Executive Team

Stephen B. Ballard


Stephen B. Ballard is the owner and founder of S.B. Ballard Construction Company.  With over 35 years of construction experience under his belt, Steve oversees all construction operations and corporate functions of S.B. Ballard including strategic planning, project management, estimating, business development, corporate communications, safety, and quality. 

Throughout his career, Steve has served as a project manager, superintendent, estimator, carpenter and laborer.  Since founding the company, Steve has been involved in each project and he consistently provides owners and developers with safe, high quality facilities. 

In addition to his work at S.B. Ballard, Steve actively participates in a wide variety of charitable and civic endeavors.  He currently sits on the Board of Visitors at Old Dominion University and is a Board Member for the Virginia Beach Wetlands Committee.  Steve is a member if the Associated General Contractors of America, American Concrete Institute, American Society of Concrete Construction, among others.  Further, Steve donates to the Children’s Hospital of The King's Daughters, Horizons of Hampton Roads and various other organizations in the community.


Ann Mason

Chief Financial Officer

Ann Mason joined S.B. Ballard Construction Company in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer.  Ann oversees the accounting, financing, risk management and human resources functions of the company. 

Prior to her current position, Ann worked as a Timberline consultant with CIS Consulting; an accountant with Lewis & Company; the accounting manager of Mid-Eastern Builders; and as a staff accountant with The Pepperdine Corporation. 

Ann earned her MBA from Old Dominion University; her B.S.in Financial Accounting from the University of New Haven; and an A.S.in Accounting from Mohegan Community College in Norwich, Connecticut.  She is certified Public Accountant and is a member of the Virginia Society of Certified Public Accountants, Construction Financial Management Association and the Hampton Roads Financial Executive Forum.


Mark Payne, DBIA, LEED GA

Vice President Pre-Construction Services

Mark Payne has over 30 years of construction experience and has served as the Vice President of Pre-Construction Services since 2001.  Mark oversees the Estimating department and all functions of the pre-construction process.  Mark focuses on Design-Build and CM@Risk projects.

Mark joined S.B. Ballard Construction Company in 1984 as a laborer.  Throughout his career, he has worked as a carpenter, equipment operator, concrete finishing specialist, purchasing agent, and field operations manager.

Mark is a certified LEED Green Associate and a Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Designated Professional. Additionally, he holds several certifications from the American Concrete Institute, Old Dominion University, and Sage/Timberline.

Mark is a Board Member of the Hampton Roads DBIA Chapter, Past President and current Executive Board Member of the Hampton Roads Association of General Contractors (AGC), and is active with the Parking Association of the Virginias (PAV).


Curtis Griffin, DBIA, LEED AP

Vice President

Curtis Griffin has over 33 years of construction experience and serves as a concrete estimator.  He has 25 years of field experience performing duties such as laborer, rodbuster, form carpenter, layout man, foreman, superintendent, project manager and estimator. Curtis joined S.B. Ballard Construction Company in 1993 and became a Vice President in 2005.

Curtis specializes in site and concrete contracting estimating and works closely with the Estimating team on large general construction projects. Curtis is a certified LEED AP and a Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Designated Professional.


Paul Littlefield, LEED GA

Vice President Project Management

Paul Littlefield has over 27 years of construction experience and has served as Vice President Project Management since 2005.  Paul oversees the Project Management and Project Management Assistant staff, as well as the day to day activities of each jobsite.

Prior to working at S.B. Ballard, Paul served four years in the United States Army and, after completing his tour of duty, founded PDA Construction, a residential and light commercial construction company, where he was President and Senior Project Manager.  After twelve years in residential construction, Paul began his career in commercial construction by joining Armada Hoffler as a project manager. In 2000, he was hired by S.B. Ballard as Senior Project Manager.

Paul is a certified LEED Green Associate and a Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Designated Professional.


Wayne Barrett

Vice President Field Engineering

Wayne Barrett has over 38 years of construction experience and has served as Vice President Field Engineering since 2000.  Wayne has been employed with S.B. Ballard since 1989 and is responsible for overseeing the Field Engineering and Surveying functions of the company.

Prior to his current position, Wayne worked for Baldwin and Gregg and Miller Stephenson & Associates.  He was licensed as a Land Surveyor in 1988 and is currently serving as the President for the Tidewater Chapter of the Virginia Association of Surveyors.


Stephanie Ballard

Corporate Secretary

Stephanie Ballard was appointed Corporate Secretary of S.B. Ballard Construction Company in 2010.  Stephanie is responsible for scheduling educational courses for employees, business insurance, claims, and workers’ compensation. 

After earning her Bachelors of Business Administration from James Madison University, Stephanie joined S.B. Ballard full-time as a project manager assistant in 2009. Prior to her current position, Stephanie completed an internship at Sullivan, Andrews & Taylor Accounting Firm and worked at S.B. Ballard during breaks throughout her four years at JMU.


Darrell Polokonis

Vice President Operations

Mr. Polokonis has been with S.B. Ballard for 30 years.  Prior to S.B. Ballard closing the concrete division, Mr. Polokonis ran this operation.

Mr. Polokonis now serves as Vice President of Operations and is a Project Manager on several general contracting projects throughout the Hampton Roads area.


Tim Patterson

Vice President Building Systems Engineering

Mr. Patterson has been a practicing professional in the engineering and construction field for over 29 years and has been with S.B. Ballard for four years.  His responsibilities include construction, operation and function of building MEP systems and the sustainable design and construction for all SBBCC projects.

Prior to his current position Tim worked as an A&E Project Manager with CEGG Associates; Construction Sales Manager with ColonialWebb Contractors; Energy Engineer and Regional Account Manager with Potomac Energy & Power Co. (PEPCO); and a mechanical engineer with various A&E consulting firms here in Hampton Roads.

Tim’s education consists of a MS in Sustainable Construction Project Management from Boston Architectural College (expected ’12); BS Business Management from Old Dominion University (’07) and Mechanical Engineering Technology from Central New England College (’82).  He is also a Certified Commissioning Professional (CxAP) from the University of Wisconsin at Madison School of Engineering (’09); a LEED AP BD+C (’08) and a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) with the Association of Energy Engineers (’91).  He is also a Past President of the Hampton Roads Chapter of The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) where he remains an active member.


Chuck Smith

Vice President Project Controls

Mr. Smith has been with S.B. Ballard for nine years and his main role is scheduling and tracking contractor adherence as well as developing project management policies and procedures.

Prior to working at S.B. Ballard Construction, Mr. Smith worked for Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) for nearly 20 years.  While at DVP, Mr. Smith held several carrier positions such as Electrician, Electrical Foreman, Electrical Supervisor and System Maintenance Coordinator. 

Mr. Smith left DVP in 1996 and entered commercial construction as a Project Controls Engineer for Fischbach & Moore, Inc.  In 2002, Mr. Smith began his employment with S.B. Ballard as a Project Manager. 


Timothy Thaxton

Vice President Information Technology

Tim Thaxton joined S.B. Ballard Construction Company in August 2005 as the Network Manager. In August 2011 Thaxton was promoted to Vice President of Information Technology. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing S.B. Ballard’s Information Systems and Technical Operations. Thaxton has led the development of the company’s network enhancements and systems migrations, as well as playing a key role in overseeing the architecture and development of effective and scalable solutions to meet a wide range of business opportunities.

Thaxton holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in Information Technology from Campbell University.