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Jacobsen Construction Names New CEO

Due to the planned retirement of CEO Douglas C. Welling, Jacobsen Construction Company, Inc.’s board of directors voted unanimously on Nov. 4 to promote Jacobsen President Gary Ellis to the dual role of president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2021.


Welling is retiring effective Jan. 1, 2021, after 33 distinguished and visionary years with Jacobsen, including 14 years as company president and the last nine years as president and CEO. This change is the result of Jacobsen’s closely followed leadership succession plan that has been in place for several years at the company.


Ellis was named to the president’s role in June 2020 and will additionally continue in that position. He has been with Jacobsen for 20 years, previously serving as chief financial officer for six of those years. As he takes on the role of CEO, Ellis brings with him his vast experience in building meaningful, productive and trusted relationships with Jacobsen employees, clients and trade partners.

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