better is an experience. It is our philosophy. It is our promise and our legacy.

TWF is committed to providing customized, innovative and environmentally responsible solutions for all facility types, including new construction and renovations. We have passionate and experienced LEED team members who are excited to have the opportunity to determine the best and most feasible means of delivering an environmentally responsive, high performance and sustainable facility. We believe in the real benefits these projects can bring to our clients, end-users and our environment. We practice sustainable construction simply because we believe in it.


Client List

Since 1958, we have partnered with hundreds of companies to build  office buildings,  state of the art manufacturing facilities,  churches, distribution centers, senior living facilities and tenant improvements. Our ownership culture provides our clients with a superior level of customer service, an unmatched level of expertise, and an entrepreneurial spirit driven by innovative thinking. This client focused combination keeps our customers back time and again.