President & Partner
Chris Peoples has been a Padgett Construction team member for nearly three decades. Over the years, he worked his way up from Project Manager, to Vice President, and now President and partner in the company. Chris has extensive experience and expertise in managing high-end custom construction projects and helping his clients achieve their dreams. He enjoys the variety of work he encounters through his clients’ projects and how each home feature he builds is unique.
Secretary / Treasurer & Partner
After earning a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management from Auburn University, Greg Padgett started his career as a Project Manager for Gray Construction in Lexington. Greg brings an extensive background in systems for construction as well as technical expertise. His construction knowledge combined with his people skills have provided a perfect match for residential building.
Karen attended Eastern Kentucky University with a bachelor’s degree of directed studies in accounting and English. She joined the Padgett team 30 years ago, with prior experience as a financial manager in the hospitality industry. She manages all financial aspects of the company and is considered by clients as their lifeline to any maintenance or repair work that may arise once projects are completed.
Laura coordinates accounts payable and has 20 years of prior accounting experience in the thoroughbred industry. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of the Cumberlands in business administration.
Project Manager & Chief Estimator
Kent has a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management for Eastern Kentucky University and interned with Padgett Construction as a student. After graduation, he worked for a large custom home builder in Florida, and then returned to Padgett Construction in 2005. Kent was nominated in 2012 by Processional Builder Magazine as one of the “Top 40 Under 40” in its annual issue devoted to the recognition of young professionals.
Assistant Project Manager
Martin became a student intern in 2015 while finishing his masters degree in Construction Management at Eastern Kentucky University. He became a full-time Padgett team member upon graduation and now serves as an Assistant Project Manager.
Tom founded the company in 1984 and has overseen the construction and remodeling of over 400 homes. Tom has a degree from the University of Kentucky, and prior to the formation of Padgett Construction held several administrative positions at UK, including Assistant to the President, Acting Director of Personnel, and Director of Public Safety. Tom has been very actively involved in the Lexington community serving on numerous boards, including Commerce Lexington, Junior Achievement, YMCA, and is past president of God’s Pantry Food Bank.