January 17, 2019

Hardaway Construction Expands Leadership Team, Hires New Executive Vice President and Senior Vice President

Seasoned construction executives bolster leadership of century-old, prominent Nashville construction firm during new growth period

Nashville, Tenn. (January 17, 2019) – Hardaway Construction Corporation, a prominent Nashville construction firm that has been serving Middle Tennessee for 95 years, today announced the addition of two veteran executives to its leadership team with Brian Murdock joining as executive vice president and Tracy Cothran as senior vice president of field operations.  These key additions come on the heels of David Frazier, Hardaway’s owner and CEO, acquiring the company in July of 2018.


“Brian and Tracy are proven leaders in Middle Tennessee’s construction industry, and I’m thrilled to bring them on board at Hardaway as we enter a new era for our firm,” said Frazier. “They bring more than 50 years of construction industry experience combined to Hardaway. Brian and Tracy have led efforts for some of the region’s most pivotal projects, and their experience and skills broaden the depth and breadth of our firm’s expertise and capabilities. These are vital additions to Hardaway at an exciting time for our company as we look forward to further growth in 2019.”


Murdock is an accomplished construction executive with significant experience in all facets of construction management and general contracting spanning commercial, institutional, multi-family, and hospitality markets. Prior to joining Hardaway, Murdock was with D.F. Chase, Inc. for seven years where he served as director of preconstruction. Previously, he was also senior project manager for American Constructors.  Murdock holds a bachelor’s degree in building construction from Auburn University. He is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a former board member of SMPS Nashville, and is active in NAIOP and the Associated General Contractors of America.


Cothran has been leading projects in the Nashville market since 1987.  Most recently, he was with D.F. Chase where, as senior project superintendent, he oversaw construction on numerous high-profile commercial and hospitality projects such as the Nashville Westin and the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas. Over the span of his 30-year career, he has led projects in the Middle Tennessee market and others throughout Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Florida and Texas. Cothran’s focus will be on overseeing all aspects of field operations for the company.


“David is building on a tremendous legacy at Hardaway by infusing new energy and leadership into the firm, and I’m excited to join him during such a significant moment for the company,” said Murdock. “Like David, I’m a native Nashvillian and someone who has spent his entire career building in the city and region we both love.  The future for both Hardaway and Nashville is incredibly bright, and I look forward to working with David, Tracy, and our team to best serve our clients with energy, knowledge, and professionalism ensuring successful projects.”

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