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Decorated Navy SEAL and Leadership Expert Joins Groundworks to Lead Training Department

May 6, 2020

Virginia Beach, VA (May 6, 2020) – Groundworks Companies®, the nation’s largest privately held foundation services company, announced today that Flynn Cochran will join Groundworks as the Senior Vice President of Operations and Training. In this role, he will lead Groundworks University and Training Department to continue to develop, grow, and mentor world-class leaders throughout the organization. He will also play a major role in both Operations and the company’s Merger & Acquisition initiatives.

Cochran is no stranger to the Groundworks Tribe. He previously served as Chief Strategy Officer for Echelon Front, a leadership development partner of Groundworks for many years. Flynn worked alongside the men and women of Groundworks to offer a unique training regimen focused around battle-tested concepts of combat and business leadership. The partnership with Echelon Front has helped shape the culture at Groundworks, where the company exemplifies Extreme Ownership principles daily.

Prior to joining Echelon Front, Cochran served eight years as a U.S. Navy Officer with six of those years in elite Navy SEAL units. He deployed three times to combat zones in support of the Global War on Terror. After leaving the Navy, he attended Harvard Business School where he received a Master’s in Business Administration. After Harvard, Cochran joined one of the nation’s leading business and strategy consulting firms McKinsey & Company.

"Flynn is a leader with a wealth of experience in both business strategy and leadership training. He exemplifies everything that is vital within the Groundworks culture. This move is yet another example of Groundworks’ investment in the professional development for our most important asset – our Team. While many companies talk about development, we at Groundworks invest in our Team like no other company in home services.” said Matt Malone, Groundworks CEO. “We look forward to the one-of-a-kind leadership, development, and training principles Flynn will bring to the Groundworks Tribe as we continue to build a national platform and evolve an industry.”

“I have spent the last three years watching the unprecedented growth of Groundworks. It is not often that you see companies focused on the frontline team members in the way that Matt and the leadership at Groundworks are. The opportunity they provide for blue-collared men and women to have advanced their careers is incredible, “stated Cochran. “I am excited to take the concepts that I learned as a young SEAL Officer and taught as a Leadership Instructor at Echelon Front and share them with my new brothers and sisters at Groundworks. By directly implementing these principles to the challenges we face, our team will grow beyond what any of us can imagine.”

First and foremost, Cochran is a husband and a father of three. He and his family are in the process of moving from Seattle to the Virginia Beach area, where Groundworks Companies is headquartered. As a third-generation sailor, the Hampton Roads area is one he and his family are familiar with. Cochran is a former college football and baseball player, a lifelong athlete, and spends much of his time outdoors. Cochran is looking forward to his future with Groundworks Companies.



About Groundworks

Groundworks® is the nation’s largest privately held foundation services company. Headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA, the company provides foundation repair, basement waterproofing, crawl space repair and encapsulation, and concrete lifting. Groundworks is comprised of Complete Basement Systems®, Florida Foundation Authority™, Foundation Recovery Systems™, Foundation Repair of Western Colorado™, Indiana Foundation Service™, Innovative Basement Authority™, JES Foundation Repair™, Mount Valley Foundation Services®, Ohio Basement Authority™, Ohio Basement Systems™, Tar Heel Basement Systems®, A-1 Sewer & Drain™, Independence Materials Group™, and Bizwiz Software™. Since 1986, the combined companies have helped over 250,000 homeowners protect and repair their most valuable asset, their home. Groundworks operates over twenty offices that serve Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Maryland, Minneapolis, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. The company has been named numerous times to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work. For more information about Groundworks, please visit

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