Who We Are

At Blue Cord, we know that our employees are our greatest asset. We have an established team of seasoned individuals who are capable, trustworthy, hardworking, and dependable – who know first-hand the importance of accountability, respect, and dedication and will apply these values to each and every project. We constantly strive to meet and exceed your goals, providing you with the highest quality with the best value, each and every time. We implement a goal-oriented approach that is rooted in collaboration, continuous conversation, open and honest dialog, and complete transparency. The Blue Cord team has a wide array of experience ranging from healthcare and military construction to higher education and community facilities across the nation.

Executive Leadership

Michael T. Waldrop, Sr., CGC,
LEED AP

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Blue Cord

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Michael T. Waldrop, Sr., CGC, LEED AP

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

As founder and CEO, Michael T. Waldrop, Sr. serves as the driving force for Blue Cord’s culture and values. He is the foundation behind the creation of an integrated, ethical, inclusive, and collaborative work environment that allows all employees to do what they do best each and every day.

With over 20 years of experience, Michael brings the operational leadership and entrepreneurial spirit that has helped Blue Cord deliver many high-profile construction projects across the United States. As Blue Cord’s leader, he is directly involved in all phases of every project ensuring that the highest quality is maintained at every level. Over the last 12 years, Michael has steadily built the company’s market position and talent base focusing on operational excellence, client relationship development, firm values, company culture, establishment of a skilled team, and, ultimately, overall management leadership.

Michael’s journey began in 1993, where he enlisted in the Army as an Infantry Private Soldier while attending college at Clemson University. He was trained and educated as a Bradley Fighting Vehicle driver, dismount, and gunner and was selected at an early age to attend Officer Candidate School (OCS). In 1996, he graduated from OCS going on to become one of the youngest commissioned officers in his class.

After several years of service, Michael entered the Inactive Ready Reserves so he could still serve his country if called upon. In 2006, he was called back to active duty to serve as a U.S. Army Infantry Captain during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. During this assignment, he commanded an Afghanistan National Army Rifle Company consisting of 100 foreign soldiers. He participated in all major battles between 2006-2007 and was wounded in action during the Battle of Panjwai in Operation Medusa. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal as well as two (2) Bronze Stars for Valor, the fourth-highest combat award bestowed by the U.S. Army for Valor.

Following his military career, and as a service-disabled veteran himself, Michael has strived to create a community that leads the nation in job creation and business opportunities for area veterans. Knowing the struggles veterans face in returning home, adjusting to civilian life, and finding employment, he has built his professional endeavors on providing guidance, support, business, and employment opportunities for those who have sacrificed so much to ensure this nation’s continued freedom.

“Delivering exceptional quality relationships at best value; being the most responsive company our clients have; unwavering focus on the fact that the facilities we contribute to are intended to better the lives of the people in our community and in particular, those who have served.”

Michael is very proud of his two children, Marilyn and Tommy. Marilyn is currently attending Michael’s alma mater, Clemson University, and is pursuing her B.S. in Business. Tommy is in high school and is very active in lacrosse. During his downtime, Michael enjoys traveling with his children. They all enjoy spending time outdoors, especially in and near the water.

Jon Kilgore,
LEED AP, CBC, DBIA

PRESIDENT

Blue Cord DevGroup
Blue Cord Property Management
Blue Cord Real Estate & Development Company

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Jon Kilgore, LEED AP, CBC, DBIA

PRESIDENT
Blue Cord DevGroup
Blue Cord Property Management
Blue Cord Real Estate & Development Company

As President of Blue Cord’s DevGroup, Property Management, and Real Estate & Development companies, Jon Kilgore leads the team with a focus on client satisfaction, staff training and development, and adherence to policies and procedures. He believes growth comes from communication, collaboration, honoring commitments, complete transparency, and a strong dedication to excellence. Jon is motivated to provide clients with innovative solutions focused on eliminating surprises, identifying issues early, and minimizing cost and schedule impact. 

“I profoundly believe in the importance of collaborating with all stakeholders to accomplish a common goal, setting clear expectations, complete transparency, and establishing open lines of constant communication." 

Jon has supported many healthcare, industrial, corporate, and higher education clients, and his dedication, relentless follow-through, and ability to problem-solve, combined with extensive construction experience and knowledge, allow him to identify and mitigate potential problems before they arise, saving clients time and money.  

With over 20 years of experience, Jon has managed critical projects in more than 20 different healthcare systems, giving him a unique perspective of overall development and construction environments, and industry trends and challenges. His broad range of skills and diverse healthcare expertise grants him a full understanding of the complexities and interdependencies of quality, cost, and schedule. 

On weekends, Jon and his family volunteer at Buy One Give One, Inc., a 501(c)(3) he co-founded, picking up and delivering donated grocery items throughout Central Florida to food pantries in need.   

Eric Dodson, CGC

PRESIDENT

Blue Cord Design & Construction

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Eric Dodson, CGC

PRESIDENT
Blue Cord Design & Construction

A highly skilled construction executive whose career spans over 38 years of expertise, Eric Dodson guides the team with efficiency and unparalleled leadership by overseeing all projects from beginning to end. As President of Blue Cord Design & Construction, his primary focus is to ensure that each project's complex coordination and logistics are executed with top-notch quality and completed effectively in today’s fast-paced environment.

Eric began his career in 1984 in the New York Carpenter's Union as a carpenter apprentice. After ten years, he quickly rose from apprentice to Journeyman to Foreman then eventually Superintendent, constructing and renovating high-rise buildings for restaurants, retail, offices, and healthcare facilities in Manhattan. His ten-year experience in New York paved the pathway to becoming an authority in logistics and project management.

"My experience working in and on high-rise buildings in a crowded city like Manhattan made me understand the importance of project scheduling and logistics."

Eric is adept at scheduling, organizing work activities, delivery logistics, and working in high-traffic, occupied spaces. During his 19 years at prior construction firms, he served in Project Manager and Project Executive roles and managed over $400M in K-12 construction projects in Orange County, Brevard County, Seminole County, and Osceola County. His leadership now lends itself to the Blue Cord team on countless projects across multiple states for such clients as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Army Corps of Engineers, and NAVFAC.

In his free time, Eric enjoys both salt and freshwater fishing and cycling. He has had the opportunity to cycle in some remarkable locations, including the Tuscan region of Italy, the Loire Valley of France, and the Catalonia region of Spain.

John Hoibraten, Jr., CGC, LEED AP, SWPPP

PRESIDENT

Blue Cord Professional Services

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John Hoibraten, Jr., CGC, LEED AP, SWPPP

PRESIDENT
Blue Cord Professional Services

As the President of Blue Cord Professional Services, John Hoibraten brings more than 24 years of project management experience to the team, and his experience in the construction industry includes construction management of a variety of projects, from hard-bid to design-build to full-development. He is also the Vice President of Blue Cord’s Design & Construction division, supporting the team with over 20 years of knowledge in cost estimating and cost control.

“Being a part of a Veteran-Owned business and providing high-quality documents that meet military standards is one of the greatest accomplishments in my career and I look forward to assisting our clients daily with these standards in place.”

John is both a licensed General Contractor and certified LEED Accredited Professional and has served in many roles throughout his career including Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator, and Vice President. In these roles, he has performed on various exclusive and unique projects, giving him a comprehensive understanding of preconstruction management, construction management, and quality control assurance. John is highly regarded as an expert in the construction industry, in both public and private markets, and has been associated with several developmental teams throughout his career, developing mixed-use, commercial, medical, and general facilities. His responsibilities have included attending design meetings, providing cost estimates, preparing narratives, QA/QC-ing construction documents, supplying construction schedules, CM schedule reviews, conducting submittal examinations, and performing on-site inspections. John’s ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment further guarantees overall project success.

John is an avid cyclist and recreational runner, having completed over 35,000 miles of riding, four marathons, fifteen half marathons, and several other running lengths over the past few years. He enjoys practically any outdoor activity, and often finds himself on a golf course at least once a week.

Michael T. Waldrop, LEED AP, CGC

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

As the founder and CEO of Blue Cord, Michael T. Waldrop has served as the driving force behind Blue Cord’s commitment to excellence and reputation for superior professional services since 2010. Michael is a Service-Disabled Veteran, having served as an Infantry Captain during Operation Enduring Freedom. He has over 20 years of experience as a Certified General Contractor, is trained in OSHA-30, a LEED-Accredited Professional, and is certified in QA/QC by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Michael draws upon his military training and heritage, as well as his formal education and prior experience to oversee all aspects of Blue Cord’s construction projects. His extensive construction background includes expertise as an Estimator, Project Engineer, Project Manager, Director of Pre-Construction Services, and Vice President of Construction Operations.

Michael’s experience in the design and construction industry is unmatched-spanning project disciplines such as M/E/P, scheduling, and safety to Government policy, contract negotiations, and SDVOSB advocacy.

Michael is a U.S. Army Veteran.

Jon Kilgore, LEED AP, CBC, DBIA

PRESIDENT
Blue Cord DevGroup, LLC, Blue Cord Property Management, LLC, Blue Cord Real Estate & Development Company, LLC

Jon oversees Blue Cord’s DevGroup, Property Management, and Real Estate & Development teams with a focus on customer satisfaction, training, staff development, and adherence to policies and procedures. Jon believes growth comes from working together, honoring commitments, empowering individuals to take ownership of their work, and a strong dedication to excellence and working together. He believes profoundly in the importance of driving collaboration with all stakeholders to accomplish a common goal and works to set clear expectations and establish open communication lines to increase transparency.

Jon’s ability to problem-solve, and his relentless follow-through, quickly earned him praise and recognition with his peers and clients as someone they could rely on. With over 20 years of construction industry experience, Jon has a unique perspective of overall development and construction environments and industry trends and challenges. His vast healthcare expertise also allows him to apply numerous lessons learned and best practices for his clients.

“I profoundly believe in the importance of collaborating with all stakeholders to accomplish a common goal, setting clear expectations, complete transparency, and establishing open lines of communication.”

Eric Dodson, CGC

PRESIDENT
Blue Cord Design & Construction, LLC

A highly skilled construction executive whose career spans over 38 years of expertise, Eric Dodson guides the team with efficiency and unparalleled leadership by overseeing all projects from beginning to end. As President of Blue Cord Design & Construction, his primary focus is to ensure that each project’s complex coordination and logistics are executed with top-notch quality and completed effectively in today’s fast-paced environment.

Eric began his career in 1984 in the New York Carpenter’s Union as a carpenter apprentice. After ten years, he quickly rose from apprentice to Journeyman to Foreman then eventually Superintendent, constructing and renovating high-rise buildings for restaurants, retail, offices, and healthcare facilities in Manhattan. His ten-year experience in New York paved the pathway to becoming an authority in logistics and project management.

“My experience working in and on high-rise buildings in a crowded city like Manhattan made me understand the importance of project scheduling and logistics.”

Eric is adept at scheduling, organizing work activities, delivery logistics, and working in high-traffic, occupied spaces. During his 19 years at prior construction firms, he served in Project Manager and Project Executive roles and managed over $400M in K-12 construction projects in Orange County, Brevard County, Seminole County, and Osceola County. His leadership now lends itself to the Blue Cord team on countless projects across multiple states for such clients as the Department of Veterans Affairs, Army Corps of Engineers, and NAVFAC.

In his free time, Eric enjoys both salt and freshwater fishing and cycling. He has had the opportunity to cycle in some remarkable locations, including the Tuscan region of Italy, the Loire Valley of France, and the Catalonia region of Spain.

John Hoibraten, Jr., CGC, LEED AP, SWPPP

PRESIDENT
Professional Services

As the President of Blue Cord Professional Services, John Hoibraten brings more than 24 years of project management experience to the team, and his experience in the construction industry includes construction management of a variety of projects, from hard-bid to design-build to full-development. He is also the Vice President of Blue Cord’s Design & Construction division, supporting the team with over 20 years of knowledge in cost estimating and cost control.

“Being a part of a Veteran-Owned business and providing high-quality documents that meet military standards is one of the greatest accomplishments in my career and I look forward to assisting our clients daily with these standards in place.”

John is both a licensed General Contractor and certified LEED Accredited Professional and has served in many roles throughout his career including Superintendent, Project Manager, Estimator, and Vice President. In these roles, he has performed on various exclusive and unique projects, giving him a comprehensive understanding of preconstruction management, construction management, and quality control assurance. John is highly regarded as an expert in the construction industry, in both public and private markets, and has been associated with several developmental teams throughout his career, developing mixed-use, commercial, medical, and general facilities. His responsibilities have included attending design meetings, providing cost estimates, preparing narratives, QA/QC-ing construction documents, supplying construction schedules, CM schedule reviews, conducting submittal examinations, and performing on-site inspections. John’s ability to work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced deadline-driven environment further guarantees overall project success.

John is an avid cyclist and recreational runner, having completed over 35,000 miles of riding, four marathons, fifteen half marathons, and several other running lengths over the past few years. He enjoys practically any outdoor activity, and often finds himself on a golf course at least once a week.

Our Support Team

Administrative

Kym Campbell
Sr. Project Expeditor

Michelle Rose
Accounting Assistant

Eri Gilbert
Administrative Assistant

Caesar Maritati
Executive Manager

Crystal Hoibraten
Controller

Marketing and Business Development

Jennifer Houwers
Marketing Manager

Valerie Murphy, MPA, CPSM
Marketing Coordinator

Georgianna Palm
Marketing Coordinator

Andrew Ware
Property Manager

Construction Team

John Hoibraten, Jr., LEED AP
President, Blue Cord Professional Services

Paul Conrad
Operations Manager

Andrew French
Senior Project Manager

Jessie Ladson
Senior Project Manager

Edward (Eddy) Reeder
Project Manager

John Sandstrom
Project Manager

Erika Gray
Project Manager

Cameron Moseley
Project Manager & Quality Control Manager

Dennis Swilley
Superintendent

Paul Shumate
Superintendent

Mike Perkins
Superintendent
U.S. Navy Veteran

Kaina Kaio
Superintendent
U.S. Coast Guard Veteran

Jerry Jones
Superintendent
U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force Veteran

Joshua Guiles
Superintendent
U.S. Navy Veteran

Randy Perkins
Superintendent

John Tingley
Superintendent
CIE, CMMI

Mike Mazzuchelli
Superintendent
U.S. Army Veteran

Ryan Pazderic
Superintendent

Mike Glass
Project Engineer

Kristina Duprey
Project Engineer

Brody Morman
Estimator

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