When we this of construction, building and major property growth we think about people such as Donald trump but their are many power players in that industry. We introduce you to Gail Warrior Lawrence who is the president & CEO of The Warrior Group, Inc. The Warrior Group is a multi-million dollar premiere modular construction company based out of Desoto, Texas which began in 1997 as a provider of high-quality relocatable modular buildings to federal agencies. Gail has led the company to become one of the largest woman/minority owned general contractors in the country and one of the country’s leading experts in Permanent Modular Construction. Warrior Group has built large projects for the U.S. Army at several bases including Fort Belvoir, Fort Bliss, Fort Carson, Fort Hood and Fort Sam Houston.
As a CEO, Gail has guided the company’s strategic plan and the corporate guiding principles by creating a company culture that celebrates superior customer service, empowerment and excellence. She also provides daily oversight by ensuring that the company delivers on its high standards of customer service.
Gail has also led the company in pioneering the development and use of Permanent Modular Construction as an alternative construction method, working to transform the industry as a whole. Permanent Modular Construction utilizes off-site prefabrication to reduce the overall cost and time of construction while still creating a quality building that rivals traditional construction in durability, lifespan and appearance. Warrior Group has built the first one and two, then three and four-story permanent modular buildings and helped expand the adoption of Permanent Modular Construction for many applications, including school buildings, dormitories, laboratories, military residences, administrative offices and medical clinics.
The Warrior Group is currently working on the expansion of the Student Union on UNT’s Denton campus. This $128 million renovation project, the largest undertaken on the campus, will add 292,600 square feet to the current Student Union building and includes food service facilities, meeting space, an auditorium, art gallery space, offices and lounge areas to better serve students at this fast growing university. When completed in May 2015, the renovated and new Student Union spaces will create a welcoming, stimulating, sustainable atmosphere for the campus of 45,000 students.
Gail Warrior and The Warrior Group have won close to 50 awards while being nominated for many more. Warrior Group projects were recognized with awards from the Modular Building Institute and Environmental Design & Construction magazine. The company made Diversity Business.com’s 2011 Div500 List of the nation’s largest minority & women owned businesses and Gail has earned the coveted Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award to name a few.
Gail is dedicated to giving back to the community and founded the Heart of a Warrior Charitable Foundation in 2007 where she serves as the board chair. Under her leadership, Heart of a Warrior has developed the highly effective Young Warriors Summer Learning Program which provides educational enrichment programs for underserved children to combat summer learning loss.
Committed to giving back to the business community, the Warrior Group launched the Warrior Small Business Academy in May 2010 to mentor other entrepreneurs in the construction industry. This eight-week course provides practical advice and guidance in the areas of operations, business development, marketing and finance. The first annual Academy captured the attention of The New York Times when they recognized and singled out Gail’s willingness to mentor others. In 2010 Gail also created the Warrior Women’s luncheon group that meets once a month to help empower women in business and mentor them in their careers.
Gail is a frequent public speaker for business, women and community organizations, and serves on several boards including UNT Dallas Foundation, Entrepreneur Foundation of North Texas, and the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce. She graduated from Clark Atlanta University with a B.A. in accounting and earned an M.B.A. from the University of Dallas. She is also the mother of a wonderful son, Corey.