Gillis Gilkerson - Construction Managers / General Contractors
150 West Market Street, Suite 200, Riverview Commons, Salisbury, MD 21801
Phone: 410-749-4821 - Fax: 410-749-7934

On a mission

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From smaller scale renovations to large construction projects, our mission is to provide the highest quality service for our clients. We are dedicated to customer satisfaction and excellence in everything we build. Dependability – on time and within budget – is at the core of what we do. Professionalism and integrity allow us to serve our customers and our communities with confidence.


Leadership

Operations

Our History

Palmer Gillis - Gillis Gilkerson, Inc.When Palmer Gillis founded Gillis Builders in 1983, his vision was to provide an experienced, affordable and local resource for construction services to customers across Delmarva.

It’s been quite a journey. Thirty-five years and more than 1,500 major construction projects later, the company has grown from a small commercial construction firm to one of the largest, most versatile full-service construction managers & general contractors on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Busy from nearly the moment the doors opened, Palmer soon realized that growth was driving a need to expand staff. In 1985, Palmer sought out Tony Gilkerson, a fellow James M. Bennett High School graduate, to bolster the sales, estimating and project management skills of the business. They then hired Dwight Miller in 1986 and JB Barnes in 1987 as expansion continued.

By 1989 Tony Gilkerson had become a full partner. Their company name was changed to Gillis Gilkerson, Inc., with Palmer Gillis as CEO, Tony Gilkerson as President and Dwight Miller as Vice President.  Dick Widgeon also had a role in the company for many years.

During the next two decades, Palmer, Tony, Dwight, JB and the team completed a long list of commercial construction projects from Ocean City to Kent Island MD, Dover DE to Cape Charles VA.

As the company grew, so did the need for office space.  In 1994, Gillis Gikerson moved from the old Synagogue Building to the Woolworth’s Building, now known as the Gallery Building, in Salisbury’s downtown business district. Both buildings were historic renovations completed by Gillis Gilkerson.

In 2004, Tony stepped down as president of Gillis Gilkerson, Inc., and Dwight Miller became his replacement. Tony retired from active participation in Gillis Gilkerson in 2005. J.B. Barnes became a principal in 2005. Palmer, Dwight and JB formed the company’s current executive management team.

Gillis Gilkerson broke ground in September, 2014 on the historic renovation of the old Feldman’s Furniture building to convert it into what stands today as River View Commons.  The team replaced the roof, reinforced the walls, added stair towers, an elevator and common space, allowing for a total of 20,000 square feet of mixed use and office space.  The company currently occupies the 2nd floor of Riverview Commons.

The next generation of executive leaders started joining the ranks in 2017.  Tyler Barnes was promoted within the company from Project Manager to Vice President and in 2019, Brad Gillis and Joey and Chris Gilkerson will join the executive board of Gillis Gilkerson.  Additionally, Merry Mears, former Director of Worcester County Economic Development, has come on board as Chief Development Officer. 

A staple in the community for more than 35 years, the journey of success continues for Gillis Gilkerson. The team is comprised of professionals who take pride in their work and their ability to find creative solutions to construction challenges. Many employees have worked more than 15 years with the firm, enhancing a tradition of workplace stability with familiar faces that Delmarva residents know and trust. With a focus on client satisfaction and quality construction projects that are on time and within budget, Gillis Gilkerson is proud to be an industry leader in serving repeat and new customers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.

What Our Clients Say

“I was able to get a hold of my friend, who works for Gillis Gilkerson while I was in Africa when I found out my house flooded. When I got home in June, Gillis Gilkerson told me what went wrong and what needed to be fixed. They did a complete interior remodel by November so I was back in my home for the holidays. I never had to worry. I knew they would do a quality job and they did.”

~ Denny Dempsey,
Salisbury Resident

“I have not seen anyone as professional and great to deal with than your company and the people work for it, from you [Palmer] to the that person who’s a laborer. I’ll share that from my heart with our community.

THANK YOU!”

~ Tony Taphipour
Owner of Pure Fitness

“The Salisbury Zoo is pleased to have had the opportunity to work with Gillis Gilkerson on its Animal Health Clinic project. Successful completion of the Clinic project was an essential component of the continued growth and professional accreditation of the Zoo. Additionally the project represented an active partnership between the Zoo, the City of Salisbury, the State of Maryland, and the Delmarva Zoological Society and the regional philanthropic community. All these factors made it imperative that the project be completed in a timely and budgetarily consistent fashion.”

“Gillis Gilkerson seamlessly made the transition from outside contractor to partner in the Animal Health Clinic project. They were proactive about reviewing the plan documents and specifications early in the construction process to make sure there were no problems as the work started. The team made every effort to stay ahead of the curve and even worked on marginal weather days in order to keep the project moving and on schedule. Gillis Gilkerson was just as invested in the success of this project as the Zoo, the City, and the rest of the project team.”

“The Salisbury Zoo would be happy to once again partner with Gillis Gilkerson on future endeavors.”

~ Ralph Piland,
Salisbury Zoo Director

“Our experience working with Gillis Gilkerson has been great. Between relocating our well, prepping the ground for the addition and assisting in researching our boundary lines, they didn’t waste any time in getting the project moving.”

~ Jennifer Small,
Managing Director,
Maryland Food Bank, Eastern Shore 

“Your generosity of time, energy, employees and community service has enabled our patient to have safe, reliable access in and out of her home to continue dialysis three times a week. The ramp also provides an exit for the patient in the event of an emergency.”

~ Thelma Price,
Social Worker,
Deer’s Head Center Kidney Dialysis Unit

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