BLOC's Mission

BLOC’s team provides experienced development and consulting services, custom-tailored to the needs of each client. While working in collaboration with a company’s staff members/liaisons, our track record of commitment to each project begins with consulting during the initial conceptual phase and continues through completed construction work and final client acceptance.                                                  

BLOC’s Strategic Business Units (SBUs) build teams of seasoned project professionals whose diverse backgrounds reflect the target-markets we serve. This diversity is reflected throughout BLOC’s staff and board and gives BLOC an insiders understanding of the specialized needs, interests, and problems of its target markets. 

 

BLOC Global Team

  • Herschell Hamilton
    Herschell Lanier Hamilton, CCIM
    Managing Partner

    Herschell Hamilton is a Principal of BLOC Global Group, a leading U.S. based real estate services firm. With offices in Birmingham, AL and Washington, D.C., the company designs, builds, develops, and invests in complex real estate and building projects. Through his leadership as Managing Partner, Hamilton is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the company, structuring business and project opportunities, and managing client engagements. He has successfully led the organization to secure major construction management roles in aviation, master development, and mixed-income residential projects.

    Prior to co-founding BLOC, Herschell was Vice President of New Market Ventures for Masada Resource Group (MRG), where he was responsible for structuring and writing business cases to support the company’s capital market activities and municipal contracts for the firm’s proprietary “waste-to-energy” technology. Before joining MRG, Hamilton co-founded and served as Chief Operating Officer of a web-based media/technology company, where his responsibilities included day-to-day operations and administration, as well as strategic and financial analysis. He actively managed the closing of $2 million in equity investments from both individual and institutional investors.

    Hamilton has seven (7) years of investment banking experience, structuring public finance transactions with Raymond James Financial and Porter White and Company. He served in two high-level public administration posts with former Alabama Governor Jim Folsom, where he coordinated and advised State boards, authorities, and departments in the fiscally responsible issuance of approximately $500 million in bonded debt. He also worked as Chief Administrative Assistant to Birmingham Mayor Richard Arrington, Jr., serving as chief advisor on matters of finance, economic development, and capital projects, while negotiating and structuring the City’s participation in numerous public/private partnerships.

    Having earned numerous licenses and certifications, Hamilton earned his CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) designation in 2010. Hamilton is an executive committee member of the Birmingham Business Alliance and Leadership Birmingham; and serves on Brookwood Hospital Board of Governors and the Housing Fund, Inc. Board. He is the former Chairman of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Board of Directors and Red Cross Blood Services Division (Central Alabama and Gulf Coast Region), as well as former Director of Birmingham Water Works and Sewer Board.

    A graduate of Birmingham’s A.H. Parker High School, Hamilton earned his undergraduate degree in Zoology from Howard University, Washington, D.C., and a Masters in Public and Private Management from Birmingham Southern College.

    Herschell Hamilton, CCIM
    Managing Partner
  • J. Micheal Carpenter, AIA
    J. Michael Carpenter, AIA, NCARB
    Executive Vice President

    Mr. Carpenter is Executive Vice President of BLOC. In this capacity he manages client engagements involving development programming, program management, and project implementation. During his thirty (30) years of practice he has founded two construction and program management firms and one architectural firm which have been acquired by larger companies. He is a licensed architect in numerous states and nationally. As principal and founder of Carpenter Associates, a program management, construction management, and development services firm, he was involved in the design and implementation of major construction programs. In 1983, he founded the first construction program management firm in the State of Mississippi and has been a leader in educating the Region to the benefits to this project delivery method. His experience allowed him to participate in projects ranging from $3 million to $540 million. He has served on advisory boards for several university construction education programs and metropolitan development agencies. His undergraduate studies were in mechanical engineering at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. In addition, he has a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

    J. Michael Carpenter, AIA
    Executive Vice President
  • Albert G. Folcher, Jr.
    Albert G. Folcher, Jr.
    Senior Manager, Special Projects

    A retired Army Colonel, Al Folcher is Senior Manager for Special Projects. With over forty years of experience in strategic planning, construction management, and economic development, Folcher also serves as President and CEO of SCA Planning & Construction Management Company. As the Executive Director of Auxillary Services at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, he managed the University parking, housing, bookstore, food service, printing, bulk mail, mail and computer maintenance service operations, and increased revenues from $5million to $52million in a ten year period. As Executive VP, Sloss Real Estate Group and President of SCA, he was responsible for over 1,500,000 million square feet of office, commercial and retail space and he developed or redeveloped over 750,000 square feet of building space. New construction projects that he provided construction management services for included One Federal Place (315,000 square foot office building for the Bradley Arant Rose and White Law Firm) and the new Alabama Ballet Building. Folcher also served six years as the Director of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Vestavia Hills, Alabama. In that capacity he was directly responsible for significant new construction and during his tenure annual sales tax revenues increased twofold. He is a graduate of Washington & Lee University, has a Masters degree in International Relations from George Washington University and attended both the Army War College and the Navy War College. He is an active member of the Society of International Business Fellows.

    Albert G. Folcher, Jr.
    Senior Manager, Special Projects

Five Guiding Principles

BLOC strives to become a pre-eminent provider of professional technical services within the construction and real estate development services industries. The company values are based on Five Guiding Principles, which have led the firm to develop innovative professional staff members who constantly exceed client expectations.

  1. IntegrityBLOC’s success depends on the firm’s ability to maintain a reputation of truthfulness, as well as realize commitments promised. The firm’s professionals always advise on, or execute transactions in the best interest of the firm’s clients.
  2. Client FocusedBLOC’s success depends on the firm’s ability to foresee and prescribe innovative solutions to client’s needs. The firm’s professionals seek to exceed the expectations of the client. Client relationships are governed by professionalism, high ethical standards, civility, and respect.
  3. ExcellenceBLOC’s success depends on the delivery of exceptional service to clients. Innovative and creative solutions of the highest ethical nature are the foundation of this firm.
  4. CollaborationBLOC’s professional staff bring to bear their unique skill sets in a team environment to offer innovative services to client’s needs. The firm does not minimize the importance of individual contribution; however, BLOC stresses humility and selflessness in a team environment that sustains the growth of the firm. BLOC strives to bring out the best of its extended team of consultants, sub-contractors, clients and investors.
  5. Profitability CenteredBLOC’s success and longevity depend on its efforts to consistently produce profits. Profitability is fundamental to BLOC’s success and growth; rewarding the firm’s employees, investors, and principals.