Paces Construction Team

John Beach, Partner • 404-841-8841 ext 20

John Beach first took a keen interest in woodworking as a kid in his grandfather’s Brookhaven workshop on Club Drive. The sturdy workbench and rows of traditional hand and large power tools seemed magical in their ability to create toys, and later fine furniture, from rough stacks of wood.  Now over 40 years later John continues to craft fine furniture, sculpt and build/remodel houses with the same attention to detail, sometimes on that same workbench now in his shop. Along the way John worked in construction in high school and college, as a Skilled Supervisor volunteer for Habitat, and has been called a “serial remodeler” by his family. John lives in Buckhead with his wife Ann, son Harrison, and 2 pointer puppies, Tesla and Pinto.

Education and Certifications

Masters of Science, Residential Building, Georgia Tech College of Architecture
State of Georgia licensed Residential and Light Commercial Contractor
Numerous Federal, State, EPA, NAHB and other certifications
Graduate work in Business Information Systems, undergraduate degree in Business/Economics


Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, Board of Directors, Executive Committee
Atlanta Remodelers Council, Board of Directors, Past President
Buckhead Heritage Society, Board of Directors
Vinings Historical Preservation Society, Board of Directors

Richard Everett Paces Construction

Richard Everett, Partner • 404-841-8841 ext 30

Richard offers a unique background to the residential construction industry. Studies in engineering and marketing, plus a previous career in advertising honed his skills in detail-orientation, and cultivating and maintaining very productive client relationships. While planning his career change, Richard discovered a way to evolve a favorite childhood hobby to get a lot closer to architecture, his first passion. Richard grew up playing with friends on new home construction sites along Mt. Paran Rd. He also survived seven live-in remodels with his parents and three with his wife (before she said no more). Richard may never pursue that masters in architecture, but helping form Paces certainly allowed him to get back into construction and continue building wonderful client relationships. Richard still climbs around job sites, now for his clients.

Other passions for Richard include his wife, two college students and one chocolate lab, helping others, and community involvement and service. One of his most gratifying endeavors stems from coaching and mentoring Boy Scouts into becoming Eagle Scouts.


Washington & Lee University, Lexington, VA
Bachelor of Science, Commerce (Business Administration, Marketing and Management)
Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering (Architecture)
Paces Academy and The Lovett School, Atlanta, GA

Community Service

Boy Scouts of America, Troop 232, Assistant Scoutmaster, Life to Eagle Coach, Eagle Project Coach
Washington & Lee University, Career Advisor for Recent Graduates
Mt. Paran-Northside Citizens Association, Past Board Member
The Lovett School, Past Class Representative

Jennifer Morris Paces Construction Sales & Marketing Director

Jennifer Morris

Director of  Marketing and Sales • 404-841-8841 ext 10

“I’m so happy to work for a company I believe in.”

Jennifer joined the Paces team after first being a client. The kitchen and keeping room renovation that Paces Construction completed at her home was featured on The Junior League Tour of Kitchens and continues to be the heart of her home. Jennifer’s love of home projects began as a child growing up in a house built in the 1700’s. She claims that after that experience no remodeling job scares her. Prior to joining Paces Construction, Jennifer used her construction and design talents to purchase, renovate and resell homes in Atlanta.

Jennifer and her husband Keith live in Sandy Springs with their two sons, Sam a student at USC and Matthew, a student at The Westminster Schools. Her family jokes that she is never happier than when there is a construction dumpster in their driveway.


BA in Communications and Public Relations
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Sandy Springs Education Force Volunteer
UNC-G Atlanta Alumni club Leadership Team Member
Concorde Fire Soccer Club Team Manager

Jerry Blackerby

Production Manager • 404-841-8841 ext 60

Jerry Blackerby started building tree houses and forts when he was a young boy and really enjoyed it.  He says he’s just building better forts today with better tools and much bigger budgets. Jerry grew up in Marietta and now lives in Ackworth on Lake Altoona with his wife Joette. They are now empty-nesters, with 6 grown kids; Shannon, Shane, Cindy, Adam, Amanda and Lindsay. Jerry joined Paces Construction in 2007 and has over 35 years’ experience in all facets of carpentry for remodeling and new construction. Jerry trained as a lead carpenter and project supervisor, and he also manages Paces job subcontractors when he’s not correcting blueprints, picking up materials or swinging a hammer.


Marilyn Orbeck

Office Manager • 404-841-8841 ext 40

Marilyn Orbeck keeps the Paces Construction office organized and running smoothly. She takes care of bookkeeping, licensing, insurance and a myriad of government regulations. Marilyn is from California, and moved to Atlanta to be closer to her daughter Kristian and 3 grandchildren here. She has worked for a number of design and construction firms in both California and Atlanta.