VP of Construction

Ernie Freistat


Ernie has been with Collier Construction since June 2018, he got his introduction to construction early in life as a day laborer on construction sites in his teens. He worked his way up the ranks before making a  switch from his family’s Florida-based construction company to try his hand in sales and marketing.  

"I always enjoyed the challenge of it," he says of construction work. "It's rewarding to put a job together and watch it grow."  

Ernie eventually found his way to Chattanooga and back into the construction field through what was supposed to be a temporary visit to the Scenic City. "I was only ever going to stay for a year, I was just  looking for something different to do with my life." Now, years later, he proudly calls it home.  

In Chattanooga, Ernie found it, both in terms of a successful career in an industry he loves as the VP of Construction and a woman to share it with the love of his life, Noelle. Ernie and Noelle are welcoming their first baby, and they are excited to begin the adventures of parenthood!  

"What sticks out to me at Collier is that we are all team players. It's such a great atmosphere to be in and be a part of."

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