Terrence's six years in the NFL and his college career with NC State football have prepared him well for managing Holt Brothers Construction. In his role, he is focused on creating and communicating the mission and vision of the company, executing the game plan, and building a great team.
Under his leadership, the company has tripled in size, and revenue has consistently grown. The firm's project portfolio now includes the $65 million Critical Public Safety Center in Raleigh and the $35 million Reynolds Coliseum Renovation and Walk of Fame project at NC State.
Terrence serves as vice chair of the Holt Brothers Foundation, on the Board of Directors at the Durham Chamber of Commerce, and on the Durham Sports Commission.
Do you have a quote that you live by?
Yes. Dream big and dare to fail. – Norman Vaughan
Best known for his remarkable football career with the St. Louis Rams and NC State, Torry Holt was nominated to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2015 and named to the NC State Hall of Fame in 2014. He won a Super Bowl ring in his rookie season and earned the nickname, "Big Game."
Torry also serves as president of the Holt Brothers Foundation, a 501(c)3 that supports children who have a parent with cancer. He is passionate about winning — whether it's coaching his son's football team at Heritage High, or encouraging kids to dream big.
With all your accomplishments, what's next?
I really enjoy broadcasting. And I would love to write music.
VP of Marketing + Business Development
Mary-Ann's diverse background includes stints at Stewart Engineering, Mulkey Engineers & Consultants, the NHL Carolina Hurricanes, William Mullins and the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce -- as well as the founder of her own firm, Baldwin Communications.
She is responsible for marketing and business development for the Holt Brothers family of companies, and also serves as executive director of the Holt Brothers Foundation. She served as an at-large City Councilor in Raleigh for 10 years, and is the co-founder of Innovate Raleigh.
Where do you find inspiration?
Making a difference inspires me and motivates me. Whether it’s work, politics or play, I want to know that I’m moving the ball forward on something that matters.
VP of Diversity + Inclusion, CPSD
Patrice has 15+ years experience in the construction industry in the areas of supplier diversity and project management. She identifies diverse contractors and vendors for projects, establishes internal program goals, tracks program results, monitors contract compliance, and maintains relationships with clients and members of the local community. She is also part of the firm's business development team.
In recognition of her work, she has received the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce Circle of Influence Diversity Award, the NC Department of Administration Office of Historically Underutilized Business Industry / Agency Individual Award, and a 2015 40 Under 40 Award from Triangle Business Journal.
Think Gillian's Island. What three items would you need to survive?
My deserted island would have electricity and wifi, so I’d take my iPad, cigars, and red wine.
Receiving his Bachelors in Engineering from Auburn, Ben started his career as an estimator and assistant project manager. Fast forward two years and he decided to build his career in a different way — getting a Masters in Accounting from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School and becoming a CPA. He's worked for PwC and Dixon Hughes Goodman. In addition to managing financials as our Controller, he's also in charge of IT and HR.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
Doesn’t every kid dream of being a CPA when they grow up? Just me? Actually I think I first wanted to be a soccer player, especially after watching the World Cup in 1994 in the US. After that one faded, I wanted to be an architect, but then I took an architecture class in high school and realized I lacked the artistic creativity. That led me into engineering and construction management out of college and eventually to the financial side of the industry.
Merritt joined Holt in January 2017, returning to the A/E/C industry after a few years of exploring real estate and law. Raleigh is home (no really, she’s a native) and a passion for community is a big reason for Merritt's success in marketing and business development. She is a Past President of the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) Research Triangle Chapter, and a member of the Triangle Chapter of the American Marketing Association. Merritt received a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from NC State.
DOGS VS. CATS?
Dogs! I’ve had a dog in my life since the day I was born and can’t imagine a home without one. Currently residing with us is Buddy Marley, a 90-pound lab pit mix and George, a 23-pound French bulldog. You can guess who’s in charge.
Debra supports our team by organizing office operations and procedures, preparing payroll, and managing all aspects of bookkeeping — including payables, receivables and job cost. In addition, she provides historical reference by defining procedures for retention, protection, retrieval, transfer and disposal of records.
Debra brings 25 years of experience to Holt Brothers. Previously she worked for A&M Construction, where she served in the same role. Debra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Beach or mountains?
Hands down the beach! There is nothing I love more than sitting at the water’s edge, feet buried in the sand, feeling the waves wash by and long walks on the beach. Just hearing those pounding waves, breathing in the salty air, relaxation…ah, pure bliss!