Empire, a company based in Knoxville, TN, specializes in commercial construction. Steve recognized the growing demand for renovation services in the multi-family industry. He later turned the focus of Empire towards being a General Contractor and gained unlimited GC licenses in all states throughout the Southeast region. Now, 39 years later, Steve continues to lead an accomplished team of professionals who have completed the renovation of over 20,000 multi-family low income housing units throughout a large regional footprint. When not leading Empire Construction or mentoring those in the company, Steve still pursues his passion for building with various wood working projects. From a table for his home to a storage building, Steve has a vision for the end product and enjoys the process of making it a reality. Steve is committed to living a healthy and active lifestyle. To accomplish this he enjoys time on the tennis court for a competitive match with friends on a regular basis.
Ben Tullis started with Empire in May 2001. He graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Ben has worked his way through the ranks in the field learning all aspects of running a job site efficiently. He transitioned into the lead Superintendent and then Project Manager working on jobs ranging from $5 Million to $19 Million. Over Ben's 20+ years in the construction industry he has been involved with Multifamily renovation, Multifamily new construction, Assisted Living new construction and tenant finish projects. As a result of Ben's successful projects, leadership capabilities, morals and his vision for the future of Empire Construction, he was awarded the position of company President. Ben enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids. He is an avid runner throughout the year and enjoys training his German Shepherd dog. Ben also enjoys golfing, fishing and boating.
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.
Senior Project Manager
Senior Project Manager