John Allen, Vice Chairman
CEO, Huntsville Committee of 100
John Allen is the CEO of the Huntsville Committee of 100. The Committee of 100, founded in 1995, is a business advocacy organization of 255 CEO’s and professionals – including 50 young professionals — committed to long term strategies that impact economic vitality, supporting high-quality public education, and encouraging cooperative local government. His experience in the political process and public policy began early, with engagement in numerous local campaigns and volunteering in the local school system. He has served in numerous leadership positions in an appointed and volunteer capacity throughout the community.
As a member of the Committee of 100 since 2002, he has supported the mission of the organization and engaged at various leadership levels within the group and lastly served from 2016-2017 as Chair of BizPac, the political action committee of the Committee of 100. Mr. Allen, a Huntsville native, is an Alabama licensed residential homebuilder, and also a current licensed Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Alabama. A 1994 mechanical engineering graduate of Auburn University, Mr. Allen is a graduate of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class 16, Leadership Alabama Class 25 and in 2018 the FBI Citizens Academy. John is a Life Board member of the Huntsville/Madison County Builders Association (HMCBA), serves on the Board of the Huntsville Botanical Garden, Huntsville Hospital Foundation, and chairs the Madison Construction Appeals Board in the City of Madison.
His background is diverse. Starting his career as a co-op student with NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center, he began working in Space Shuttle Main Engine rotordynamics and space craft pyrotechnics. Upon graduation from Auburn in mechanical engineering, his early career began at Amoco Chemical in Decatur, AL, where he spent five years as a plant engineer for the PTA Unit #5. Earning his professional engineering license in 1999, Mr. Allen then began work in a small engineering consulting business for four years also in Decatur. During this tenure, he worked at various manufacturing, production, and technology companies all across North Alabama including rocket production, Apache helicopter turbine engines, food production, steel mills, and roofing plants. By 2002, he was an owner and Chief Operating Office of Cornerstone Engineering, and was recognized as the Young Engineer of the Year by the Alabama Society of Professional Engineers. It was then he decided to move into the family business founded in 1997 with his father-in-law in 2003.
As president of Southern Construction & Design, Inc., (SCD Inc.), a family owned business, from 2003 – September 2017, he designed and built custom homes and renovations in the residential market of Huntsville/Madison County. Under his leadership, in August of 2006, Southern Construction was awarded the Small Business of the Year in Construction/Manufacturing by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce, and placed on the INC. Magazine yearly INC. 5000 listing of the top 5000 businesses in the country in 2007 and 2008. Since, 2008, they were awarded fourteen statewide awards in the Alabama Remodeling Excellence Awards program. In April of 2011, in New Orleans, the National Universal Design Accessibility Award from United Cerebral Palsy was presented to Southern Construction, and in August of 2011, they received the Building/Construction and Development Award from the Tennessee Valley Green U Festival. Southern Construction was a Finalist in the Better Business Bureau Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics in 2010 and 2011 and was the Torch Award Winner in 2014. The Huntsville Madison County Builders Association inducted John Allen into the Local Hall of Fame in June of 2015. In August of 2016, Southern Construction was recognized again in the Small Business Awards ceremony and awarded the Service Business of the Year by the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce. In 2017 Mr. Allen was awarded the Volunteer of the Year from the Huntsville Madison County Botanical Garden. As of September 1, 2017, he began service in the chief executive capacity for the Huntsville Committee of 100.
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