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James L. O’Leary

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President

James L. O’Leary

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & President

Background & Experience

Jim serves as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Haskell, maintaining full executive leadership responsibilities of the $1+ billion firm. Jim joined Haskell in 1989 and has held several key positions, including field engineer, project manager, senior project manager, director, vice president, senior vice president, and executive vice president/chief operating officer.

Since starting with Haskell, Jim has worked on over 150 projects with Frito-Lay. In addition to Frito-Lay, Jim has worked with Nestlé, Gatorade, Kraft, ConAgra, Procter & Gamble, Nike, General Dynamics, Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Starbucks, Ascension Health, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Coast Guard. He has also provided design and construction services for several other Fortune 100 companies in the past. Jim is also currently responsible for major offices in Atlanta, Georgia; Dallas, Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; St. Louis, Missouri; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Livermore, California; and Beloit, Wisconsin; as well as international operations throughout South America, the Caribbean and Asia.

Education

Jim is a University of Florida graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s in building construction, and he received executive education at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Jim is a Certified General Contractor.

Professional Affiliations

Jim is active in civic and professional organizations, including being a member of the Design-Build Institute of America, Leadership Jacksonville Class of 2003, Jacksonville Community Council, Jacksonville Civic Council, Florida Chamber Board of Directors, Jacksonville Speech & Hearing Center Board of Directors and several design and construction national organizations. He was chosen as Ernst & Young LLP’s Entrepreneur of the Year in Florida in 2021.

Personal

Jim and his wife Sandy live in Jacksonville, along with their three children, Katie Anne, Jimmy, and Daniel. Jim is the very proud grandfather of five grandchildren.

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