When Palmer Gillis founded Gillis Builders in 1983, his vision was to provide an experienced, affordable and local resource for construction services to customers across Delmarva.
It’s been quite a journey. Thirty plus years and more than 1,400 construction projects later, the company has grown from a small commercial construction firm to one of the largest, most versatile full-service general contractors on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Busy from nearly the moment the doors opened, Palmer soon realized that growth was driving a need to expand staff. In 1985, Palmer sought out Tony Gilkerson, a fellow James M. Bennett High School graduate, to bolster the sales, estimating and project management segments of the business. They then hired Dwight Miller in 1986 and JB Barnes in 1987 as expansion continued.
By 1989 Tony Gilkerson had become a full partner. The company name was changed to Gillis Gilkerson, Inc., with Palmer Gillis as CEO, Tony Gilkerson as President and Dwight Miller as Vice President. During the next two decades, Palmer, Tony and the team completed a long list of commercial construction projects from Ocean City to Kent Island MD, Dover DE to Cape Charles VA.
In 2004, Tony stepped down as president of Gillis Gilkerson, Inc., appointing Dwight Miller as his replacement. Tony retired from active participation in Gillis Gilkerson in 2005, although he assists when needed as an advisor to the firm. J.B. Barnes became a principal in 2005. Today Palmer, Dwight and JB form the company’s executive management team.
Now celebrating its 30th anniversary, the journey continues for Gillis Gilkerson. The team is comprised of professionals who take pride in their work and their ability to find creative solutions to construction challenges. Many employees have worked more than 15 years with the firm, enhancing a tradition of workplace stability with familiar faces that local residents know and trust. With a focus on client satisfaction and quality construction projects that are on time and within budget, Gillis Gilkerson is proud to be an industry leader on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
On A Mission
From smaller scale renovations to large construction projects, our mission is to provide the highest quality service for our clients. We are dedicated to customer satisfaction and excellence in everything we build. Dependability – on time and within budget – is at the core of what we do. Professionalism and integrity allow us to serve our customers and our communities with confidence.