Commercial Construction Company Continues to Give Back

GADSDEN, Ala.— Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is the Premier Platinum Sponsor of Team EVOLVE annual races. Based in Panama City, Team EVOLVE is a group of community members participating in a variety of obstacle course races and other challenges throughout each year. The team consists of VCGFL staff member Jason Cameron, local businesses, and Bay County Sheriff’s Office employees and their family members. The latest competition, Barbarian Challenge, was held on June 15 at 1500 Noccalula Rd. in Gadsden, Ala. The 6-mile race included over 20 obstacles, a tough terrain and the opportunity to run in the gorge of a 90-foot waterfall located in the center of the park.

“Completing each race and each obstacle makes me feel great about being able to contribute to the community as well as challenging myself physically to cross the finish line,” says Jason Cameron, disaster restoration specialist, Venture Construction Group of Florida.

The Barbarian Challenge takes place every year in June at Noccalula Falls Park. Individual races started at 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00 a.m. Children ages 12 and under had the opportunity to participate in a 1-mile fun run from 8-11 a.m. The team event began at 1 p.m. The day also included food and drink booths, vendors and an award ceremony. The first, second and third place winners in each age division won a custom medal. The overall female and male winner earned the coveted “Conan The Barbarian” Sword engraved with authentic runes protecting the bearer from evil. Second place overall female and male were awarded a custom made metal Barbarian helmet. Third place overall female and male were awarded a custom made Barbarian shield.

Upcoming races for Team Evolve include the Savage Rage on Sept. 21 in Dallas, Ga.; the Bonefrog Challenge on October 19th in Charlotte, N.C.; and the Tough Mudder Classic on Nov. 9 in Atlanta, Ga.

Committed to philanthropy, VCGFL is a major advocate for giving back to the community and supports numerous charitable endeavors throughout the year.

Team Evolve is led by coach JT Thompson, who won “Best Gym/Fitness Center” and “Best Weight Loss Center” in a local “Best of Bay 2019” Competition by Panama City News Herald. Team members give back to the community by volunteering, including a community project with Sleep in Heavenly Peace with the Bay County Sherriff’s Office to build 50 twin bunk beds for Hurricane Michael victims.

About Venture Construction Group of Florida

Founded in 1998, Venture Construction Group of Florida (VCGFL) is an award-winning leader in construction, restoration, renovations, roofing, storm damage repairs, and 24/7 emergency services throughout Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bahamas and the Caribbean. Specializing in industrial/ commercial projects, VCGFL assists property managers, condominium boards, homeowner associations, association boards, hotels, and business complexes with general contractor services, specialty construction, historical restoration, water and flood mitigation, and property repairs due to fire, flood, water, wind and hurricanes. With offices in Boca Raton, Ft. Myers, Naples, Panama City Beach, Orlando, Stuart, Tampa, San Juan, and Nassau, VCGFL is committed to operational excellence and exceptional customer service. VCGFL takes care of the details every step of the way including roofing, siding, windows, drywall, flooring, paint, gutters to rebuilding properties after major storm events from hurricanes, tornadoes, and hailstorms. VCGFL holds leading industry awards including the Roofing Alliance MVP AwardCoatings Pro Contractor AwardPro Remodeler Forty Under 40 AwardQualified Remodeler Top 500 Remodelers AwardQualified Remodeler Master Design AwardFlorida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association S.T.A.R. Spotlight Trophy for the Advancement of Roofing Awards in Sustainability and Community Service. CEO Stephen Shanton is an esteemed member of the prestigious Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC). Entrepreneur Magazine hails “YEC Consists of Some of the Most Well-Respected Minds in Entrepreneurship.” Shanton is a certified member of the WindStorm Insurance Network™ and is a WIND Certified Umpire®, WIND Certified Appraiser®, and WIND Certified Fellow®. VCGFL carries the industry’s leading accreditations and is an exclusive certified National Storm Damage Center Preferred Contractor, Certified Member of the United Association of Storm Restoration Contractors. VCGFL is a proud member of Exterior Insulation and Finish Systems (EIFS) Industry Members Association (EIMA); Florida Roofing and Sheet Metal Contractors Association (FRSA); Insurance Appraisal and Umpire Association (IAUA); National Association of Home Builders (NAHB); National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA); Property Liability and Resource Bureau (PLRB); Restoration Industry Association (RIA). VCGFL is a registered U.S. Federal Government Contractor and holds leading certifications including Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor, Mule-Hide Legacy Contractor, Certified CertainTeed Contractor, and Duro-Last Certified Contractor status. VCGFL credentials have been vetted and screened through independent third-party Global Risk Management Solutions. For more information, call 866-459-8351 or visit us online at

About Team EVOLVE

Team Evolve is an obstacle course race team and training program under the direction of Coach JT Thompson. At Team Evolve, we provide a one-of-a kind-team environment that focuses on both individuality and teamwork, which fundamentally transforms each person, both on and off the field. The team has been featured in several media stories and has participated in several fundraising events to give back to the community. Learn more at

About Barbarian Challenge

The Barbarian Challenge was first held at Noccalula Falls Park in 2011 and it was directed by Extreme Events LLC. In 2015, the City of Gadsden bought the rights to the race and the Park and Recreation Department has directed it ever since. The Barbarian Challenge takes place once a year, on the 3rd Saturday in June at Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Ala. It is approximately 6 miles and consists of 20 plus obstacles and tough terrain. You also get to run in the gorge of the 90 ft water fall that is the centerpiece of the park. It is the south’s most scenic OCR! The Barbarian Challenge is also part of the Alabama OCR Series. Learn more at

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Jennifer Greenawalt
Elev8 Consulting Group
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