Metcon Construction

Aaron Thomas President of Metcon, Inc. recognized as a “2013 40 Under 40 Rising Leader!"

aaron.pngAaron Thomas grew up working in his family's hardware and building supply business in Pembroke. Even while earning his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Thomas continued to lend a hand at the store. In 1999, he made the difficult decision to strike out on his own and founded Metcon Construction. The company has experienced steady growth and has built more than $200 million in construction projects. He attributes his company's success to growing gradually and having two great partners who each made significant contributions to growing the business over the past 13 years. Metcon's notable projects include the University of North Carolina at Pembroke Cypress Hall Residence Hall, Fayetteville State University Renaissance Hall Dormitory, Robeson County Department of Social Services and Embassy Suites of Fayetteville. Thomas even designed and built the Metcon corporate headquarters in the Carolina Commerce and Technology Center in Pembroke. Thomas is not only a LEED-accredited professional but a leader in sustainable construction. Metcon built Sandy Grove Middle School, the first net-positive privatized school in the U.S. The school is designed so efficiently that it will produce 30 percent more electricity than it uses, which it will sell back to the power company. Thomas holds an Unlimited Unclassified General Contracting License and earned a Masters of Construction Management degree from East Carolina University in 2007. In 2010, national publication Building Design and Construction Magazine named Thomas one of their own 40 under 40. In 2011, Metcon was awarded the National Minority Construction firm of the year by the U.S. Department of Commerce. Thomas volunteers with a program called Kill the Pill, an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of prescription drug abuse by family members and teens. He also donated his talents with Homes for Our Troops to build a specially adapted home for a critically-injured soldier returning home from the Iraq war. Thomas is a trustee for the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund, vice chair for the UNC-Pembroke Thomas Family Center for Entrepreneurship, president of the UNC-Pembroke Alumni Association, and a member of the UMCNC Board of Directors. He also co-founded a local community service organization called Natives for Progress. Thomas is a proud member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. "He is a wonderful example for the youth of today and truly exemplifies what a role model should be," said nominator Wendy Lowery.