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 Welcomes Matt Esham and Jason Rudd to the Project Management Team

SALISBURY, MD – May 27, 2014 – Gillis Gilkerson, one of the most stable and trusted general contracting and construction management firms on Delmarva, announced the addition of project manager’s Matt Esham (August, 2012) and Jason Rudd ( January, 2014) to the company in the first quarter of 2014. 

As project managers, Esham and Rudd are responsible for estimating, business development and overall project management of new and current construction projects.  Both have joined the team with experience in construction planning, management and design. 

“At the base of every project, from renovating a small office to building a large hotel, is a construction project manager,” said Dwight Miller, president, Gillis Gilkerson.  “We look for professionals with wide-ranging experience, qualifications and a healthy portfolio.  But more importantly, the role of project manager requires individuals who are devoted to customer satisfaction, schedule & budget on every project from beginning to end.  We found this quality in both Mr. Esham and Mr. Rudd.” 

Matt Esham brings experience in pre-construction services, feasibility analysis, budget oversight, bid proposal, cost estimating/control, architect and engineer interface and total quality management.  Esham graduated from University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management and a minor in Engineering Technology.  Prior to 1993 he earned his Associates in Arts Degree in Computer Aided Drafting and Design in Architecture and Engineering from Catonsville Community College.

Esham’s work experience includes project management for Willow Construction, Mervin L. Blades & Son, Inc., Perdue Farms and Davis Bowen and Friedel.  He also worked as a CADD Designer for Davis Bowen and Friedel, Inc..  His recent portfolio includes over a dozen new construction projects including Ron Jon Surf Shop, Ocean City Fire Station #4, Dolle’s Candy Land and 67th Street Town Center in Ocean City Maryland; the addition to the new Fire Training Center in Accomack County, Virginia; and Cadista Pharmaceuticals 2014 facility expansion in Salisbury Maryland.     

Esham is an Associate member of The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Certified Building Inspector and Plans Review and is preparing to take the LEED Green Associate Examination. 

Jason Rudd graduated from University of Maryland-Eastern Shore in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Management.  He has over fifteen years of experience in construction planning, estimating and job costing, coordinating field activities with design changes and scheduling and site quality assurance. 

Rudd is certified as a NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies) Level 1 Geotechnical Engineer and Lab Engineer, WACEL (Washington Area Council  of Engineering Laboratories) Level 1 Foundation, Concrete and Soils Inspector, MDE (Maryland Department of the Environment) Green Card Certified and 30 Hour OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) trained.     

Rudd’s work experience includes renovation, roofing, design, inspection and new construction across Delaware and Maryland.  His project list includes new construction of additions for Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD, design and inspections for B.J. Wholesale in Millsboro, Delaware and design and inspections for ten Rite Aid stores across Delmarva. 

About Gillis Gilkerson

In its 37th year of building and real estate development on Delmarva, award-winning Gillis Gilkerson has built a reputation as one of the most trusted and stable construction management and general contracting firms on the Peninsula. From new commercial construction to renovation, the company’s construction managers offer broad and deep experience in diverse industries such as medical, industrial, manufacturing, hotels, multi-family housing, houses of worship, restaurants, retail, schools and more. Its full-service real estate development expertise offers custom solutions for land purchase, building program development, turnkey project management, obtaining permits and approvals, property management, property marketing, purchase, lease, and lease/purchase options. The team works in conjunction with architects, government planners, engineers, surveyors, inspectors, contractors, and leasing agents to manage the development process from concept to completion.


What Our Clients Say

“From start to finish, Gillis Gilkerson was phenomenal to work with. Through the bid process they were completely on target and with the timeline of the project. Tyler Barnes is hard working and a pleasure to work with. He pushed the project through the short timeline and really went above and beyond to meet our deadline.”

~ Jeffery Phillips,

“The Gillis Gilkerson team should be commended for attention to detail and determination to produce a job done right. Whenever there was a question of the requirements, it was approached reasonably, rationally and resolved quickly.”

~ W. Frank Brady,
4Site Manager,
Design Atlantic

“Throughout the construction phase of this project it was necessary to page a representative from Gillis Gilkerson on a daily basis. I would estimate the average response time for a response was about three minutes. The team was always eager to address any questions or concerns that I had, and when any small problem did arise, they were always fixed quickly and efficiently. In short, there was little disruption of my busy practice and loss of income due to time spent working with the contractor.”

~ John Burkett,
Burkett and Burkett, D.D.S., P.A.

“The best compliment is repeat business. Dwight Miller has earned all of our business over the last 20 years and is always trustworthy and gets things done. If a problem or challenge arises, he will always take care of it.”

~ Dennis Silicato,
Silicato Development

“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

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