BDE

OUR LEADERSHIP

Powering The Future of Construction

Hugh Blackwell

Principal Officer

As Principal Officer, Hugh is responsible for the overall growth and profitability of BDE. After fourteen consecutive years of driving revenue growth for Fortune 500 companies Siemens and Schneider Electric, Hugh would venture out on his own to start BDE in 2016. Hugh started BDE with a strong background in electrical distribution equipment engineering and management, along with a penchant for top line growth and cost control discipline, Obtaining and growing a customer base in the DC/Baltimore Metro and Louisiana regions, BDE has blossomed into a multimillion dollar revenue business with a significant physical footprint within 5 years of inception. Hugh is married to Jimani and has three children, Hugh III, Purpose, and Miles. Hugh has a BS from Howard University and a MBA from George Mason University.

Chad Risher

VP of Traffic and Lighting Sales

As VP of Traffic and Lighting Sales, Chad is responsible for customer acquisition, vendor management and profit attainment in the traffic and lighting sector for BDE. Chad came to BDE with a strong background in customer relationship management and entrepreneurship from his time at Risher Business Consultants. Chad has primarily developed BDE’s traffic sector into a self-sustaining profit center, implementing a sales method revolving around building relationships with world class vendors and high performing contractors. Throughout his career, Chad has been a collaborative team leader and detailed oriented contributor. Chad is married to Rebecca and has one child, Knox. Chad has a Associate’s degree from Baton Rouge Community College.

Thomas Calhoun Jr.

VP Marketing & Innovation

Thomas has over 20 years in Strategy and IT Consulting in the public sector and has been a full time entrepreneur for 13 of those years. In 2019, Thomas was brought on to help BDE grow a footprint in the Hampton Roads area. After successfully identifying an opportunity, negotiating contract terms, and managing the customer-facing aspects of the $600k project to completion, Thomas transitioned into a new role. As V.P. of Marketing and Innovation, Thomas is responsible for improving BDE’s brand recognition, automating BDE’s core business processes, and launching scalable infrastructure-related products. This enables Thomas to leverage his years of consulting experience as well as his educational background. Thomas earned a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from Norfolk State University, an M.E. in Systems and Information Engineering from the University of Virginia, and a Full Stack Web Development certification from George Washington University.

Jadi Mwendo

VP of Operations

As VP of Operations, Jadi is responsible for the procurement and assembly of the electrical components and subcomponents sold by BDE. Jadi came to BDE with a strong background in electrical equipment maintenance and assembly from his time in the US Navy as an Aviation Electrician, as well as his work as an Electronics Technician at Liberty Oilfield Services. Additionally, Jadi worked as a consultant for IBM, implementing SAP software at several Fortune 500 company clients, including Pratt & Whitney, Schlumberger, Zoetis, and Generac. Throughout his career, Jadi has bridged the communication gap between technical teams and stakeholders, optimizing project efficiency and success. Jadi is married to Marti and has three children, Jamila, Jala, and Jaden. Jadi has a BA from Clark Atlanta University, a BS from the University of New Orleans, and a JD from Tulane University.

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Baltimore, MD

6801 Eastern Avenue, Suite 205
Baltimore, MD 21224
(202) 827-7374

New Orleans, LA

10836 Chef Menteur Highway
New Orleans, LA 70127
(504) 265-9919