building the mid-south, one relationship at a time
Wagner General Contractors, Inc. was incorporated in May 2001 as a general contracting company by Allen and Lisa Wagner in response to Allen’s desire to be employed by an organization that focuses on putting client’s and employee’s needs above those of the company and its owners. At Wagner General, we do just that. We believe that honesty and integrity in every aspect of our business and our lives is the key to true success. We gauge our success not on the amount of money we earn but on the satisfaction of our clients and their desire to work with us again or to recommend us to others.
Wagner General Contractors officially began operations in August 2001, just before our country fell under attack in September. During the months that followed, we struggled through just as people and businesses all across the country did. The Lord blessed us with work and with the right employees so that our company continued to grow and succeed during some very tough times.
Our list of current projects will give you a good picture of our capabilities and we would love to meet with you to discuss your construction needs and how we can help fulfill them.
Our Memphis Team
Lisa is a 1987 graduate of Harding University, earning a degree in Business Management. She has worked in the construction industry for several years. Lisa specializes in bookkeeping, insurance, accounting, payroll and any other office related tasks.
Prior to the start of Wagner General, Lisa was an insurance agent for Morton Insurance for nine years. Her responsibilities included claims, sales, bookkeeping, payroll and customer service.
Allen is a 1987 graduate of Harding University with a degree in Marketing. He has worked in the construction industry for over 30 years, including the past 20 years as an Estimator and Project Manager on all types of projects including schools, churches, doctor’s office buildings, banks and parks.
Allen is the President and Senior Estimator for Wagner General and is responsible for overseeing all estimating, marketing of new clients, directing all field operations, and ensuring quality control.
A magna cum laude graduate of Southwest Tennessee Community College with a degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology, Dennis brings over 30 years experience in the engineering and construction fields. His past experience as a steel detailer, chief draftsman and head designer allow him to understand projects from design concept to finished product.
Dennis is a project manager and estimator for Wagner General and is responsible for oversight, estimating, contract administration and coordination of subcontractors.
Sara joined the Wagner team in November of 2021. She has worked in several different companies and comes to Wagner with an array of experience spanning over 20 years of her career. She is excited to be part of the team at Wagner General in a support role, handling the day to day operations of the office in Memphis. She assists with scheduling, billing, and the overall management of the office. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening and cooking.
Sandra has over 18 years of experience in the construction industry. She has been the office manager for Wagner for 14 years and was recently promoted to Construction Administrator. Her job includes: contract administration, overseeing daily operations, safety evaluation and estimating/project managing support. She is highly competent in all aspects of construction documentation, contract procedures and compliance.
Hannah graduated from Harding University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Business Administration and in 2017 with a Master of Business Administration. She has worked at Wagner General since she was 13 and it was legal for her parents to put her to work. She started out assisting Lisa administratively, then she moved to an executive assistant role and followed Allen around learning more about the estimating/project management side of the business. In 2017, she moved to Denver and worked for an automotive software company for two years. She rejoined the Wagner team in 2020 as the head of Human Resources and Business Development.
Seth is a 2001 graduate from Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, Tennessee. He grew up swinging a hammer for Dale Reeves Construction, which was his dad’s business. Seth worked in youth/family ministry at his church for 5 years, then worked in sales at Mid-South Solutions for 13 years before starting at Wagner General in 2018 as an Estimator/Project Manager. Seth loves his wife, his child, and his Weimaraner and spends his free time daydreaming about duck hunting and mowing his yard.
Jason attended Northwest Community College where he studied computer science. Jason is responsible for equipment placing and tool distribution. He also has the responsibility of inventory and repairing all tools and equipment. Jason is a volunteer Firefighter and Emergency Medical Responder. He is certified in advanced first aid.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Memphis with a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences (’15) and a Master’s degree in Structural Geology (’17). He has over 20 years’ experience in both residential and commercial construction. He was a Superintendent for Wagner from 2007 to 2011, before he started and operated his own remodeling/renovation company for 9 years. He returned to Wagner General in 2020 and is now the General Superintendent for the Memphis team. He is responsible for ensuring all field operations are progressing smoothly, providing quality control, and supervising and training all field employees.
Hayden grew up in Memphis and graduated from Arlington High School in 2014. He spent many summers working in the field and office of Wagner General before attending Harding University, where he graduated with a Bachelors in Accounting in 2018. He then spent two years working in NW Arkansas and San Francisco, CA for the corporate offices of Wal-Mart in the Accounting and Finance Development Program. He finally came to his senses and realized construction is where he would like to be and moved back to Memphis to work with the Wagner team in the fall of 2020.
Judy May attended Harding University and the University of Memphis. She has had many jobs previously, including working for Industrial Sales in Memphis in the Accounting department. She eventually bought and operated this company for about 20 years before selling it and retiring. She agreed to come out of retirement to join the Wagner team part time in May of 2019. She handles payroll each week and assists with banking and accounts payable. She keeps us on our toes and is a great asset to the team.
Our Arkansas Team
Searcy Office – Business Development
Bo is a graduate of Harding University in 1987 with a BBA in Marketing. Bo has twelve years of experience in construction business development, project management and operations. Self-employed for ten years with 25 employees in the restaurant industry. He is currently responsible for business development in our Central Arkansas office located in Searcy. He has a number of years of experience in building and developing relationships and provides excellent customer service to our clients.
Searcy Office – Estimator/Project Manager
Dakota is a 2018 graduate of Harding University. He studied Bible and Missions and took all the classes necessary to attend medical school. During the application process, an opportunity arose to work for one of his best friend’s father’s company. After prayerful consideration, Dakota withdrew his aspirations for Medical school and dove head first into Wagner General. Dakota joined the team in Fall of 2018 as an Estimator/Project Manager and hasn’t looked back. He enjoys practicing the daily problem-solving skills necessary to thrive in the industry. Dakota is an avid reader finishing almost a book every week and enjoys travelling with his wife outdoors to hike and fish.
At a young age, Josh knew he would take on the construction industry as he mastered his collection of Legos and Lincoln Logs. Deciding to take a victory half-lap before graduating from Harding University, Josh took a part-time job for Wagner General Contractors where he took on the role of Estimator/Project Manager. It took only 3 months for Josh to see that public accounting was not his chosen path and he decided to stay on at Wagner. He officially started at Wagner General in 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, and everything relating to the outdoors.
Michea is a 2005 graduate of a Health Records program at the Foothills Vocational School which is now referred to Arkansas State University-Searcy. She went on to an internship with this certification and enjoyed many years of experience in Health Care at multiple Health Care facilities. These duties included answering multi phone line systems, data entry, entering invoices, and lots of experience with Customer Service. In 2019, she decided to take a new role and become part of the Wagner team. Michea has been a member of the Searcy Community most of her life. She has enjoyed raising her two daughters in her hometown. In her spare time, Michea enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, and spending time with her two daughters.
Searcy Office Manager
Amanda has been a dedicated office manager for 20+ years. She handles a wide range of administrative tasks for the Searcy office and assist the estimators/project managers in all aspects of the bid process. She joined Wagner General Contractors in December 2018 as the Office Manager. She loves assisting people over the phone and/or greeting all visitors with a smile when they come by the office. Amanda enjoys spending time with her husband and their five kids and cheering on the Harding University band.
Kevin graduated from Tulsa Technology Center in 2012 with an emphasis in Construction Technology. He went on to graduate from Harding University in 2016 with a BBA in Management. He ran his own construction business for a few years in Searcy, AR that provided residential remodeling and new construction services before joining the Wagner team in 2016. Kevin found his niche working in the field as a superintendent and is now the General Superintendent of the Arkansas office.