Supplier Diversity Review 2010 : Fall Edition

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S u p plie r Dive rs ity Review

Theodore williams construction company, llc

A Hidden New York Gem Written By Michelle Sweeting + Directed By James T. Masters

Diversity, quality and responsibility drive Shelby Johnson and her team at Theodore Williams Construction to create unforgettable interiors and experiences for every client, every time.

New York City is notorious for “shady contractors.”

exception, bringing high quality and a no-nonsense

Bungling jobs, stealing money or late delivery

attitude into interior construction. Shelby Johnson

seem to be the rule. One woman is continually the

— President of Theodore Williams Construction — pushes the limits of convention in construction, creating a strong company focused on three major ideas: quality, responsibility, and diversity. These ideas are the foundation from which Johnson cultivated her unique organization. It is from that foundation that Theodore Williams Construction continues to succeed. Johnson knew early on that construction was her calling. She attended Texas Tech University, graduating






engineering. She began working with Theodore Williams Construction, Inc. in 1991. From that time, Johnson began using her own distinct ideas about interior construction, creating her own role. She moved up the corporate ladder and was running the company alongside the president when he stepped down in 2000. In 2001, Shelby Johnson bought Theodore Williams Construction. Today she owns 80 percent of the company. Shelby Johnson never expected to preside over a construction company. Photos Courtesy of Theodore Williams Construction



She openly admits to preferring “field work” to

Shelby Johnson, President of Theodore Williams

budget meetings. It is, stated Texas Tech’s 2009


“Distinguished Engineer,” her biggest challenge

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