Today’s Honoree is Gail Warrior

Gail Warrior is founder and CEO of Warrior Group, a multi-million dollar commercial general contracting and construction firm based in DeSoto, Texas. Founded in 1997, the company is one of the largest minority- and woman-owned construction services companies in the U.S. Warrior Group has successfully completed more than four million square feet of projects in the last four years alone and has an impressive roster of private and public sector clients across the United States.

Gail Warrior is instrumental in setting the strategic direction of the company and her vision of sustainability and controlled quality has led Warrior Group to play a major role in promoting innovative construction techniques, especially Permanent Modular Construction (PMC). Utilizing modularization and prefabrication techniques, PMC enables much as 90 percent of the building to be prefabricated in a manufacturing environment using lean manufacturing methods.

Because much of the construction is completed in a factory environment, PMC can achieve a high level of quality control while creating a green building and shortening the construction time by 30 to 50 percent. Gail Warrior brings the same level of dedication to her community involvement as she doe to her company.

Recognizing the value of education, she is commitment to providing educational enrichment programs to underserved children through her own foundation. In 2007, Gail started the Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation and under her leadership, the organization developed a highly effective Summer Learning Program for local children.

The mission of the Heart of a Warrior Foundation (HOAW) is to help less advantaged children overcome learning loss during the summer months. Research has determined that the lack of high-quality activities and educational studies causes students, especially in lower-income households, to fall behind.

HOAW’s Young Warrior Learning Institute summer programs provide students aged 8-15 with hands-on tutoring during the summer in a curriculum designed to help them improve their basic skills in math, science and language. They also enjoy enrichment field trips that add to their quality-of-life experiences.

In May 2010, Ms. Warrior also launched the Warrior Small Business Academy for minority entrepreneurs. Twenty-two business owners attended the five-week course to learn best practices in the areas of operations, business development, marketing and finance. The first annual Academy captured the attention of the New York Times, which applauded Ms. Warrior’s willingness to mentor others.The second class of more than twenty five student entrepreneurs graduated on June 16, 2011.

Ms. Warrior is a frequent public speaker for business and community organizations, and serves on several boards including the Women’s Business Council-Southwest, Dallas Housing Authority Advisory Board, Dallas Regional Chamber and the African American Museum as well as the Women’s Enterprise Leadership Forum for WBENC.

As Chief Executive Officer of Warrior Group, Gail Warrior is responsible for the development of the company’s strategic plan and corporate guiding principles and for creating a company culture that celebrates superior customer service, empowerment and excellence.

She also provides day-to-day oversight of all aspects of the company and ensures that the company delivers on its high standards of customer service. With the formation of Warrior Group, now the largest woman/minority owned general contractor in the country, Gail Warrior recognized an opportunity to pioneer new methodologies in the construction industry. Gail leads Warrior Group’s efforts to develop Permanent Modular Construction (PMC) as a commercially viable method to build quality, sustainable buildings in less time.

Committed to serving the community, Gail founded and serves as Board Chair of the Heart of a Warrior Foundation, which provides educational enrichment programs for underserved children. To mentor other entrepreneurs in the construction industry, Gail hosts the annual Warrior Small Business Academy.

Prior to founding Warrior Group, Gail worked as a senior accountant at a major oil company. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.

Visit Gail Warrior for more information.

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