Our People

Our success is the direct result of our people. That’s why our employees are our most valued asset, and at Doster they are part of the family. A successful project is made by the passion and innovative thinking our highly experienced employees bring to the jobsite every day. Meet some of the people who make Doster an exceptional company.

Corporate Leadership

Thomas Doster

Chairman & Founder

In 1969 Thomas E. Doster III founded Doster Construction Company, Inc. in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Through Mr. Doster’s vision and innovation, the company now manages projects across the country and has gained a reputation for excellence in commercial & retail, education, healthcare, hospitality, industrial, and multifamily construction. Mr. Doster continues to provide leadership within all areas of the company.

Mr. Doster served as President of the Alabama Branch of the Associated General Contractors of America in 1979. He served as chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Construction Advancement Program of Alabama, chairman of the Architect/Engineer Liaison Committee, and is a past member of the Executive Committee of the Diabetes Trust Fund. In 2004, Mr. Doster received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Subcontractors Association of Alabama. In 1991, Mr. Doster received the Outstanding Fellow Award from The University of Alabama’s Department of Industrial Engineering and two years later he was named the Distinguished Engineering Fellow by The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering. Mr. Doster’s involvement with The University of Alabama continued as he served on the Industrial Engineering Advisory Board from 1996 to 1999. Today, Mr. Doster serves on the Leadership Board for the Engineering School and the President’s Cabinet for The University of Alabama.

Mr. Doster completed the OPM4 Management Program at the Harvard School of Business in 1980 and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Engineering from The University of Alabama in 1964.

Walton Doster

President & CEO

Walton first began working for Doster Construction Company while he was still in high school, hired as a field laborer for the Compass Bank headquarters. After receiving his degree in Construction Management from Purdue University, Walton moved back to Birmingham to work as a project manager at Doster. He continued to grow within the company, building projects throughout the southeast, opening an office in Florida, and eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer. A graduate of the OPM4 Management Program, from the Harvard School of Business, Walton expanded his knowledge through interactive classes led by Harvard’s entrepreneurial business faculty. Now President & CEO of Doster, Walton’s extensive construction experience and vision continues to position Doster Construction Company as a leader in the construction industry. He is instrumental in leading each of the Company’s divisions.

Walton is active in the Birmingham Business Alliance and was selected as a “Top 40 Under 40” young professional by the Birmingham Business Journal in 2005. He has led the company’s philanthropic direction to support organizations such as Children’s Harbor, the Exceptional Foundation, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Jon Elsea

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Jon is responsible for all of the Company’s financial, legal, insurance, and risk management activities. Jon works closely with Doster’s project teams and provides input and risk management guidance throughout the life of a project.

Prior to joining Doster in 2006, Jon spent 12 years in public accounting working for PricewaterhouseCoopers where his focus was Real Estate, Insurance and Construction industries. Jon received his Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Montevallo.

Tom Reynolds

President of Multifamily Construction

As President of Multifamily Construction, Tom provides overall management direction to Doster’s Multifamily division. He establishes project objectives and functions as Doster’s liaison with the Owner and the Design team. He works closely with Doster’s team of multifamily specialists to ensure exceptional quality control, adherence to schedule, and financial management of all of the company’s multifamily projects.

With more than 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Tom has managed the construction of more than 15,000 units and understands the importance of pre-planning, consistent application, and dedicated team work. He has led the Multifamily Division since 2004. Tom is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana and is a graduate of Southwestern Louisiana State in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Allan Dedman

Executive Vice President

With more than 24 years of construction experience, Allan serves as Doster’s Vice President/Birmingham Division Manager. He provides overall leadership for the company’s Commercial Divisions. Allan’s perspective and operational experience adds tremendous depth for our team and for our clients. Allan has been involved in close to $2 billion in projects as an executive. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, he has local experience in Nashville, Atlanta, Texas and Birmingham.

He is a graduate from Auburn University and lives in Birmingham with his wife Suzanne and their children, Noel and Annmarie. Allan enjoys spending time with family, fitness, and Auburn football.

Tom Boyle

Vice President & Nashville Division Manager

Tom serves as Vice President and Division Manager of our Nashville office. He has 20-plus years of construction and development experience, and is a longtime resident of Nashville. For the past 14 years, Tom has worked for one of the largest and most sophisticated healthcare companies in the world, leading the design, development and construction of more than $3.5 billion of healthcare work across the United States and in the UK. Tom’s knowledge, skills, experience and leadership allow him to make significant contributions to Doster's company, culture and clients.

Tom and his wife Stacy have two daughters, Addison and Ava. They like to spend time traveling and exploring the country with visits to all 50 states. When not traveling, Tom enjoys biking around middle Tennessee and spending time with his family at various activities in church and school.

Ed Smith

Senior Vice President | Director of Client Services

Ed serves as Doster’s Senior Vice President/Director of Client Services and provides leadership in some of the companies most critical front end activities. His area of expertise includes Risk Management, Preconstruction, VDC and MPE Services, Special Project Pursuits, Growth Strategies and Leadership Development. Ed has over 30 years of professional experience in healthcare, higher education, institutional and commercial design and construction. He has overseen the construction of more than $3 billion of complex projects throughout the country, including nearly $500 million in healthcare, hotel, retail, office and mixed-use projects in the Nashville area. Ed has also been responsible for leading preconstruction on some of the largest healthcare CON’s in the Southeast, serving clients like Children’s of Alabama, UAB and Duke Medicine. Possessing a blend of programmatic, design, preconstruction and construction experience, he has demonstrated strategy, planning, management and leadership capabilities. Ed’s approach to integrated project delivery is professional, innovative and collaborative, placing equal emphasis on team building and building projects for clients.

Ed is a University of Nebraska graduate and lives in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife Margaret and their teenage and adult children. He loves spending time with his family and young grandchildren, doing volunteer work, fishing, hunting and watching Husker football every chance he gets.

Alan Chandler

Senior Vice President, Business Development

Alan is responsible for helping Doster achieve financial goals and objectives by strategically aligning the corporation’s core strengths with opportunities in the market place. With over 20 years in the market and exposure to all types of construction, Alan has a unique ability to understand many product types and delivery methods. He has held many operational positions within the company and has been involved in healthcare, industrial, and multifamily projects firsthand as a manager. Alan first joined Doster in 1997 and has been in the construction industry since 1992. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in Building Construction and a Master of Construction Science and Management from Clemson University.

Alan is a Certified Professional Constructor as recognized by the American Institute of Constructors, a Certified Graduate Builder and Certified Green Builder as recognized by the National Association of Home Builders, and is a Certified Healthcare Constructor recognized by the American Society of Healthcare Engineering. He serves on the board of Advisors for Auburn University’s Master of Real Estate Development program. In 2012, Alan was selected as one of Birmingham’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal. Alan enjoys scuba diving and spending time with his wife, Jennifer and twins, Mac and Emy.

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Susan Camp

Director of Human Resources

As the Director of Human Resources, Susan oversees all functions related to Doster’s employee base. These include recruitment and employment, benefits, compensation, training, and employee development.

Prior to joining Doster in 2006, Susan worked as a Human Resources Director for 12 years specializing in recruitment and employment law. She is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Georgia. In 2008, Susan was selected as one of Birmingham’s “Top 40 Under 40” by the Birmingham Business Journal.

Employee Spotlight

Dave Terry

Role: Project Executive

What I'm working on: Westplan Bellevue, Fountains at Germantown, and Crescent Bellevue in Nashville and Main & Clay in Louisville

Fun Fact: I'm a big SEC football fan.

Years with Doster: 3

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
― Theodore Roosevelt

Denise Owen

Role: Controller

What I'm working on: It depends on the day. I handle anything from internal job cost entries to use tax returns. But, my most important responsibility is compiling our financial statements. I make sure that everything flows into the correct account during the appropriate month.

Fun Fact: My husband and I are involved with a vintage motorcycle group called Do the Ton. We host the group at our house for the Vintage Festival at Barber Motorsports Park, but we also meet up at other locations during the year. We have members who come regularly from all over the country and Canada. It’s a great group of people who share a love of vintage motorcycles.

Years with Doster: 13 - I joined the Doster family as an intern in 2003. I never would have dreamed that construction would be on my career path, but now I can’t imagine it any other way. I love the people and the experiences.

“Life is like accounting, it’s best when everything is in balance.”

Marty Stover

Role: Senior Superintendent

What I'm working on: HealthSouth Hospital Addition in Jonesboro, Arkansas

Fun Fact: I enjoy all outdoor activities: football, softball, spending time on the lake in the summer and time in woods hunting during the fall and winter.

Years with Doster: 35

"You never get a second chance to make a first impression, make it a good one."

Adam Ballew

Role: Corporate Safety Director

What I'm working on: I assist each project in maintaining compliance with our Corporate Safety & Health programs. I am also working to update the training classes and delivery methods that we are currently using to develop our management teams and future safety leadership at Doster Construction.

Fun Fact: I can usually be found running around after kids and dogs on any given weekend. I enjoy riding my motorcycle when I have the time and traveling to different destinations across the Southeast.

Years with Doster: 2

"At Doster, we have a good, honest, hardworking group of people here and that is something that I value highly in my life."