Warren Lee Phillips, Jr., was born in the Bronx of New York in October of 1966. The men in his family were union construction workers with his father a steel erector and his uncles working in concrete. These men contributed greatly to the development of Manhattan – they were part of the teams that built the Twin Towers. Warren’s grandfather was a union carpenter – when Warren was small his grandpa would entertain him with a ball peen hammer and a handful of nails – the very foundation of a career.
When Warren was just a teenager his family moved to Tampa, Florida. He learned to fish, ski and knee board – enjoying everything about living on the gulf. Warren took a short break after graduating from high school in 1984 before beginning to work as a carpenter’s helper for Level Line Construction Company. He began framing homes ranging in square footage from 1,000 to 15,000 as well as some beautiful custom designs along the shore of the Gulf of Mexico.
His company broke into commercial work in 1994 framing the roof for the Hospitality House and building a massive bull pen for a bull named Diablo at Bush Gardens! A year later, Warren undertook a project in Atlanta – building an assisted living facility on North Druid Hills Road for Beers Construction. Atlanta was preparing for the Olympics and the smell of money was in the air so to speak. Along with the owner of Level Line, Warren and a few others decided to move to Atlanta to take advantage of the building boom. This proved to be a smart and successful decision.
Warren has been in the commercial construction industry ever since, building country clubs for Tocco Hills, Capitol City and Windemere golf courses, along with framing and trimming churches, banks, restaurants, hospital additions and hotels with the largest being 80,000 square feet. Warren was with Level Line from 1984 until 2013 – 29 very successful years.
By this time of life, Warren knew he did not want to continue working this hard forever, so he orchestrated an escape and landed a job as a superintendent for C. B. Construction. His first project was to demo a shoe store to build out a Burger FI restaurant in Alpharetta. This was followed by two more such franchises and a variety of projects before advancing to ground-up construction. Warren has worked on large developments in Newnan, Knoxville (Tennessee) and the 20-acre development, Liberty Park, across from Avalon on Old Milton Parkway in Alpharetta.
Nick Shugrue, a long-time friend of Warren’s, set up an interview for him at Chandlee and Sons where Nick is a Project Manager. As Chandlee & Sons is always on the lookout for qualified managers, Warren was hired in early March 2019. He says, “I am comfortable working here as everyone has been very helpful and friendly. I can see that I will retire from this company.”
Warren is a dad to four handsome, strong young men. He is a grandfather who loves hanging out with the grandchildren teaching them how to do things right. And he has a beautiful girlfriend, Carolyn. Warren likes going to the gym, collecting and shooting guns, working around the house, and on occasion, going to the casino. He visits Florida several times a year to snorkel and his immediate plans include creating a garden. Everyone at the Chandlee companies wish Warren many productive years with us and say, “Welcome aboard!”