International Builders' Show
February 19 - 21, 2019
Las Vegas, NV
FEB 19-21

Christine Fortenberry, CAPS, CGB, CGR, CGP

FCS Atlanta, LLC
Atlanta, GA

Christine Fortenberry has more than 42 years of experience building custom homes, remodeling and light commercial. She is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a degree in Industrial Management. As founder and CEO of Fortenberry Construction Inc, Christine has been a unique player in a male-dominated industry. Her skills, experience, and reputation for quality, integrity, and professionalism have earned her local, regional, and national recognition. In 2007, Christine established Fortenberry Construction Services LLC, a full service residential and light commercial design, renovation and construction company. This company also provides evaluation, design and construction services for special needs and aging-in-place projects including ADA evaluations and reports for Light Commercial projects. In 2012, Christine created FCSatlanta LLC, a full service Real Estate Consulting firm specializing in horizontal infrastructure for developers and specializing in Reserve Study and Analyses Services for Single Family Communities, Condominiums, Townhome Communities and Office Parks. I am the President and CEO of Fortenberry Construction, Inc. which is a general contractor. At this time FCI primarily builds large homes from $399,900 and up. FCI has been in business since September 1971.I am a graduate of Georgia Tech, class of 1971, with a degree in Industrial Management. This degree (which is no longer offered) is a degree combining design, engineering and management skills.1970's: Instrumental in negotiating with the Corp of Engineers for the expansion of the South Cherokee Recreation facilities north of Woodstock. Designed and built the expanded recreation facilities donating all of the services and a portion of the material used in the construction.Spring 2003: Joined the "Partner in Education" program and partnered with Kemp Elementary, Cobb County, coordinated by the Cobb Chamber of Commerce. We have participated and continue to participate in a supporting role of various programs at Kemp Elementary such a career week events, Fall Festival, Spring Fling and other projects throughout each school year.Jan 2003: Elected President of the Echo Mill Homeowner's Association for a two year term. We constructed 22% of this 532 home development. I have lived in this development for over eight years and Co-Chair the Social committee. Jan 2005: Elected to a second two year term as President of the EMHOA.2004: Designed, built and donated an outdoor classroom for Kemp Elementary.2004: Coordinated the project and donated the materials the building of the furniture for the outdoor classroom.Spring 2004: We are charter members of the "Work Force Housing" project in Cobb County. We along with other general contractors will donate time and services to the production of homes in the Mitchell Chase Subdivision in Mableton over the next two years. This effort is a joint effort between our group and our subcontractors and the Cobb Housing Authority to build affordable housing for the "heroes" of our community who provide police, medical and fire protection for our county citizens. At this time, our company is working directly with Cobb County Housing, Inc. to develop the plans and specs for this project which is due to begin construction during the first quarter of this year. January 2005, at the National Home Builder's Show, we collectively were one of six "Work Force Housing" projects to receive national recognition and honors. Fall 2004: We were nominated for "Partner of the Year" by Kemp Elementary School. Fall 2004 Teacher of the Year and Partner of the Year Awards: We were one of six "Partner of the Year" winners out of 850 partners throughout Cobb County, GA.Fall of 2004: Successfully passed the new Contractor International Building Codes Exam.Jan 2005: Elected Treasurer of the newly formed West Cobb Business Association.February 2005: The successful contractor exam testing combined with a good history in credit worthiness and customer satisfaction, earned us the professional designation of "Certified Professional Home Builder". May 2005: Recognized as a top 25 small business in Cobb County, GACareer member of the National Homebuilders Association;Member of the Women's Council of the National Home Builder's Association.Member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce Member in good standing with the Better Business Bureau.Summer 2005: Named as one of six persons from Georgia to be a Chairperson from Georgia to the National Republican Business Advisory Council.September 2005: Named as 2005-2006 Director from Atlanta Home Builders Association to the Georgia Home Builders Association.October 2005: Named as 2005-2006 alternate Director from the Atlanta Home Builders Association to the NAHB.November 2005: Selected as a Ronald Reagan Gold Medal winner from Georgia. As our name recognition has heightened and our company has experienced sales growth and profitability, we have been recognized as a solid contributor to the redefining of "professionalism" of the home building industry in our community. Simultaneously, I have been thrilled to learn that our pro-activeness rather than re-activeness has been an inspiration to the women who work or want to work in our industry, a traditionally male dominated industry at most all levels. I am proud to have been instrumental in significantly contributing to the re-introduction of a focus on customer compassion and satisfaction to an industry which has been notoriously self-serving in the past.In the Civic arena, we strive to re-characterize the construction industry and its civic responsibilities and the civic attitude towards our industry. Because of my notoriety in this traditionally male dominated industry, it appears that we are now a strong force in the movement of the tide of change rather than flowing with the tide. Our goal is to give back to the community which has given so much to the success of our company!

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