John McInnis III
Born in Mobile, Alabama in 1978, John McInnis III is the CEO of McInnis Industries and the third generation of a successful construction enterprise. The family-owned construction company was started by John’s grandfather, John McInnis Sr. in 1970 and focused on heavy construction and transportation infrastructure. John McInnis III began running the day to day operations of several family businesses immediately after graduating from the University of Alabama in 2000 with degrees in Business Administration and Political Science. Through the leadership of John McInnis Sr, John McInnis Jr, and John McInnis III the businesses grew to complete more than $1 Billion and 1,000 major projects including bridges, roads, utilities, toll projects, and disaster related projects. John McInnis III was instrumental in several national emergency cleanup operations including The City of Orange Beach, Al after Hurricane Ivan (2004), St. Bernard Parish, LA after Hurricane Katrina (2005) and 20 miles of Alabama Coastline after the BP Horizon Oil Spill (2010). The Hurricane Katrina Cleanup in Southern Louisiana was one of the largest single FEMA Funded demolition projects in U.S. History resulting in almost 10,000 structures demolished. In 2017 Mr. McInnis served as the Director of Kenny Chesney’s Love for Love City Foundation leading the non profit response to Hurricanes Maria and Irma that devistated then U.S. And British Virgin Islands.
John McInnis III has built a reputation around his expertise in business strategy, principals, and structure. His roots in the highway construction business and solid business principals have yielded experience and assets in the birth and expansion of several different companies in many diverse industries including heavy construction, disaster cleanup and emergency management, government contracting, technology, motorsports, automotive and entertainment. Through his leadership, the John McInnis Family’s business interests have grown to include dozens of successful Companies. Mr McInnis has developed business relationships and partnerships in multiple fields both in the U.S. and abroad. The McInnis Family is also the majority owner in one of the world’s most famous road houses and beach bar’s, The Flora-Bama, which sits directly on the beach straddling the Alabama/Florida State Line. The FloraBama has been named one of or the #1 Beach Bar in the U.S. or World by Playboy, Maxum, CNN, Yahoo Travel, The Huffington Post and others. Jimmy Buffet and Kenny Chesney have both written songs about the FloraBama and in 2014 Kenny Chesney performed his only concert of the year to over 40,000 fans to celebrate the FloraBama’s 50th Anniversary. Mr McInnis, his partners, The Chesney Team and the FloraBama staff executed the highest profile concert in the U.S. for 2014 which was featured in all major news outlets including The Today Show, Good Morning America, and Rolling Stone. Mr McInnis married to Shelly Freeman McInnis and they have 3 sons.
John McInnis II
After completing his education at The University of Alabama John joined his parents in the family business.
John aided his parents to incorporate NewMc, Inc in 1970 and has 48 years of leadership experience at the McInnis Companies, completing many hundreds of major bonded projects in the United States, including highway, heavy, marine, demolition, military, industrial, utility and repair . He is currently president of McInnis Industries.
In addition, the McInnis Companies under his leadership have completed major disaster projects, including Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.
John served as the CEO of Unified Recovery Group LLC, after Hurricane Katrina completing hundreds of million of dollars worth of work.
John Malcolm McInnis, Sr. was born in Clio, Alabama in 1914. He was named after his grandfather, Malcolm McInnis, who served with the South in the War Between the States. The name John comes from his uncle, John Lang McInnis, who farmed and owned a cotton gin in Clio.
After weathering the tough years of the Great Depression, his first big move from the rural life of Barbour County was courtesy of the United States government, when he was drafted into the Army after Pearl Harbor.
He served in the Artillery, reaching the rank of Chief Warrant Officer, and barely endured the cold and frightening Battle of the Bulge. His Company was pinned down for days, and only two members of his unit survived. During his time in the Artillery, he became proficient in map reading, engineering, surveying and construction.
After the War, John returned home to Clio. During the Interstate Construction Era, he contracted to move houses off the condemned rights of way. Later, he joined the Barbour County Road Department and was on several local construction projects. He became acquainted with the various road and bridge contractors while working in Barbour County and was chosen to be the Project inspector on Hack Jordan’s first bridge job. He then became the Assistant County Engineer of Barbour County in 1947.
John had married Lucille Riley in 1946. They had three children – Charles, John and Tim.
In 1956, while C.F. Halstead was working on a job in Barbour County, John joined them and moved to Montgomery, opening Halstead’s Bridge Division in 1959. John moved his family to Montgomery in June of 1960. For the next 10 years, John and Halstead were involved in constructing major road and bridge, interchange and interstate projects during the Interstate Era of the Sixties.
By 1970, all the boys had completed high school so John felt that he could take a chance and start his own business. At age 58, he and W.S. Newell became partners and founded NewMc, Inc.
For the next 15 years, NewMc, Inc. built many remarkable projects. Of the many hundreds of projects completed are the US 11 bridge over the Tombigbee Waterway in Epes, AL and the joint venture of Mobile Interstate Pile Drivers (MIPD) as a subcontractor to Brown & Root on I-65 as it crossed the Mobile River Delta. MIPD, which included NewMc, Jordan Pile Driving, and Gulf City Construction, built the cofferdams, drove the piling and placed the substructure concrete on the 7 mile stretch across the Tensaw River, Middle River and Little Lizard Lake. All of the work was from barges and Hurricane Frederick played havoc with all the floating equipment while it passed through in 1979.
In 1985, John purchased his partner’s interest and in 1989 the company changed the corporate name to McInnis Corporation. His wife Lucille worked side by side with him at NewMc, Inc. as Secretary/Treasurer and she performed the same duties at McInnis Corporation and was also instrumental in the success of the business.
John was also joined by his sons, John, Jr. and Tim as well as his trusted employee and friend Spencer Morgan. Under John’s leadership and drive, the company built hundreds of road, bridge, utility and military projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia.
John spent as much time in the field as possible and loved to “push a job” toward completion looking after every detail. He visited every job weekly, arriving at the jobsite at work time no matter what time he had to leave driving from Montgomery. He made it a point to communicate with every man on the job during his visit.
John usually got to the office around 3 o’clock every morning only after he had stopped at the Montgomery Advertiser building to pick up his newspaper off the conveyor. He was on the job or at the office nearly seven days a week where he exhibited his mental and physical toughness.
John had a work ethic that was remarkable. If you knew John McInnis, you knew that he was uncompromising when it came to hard work and a quality project. He was demanding of his employees, but he had a “big heart”, when they were in need.
John passed away in 1996. During his life, he made a significant contribution to Alabama’s road building history. His company, McInnis Industries, LLC survives him and flourishes today, led by his sons and their fellow employees, who are still inspired by John McInnis and his outstanding toughness, drive and leadership.
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