Steve Hall

Founder/Chairman of the Board

More than thirty years ago, Steve Hall recognized the growing demand for rehabilitation and renovation construction services in the multi-family and commercial real estate industries. In 1979, He founded Empire Corporation of Tennessee, Inc. Steve has been the driving force behind Empire’s growth and success, positioning the company to be a key player in numerous additional markets, including Low Income Housing Tax Credit work, assisted living, and new construction.

Ben Tullis


Ben Tullis joined the Empire team in 2001. As a Project Manager, he oversaw individual projects ranging from $2 million to $19 million throughout the southeast region. His involvement in all phases of construction and his specialization in large rehab projects paved the way for his entrance into the position of Director of Project Development. Now he oversees the estimating, design, and project development teams for all of Empire’s projects. Ben holds a BS in General Business from the University of Tennessee.

Andrew Sutherland

Vice President of Production

Andrew joined Empire in 2001 as an Assistant Construction Manager, focusing on capitol replacement renovations on multi-family projects throughout the southeast. He was promoted to Construction Manager, and subsequently Project Manager, and shifted focus to full scope multi-family renovations, mainly in occupied units. Andrew has produced more than 20 full scope renovation projects in seven states. He is experienced in all aspects of production including estimating and scope development, negotiation, and on-site management.

Dan Johnson

Director of Sales/Marketing

Dan Johnson joined the Empire team in April of 2001, bringing with him over 20 years of sales and marketing experience gained from working for a variety of companies, including several of his own. During his first three years at Empire, Dan worked as a construction manager where he built the foundation of his extensive knowledge of the multifamily industry. With this knowledge, he is now responsible for Empire’s strategic planning and implementation of sales and marketing in today’s ever-changing market.

Ben Mills

Director of Project Development

Ben joined the Empire team in 2004 after receiving a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Tennessee. As a Construction Manager, he oversaw nine full-scope multi-family renovation and new-construction projects in SC, GA, and TN ranging from $500K to $6M. In 2011, he transitioned into Project Development where he currently serves as director. His department is responsible for procuring all labor and material resources for Empire’s projects.

Troy Hoskins

Project Manager