The Name

The Mason-Dixon line/name means many different things to many different people.  It was created to represent a boundary between “North” and “South” and became directly related to slavery and to fleeing slaves’ new start, a new life, possibility, opportunity, freedom.

We named our company Mayson-Dixon because it’s meaningful to us on multiple levels.  The most basic is that “Mayson” is a combination of the founders’ names, Matt and Jayson, and the fact that both of them grew up near the Mason-Dixon line with Jayson growing up in Baltimore City and Baltimore County and Matt growing up in Carroll County.  They are an interracial business partnership team that grew up in two absolutely different types of environments that figured out how to create a business that builds communities.

However you look at it, Mayson-Dixon holds a very special place for us and we want our company, the culture we have created, the clients we work for, and the projects we undertake to be an embodiment of that meaning; of bringing communities together through the projects we build.

The Philosophy

Our company philosophy is based upon words of wisdom imparted from Jayson’s father, John Thomas Williams or JT.  He was a cab driver in Baltimore City for over 35 years and built a base of repeat customers who would specifically call on him when they needed a ride because of the way he treated people.  When Jayson was in trouble as a little boy, JT would “punish” him by making him ride in the front seat of the cab on the weekends, which meant that Jayson spent a lot of time in his dad’s cab.  But he wasn’t just along for the ride.  JT would make him chat up the riders while he showed him all the different neighborhoods and sides of Baltimore.  At the time, Jayson didn’t understand but eventually came to realize that his father was teaching him how to talk to people, how to engage with them, how to hear them.

And he would tell Jayson, “People give to people more than people give to causes; be the person, not the cause.”

That philosophy, that way of life was instilled into Jayson from that young age and today he truly embodies it in his life and in the foundations and operations of the company.  Our networks, our relationships are expansive, and we can tap those networks when necessary to ensure that projects come in on time and on budget, time after time.

Mayson-Dixon Leadership Team

Led day to day by Jayson and Mike, with support from Matt and Vernita, our inner-office team keeps Mayson-Dixon growing and projects managed well. Under Mike’s team he has a growing group of site supervisors and subcontractors.

Jayson T. Williams | President & CEO

  • Jayson founded Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development originally to invest in the city that his family has called home for over a century.
  • A proud graduate of St. Mary’s College of Maryland, Jayson has worked for local, state, and federal government entities, as well as construction labor unions in the D.C. area.
  • Prior to launching Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development and its sister company, MD Strategic Consulting in 2015, Jayson worked for Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, and U.S. Senator Ben Cardin, often directly involved in budget and community investment issues.
  • His public service history also includes roles as special assistant to Prince George’s County Executive Baker and then Vice President for Strategic Alliances for the Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation, where he spearheaded major government reform and played a key role in enabling the development of the $1.2 billion MGM National Harbor. A believer in community service, he serves as chairman of the board of Pride of Baltimore II, a nationally renowned Maryland tall ship, and on the boards of directors of both the Maryland Family Network and Maryland Humanities.
  • In 2018 he received the Chairman’s Award for his work in helping Korean investors purchase shopping centers for redevelopment and creating public-private partnerships with local government. In that same year he also received the “Bridging the GAP” achievement award from the Greater Baltimore Committee for his work in helping minority and disadvantaged businesses grow and thrive.

Matthew Newcomer | Partner & Chief Financial Officer

  • Matt is the co-founder of Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development and has a passion for real estate development and renovation projects. Matt is an expert in financial analysis and has a keen eye toward renovation design and a unique vision for seeing a property’s potential, despite its current condition. Matt is constantly scouting for properties and wants the company to do everything it can to support the growing renaissance happening across much of Baltimore City and in the region.
  • Prior to Jayson and Matt’s business ventures, Matt spent 10 years in corporate banking with Wells Fargo Bank and then at Bank of America in the Global Commercial Bank. At BOA, Matt was a credit underwriter for Specialized Industries, the group that provides a full array of lending and financial services to large, institutional nonprofit clients.
  • Matt graduated from St. Mary’s College of Maryland with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and a minor in Spanish Language and Culture. He also graduated cum laude with a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Baltimore and is a 2018 graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.
  • Active in the community, Matt currently serves on the Finance Committee for the Baltimore Animal Rescue and Care Shelter (BARCS) and is the treasurer of the board of directors for the Charles Village Community Benefits District.

Mike Andrew | Project Director

  • Michael is the Senior Residential & Commercial Construction Project Manager for Mayson-Dixon. He is results driven and has a knack for understanding and visualizing issues with a project and what is needed to get the job done. Over nearly 20 years of experience in the industry, he has successfully completed more than 600 properties including commercial, multi-unit, and single family homes.
  • Prior to Mayson-Dixon, Mike ran his own successful general construction and real estate investment firm. While running his own company, he was the lead contractor for several developers and investors as well as developing his own properties. His entry into construction and real estate development came while working for one of the largest real estate development firms in Baltimore City. During his 9+ years with that firm, he participated in all aspects of real estate development with a focus on construction and project management.
  • Mike is a lover of all sports, but has a true passion for soccer. He volunteers as a head soccer coach for the Arundel Soccer Association and enjoys teaching his love for the sport to all ages.
Vernita Humphreys | Office Manager
  • Vernita’s payroll background has given her a common-sense approach to financial management, in addition to being well poised to lead the financial functions of a growing small business. As Payroll Supervisor for General Elevator Company, Inc. and Payroll Clerk for Cherry Hill Construction, she compiled and processed payroll information for over 900 employees, including auditing information; identifying and resolving discrepancies; compliance; determining payroll liabilities; and overseeing federal and state income tax, social security tax information, 401k transfer, wage assignments, and garnishments.
  • Prior to joining Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development, Vernita spent nine years taking care of Maryland’s finest at the Maryland State Police Department. She dedicated her public service to fleet management for the entire State of Maryland. This included title and registration, vehicle maintenance and reporting, operational efficiency, and budget management.
  • After only three days of “retirement” from the State of Maryland, Vernita accepted the call to join Mayson-Dixon Properties & Development. She currently resides in Baltimore County, Maryland and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

MD Strategic Leadership Team

As our sister company, MD Strategic Consulting can be a key part to us supporting your development project. While the Mayson-Dixon team builds, the MD Strategic team can be out in the community, building supporters to help keep the project moving forward.

Nicholas Dewey | Vice President of Public Affairs, MD Strategic Consulting

  • Nicholas brings over 15 years of experience building relationships in the public and government affairs, business development, commercial real estate, and project fundraising arenas. He has found success for his clients utilizing his vast network of government, community, and corporate contacts to assist them in public affairs campaigns, commercial real-estate development projects, the RFP process, and government & utility company permitting. His client list includes for-profit and nonprofit real estate developers, builders, energy companies, and a wide array of government contractors including but not limited to Retail Properties of America, Inc. (RPAI), Ryan Homes, Sodexo, Volunteers of America Chesapeake (VOACC) and Chick-fil-A.
  • He began his career in Maryland working on various political campaigns on the national, state, and local levels. Nicholas spent over seven years with 1199 SEIU representing health care workers in government affairs at some of the region’s medical institutions, including The Johns Hopkins Hospital, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Dimensions Health Prince George’s Community Hospital.
  • Following that, Nicholas spent time successfully lobbying and consulting for corporate, nonprofit, and government clients, representing Oracle, District of Columbia Firefighters Association, and Prince George’s County Government to name a few.
  • Nicholas is a graduate of Kent State University. He is active in the community and was recognized is a Rising Star alum for the Living Classrooms Foundation.

Myles Hicks | Director of Strategic Partnerships, MD Strategic Consulting

  • Myles graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2017 where he was a Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellow. Myles has been with MD Strategic Consulting since 2016, initially as the first-ever intern at the firm. He later transitioned into a full-time position as Special Assistant to the Partners after his college graduation. In this role he honed his political and nonprofit fundraising skills, built relationships with our clients, and created the MD Strategic Consulting Internship Program.
  • In 2018, he became our Senior Associate for Public Affairs and was responsible for writing strategic plans, organizing and executing events across the country, and engaging with community leaders and civic associations for nonprofit and corporate clients.
  • Myles currently serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships. In addition to assisting with public affairs tasks, he plays a key role in networking, writing proposals, and client retention. To ensure he stays connected to the community, Myles joined the New Leaders Council, Maryland Chapter, as a 2019 Fellow.

International Sourcing Partners

Mayson-Dixon is proud to source supplies and products of all types under our Modern Suppliers sub-brand. Leveraging our deep expertise and international network in the supply chain industry, we can acquire whatever you need at the highest quality and the most competitive rates. Learn more about our recent work sourcing COVID-19 medical supplies and PPE.

Seal-Bin Han

Seal-Bin Han is a Malaysian-born Korean-American serial entrepreneur. He earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University as a Hodson Trust scholar. COMPLEX Magazine named Mr. Han among a small group of change-makers as the “Future of Tomorrow” and The Huffington Post named him a “Young Global Leader at Johns Hopkins.” As an experienced importer, Mr. Han has worked with many of America’s largest retailers to supply a wide range of products, including electronics, electronic accessories, textiles, and, more recently, personal protective equipment. He is the youngest board member of New York City’s J. Luce Foundation and Orphans International Worldwide. He also sits on the Self-Employment Counsel at Penn Mar Health & Human Services, where he volunteers his expertise to help individuals with disabilities start and sustain their own businesses.

Rae Kim

Rae Kim is a Korean-American importer whose narrative is the very embodiment of the American Dream. He was born in South Korea and raised in Brooklyn, NY. His father owned a humble textile manufacturing facility in the United States, where Mr. Kim learned the import/export trade from a young age through his apprenticeship under his father. Today, with more than 30 years of experience in import/export, Rae has traveled to over 82 countries to develop supply chains for some of America’s largest and most impactful organizations. He specializes in textiles and garments, but has experience importing and distributing goods across dozens of product categories.