Metcon Construction

Executive Team


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Aaron Thomas   

President & CEO

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After growing up in a family construction business, Aaron struck out on his own & founded Metcon in 1999.  Under Aaron's leadership, the company has experienced steady growth and is North Carolina's largest minority-owned construction management firm. In 2011, Metcon was awarded the National Minority Construction firm of the year by the U.S. Dept. of Commerce (MBDA). As President of Metcon, Aaron is responsible for setting and defining the vision and culture of the firm, managing the day-to-day operations, promoting a safe work environment, fostering business opportunities, and maintaining the goals of the organization. He will ensure all necessary resources and systems are available to exceed client expectations delivering a quality product on time and within budget.

Aaron is a results oriented, hands-on administrator, with a proven track record of over 700 successful project completions. Mr. Thomas has proven expertise in Construction Management over a broad spectrum of project types and is a talented leader directing highly skilled construction management teams in support of overall project objectives.



  • Bachelor of Science, UNC Pembroke 
  • Master of Construction Management, East Carolina University 
  • Executive Management Program, UNC Kenan-Flagler School of Business 


Professional Affiliations & Civic Contributions

  • Chairman NC State Building Commission
  • Vice Chair, UNC-Pembroke Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship 
  • Past President- UNC-Pembroke Alumni Board of Directors
  • President- Natives for Progress, LLC
  • Board Member- Boy Scouts of America
  • U.S. Army Reserve, Honorable Discharge 1998
  • Member, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Member, Berea Baptist Church, Pembroke, NC



  • LEED Accredited Professional - U.S Green Building Council
  • Unlimited/Unclassified General Contractor License - #47428



  • United States Minority Contractor of the Year, MBDA, US Dept. of Commerce 2011 & 2013
  • UNC-Pembroke Outstanding Alumnus 2008-2009
  • Business Person of the Year, 2009 UNC-Pembroke Regional Center for Economic Opportunity
  • Building Design and Construction Magazine- US 40 under 40, 2011
  • Fayetteville Observer 40 Under 40, 2012
  • Engineering News & Record, 20 under 40, 2014


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Sam Isham 

Executive Vice President

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Sam is a fifth generation craftsman, he was born with a hammer in his hand.  He started young on the jobsites with his father, first learning to labor and clean up jobsites, then learned how to read a ruler, eventually received a pencil, power tools, and then supervision authority.  He was leading a full crew of craftsman by the age of 17.  He continued to work in the field preforming all trades work, to include general trades, plumbing, mechanical, and electrical.  At the age of 30 he pursued his Construction Management Degree and was a pillar student, who helped his fellow classmates through leadership, mentoring, and tutoring roles.  Along with a proven track record of hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of SCO, CMR, and hard bid projects to his credit; his outstanding management skills, demonstrated leadership and the ability to solve problems through the pre-construction and construction of multimillion dollar projects have all contributed to the success of the company. With over 35 years of construction experience, allows him to foresee and forgo many office and field problems, leading to a no nonsense proactive approach to management. His number one goal in management is a satisfied client. 

Sam is responsible for helping the company to achieve financial goals and objectives and increase operating performance. Prepares budgets, creates businesses plans, and solves internal issues as they arise. Sam also provides the executive oversite management to the Raleigh, Charlotte, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach offices. 




  • Construction Management Degree - SUNY Herkimer (Summa Cum Laude) 
  • Business Management Degree – UNC Pembroke (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Master of Business Administration MBA – UNC Pembroke (In process)



  •      LEED Accredited Professional - U.S Green Building Council
  •      Unlimited/Unclassified General Contractor License - #70290


Professional Affiliations & Civic Contributions

  • LEED-AP certified by the US Green Building Council 

  • Member, U.S. Green Building Council

  • NC licensed General Contractor 


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Russell Partin

Vice President Charlotte/Columbia Operations

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Russell Partin is an accomplished and respected executive with extensive expertise in multiple business unit operations, construction, real estate,  development and business development.  He is a proven leader in driving revenue growth, improved profitability and cost containment.  Experience across a wide range of product offerings: University, K-12, Mission Critical, Industrial, Institutional, Office, Multifamily / Residential, Retail, Healthcare, Federal Projects, Alternative Energy, Wastewater Technology.



  • Purdue University - Construction Engineering & Management

  • General Contracting Licenses: North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, and New Mexico

  • Certifications: OSHA 30 Hour, OSHA 10 Hour, CPR/ First Aid, Blood Borne Pathogens


Professional Affiliations & Civic Contributions

  • Purdue University Construction Advisory Council 

  • NAIOP, Charlotte Chapter

  • Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Charlotte Chapter 

  • Association of General Contractors – Carolinas  

  • Metrolina Minority Contractors Association


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W. Steve Ezzell

Chief Financial Officer

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Over the last 25 plus years, Steve has participated in construction financial management for general contractors as wells as specialty subcontractors.  He has provided key leadership in developing critical financials controls and processes as well as participating in senior management decisions.  He is the financial leader for Metcon which includes all accounting functions, finance and reporting.



  • Bachelor of Science, UNC Wilmington

  • Master of Business Administration, UNC Wilmington


Professional Affiliations & Civic Contributions

  • Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional (CCIFP)

  • Member (CFMA) Construction Financial Management Association  

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Greg Hunt

Infrastructure Division Manager

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Mr. Hunt started utility construction in 1980 on a part time basis while completing high school. After high school, he started working full time in his family’s business on all aspects of heavy construction such as sanitary sewer lines, sewer treatment plants, and sewer pump stations. 

His technical expertise covers all parts of gravity sewer construction as well as gravity sewer maintenance. Work experience also covered all aspects of water line construction, to include water treatment plants, water booster pump stations, and water line and system sterilization. He has completed numerous classes on new installation and construction improvements for Highway and Utility construction. 

He is certified as a trainer for OSHA trenching and excavation safety standards through Carolinas AGC and NC State University. Greg is responsible for analysis of bid requirements, estimating civil and utility construction, project management of all PU projects, and supervision of all superintendents and project managers under his Division, has completed the Construction Quality Management Course thru the Army Corp of Engineers, Flagging Instructor from Institute for Transportation Research and Education.



  • Micro Enterprise Business Program at Southeastern Community College
  • US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management - Certified


Professional Affiliations & Civic Contributions

  • Member, Prospect United Methodist Church
  • Member, NC Rural Water Association

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Tonya Warren

Director of Safety & Risk Management

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A Maryland native, but North Carolina born; Tonya began her journey as a Safety Professional in the construction realm over 23 years ago successfully developing and managing environmental, safety and health programs for the construction and industrial industry and have extensive knowledge managing risk management in the loss control environment. With extensive knowledge that encompasses building construction, heavy civil, industrial and highway construction and the State and Federal OSHA regulations governing these entities.  This background has allowed the company to receive recognition for an exemplary safety and health program resulting in being one of 23 General Contractors in the state of North Carolina awarded the OSHA Building Star status.  


Tonya is responsible for the overall management of our comprehensive corporate risk management/insurance program with a concentration on risk identification, risk transfer and risk retention techniques and is inspired to always strive for excellence in service.  This hard work has allowed her to successfully reach and maintain OSHA compliance on multiple multi-million dollar projects through continuous and extensive hands on safety training and development.



  • University of Kentucky – Bachelor of Science Degree, Safety Engineer

  • Central Carolina College - Licensed Emergency Medical Technician

  • Carolina Crane Institute - Certified Rigging Instructor/Trainer - 

  • Central Carolina College - Licensed Emergency Medical Tech. Intermediate

  • Wake Technical College - Notary Public

  • Georgia Tech. - OSHA 10 & 30 Hour Train the Trainer Training Certification 

  • Carolina AGC – Certified Crane Operator

  • Carolina AGC - 15 Safety Commercial & Industrial Certifications

Professional Affiliations & Civic Contributions

  • Member- NC OSHA Building Star 

  • Special Star Team Member (SSTM) – NC OSHA Building Star 

  • Member – Carolina ABC Safety Committee

  • Member – Carolina AGC Safety Committee

  • Member -  Samson Community Church, Dunn, NC 


Certifications & Degrees

  • MSHA Certified Instructor

  • NC DOT Certified Work Zone Traffic Control Supervisor

  • Norfolk Southern On-Track Workers Safety Instructor

  • Drug Testing (substance abuse) –awareness training and certified collector     

  • Advanced Life Rescue Technician

  • Licensed EMT-Intermediate

  • Excavation & Trenching Competent Person Certified

  • OSHA  General Industry and Construction 10 Hour Instructor 

  • OSHA 30 Hour Instructor

  • Program Admin. Occupation Resp. Protection

  • Certified Instructor - American Red Cross First Aid/CPR/AED, Adult/Infant  

  • Certified Scissor Lift/JLG Trainer

  • Certified Instructor Fork Lift Training

  • Certified Competent Person Scaffold Training

  • Certified Open Water Scuba and Rescue Diver

  • Certified OSHA SSTM (Special Star Team Member)

  • Certified Rigging Trainer

  • Certified Steel Erection Competent Person 

  • Traffic Work Zone Safety & Flagger Instructor

  • Certified Train the Trainer HAZWOP Instructor  


  • Received the prestigious North Carolina Department of Labor's "Certificate of Safety Achievement" 

  • 2013 Platinum Level STEP Award by the Associated Builders & Contractors of the Carolinas

  • Recognized as a Building Star Company by the North Carolina Department of Labor/OSHA in 2013. Metcon is the 23th Contractor in the state of North Carolina to be recognized.

  • 2014 GOLD Level STEP Award by the Associated Builders & Contractors of the Carolinas

  • 2014 BB&T Safety Recognition for Outstanding Safety Performance 

  • 2013 Project Safety Excellence Award – Red Springs Family Medical Center Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor 

  • 2013 -2015 Safety Excellence Award – Metcon, Inc. from the North Carolina Department of Labor.

  • 2013 Project Safety Excellence Award – FSU – Rudolph Jones  Student Center Renovation and Addition Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor

  • 2013 Project Safety Excellence Award – Progress Energy –BN-JI/EDC Bldg. Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor

  • 2013 Project Safety Excellence Award – Union Pines High School Addition Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor

  • 2013 Project Safety Excellence Award – Sandy Grove Middle School Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor

  • 2014 Project Safety Excellence Award – Grantham Middle School Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor.

  • 2014 Project Safety Excellence Award – Sandy Grove Middle School Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor.

  • 2014 Project Safety Excellence Award – Springhill Creek Elementary School Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor.

  • 2014 Project Safety Excellence Award – Wake Tech Holding Hall Renovation Project - from the North Carolina Department of Labor.