About Us

Over 100 years of industry experience.

It is the purpose of MLG Construction to “Build a Better Tomorrow” through three basic principles:

We will inspire our team to be their best by continually challenging them to learn more, lead with compassion, and be of service to others. 

We will encourage our team to seek out and share innovative thoughts and ideas that can improve the construction industry and business culture. 

We will be a company of integrity, where honesty, morality, fairness, sincerity, cooperation and respect will be at the forefront of all our actions.

Marshall L. Gurley Sr. Raleigh, NC

Marshall L. Gurley, Sr.

Corporate Consultant

Mr. Gurley has over 5 decades of experience in the Commercial Construction industry. Born and raised in Durham, NC, Marshall began his career as a mason. His passion for construction has led him to be become a predominate leader and entrepreneur in the construction industry, having homegrown two successful commercial contracting companies, as well as several other construction trade businesses. Marshall’s leadership and reputation for being fair, honest, and reliable is what has set him apart in the industry.

Lyle Gurley Raleigh NC

M. Lyle Gurley, Jr.


Cell: (919) 740-3135

Lyle began his construction career in 1981 as a field laborer. By the age of nineteen he had completed a four year apprenticeship program and is recognized by the NC Department of Labor as a journeyman carpenter. Lyle also graduated from a one year masonry apprenticeship program, taught by his Grandfather who was a true Master Mason. While working as a carpenter, concrete finisher, heavy equipment operator, rod-buster, and foreman, Lyle achieved his A.S. in Civil Engineering in 1991. Since then, Lyle has had the opportunity to experience a variety of career positions throughout the industry. His experiences range from Project Manager, Estimator and Safety Director for two of the largest and most reputable General Contractors in NC. He also spent one year working with a commercial ceiling and flooring subcontractor as an estimator/project manager. Lyle completed is Bachelor’s Degree in 2021 with Columbia Southern University. In a effort to bring his knowledge of construction to our industry’s up and coming leaders, Lyle spent nearly fifteen years teaching trade apprenticeship programs for the Carolina’s AGC, Wake Technical Community College, and Durham Technical Community College.

Eric Rasmussen Raleigh NC

Eric Rasmussen

Executive Vice President

After graduating from Roger Williams University in 1972 with an A.S. in Aeronautical Technology and a B.S. in Construction Engineering, Eric owned and operated a Sitework and Utility Company until 1981. He then moved to Raleigh, NC to work for Centurion Construction Company where he dedicated 34 years of service and held the position of Executive Vice President. Since 2015, Eric has been a valuable part of the MLG Construction Consultants LLC team. Eric has an extensive knowledge of commercial construction, which includes, New Construction, Renovations, Research Laboratories, Historical Renovations, Industrial Construction, Religious Facilities and Tenant Upfits.

Richard Cole Raleigh NC

Richard Cole

Vice President of Business Development

Cell: (919) 880-0862

Richard is a native of North Carolina and brings over 30 years of construction experience to the MLG Construction team. He received his B.S. in Business Administration from Appalachian State University. Straight out of college Richard met MLG Construction founder Marshall Gurley while Marshall was with a previous general contractor, and thus Richard began his construction career. Richard went on to establish Cole & Associates, and for 30-years he provided bar joist and metal deck to the steel industry throughout the U.S. After closing Cole & Associates he spent two years in Houston with another steel operation as well as working for several other companies expanding their markets before retiring. Richard and his wife have resided in Raleigh since 1986.

Somp Thilavanh

Somp Thilavanh

Chief Financial Officer

Somp has been with MLG Construction since its inception in 2014. He previously served as Controller at Centurion Construction company. He started his career as a CPA working as an auditor. As CFO at MLG Construction, he is charged with managing all financial transactions, financial reporting, project controls and administrative functions. Somp holds a BS Degree in Accounting from SUNY Brockport. He is the former President of CFMA of the Triangle and is involved with his church, Asbury United Methodist. Somp and his family have called the Raleigh area home for the last 15 years.

Cindy Crabtree Raleigh, NC

Cindy Crabtree

Office Manger

Cindy is such a valuable asset to our team. She has over 18 years of experience in the construction industry as an Office Manager. Prior to working with us, Cindy was the President of a Triangle Area electrical contracting firm.