Philip G. Kenney, President
Phil began working at F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company in 1982 while he was a student studying engineering at Purdue University. Upon graduating in 1985 Phil began work with Wilhelm Construction’s small projects group and later became manager of the Facilities Contracting Group. In 1996, Phil became president of Wilhelm Construction’s mechanical construction subsidiary, Freitag-Weinhardt, and in 2001 he was named president of Wilhelm Construction.
Phil is passionate about the construction industry and has been an active board member in several industry associations such as Indiana Construction Association (ICA), Metropolitan Indianapolis Coalition for Construction Safety (MICCS), and Indiana Construction Roundtable (ICR). Outside of construction, Phil serves as a board member for Scecina Memorial High School, Indianapolis CYO, and Noble of Indiana.
Phil loves what Wilhelm Construction is all about and believes it is an honor to continue Wilhelm Construction’s history of building landmarks for customers. Phil asserts that Wilhelm Construction truly stands on the shoulders of those who came before us, benefiting from our excellent reputation for quality and customer service.
Joseph D. Cathcart, Chief Financial Officer
Joe has been with F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company since 1996, and serves as the company’s Chief Financial Officer, Secretary, and Treasurer. His primary responsibilities include managing treasury and finance activities, information technology, insurance, bonding, and employee benefits.
Prior to joining Wilhelm Construction, Joe served as senior manager at Ernst & Young specializing in audit, income tax, accounting, and business advisory services for clients in construction, manufacturing, distribution, and information technology.
As a graduate from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science in business management, Joe has been a Certified Public Accountant since 1987. His professional associations include: American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Indiana CPA Society, Construction Financial Management Association, and Financial Executives Institute.
Joe believes Wilhelm Construction is an outstanding company having been around for several years and will continue to be because Wilhelm Construction is innovative, a job creator, and good employer.
Jay R. Watson, Vice President, Construction
As Vice President, Construction of F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company, Jay is responsible for all of Wilhelm Construction’s construction operations. This includes Indiana’s largest building construction field force, the Wilhelm Construction steel fabrication facility, concrete form shop, and Wilhelm Construction yard where we stage materials, scaffolding, and form work for timely delivery to project sites. Jay has been in the construction industry his whole adult life beginning in the field in 1977. He has been with Wilhelm Construction since 1980, running projects since 1981, and serving as general superintendent since 1994.
Andrew S. Lock, Vice President of Preconstruction Services
Andy began his career with F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company in 1999. After completing several projects in the field, he joined the estimating team in 2003.
As Wilhelm Construction’s Chief Estimator, Andy is responsible for mentoring all estimating personnel and directing the estimating and pre-construction efforts. His work includes reviewing all estimates and collaborating with business development in developing opportunity pursuit strategies.
Wilhelm Construction’s appetite for a wide variety of large and complex projects requires an estimating team equipped with the industry’s best talent and the latest technology. As Chief Estimator, Andy works with many hardworking and highly talented individuals within Wilhelm Construction and across the construction industry. According to Andy, it is the company itself that distinguishes Wilhelm Construction from the rest: the projects, the people, and processes lead to the best work. It is Andy’s job to precisely combine the competitive advantages of Wilhelm Construction’s field force with our pool of subcontractors and vendors to ensure Wilhelm Construction and our clients have the best opportunities for success.
Chris Wilhelm, General Superintendent
From his earliest days of watching his grandfather, uncles, and father work in the construction business, Chris always planned on being a part of F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company. He worked his way up through the ranks of Wilhelm Construction beginning in 1977 as a general laborer and then in 1979 began work as a union carpenter. Chris started managing projects in 1984. Chris is the General Superintendent over all concrete work for Wilhelm Construction. He has been involved in projects such as Banker’s Life Fieldhouse, the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal and garage, the Honda Manufacturing Plant, the Louisville Arena, the JW Marriott, the Edwardsport Power Plant, IU Memorial Stadium, and most recently, the Indiana Convention Center and the New Wishard Hospital. With each job, his goal is to provide the utmost in customer satisfaction by ensuring outstanding quality, high safety standards, and timely project completion.
Doug Curts, Operations Manager
Doug has worked more than 25 years in the construction industry. A graduate of Purdue University, Doug has been with F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company for more than 16 years. During his career with Wilhelm Construction, Doug has served as a project manager, design phase manager, and is now operations manager. He is responsible for the overall success of projects and serves as the first point of contact with clients and customers.
His projects include museums, gaming and entertainment venues, health care facilities, university buildings, and mixed use developments. Doug believes one of Wilhelm Construction’s greatest advantages is its ability to self-perform concrete, steel, mechanical, and masonry work.
Doug is actively involved in construction industry organizations such as Regional Carpenters Council and Indiana Construction Association.
Jeremy Ayres, Operations Manager
The newest member to the operations management team, Jeremy is not new to Wilhelm. Having served the company for more than a decade and the construction industry for nearly two decades, his notable projects include the Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, Indiana Grand Casino, and the re-skinning of Regions Tower. His experience reflects Wilhelm Construction’s diversity and award-winning work. Several of his projects have been recognized by industry organizations, including top honors from America’s Best Buildings of the Year (ABBY).
He feels the reason Wilhelm Construction can tackle so many tough jobs is because of the diversity of the firm, serving multiple markets. Jeremy says he works alongside some of the most talented people in the industry and often asks himself how a colleague might solve a problem in a given situation.
Brian D. Keith, Operations Manager
Brian’s career path started with F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company in 1989. He worked his way up the ranks starting as an office engineer and now serves as operations manager. Brian believes strongly in his role and sees that it has been a growing process to serve clients and be committed to their projects’ success.
Brian believes sincerity and trustworthiness are vital to be a good steward of clients’ dreams and visions. Collaborations with clients have helped him hone the skills required for the diversity of projects completed at Wilhelm Construction.
Brian believes total immersion in commercial construction has expanded his abilities. He is passionate about training the next generation of Wilhelm Construction staff and helping them become the company leaders of tomorrow.
Thomas J. Kerker, Operations Manager
Since 1988 Tom has been involved in many building projects with F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company including, the Indiana Government Center Renovation and Additions, Circle Center Mall, parking structures, and a multitude of manufacturing and warehouse projects. He serves as account manager for Wilhelm Construction’s business with Eli Lilly and Company and is responsible for other life science clients.
His experience at Wilhelm Construction has included general construction, design-build, construction management, program management, and owner-agent responsibilities.
Tom currently serves on the Board of Advisers of the Construction Industry Institute (CII) and is a member of RT-317 Safety Research Team. Tom also is a member of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers (ISPE); AACE International; past board member of the Mid-States Minority Supplier Diversity Council (MSMSDC); and the Purdue Building Construction Management Construction Advisory Council (CAC) Leadership Committee.
Michael R. Kerr, Operations Manager
Mike serves as Operations Manager for select clients, oversees F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company’s steel division, and fills the role of the company’s general counsel.
Mike comes from a construction family. His construction education and personal background came into play when he began working as a union ironworker while studying engineering at Purdue University. After graduation, Mike worked for a national contractor on clean room facilities and auto plants. From there, he graduated from Indiana University Law School in Indianapolis, and went to work for a large Indianapolis law firm in the area of construction law. In 1995, he returned to the construction industry and joined Wilhelm Construction.
Mike has been involved in managing major projects such as University of Florida Health Medical Office Building, Eskenazi Health campus midtown mental health, Honda Manufacturing, Altra Indiana Ethanol Plant, JW Marriott Hotel, Marathon Petroleum, Indiana University Health Neuroscience Center, and Abbott Laboratories.
Mike’s industry involvement spans from serving as co-chair of Top Notch, Indiana’s largest labor-management organization; chairing the Indiana Building Contractors Alliance; serving on the board of the Indiana Construction Association; and as a board member of Rebuilding Together, a home preservation charity. He also serves as a trustee for the Iron Workers District Health, Pension, and Annuity Funds and as a trustee for Iron Worker Local 22 Apprenticeship Program.