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 Launches Celebratory 40th Anniversary Campaign

Picture of Principals for the 40th Anniversary for Gillis Gilkerson

SALISBURY, MARYLAND – January 31, 2023 – The principals of Gillis Gilkerson (GGI) proudly announce the launch of a year-long anniversary campaign designed to commemorate 40-years in the commercial construction and real estate development business.  Featuring nods to Gillis Gilkerson’s rich history, the campaign will largely center around the firm’s backbone—its people, from leadership to office and field staff.

Since inception in 1983, Gillis Gilkerson has grown to become one of the largest, most trusted and versatile firms of its kind on the Delmarva Peninsula. With an extensive portfolio of transformative projects, GGI is known for its ability to deliver exceptional service and quality builds to the Eastern Shore community.

For nearly 20-years (2004-2022), GGI has been led by Dwight Miller, now Executive Consultant. As president, Miller spearheaded much of the firm’s growth over the past two decades. In January 2023, GGI announced the promotion of Tyler Barnes from Vice President to President of construction operations. Together in their new roles, Miller and Barnes will steer the firm as it continues to adapt and evolve with the times.

Rounding out Gillis Gilkerson’s leadership team are Principals Brad Gillis, Joey Gilkerson and Chris Gilkerson, sons of founders Palmer Gillis and Tony Gilkerson. As second generation leaders, the trio have a lifetime of involvement in real estate development and investing. Widely recognized by some of their more notable projects, including The Powell Building, 600 Glen Avenue (home to Pure Fitness, CubeSmart and more), Riverview Commons, and the Salisbury Fire Headquarters (former home to Headquarters Live and the Daily Times), Brad, Chris and Joey have a knack for community revitalization.

“When Palmer and Tony founded Gillis Gilkerson nearly four decades ago, they had a clear vision. They aimed to have a lasting impact on their community through each of their various projects,” explained Barnes. “All these years later and our vision remains the same. ‘Building Community for Generations’ is more than a tagline to our team; it’s a daily motivator. The same projects we completed yesterday are the very schools, restaurants, banks, apartments, and office buildings our friends and neighbors frequent today. The work that we do quite literally builds our community and that is something that we take immense pride in as an organization.”

The team plans to celebrate the firm’s 40-year milestone with a celebration hosted in conjunction with the Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held at their office in Downtown Salisbury in early August 2023; a formal invitation will be distributed in the early summer months.

In addition to announcing newly awarded jobs, completed projects and other company news, Gillis Gilkerson will release curated anniversary content throughout the coming year. To follow along and engage, GGI invites you to like and follow their Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn pages. More information on the firm’s history and portfolio can be found on their website:

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

“We are very happy to have Gillis Gilkerson as the contractor for our new service center. As a cooperative we understand the value of working with local businesses. Locally owned and operated, Gillis Gilkerson has been serving the Delmarva region for over 30 years. We know they will produce a quality structure that will serve the employees and members of Choptank Electric for many years.”

~ Bob Behlke,
Vice President of Member Services
Choptank Electric

“We want to express our appreciation for the completion of the apartments at Jefferson II in time to get the residents back in their homes. We believe this was made possible by the quality site supervision provided by Dale Reinhold. Dale’s masterful control of the site, the suppliers and the subcontractors was like a conductor directing an unruly orchestra. On site progress was consistent and organized. When problems were encountered, Dale professionally provided solutions. Dale’s quality site supervision made the Jefferson II project a success.”

~ Arthur W. Edwards, Jr.
The Severn Companies

“When the Lower Shore Chapter of the American Red Cross’s office was broken into, we immediately called Gillis Gilkerson. They responded immediately and made all of the necessary repairs at no charge. It looked better than ever!”

~ Alan Lee,
Executive Director,
Lower Shore Red Cross

“Over the years Gillis Gilkerson has handled a variety of jobs for Cato Gas & Oil ranging from new construction of convenience stores to remodeling of office buildings. I have always been satisfied with the timelines of the work, quality of construction, and ability to stay on budget.”

~ Michael Abercrombie Jr.,
Cato Gas & Oil

“Palmer and Dwight personally came to see me to talk about the development. I am very comfortable working with Dwight and know that Gillis Gilkerson has a reputation for getting things done and getting them done on time.”

~ Todd Ferrente,
Park Place Plaza

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