Pinnacle Construction names CEO

Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 1:12pm

Dale Randels Jr. of Nashville has been named the first president and CEO of Pinnacle Construction Partners LLC, a new construction company formed by Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce leaders that has publicly announced intentions to pursue a contract for building a prospective convention center.

Pinnacle’s founders, Darrell Freeman and Michael Carter, announced Thursday that Randels began leading Pinnacle Sept. 1. Randels is the former vice president and Nashville office chief of Heery International Inc., which has completed project management services for local buildings including Metro’s Main Branch library on Church Street and LifeWay Christian Resources’s downtown expansion.

“Dale’s proven expertise is an instant contribution to our company, and he will be a fundamental element in making Pinnacle Construction a successful organization,” Freeman said in a statement.

Pinnacle and the Nashville offices of prominent building companies American Constructors and Skanska USA Building Inc. make up a new partnership — Music City Builders — which has publicly announced plans to compete to build a new convention center, if one is approved.

Freeman is chairman of the Chamber, and Carter is vice chair of the Chamber’s Small and Enterprising Business office. The Chamber vocally — and publicly — supports the new convention center.

A tourist tax-funded plan for paying for a new convention center will be considered by Nashville’s newly elected Metro Council. Estimated costs for the proposed center stand at $455 million.

For more information, see tomorrow’s The City Paper.

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By: Time for Truth on 12/31/69 at 6:00

So the Chamber does active lobbying for the MCC White Elephant Boondoggle, then they turn around and form a construction company to build the above described money sinkhole.Conveniently, this thing has already been budgeted as one of the most expensive convention facilities outside of NY or California. Even in New York, the controversial Albany Convention Center plans have become controversial because they are estimated to cost 300 million instead of an original estimate of 180 million. With the potential of the lobbyists and construction firm being one and the same, we can look for all sorts of mischief. Anyone who thinks this cash cow for insiders won't eventually cost the taxpayers 700 million or more raise your hand. Simon says if you raised your hand you're an idiot and you're out.There needs to be a vote on this thing. I welcomed a vote on the Sounds stadium not just because it was the right thing to do but because I thought the ballpark would win approval. I urge a citizen vote on this turkey because there is evidence it would rightfully lose in a referendum.