Bernie has been in the commercial construction industry for over 30 years. His career began in property management at Trammell Crow Company, where he later became a partner, running the Charlotte construction operations (Raven Construction). Bernie is licensed as a General Contractor in North Carolina and also holds the following licenses: Electrical, Plumbing, and Mechanical. He founded Ranger Construction Company, Inc. in April 2000.
Bernie has an MBA from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and an undergraduate degree from Indiana University. In 2003, he retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. In the military, Bernie’s accomplishments included serving in the 82d Airborne Division, service in the 3d Ranger Battalion, Jump Master, Air Assault Qualified, and Commander of the 1/113th Field Artillery Battalion. Bernie serves on the Board of the Carolinas Freedom Foundation. He is also a former Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 162, and he coaches middle school and high school rugby teams. In his free time, Bernie enjoys restoring old cars, staying fit, and riding bikes with his wife, Elizabeth.