Raja Jubran

Chief Executive Officer

Raja is Chairman, CEO, and 49% stockholder of Denark. Overall direction of the firm, pursuit of its vision, adherence to its mission, and creating and implementing strategic plans are his top priorities. As CEO, he maintains a broad overview of the Company’s performance. He brings years of construction and construction risk management experience along with a wealth of financial acumen and knowledge of client expectations to our Team.

His business involvement extends to multiple companies, including Strategic Acquisitions Group, LLC, a real estate investment company and Capstone Concepts, LLC., a multi-restaurant-operating company including First Watch locations across East TN and Gatti’s locations in Knoxville.

Denark is fortunate to have a seasoned and highly experienced team of executives and leaders that do all the heavy lifting, specifically as it relates to delivering on Denark’s daily promises to our Clients. Thus, beyond his business and construction accomplishments, active involvement in serving and improving our community is an important obligation for Raja.

In 2018, Jubran completed his full term as a member of the Board of Trustees for The University of Tennessee, serving as Board Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Executive & Compensation Committee. During his tenure, the Board was able to achieve many successful goals, including revising the business model, enhancing revenue, cutting costs, reducing student fees, increasing reserves, and strengthening accountability and transparency. The efforts culminated in the Board’s full support of the TN Focus Act, which reduced the number of Board Members, gave the Board actual authority over the entire System, and opened the door to recruiting successful business leaders to be appointed as President.

Raja is currently on the Board of Directors of FirstBank (FBK), a publicly-owned company with over $11 billion in assets. He serves on the Board’s Audit Committee, Compensation Committee, and the Credit Risk Committee.
Since 2002 until its acquisition in 2017 by FirstBank, Jubran was a Board Member and Chairman of the Loan Committee of Clayton Bank & Trust, Inc. He was also a member of the Executive Committee and the Trust Committee.

He is past Board Chair of the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership (2001-2003), Leadership Knoxville Board of Directors (2006-2009), Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) (1996-2000), and the Knoxville Opera Company (1998-1999).


Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering, The University of Tennessee

Other Current Community Involvement
  • Clayton Foundation Board of Directors – Member
  • Tennessee Business Leadership Counsel – Member
  • Leadership Knoxville Class of 1997 – Member
  • Leadership Tennessee Class of 2013 (inaugural class) – Member
  • Nucleus Knoxville – Associate Member
  • Knoxville Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors – Member
  • The Ramallah Club of Knoxville – Member
  • St. George Creek Orthodox Church in Knoxville – Member 
Past Community Involvement
  • The University of Tennessee Tickle College of Engineering Advisory Board – Emeritus Member
  • The University of Tennessee Chancellors Associates – Member
  • Cherokee Farm Development Corporation Board of Directors – Member
  • BB&T Regional Board of Advisors – Member and Vice Chairman
  • Innovation Valley, Inc. Board of Directors – Member
  • Tennessee Business Partnership Board of Directors (predecessor to the Tennessee Business Leadership Council) – Member and Treasurer
  • Jobs Now! Investors Council Campaign for Economic Development (predecessor to Innovation Valley) – Chairman
  • Great Smoky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America Board of Directors – Member and Chairman
  • Maryville College National Advisory Council – Member
  • YMCA of Knoxville Board of Directors – Member and Chairman
  • Historic Tennessee Theatre Foundation Board of Directors – Member
  • Knox Area Rescue Ministries (KARM) Board of Directors – Member
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Knoxville Board of Directors – Member
  • United Way of Greater Knoxville Board of Directors – Member
  • Knoxville Museum of Art Board of Trustees – Member
Honors and Awards
  • 2013 Knoxville Chamber James A. Haslam II Chairman’s Leadership Award
  • 2005 Business Hall of Fame Laureate, Junior Achievement of East Tennessee
  • 2004 Nathan W. Dougherty Award, The University of Tennessee College of Engineering

Delivering Superior Execution

Denark Construction is a full-service general contractor/design-builder/construction manager with over 1 billion dollars in public, institutional, commercial, and industrial contracts since its launch in 1985.

1635 Western Avenue Knoxville, TN 37921

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