Major B. Harding, Jr. is a life-long resident of Jacksonville, Florida. He worked summer construction jobs in high school and college for several steel erection companies. In 1983 he took a position as a superintendent and later project manager for a large general construction company in Florida and Connecticut. In 1988 he started a construction company in Jacksonville, Florida with partner Richard C. Gaskin. Mr. Harding served as President of BGCO, Inc. Civil and General Contractors. The company successfully completed over $200,000,000 in contracts on Airport, Seaport, Military, City, County, Private and FDOT construction projects. Mr. Harding is a certified General Contractor and Underground Utility and Excavation Contractor in the State of Florida.
In December 2015 Mr. Harding sold his 50% ownership in the business and started a construction management and consulting firm. From January 2016 through April 2023, he was the Prime Contractor’s construction project manager on five City of Jacksonville Public Works Department contracts. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) concrete handicap ramp reconstruction projects totaled in excess of $15,000,000.
Mr. Harding is very active in the Jacksonville community and North Florida area. He was President of the Rotary Club of Mandarin from July 2007 to June 2008. He was an Area Governor for Rotary District 6970 from July 2011 through June 2014. He previously served on the board of directors for Prosperity Bank in St. Augustine, Florida from December 2009 until it was merged with Ameris Bank in December of 2013. He currently serves on the Jacksonville local advisory board of directors for Ameris Bank. He is Vice President of Properties for the North Florida Council of the Boy Scouts of America and sits on the executive committee board of directors. He is also Chairman of the board of directors for 6:8 Ministries in Costa Rica. He previously was appointed to the City of Jacksonville’s Planning and Long-Range Growth Committee. He was previously Chairman of the Williams-DuPont Y board of directors and served as Chairman of the Cross Creek Presbyterian Church (PCA) building committee.
In 2007 through 2009 Mr. Harding was part of a group of investors and bank directors that formed a new community bank in Northwest St. Johns County. The group raised over $12,000,000 in capital and received State approval but could not get Federal (FDIC) regulatory approval to open the bank due to the world economic crisis.