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Groundworks Companies Taps George Frates to Lead JES Foundation Repair Brand

Branch Manager Promoted to Leadership Position Overseeing Large Foundation Services Company

George Frates

Virginia Beach, VA (October 15, 2018) – Groundworks Companies announced today the appointment of George Frates to lead JES Foundation Repair, the largest of five foundation services companies in the Groundworks portfolio. Frates, who has been with the company for 10 years, most recently served as SVP of Sales and General Manager of the Virginia Beach branch. 

Frates began his Groundworks career in 2008 as a Certified Field Inspector within the JES sales department. As a steward of delivering world-class customer service, Frates honed his operational and sales leadership abilities moving to a full-time Sales Manager position at JES’ Virginia Beach location in 2012 and then to General Manager in 2013. In 2016, Frates’ sales management track record earned him the position of Senior Vice President of Sales for Groundworks Companies.

“Frates possesses a deep understanding of all facets of our business and has an innate ability to align multiple teams,” said Matt Malone, Groundworks’ CEO. “This role allows George to take full advantage of his diverse skill sets across all of our JES branches.”

“My firsthand experience with sales, production, and service over the years has made me very attuned to the business and the positive differences we make daily with our customers,” said Frates. “I am excited to have the opportunity to mentor and facilitate JES’ growth in a new capacity.”

Frates will oversee the sales and operations of all five of JES’ locations including JES Virginia Beach serving the Hampton Roads and coastal North Carolina region; JES Chester serving the central Virginia region, JES Manassas serving the Northern Virginia, D.C., and Maryland region, and JES Appomattox and JES Salem serving the Western Regions of Virginia.

About Groundworks

Groundworks is the nation’s largest foundation repair company with its corporate office headquartered in Virginia Beach, VA. Groundworks is comprised of Foundation Recovery Systems, Mount Valley Foundation Services, Tar Heel Basement Systems, JES Foundation Repair, and Indiana Foundation Service. The combined companies have helped over 125,000 homeowners since 1986. Groundworks operates out of fifteen offices that serve South Carolina, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, West Virginia, Missouri, and Indiana. The company has been named to the Inc. 5000 Fastest Growing Companies, Virginia Chamber of Commerce Fantastic 50, Inside Business Roaring Twenty, and Best Places to Work. For more information about Groundworks and Groundworks University, please visit

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