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

Gillis Gilkerson Announces New Generation of Leadership with Promotion of Tyler Barnes

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SALISBURY, MARYLAND – January 10, 2023 – The Principals of Gillis Gilkerson (GGI) are pleased to announce the promotion of Tyler Barnes to President of the firm’s construction operations. Backed by over 21-years of industry experience, Barnes is well versed in all facets of construction management, making him the natural successor to longtime leader Dwight Miller. His advancement in leadership occurs in conjunction with the start of a pivotal 40th anniversary year. With Barnes at the helm, Gillis Gilkerson is positioned to propel into its next decade with confidence.

“This is a milestone year for Gillis Gilkerson and it is an honor to step into the role of President at such an important time,” said Barnes. “I look forward to continuing our service to the Delmarva community with a renewed sense of perspective. For nearly twenty years, GGI has thrived under Dwight’s leadership, a tenure deserving of much appreciation and respect. In continuation of his efforts, I plan to grow the firm while honoring our longstanding commitment to quality and excellence in all that we do.”

Barnes assumed the position at the start of the 2023 year and works in collaboration with leaders of the firm’s development team, which include Brad Gillis, Principal, Joey Gilkerson, Principal, and Chris Gilkerson, Principal. Former president Dwight Miller is to remain onboard as an Executive Consultant for the newly established leadership team.

“Tyler has shown tremendous energy, clear vision, and refined leadership skills that will steer and motivate our company for many years to come,” said Miller.

About Gillis Gilkerson

As award-winning Gillis Gilkerson approaches its 40th year in business on Delmarva, the firm has established a reputation as one of the most trusted and stable construction management, general contracting and real estate development firms on the Peninsula. The team offers a broad and deep understanding of all commercial asset types, including medical, general office, industrial, hospitality, mercantile, restaurants, retail and more. As a collective of creative problem solvers, Gillis Gilkerson is capable of stepping beyond the call of duty of traditional contractor to assist with more in-depth development tasks, including land purchase, building program development and turnkey project and property management. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, and leasing agents to manage the process of both development and construction from concept to completion.


What Our Clients Say

“Gillis Gilkerson has been extremely accommodating to work with. As an out-of-town developer we face the challenge not knowing how things work in a different market. Dwight Miller has been forth coming with the information needed and is always accessible. We made some demands throughout the project thus far that he has continuously met to our standards. It is great to work with a general contractor that is always available and makes our job as developers easier.”

~ Jerry Passaro,
Jamestown Development Group.

“Gillis Gilkerson is a first class operation and we look forward to working with their team again on the new Millsboro branch. The area is a growing and attractive community that lends itself to investment opportunities. We studied twenty different locations across the Lower Eastern Shore and Millsboro, Delaware consistently ranked near the top for growth in population, banking services, real estate transfers and traffic count.”

~ Marty Neat,
President and CEO,
First Shore Federal

“At every stage of the project, everyone was concerned about our needs and listened to our comments. More than that, every effort was made to accommodate us whenever we had a need or made a suggestion.”

~ Ford Waggoner III,
Director of Services,
Easter Seals of Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore Inc.

“The Gillis Gilkerson organization has an exceptionally positive culture with everyone at all levels working toward a common end, each with his or her eye on the best possible outcome for the customer.”

~ Peter Jackson,
Eden, Maryland

“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

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