Lease Crutcher Lewis announces next CEO

Lease Crutcher Lewis today announces that Bart Ricketts, current general manager of Lewis’ Oregon operations, will become the next chief executive officer effective May of next year (2012). Bill Lewis, current president and CEO, will remain active in the business as chairman of the Board of Directors.

The transition marks the fifth generation of leadership since the company’s founding in 1886 by N.T. Lease in Great Falls, Montana. Ricketts, like previous CEOs, comes from within the company ranks.  Since joining the firm in 1995, he has held the positions of project manager, senior project manager and director of preconstruction and has guided the company’s emergence as a leader in sustainable construction.

“Bart represents the best of the best talent in the industry. He has successfully grown our Oregon operations threefold during his tenure as general manager, and most importantly, lives the values of our company every day,” says Lewis. 

As part of this transition, and effective immediately, Seattle General Manager Gary Smith will be recognized as president, Seattle operations and Ricketts as president, Oregon operations. Jim Crutcher will assume the title of chairman emeritus.

“I am thrilled and honored to become the next CEO for Lease Crutcher Lewis,” says Ricketts.  “The company is extremely well positioned for the future with many strong leaders and its relentless focus on continuous improvement and innovation.”

About Lease Crutcher Lewis
Lease Crutcher Lewis (Lewis) has been a leading Northwest general contractor since 1886, and has been based in Seattle since 1939.  The firm is active in numerous project types, including education, retail, multi-family/mixed-use, biotech, health care, office, hospitality, historic renovation, and others.  Common threads for Lewis’ work include an integrated approach to working with customers and design partners, a focus on optimal use of technologies such as BIM, and performing a large percentage of its work with its own craftspeople.  Lewis Lean and sustainable construction are key company initiatives.

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