It began in 1984 as a leap of faith for two friends from Ohio and has grown into one of Central Florida’s largest general contractor and construction management firms. George Smith and Bill Wharton met in 1966 during their tenure at a construction company in Ohio. The company opened a Florida office in 1975, bringing George and Bill to Central Florida. When the company announced they were moving back to Ohio, George and Bill made an offer to take over the firm’s unfinished Florida work. And so, with just a handful of employees, Wharton-Smith was incorporated on April 2, 1984.
While both Bill and George have retired from the company, George is still active in his role as Chairman of the Board. George will tell you that Wharton-Smith owes its success to “the employees that we had then and have now…Neither Bill or I ever dreamed that the company would be what it is today.”
More than 35 years since its incorporation, and under the leadership of Ron Davoli since 2005, Wharton-Smith strives to maintain the culture fashioned by its founders. A culture that believes core values like trust and integrity are just as important as business acumen and operations skills. A culture that rewards accountability and hard work. A culture built on meticulous planning, continuous training, standards, protocols and research.
The complexity of this project was increased due to the historical nature of the existing building, and the agreement between the church and the City that the southern façade be salvaged and incorporated into the proposed building structure. Wharton-Smith staff worked as part of the team to create solutions for these challenging conditions.Rick V. Baldocchi, P.E., Chairman – Building Committee, First United Methodist Church of Winter Park
It was a pleasure to work with people who could help redesign a project to fit within our budget.John Greenauer, VP Operations, Central Florida YMCA