A lifelong Texan, Scott Bland has been involved with his father’s construction company since he was old enough to hold a hammer. Scott graduated from Baylor University and worked for several years with his father in Waco before building homes in the Dallas area.
After the tragedy of September 11th, Scott felt the call to serve his country. He was fortunate enough to spend five years as a Special Agent for the United States Secret Service before the exciting addition of his daughter helped make the decision to come home to Texas an easy one.
When Scott returned to Waco in 2006 he took over his family business. As the president and owner of Jim Bland Construction for over ten years, Scott has helped build hundreds of homes across Central Texas. But it was never just about building homes. It was about creating jobs and building a better community in a place that has given his family so much.
Scott currently serves on the board of NeighborWorks, where he has had the opportunity to help create affordable new housing across Central Texas. He is also the former President of the Heart of Texas Builder’s Association.
Scott has always been a leading advocate for greater access to technical education in the Waco area. He believes our educational system has done a disservice by teaching our kids their only path is a four-year college degree, when in reality, there is a serious skills gap and other paths to success.
That’s why in 2016, he successfully worked with the Greater Waco Advanced Manufacturing Academy to create a Construction Sciences Academy that gives local students an opportunity to learn the construction industry.
Scott is an elected board member of the Greater Waco Chamber. He has won numerous awards for his work as a small business leader in construction, such as the Presidential Distinguished Service Award 2017 from the Texas Association of Builders. Scott is also a three-time recipient of the Builder of the Year award.
An active member of his community, Scott is part of the Waco Striders Running Club. To date, he has ran 16 marathons in 14 different states. Scott currently resides in Waco with his wife Lisa and two children Reagan and Evan.