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Jacobsen Construction Names New President



July 2, 2020 - Jacobsen Construction Co., Salt Lake City, has named Gary Ellis as its new president.

After years of succession planning, the company’s board of directors unanimously elected Ellis to succeed Douglas Welling.

Welling, who began his tenure as president of Jacobsen in 2006 and as chief executive officer in 2012, continues as CEO.

Ellis has been with the company for 19 years in various leadership roles, including several years as chief financial officer (CFO) and most recently as executive vice president of business development and sales.

"With 98 years of excellence to build on, we will continue to hold to the values of safety, a caring culture, and a job well done as the ingredients that bind us together," Ellis said. "I have confidence in this company's ability to continue making life better while providing a world-class experience for our clients."

Naming Ellis as president resulted from Jacobsen's decade-long leadership development and succession plan.

“This is a special opportunity to hand over the role of president to someone who possesses the same vision and values that have made this company a top national contractor with such strong trade partner and client relationships,” Welling said. “It’s a change that’s being made with an eye toward a very bright future.”

Ellis’ leadership as CFO played a crucial role in driving profitable growth across Jacobsen’s diverse construction markets. Under his financial guidance, Jacobsen flourished during both up-market cycles and national downturns.

In his role overseeing business development and sales, Ellis exhibited considerable affinity for the kind of relationship building vital to developing and executing the company’s core and future business strategies.

“What we do matters,” Ellis said. “I love witnessing the difference that our employees make in our communities every day, and I can’t wait to see how the people of our 100%-employee-owned company write the next great chapter of the Jacobsen Construction story.”

Founded in 1922 in Salt Lake City by Soren N. Jacobsen, the company is owned completely by its more than 500 employees. Jacobsen consistently ranks as one of the country’s top contractors and as one of the Top 100 Green Contractors, as well.



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