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The Encompass Servant Leadership Team

John Stewart

John Stewart

President

John has a lot of titles – company owner, registered architect, licensed contractor, recognized authority in the gaming and hospitality industry. But the title he prefers is “partner.” That’s how he built a $100+ million company that is the choice of major companies such as Yum! Brands, Ford Motor Company, Churchill Downs, Pinnacle, and Brown-Forman. John’s nearly three decades of work experience runs the gamut from gaming and hospitality to religion and retail. He has built churches, casinos and corporate headquarters, but his greatest skill is building teams of dedicated, talented professionals. He’s a servant leader who devotes time to his family, community, and church, volunteering as a teacher for 3rd and 4th graders, a marriage mentor and an educator on Business and Work as a tool for missions.

Tom O'Donnell

Tom O'Donnell

Chief Executive Officer

With more than 30 years of experience in the gaming and hospitality industry, Tom brings proven leadership, industry insight and operations expertise to Encompass. Before joining the team, he worked as a gaming industry consultant for almost a decade. Tom was a senior leader at Harrah’s Entertainment properties for more than 16 years, overseeing and managing properties across the country. He also brings hands-on leadership experience in the expanding Native American gaming market and at horse racing and casino properties including Calder Casino and Race Course for Churchill Downs Inc..

Steve Edkins

Steve Edkins

Senior Vice President of Finance

Steve has over 25 years of corporate experience at Fortune 250 companies such as GE, Ford Motor and YUM! Brands. He has a unique combined Engineering/Project Management and Financial background. The first part of his career was in various engineering and project management roles at GE and Ford Motor. The second part of his career has been in financial leadership positions in Corporate Strategy, Capital Planning, BOD Presentations, Annual Operating Plan creation, Capital Markets, Debt/Equity Analyst Presentations, Mergers and Acquisitions and Financial Planning/Analysis. He was responsible for managing YUM! Brands +$1 billion annual capital spending. He has been involved with Habitat for Humanity and the Dare to Care Food Bank.

Emily Stewart

Emily Stewart

Vice President of Human Resources

Emily has literally written the book on people at Encompass. As the leader of hiring and personnel issues, she has written the company handbook, developed progressive workplace policies and fostered the team unity that’s become the company’s signature. She has experience in human resources, administrative support and legal assistance. Emily is also a charity volunteer and a marriage mentor.

Lester Gonzalez

Lester Gonzalez

Project Executive

Lester brings over 30 years of experience as a business owner in Puerto Rico developing design and construction of hospitality, hotels, and gaming properties. Lester Gonzalez has experience and extensive knowledge in pre-construction and site management.

Our Partners

At Encompass, we don’t just build structures from steel and stone. We build partnerships with heart and soul.

We form client relationships that last for life, not just the life of the construction project. That’s why leading companies in the gaming, hospitality, entertainment and retail fields count on Encompass.

We’re proud of our partners and projects:

  • “They have all the characteristics we look for – extensive casino experience, a clear knowledge of the gaming business and proven ability to deliver a quality product.”
    Bob Herr, Director of Construction, Pinnacle Entertainment - Belterra Casino & Hotel, Florence, IN
  • “Encompass is a natural fit for us – the personality of its people, their priority on professionalism, and the giving mission of the company.”
    Marta Miranda, President - Center for Woman & Families, Louisville, KY
  • "We have relied on John Stewart and the Encompass team for a wide variety of projects over many years. They are the ‘go to’ company for most of our major projects."
    Ryan Jordan, General Manager - Churchill Downs Racetrack, Louisville, KY
  • “John Stewart takes customer research to a whole new level. The types of questions he asked went to the heart of who we are and what we want to be as a company.”
    Chris Slater, Owner - Anytime Fitness, OH (multiple locations)
  • “Encompass delivers what they promise. And in the end, they produced a beautiful product – on time and under budget.”
    Pat Bassney, President - Akwesasne Mohawk Casino & Resort, Hogansburg, NY
  • "In 28 years of practicing architecture, I have never had as professional and sensitive a construction team to implement our design concepts...Thank you."
    Scott Guyon, Principal Architect - Guyon Architects Inc., Louisville, KY
  • Churchill Downs Incorporated

    We have relied on John Stewart and the Encompass t . .

    We have relied on John Stewart and the Encompass team for a wide variety of projects over many years. They are the ‘go to’ company for most of our major projects.

    Louisville, Kentucky,
    Churchill Downs Incorporated

    Affinity Gaming

    Renovation and Improvements on multiple properties . .

    Renovation and Improvements on multiple properties

    Las Vegas, NV,
    Affinity Gaming
  • Churchill Downs Racetrack

    Created unique, exclusive venue overlooking the fi . .

    Created unique, exclusive venue overlooking the finish line for Derby champions

    Louisville, Kentucky,
    Churchill Downs Racetrack

    Boston Beer Company

    Demolished building for Samuel Adams renovation . .

    Demolished building for Samuel Adams renovation

    Boston, Massachusetts,
    Boston Beer Company
  • Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Hotel

    Transformed aging casino and bingo hall into desti . .

    Transformed aging casino and bingo hall into destination gaming resort

    CASE STUDY Hogansburg, New York, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
    Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Hotel

    Class Act Federal Credit Union

    Renovated suburban banking branch . .

    Renovated suburban banking branch

    Louisville, Kentucky,
    Class Act Federal Credit Union
  • Belterra Casino Resort & Spa

    Created sports bar and buffet at Southern Indiana . .

    Created sports bar and buffet at Southern Indiana gaming resort

    Florence, Indiana, Pinnacle Entertainment
    Belterra Casino Resort & Spa

    Anytime Fitness Centers

    Built new center for nation’s largest 24-hour gy . .

    Built new center for nation’s largest 24-hour gym and co-ed fitness chain

    Bedford, Indiana,
    Anytime Fitness Centers
  • Harlow’s Casino Resort and Hotel

    Built 600-seat event center to expand entertainmen . .

    Built 600-seat event center to expand entertainment offerings

    CASE STUDY Greenville, Mississippi,
    Harlow’s Casino Resort and Hotel

    General Growth Properties

    Renovated food court for suburban Cincinnati mall . .

    Renovated food court for suburban Cincinnati mall

    Florence, Kentucky,
    General Growth Properties
  • Calder Casino and Race Course

    Modernized interior and exterior portions of gamin . .

    Modernized interior and exterior portions of gaming center

    Miami Gardens, Florida,
    Calder Casino and Race Course

    Yum! Brands

    Built corporate headquarters for Taco Bell . .

    Built corporate headquarters for Taco Bell

    CASE STUDY Irvine, California,
    Yum! Brands
  • Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    Built new casino and racetrack renovations . .

    Built new casino and racetrack renovations

    New Orleans, Louisiana,
    Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

    Brown-Forman

    Building cooperage for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee W . .

    Building cooperage for Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey

    Decatur, Alabama,
    Brown-Forman

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