by Lance Turner
Posted 1/11/2014 02:46 pm
Updated 2 months ago
Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. of Little Rock on Saturday announced that Scott Copas has become president and CEO of the company, succeeding Bob Shell, who is now company chairman.
Shell had been president of the 68-year-old general contractor and construction manager since 1983. Shell is one of five charter members of the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame and was named Arkansas Business Executive of the Year in 1990.
Copas joined Baldwin & Shell in 1977 and was elected vice president in 1983. In 1993, he was promoted to executive vice president and in 2012, appointed COO.
"We are mindful and proud of our achievements over the last 68 years and the many people that have helped mold the core standards and values of service to our clients," Copas said in a news release on the company's new website. "We also realize that building construction has evolved into a highly technical operation relying on strategic planning, engineering, technology and advanced equipment and tools to meet the tight budgets and constricted time frames that our clients expect.
"Therefore, the logistics of a project and more importantly the people that manage these logistics determine its success and ultimately the success of our company."
With the focus on its people, the company also announced several new employee changes:
- Doug Henson has been promoted to executive vice president and COO
- Hank Johns has been promoted to executive vice president of preconstruction services
- Karl Bartley has been promoted to vice president of field pperations
- Patrick Tenney has been promoted to president - northwest Arkansas division
- Rick Terry has been promoted to president – northeast Arkansas division
- Bobby Gosser, Jr has been promoted to president - central Arkansas division
- Steve Hurley has been promoted to president – construction services division
- Ted Grumbine has been promoted to vice president of project management and quality control
- Jim Minor has been promoted to vice president - northwest Arkansas division
- Tony Curtis has been promoted to senior project manager - central Arkansas division
- Michael Meadors has been promoted to chief estimator - central Arkansas division
- Chuck Hesselbein has been promoted to director of estimating and preconstruction services
- Jeff Marcussen has been promoted to director of BIM/CADD services
- Randall Haynes has been promoted to chief estimator of the northwest Arkansas division
- Ron Pitts is assuming the position as controller
- Randy Shannon has been promoted to senior accounting specialist
- Clay Johns has been promoted to assistant project superintendent
Under Shell's leadership, Baldwin & Shell pioneered construction management in Arkansas, leaving the bid market and focusing its energies on landing negotiated contracts. His tenure with the company dates to 1953.
Baldwin & Shell was ranked fifth by revenue on Arkansas Business' most recent list of the state's top contractors. The company reported 2012 revenue of $98.7 million, down about 35 percent from the same time last year.
The company's most recent major projects include the University of Arkansas School of Architecture in Fayetteville; Pea Ridge Primary School; Sonora Middle School and Hylton Junior High School in Springdale; and Riggs Caterpillar headquarters in Little Rock.