Integrity, teamwork, and customer service are the core values Columbia Enterprises brings to the delivery of the project to the customer. Competence and mutual respect is the foundation for our success as a management team. Our experienced general contractors in Washington, D.C. have more than 75 combined years of education and experience in national and global construction project contracts, including:
- New Construction
- Building Construction Maintenance
Thanks to this experience, we’re well-equipped to direct and coordinate the overall activities of subcontractors, suppliers and vendors in a variety of trade and specialty trade divisions. This leads to improved quality control, better fiscal responsibility and successful project delivery. Additionally, our leaders are committed to developing the talents and capacities of our employees by providing encouragement and opportunities to enhance their personal and professional development in a progressive and supportive work environment
Bruce D. Mitchell - President - Chief Executive Officer
With more than 25 years of professional experience in architectural design, construction management, and general contracting, Bruce D. Mitchell, AIA provides leadership, motivation and vision for Columbia Enterprises. He is proficient in negotiations, administration and oversight of large-scale, complex construction projects, including scheduling, cost control and contract management. He has managed a broad range of national and global architecture/construction projects, including government, commercial, hospitality, healthcare and educational contracts in excess of $150 million.
Mr. Mitchell managed in-house and external architectural and engineering teams as a senior project manager, design manager and consultant for developers and Fortune 500 companies. He incorporates innovative technology throughout the company to meet the specific needs of each client. Performance, quality and financial expenditures are closely monitored to ensure customer satisfaction and successful completion of each contract.
Mr. Mitchell was awarded the Firemark Award from the Firemen’s Insurance Company of Washington, D.C. for outstanding community service in historical property design and renovation. He is a licensed architect and graduate of Kansas State University with a Bachelor of Architecture.
Clarence Crayton Jr. - Vice President of Operations
Clarence Crayton, Jr. is a professional with more than 30 years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the construction process, from solicitation to project closeout. He has managed a broad range of national projects, including federal, municipal, commercial, and healthcare contracts in excess of $100 million. He attends progress meetings and manages the daily operations for all construction groups. Performance, quality, and financial expenditures are closely monitored to ensure customer satisfaction and successful completion of each contract. He was influential in the design, training, and implementation of innovative technology systems for planning and scheduling, price and cost analysis, and project management.
Mr. Clayton leads with a cooperative mindset and cultivates a cohesive team with staff, clients, subcontractors, and vendors to ensure integrity, customer satisfaction, quality services, and a safe work environment. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Architecture.
Patricia Ellis Mitchell – Senior Vice President, Finance & Administration
Joining the team at Columbia Enterprises in 2001, as Vice President and later as Senior Vice President/Director of Finance and Administration, Pat Mitchell is currently accountable for the administrative, financial, and risk management operations of the company.
As a key member of the Executive Management team, she assumes a strategic role in the overall management of the company to include the development of financial and operational strategies, metrics tied to that strategy and the ongoing development and management of control systems designed to preserve company assets, report accurate financial results, as well as oversight responsibility for corporate and human resources.
During her tenure at Columbia Enterprises, she has lead the company in securing and retaining major certifications in key areas of business development, including 8(a) and HUB Zone certifications, as well as strategic state and local certifications. Her biggest accomplishment to date has been her ability to drive organizational improvements and implementation. Under her guidance, she has increased the company’s overall bonding capacity to perform on federal, state and local government contracts to $15mm/$5mm single, positioning Columbia Enterprises as one of the few DMV-area small, minority-owned general contractors with bonding capacity at this level.
Ms. Mitchell is active in her community, as well as professional organizations such as Professional Women in Construction (PWC), Construction Financial Management Association, (CFMA) The National Association of Female Executives, former Chair of the Board of Directors of North Capitol Main Street, a small-business non-profit, and an active-member of Leadership Greater Washington –’09. Past affiliations include membership in D.C. Building Industry Association, (DCBIA) and Associated Builders and Contractors, (ABC).
Ms. Mitchell has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management with a focus on Finance and Accounting.
Virgil Hood, Jr. - Senior Project Manager, LEED AP BD+C
Virgil Hood is a professional with more than twenty years of construction management experience with commercial, federal, and defense government contracts. He maintains certification in the advanced level of green building knowledge, implementing Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) practices in building design and construction. Mr. Hood has additional training and certification in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) concepts, First Aid, and CPR.
Mr. Hood excels in value engineering and the essentials of superior project management. He directs and supervises the overall activities of employees in a variety of trade and custodial capacities through subordinate trade supervisors or contractor operations. He manages in-house and field personnel for each project and advises on matters regarding LEED criteria and compliance. Other responsibilities include solicitations and bid packages, purchasing, subcontract administration, safety, quality control, and record documents. He ensures successful delivery of quality projects on time and within budget.
Mr. Hood has excellent communication skills and manages each project as a team effort. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.