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About The Wakefield Corporation

Since 1986 when Jim Wakefield founded The Wakefield Corporation on the core values of Integrity, Service, Excellence and Quality we have been one of East Tennessee’s premier drywall and metal stud framing subcontractors. As we begin our 35th year our expertise has expanded to also include acoustical ceilings and exterior insulated finishing systems.

With over 309 years project management, estimating, and construction supervision experience paired with a dedication to our customer’s needs and a safe work environment for our employees we have solidified a reputation for excellence. Our portfolio includes extensive experience in medical, education and industrial facilities as well as hotels, condominiums and restaurants.

Our attention to detail and our drive to stay ahead of our competition have made us a leader in our industry regarding safety, technology and innovative materials.

Our Team

Erin Wakefield
CEO/Owner
Grant Bryant
President Emeritus
Estimator/Project Manager
Blake French
Estimator/Project Manager
Shane Cox
Estimator/Project Manager
Jamie Wakefield
Director of Operations
Shannon Shott
Accounting/HR Manager
Brian Simerly
Construction Manager
Greg Bell
Safety Director
Terry Fitzpatrick
Construction Superintendent
Jim Seiber
Construction Superintendent
Erin Wakefield
CEO/Owner
Learn More About Erin
Erin began answering phones at TWC during the summers and after graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1997 with a degree in Finance, she began estimating and project management. In 2007 Erin was named Corporate Secretary-Treasurer and in 2013 Chief Financial Officer, a position she held until 2017 when she was named Chief Executive Officer and majority owner establishing The Wakefield Corporation as a Woman Owned Business. Erin has served on various local, state and national boards for Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), Associated General Contractors (AGC), and Associated Construction Women. She is currently serving on the Knoxville Chapter of the AGC Board of Directors. After Jim’s (Erin’s father and founder of TWC) passing in 2016, Erin began to invest deeply in cancer awareness. She is a founding member of the Women’s Coalition Against Cancer and currently serves on the Hope Gala Board for the American Cancer Society, the Board of Directors for the Thompson Cancer Center Foundation and Game on Against Cancer. Erin holds a minor in vocal performance and is an active member in the choir at Cokesbury Church. In her free time Erin enjoys spending time with her family, working out and traveling. In October 2021 Erin will marry TJ Mahan, a Knoxville native, and their family will definitely grow! Together they have five children – Zach (a 3rd generation Wakefield employee), Kane, Riley, Samantha and Addy.
Grant Bryant
President Emeritus
Estimator/Project Manager
Learn More About Grant
Grant has devoted the past 49 years to the construction industry. He was hired by Jim Wakefield in 1994 as his right hand. Grant has served TWC as an estimator, project manager, Secretary/Treasurer, Vice President, and President. More importantly he continues to serve as a teacher, mentor and senior advisor. He has served on local, regional and state ABC boards as a regional council chairman and state board member. Grant invests his time and resources in local charities like, the American Cancer Society, American Heart Association, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, and the Knoxville Area Rescue Ministries. He enjoys time on the golf course, at the lake, and playing on the farm with his wife Teresa. They have two children Nick and Nicole, and 7 grandchildren, one of which is carrying on the legacy working at TWC.
Blake French
Estimator/Project Manager
Learn More About Blake
Blake came to TWC in 2016 after 17 years of construction experience spanning residential, commercial, and underwater specialties. He brings a wealth and diversity of knowledge having previously owned his own construction company and working throughout the southeastern United States. Blake graduated from the University of Tennessee in 2002, after six months of study abroad in Italy, with a degree in Economics. He currently serves on the ABC Greater Tennessee State Board and as a regional council member. Blake spends his free time playing golf or camping with his wife Jamie and his three sons, Clayton, Avery, and Mason.
Shane Cox
Estimator/Project Manager
Learn More About Shane
Shane has 26 years of industry experience spanning both residential and commercial construction. He came to The Wakefield Corporation in November of 2018 as an Estimator and Project Manager. As a teenager Shane worked for TWC as a laborer. Shane is a demonstrated leader in both his community and his church while coaching little league baseball for the past 15 years. Shane enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda and his children, Zane, Kendall, Brody, Jackson, Easton, Emma Beth and playing golf.
Jamie Wakefield
Director of Operations
Learn More About Jamie
Jamie brings a diverse background to TWC. He was a laborer in the family business when the company was founded in 1986 until 1993 when he went on active duty with the Air Force. In 2019 he retired from the Air Force and came back to TWC as the Director of Operations. Jamie has a bachelor’s degree in Aviation from Auburn University, a master’s degree in Safety and Accident Investigation from Embry Riddle and was a Department of Defense Senior Fellow at Stanford University. He is a board member at the Builder’s Exchange of Tennessee and at Isaiah 117 House for Knox County. He also serves on multiple committees and teams within his church and is active with the American Cancer Society. He enjoys spending time with his wife Deborah and their children Lilly and Jake and cycling with the Air Force Cycling Team.
Shannon Shott
Accounting/HR Manager
Learn More About Shannon
Shannon brings a broad background in accounting and human resources to the TWC team. She has been in the accounting/HR field for 23 years, eight of which have been here at TWC. Prior to coming to TWC she specialized in accounting/HR in property management, office equipment marketing and banking. Shannon is dedicated to community outreach and support as a member of the Women’s Coalition Against Cancer and supports many American Cancer Society events in the Knoxville area. In her spare time, she enjoys renovating and remodeling projects with her husband David. They have four children, Kirsten, Bryce, Taylor, and Erin.
Brian Simerly
Construction Manager
Learn More About Brian
Brian has over 30 years of commercial and residential construction experience and has been the Construction Manager at TWC since 2016. He came from Dollywood as the Construction Project Manager and before that he was a foreman with TWC from 1995 to 2013. Brian enjoys spending time with his wife Jennifer, riding motorcycles and rebuilding cars in his off time.
Greg Bell
Safety Director
Learn More About Greg
Greg is currently the Safety Director and jack of all trades at TWC. He has 44 years of diverse experience across all aspects of interior construction including residential, commercial, and industrial. Greg came to TWC in 1996 as a finisher and was quickly promoted to foreman. He has served in the Safety Director role since 2010. He enjoys bee keeping and fishing in his spare time.
Terry Fitzpatrick
Construction Superintendent
Learn More About Terry
Terry is one of TWC’s Construction Superintendents and has been with the company since 1986 when it was founded. He came to TWC straight out of the U.S. Navy where he was an E-5 last stationed on the USS Guam. While in the Navy Terry participated in Operation Urgent Fury (the invasion of Grenada) and two deployments to Beirut. Terry has devoted countless hours to local youth sports for over the past 30 years as a coach, umpire, and referee. He enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy, son Sean and he enjoys all sports, especially UT football and auto racing (he has attended the Indianapolis 500 39 times).
Jim Seiber
Construction Superintendent
Learn More About Jim
Jim has been working in the construction industry since 1993 and came to The Wakefield Corporation in 2002. Jim has moved quickly from hanging and framing drywall to running large jobs as a foreman to now running multiple large jobs as one of three Construction Superintendents. In his off-time Jim enjoys spending time with his wife Donna and his children Zach (also a TWC employee) and Dakota. He also enjoys target shooting, hot rods, and riding motorcycles.

Our Partnerships

AGC
ABC
CSI
AIA
CFMA
AWCI
BXTN
ACW

Philanthropic Affiliations

UT Construction Science
Thompson Cancer Survival Center
American Cancer Society
East TN Children's Hospital
Isaiah 177