Gerry Kelly joined Wharton-Smith in January 2019 as Commercial Director of Operations for the South Florida Region after serving clients of other South Florida general contractors and construction management firms for the past 35 years.
Gerry’s responsibilities include overall performance of each project executed by the South Florida Commercial team. He is involved with projects from preconstruction services through completion, assuring that Wharton-Smith’s clients are properly tended to and are fully satisfied. He is also responsible for the financial success attributed to each project and promoting strong working relationships between the Wharton-Smith team and clients and/or community leaders, helping Wharton-Smith achieve its overall vision — to be the "Construction Group of Choice" in the communities they serve.
Prior to joining Wharton-Smith, Gerry served a variety of clients in multiple sectors throughout Florida. His operational responsibilities increased regularly from his starting role as an estimator/project manager to preconstruction services and purchasing director to qualifying general contractor and senior vice president. Project types ranged from educational, municipal, correctional, governmental, aviation, and hospitality.
In addition to his professional experience, Gerry graduated from Auburn University with a bachelor's of science degree in Building Construction. He is licensed as a Florida Certified General Contractor.
Gerry believes in community involvement and encourages community participation from every level of staff as part of the corporate employee training program. Gerry currently serves on the Palm Beach County Construction Industry Licensing Board and has current and past affiliation with the Associated General Contractors, Construction Management Association of America, Associated Builders and Contractors, various chambers of commerce, and Economic Councils.
Gerry resides in Juno Beach, Florida, with his wife, Sharon. They have two sons, recently celebrated their 30th anniversary, enjoy a variety of sports and being entertained by their Irish red and white setter and yellow Labrador retriever.