About Us

Who We Are

Grand Bay Construction seeks to not only set the standard in the Gulf Coast’s construction industry but to surpass our customer’s expectations. We provide our clients an excellent experience, from start to finish. Unparalleled service on the Emerald Coast.

The Team


Chris Burch

 President of Grand Bay Construction

After graduating with a Building Science degree from Auburn University in June of 2000, Chris moved to the west coast and worked for a large commercial construction firm working as a project engineer. Three years later he returned to Auburn to pursue an MBA & a minor in economic development and began building single family homes in his free time. In March of 2005, he co-founded Grand Bay Construction, LLC in Seagrove Beach, FL with the goal of establishing a premier residential & commercial construction firm along the Gulf Coast.  Since then, Chris has been heavily involved in custom residential, light commercial, and various renovations. In addition to holding a certified general contracting license, Chris has a home inspection & real estate license (currently inactive) & enjoys all aspects of architecture, engineering, and construction, as well as the finance side.  Chris is actively involved in his community and church.  Chris is a board member of Third Lens Ministries (501C3 based in Atlanta, GA).


Matt Walker

Chief Financial Officer

Matt Walker serves as the Chief Financial Officer of Grand Bay Construction. Mr. Walker is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with more than 10 years of experience serving a wide range of industries. He spent several years working for accounting firms such as PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP and Warren Averett, LLC. Currently, owns and operates Matchpoint Advisors, LLC, a boutique consulting firm focusing on small business process enhancement and finance department outsourcing needs. Matt is a former professional tennis player and coach and lives with his wife Valerie in Santa Rosa Beach.


Matt Ellington

Project Manager

Matt Ellington joined the team in the fall of 2010 focusing on Grand Bay Construction’s commercial involvement. Currently Matt manages commercial tenant and landlord projects as well as custom residential properties. Matt obtained his B.A. from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. Matt and his wife reside in Dune Allen beach.

Amanda Bradford

Office Manager/Executive Assistant  

Amanda joined the GBC team in April of 2017, providing office management and project administration services. She joins us with over 15 years’ experience in business administration. Her prior work experience has been in healthcare and construction settings.

Amanda is a life long resident of Walton County. She and her husband, Ben, live on a small farm in North Walton County with their three teenage boys who keep her very busy.

Mike Carpenter

Project Manager

Mike has been in the commercial construction industry for over 10 years with direct project management experience consisting of more than $300M in projects across the Southeast. His background involves a diverse range of industries such as Commercial, Industrial, Hospitality, Multi-Family, Healthcare, Federal and Mixed-Use. With an expertise in estimating, pre-construction planning, project management, and scheduling, Mike utilizes these skills to deliver a successful project and ensure client satisfaction. After graduating from Auburn University’s Building Science program in 2008, Mike spent the first decade of his career as a Project Manager with a top ranked international general contractor that built in a variety of environments. Mike founded CALA Projects in 2018 before relocating his family back to the Gulf Coast where he assists Grand Bay Construction with project management and expanding their commercial portfolio. Mike currently resides in Seagrove Beach with his wife Kaylon, and his two daughters, Layla and Camille.


Cara Augustine

Accounting Assistant

Cara joined the GBC team in October of 2014 and has worked in the construction industry for nine years. She spends most of her free time with her family, mainly her two young sons whom she loves watching and cheering on in various sports.



Customer Loyalty Manager

GBC’s team has been growing over the years. One of the most recent additions is “Gary” who currently holds the Customer Loyalty Manager position. Although his background is rather unknown as far as where he came from or his family heritage, since April of 2014 he has proven to be determined, a quick learner, loyal, and refuses to be content with the status quo. His best skills are his agility and jumping ability. Gary’s record is clearing an impressive 6 foot high fence while standing still. Gary is always willing to lend an extra “paw” when he can!

Joseph Berkenbile

Project Manager

Joseph Berkenbile joined the GBC team in October of 2017 offering site supervision and project management services. He joins us with over 10 years of experience in the construction industry. He obtained is BBA from Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. Joseph, his wife Rashelle, and their two sons live in Santa Rosa Beach.