Thomas J. Burleson
2007 Honorary Alumni
Thomas J. Burleson is part of the third generation to lead Burleson Construction Co., Inc., a General Contracting and Construction Management Firm in Johnson City . Burleson Construction Co., Inc., is a commercial and industrial general contractor providing design build construction and project management services for new construction, renovations, and expansions. The company also builds high end custom residential projects.
Burleson is a graduate of Clemson University, with a B.S. in Building Construction. Burleson, retired in June 2003 as a Colonel, with a total of thirty years active and reserve time in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, served in Operation Desert Storm and in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His military awards include the Legion of Merit and a Bronze Star.
Burleson is also a Life Director of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, a past president of AGC of Tennessee, a member of the Consulting Constructors Council and the Treasurer of the AGC of America Education and Research Foundation. He is a facilitator for the AGC of America Leadership in Construction workshop. In addition to these many posts, he is also a Certified Professional Constructor.
Over the years, Burleson has served as President of Sequoyah Council Boy Scouts of America and Chairman of the Construction Education Committee AGC of America. He has also served on the Board of Directors for Ronald McDonald House, Volunteer Johnson City, and is currently on the Board of Directors for Bank of Tennessee, Mountain States Health Alliance and Ridges Golf and Country Club. He is also a trustee at Milligan College and Clemson Advancement Foundation for Design Plus Building.
Burleson is a member of the ETSU Foundation. In service to and support of the University, Burleson Construction built the Foundation Carillon and the Warren-Greene Golf Center. Burleson Construction is also supervising construction of the ETSU PRIDE Walk.
On April 20, 2007, he married Semone Gant of Scottsboro, Alabama and has one daughter, Polly that resides in San Antonio, Texas . He is the son of Reno G. Burleson, an ETSU alumnus, and the late Leona Cornett Burleson.
As President of Burleson Construction, he uses his experience and knowledge of the construction industry to help manage projects more efficiently. He started working in the construction business while in high school. Burleson has hands on experience and a wealth of knowledge to share with his construction team as well as his community.