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Groundworks Announces New Division and Promotions to Support Growth

New South Division to be led by industry veteran Ben Flowers

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Jan. 5, 2022) – Following the recent acquisition of Alpha Foundations in Florida, Groundworks®, the nation’s leading foundation and water management solutions company, announced it will be adding a new division to the company’s operational structure.  The newly created South Division will be comprised of four brands with 14 branch locations including, AFS Foundation and Waterproofing Specialists, AquaGuard Foundation Solutions, Florida Foundation Authority, and Alpha Foundations.  The move strengthens the leadership structure for the company’s growing local brands and provides increased support for customers in the Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Tennessee, and Florida markets.

Appointed to lead this new division as the Divisional Vice President is industry veteran, Ben Flowers. With nearly a decade of experience with AFS Foundation and Waterproofing Specialists, Flowers has advanced from Certified Field Inspector to General Manager, and most recently served as the MidSouth Regional Manager for Groundworks.  In his new role, Flowers will oversee leadership development programs for the brands, lead new product launch initiatives, and continue to grow the business in those markets.

“The southern U.S. continues to be a destination point and has recently had an influx of population and industry, bringing with it massive growth potential for our business,” said Ben Flowers, Groundworks Divisional Vice President. “My immediate goal is to blend the amazing talents and depth of the teams at each of the local brands to make the South Division of Groundworks the fastest-growing market leaders in the industry.”

To support the growth of the new Groundworks South Division, additional roles and promotions were also announced within the organization. Regan Williams, former General Manager of the AFS Chattanooga branch was promoted to South Divisional Sales Manager. Rick Malphurs, former Director of Sales for Alpha Foundations, was promoted to Florida Regional Manager. Sean Forrest, former Director of Production for Alpha Foundations, was promoted to Florida Regional Operations Manager. Cody Brakeman, former General Manager of the AFS Birmingham branch, was promoted to MidSouth Regional Manager.

“Our new division gives us the runway needed to continue our rapid growth and expansion, particularly in what will be our largest market, Florida,” said Mike Irby, Groundworks President and COO. “As one of our most talented and successful regional managers, Ben Flowers is well suited to lead this new division with a unique balance of sales and operational acumen. Further, the promotions of Regan, Rick, and Cody exemplify the opportunities for great talent at Groundworks.”

As a result of the announcement, the following additional organizational change will also be made.  Regional Manager Pat Combs will transition from the Southeast region to the Northeast Region, which will include the Pittsburgh, Central PA, Philadelphia, and Baltimore branches.  Combs will relocate to the Philadelphia office.

More promotional announcements are expected over the coming weeks. 


About Groundworks®

Groundworks®, headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, is the nation’s leading and fastest-growing foundation and water management solutions company. Groundworks Companies provide residential foundation and water management solutions including, foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, plumbing, gutters installation, and concrete lifting services. Since inception, our combined brands have helped nearly 1.5 million homeowners protect and repair their most valuable asset, their home. Groundworks operates over 45 offices and has been named numerous times to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Qualified Remodeler Top 500, BBB integrity award, and Best Places to Work.

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