Vernice Atkins-Bradley has been involved in excess of $6.5 billion dollars in various real estate development and construction projects, spanning over 32 years. She is the majority shareholder and the Licensed General Contractor of Votum Construction, a company she co-founded with Teska Dillard. In her role as President/CEO, she provides management oversight and directs all daily business operations, which includes but not limited to strategic planning to advance the company’s mission and objectives; generate revenue; promote profitability and growth for its employees. She serves as the Executive Coach to Senior Level Managers and provides Professional Development training as needed to employees. She also develops and implements strategies to keep a positive image for company and strong relations with clients as wells as direct marketing and promote services performed by company to obtain a competitive position in the industry.
Her business development acumen has led her company to being a partner in the construction of several notable projects in Central Florida. Projects such as Barry Law School - Legal Advocacy Center, Rock Springs Elementary School, Florida Citrus Bowl Rebuild (now Camping World Stadium), Orlando Soccer Stadium and most recently South Terminal Airport Expansion. Prior to starting her company, Atkins-Bradley was employed by Turner Construction for nearly 11 years and spent the latter two years serving as their Southeast Regional Director of Community Affairs and Business Development. Her work experience has also included serving as a Chief Contract Negotiator, Paralegal, Compliance Investigator, and Senior Contract Manager, working for organizations such as City of Orlando, Black & Veatch, and Greater Orlando Legal Services. Additionally, she served three years as Vice President of the M/WBE Alliance and Construction Assistance Center.
Atkins-Bradley is a passionate advocate for the advancement of women, minorities and small businesses. She blends her business experience with her passion in a way that has been fulfilling and rewarding. She believes we will build a stronger and more vibrant community by developing smaller firms and advancing others. Atkins-Bradley is not one who seeks after accolades, awards, or recognition, but she has been honored for her work. In 2005, she was selected by Orlando Business Journal as the first “Business Executive of the Year”, in that same year she received the “Summit Award” from the Women’s Resource Center, the “Leadership Award” from the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials and, the “Drum Major Award” – presented by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. She has received the Community Service Awarded presented by the Diversity Committee for Orange County and “Succeeding Against All Odds” Women Business Owners Award Recipient presented by the City’s Blueprint Office in partnership with Gamma Phi Delta Sorority, Inc. Xi Beta Chapter; and “2013 Trailblazer” presented by PAST, Inc; only to state a few.
Atkins-Bradley constantly volunteers her time, talent and treasure in service to the community. She has served on many boards and committees, which include but not limited to the Central Florida Transportation Taskforce, Orange County Code Enforcement, FAMU Law School Board of Visitors, and Orlando Neighborhood Improvement Corp. She completed the longest services of any Chair on the Board for the African American Chamber of Commerce serving for over 3 years. She served on Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission, Downtown Development and CRA Board (Chair) as well as Professional Opportunities Program for Students (Vice-Chair), to name a few. Her current service includes Orange County Housing Finance Authority, Board of Advisors for Barry Law School, and the OnePulse Foundation - Design and Construction Committee.
Vernice Atkins-Bradley’s aspiration is to live a life that embodies commitment to the community and service to others. One of the ways she is currently achieving this is Atkins-Bradley and Sisaundra Lewis, a renowned vocal artist, created the “Find Your Voice” Mentoring & Leadership Development program for middle school girls, in collaboration with Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). The program’s goal is to impact the lives of young girls by teaching them FYV’s core principles in the acronyms - V.O.I.C.E. - Value, Overcoming, Integrity, Commitment, and Enthusiasm. The project speaks volume about Vernice Atkins-Bradley’s determination to fulfill her life purpose. There are over 200 girls enrolled in the programs within 10 school in OCPS.
Atkins-Bradley is a woman of Faith and strongly believes in God. She attends the New Covenant Church of Central Florida. She is a Licensed General Contractor in the State of Florida, a graduate of UCF and holds a Law Degree (Juris Doctor) from Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law. She is married to Junius Bradley, a 20-year Army Veteran. They have three adult children, Jerry, Krishana, and Tene and three grandchildren Jaida, Bradley and Jamil, who are the joy of her life.
Votum provides construction management, general contracting, design/build and program management services to meet the needs of clients in commercial construction.
Vernice is speaking at the CREW Orlando September 9, 2020 Program.