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Mr. Wilhelm

Bill Wilhelm

President, R.D. Olson Construction

For more than 25 years, Bill Wilhelm has played a pivotal role in helping shape R.D. Olson Construction to become one of the nation's leading general contractors, commemorating 40 years in business this year.

Under Mr. Wilhelm's leadership, R.D. Olson Construction has earned an award-winning reputation across the Western U.S. and Hawaii for projects spanning hospitality, multi-unit, adaptive reuse, education and senior living. The firm has been repeatedly recognized by Engineering News-Record as a Top 400 Construction Company Nationwide and Top 40 General Contractor in California.

Mr. Wilhelm has spearheaded some of R.D. Olson Construction's most iconic projects and continues to cultivate the company's nationwide reputation as a trusted, relationship-focused builder. Notable projects completed under his leadership include Lido House, Los Angeles' NoMad Hotel, Irvine Spectrum Marriott, Pasea Hotel and Spa, Chapman University's Reeves Hall and Atria Senior Living, among many others.

Mr. Wilhelm's hands-on leadership approach and forward-thinking industry expertise has made him a highly sought-after speaker for events such as The Lodging Conference and Bisnow. He also frequently contributes his insights to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, GlobeSt, Construction Today, Hotel Business Magazine and other prominent business and commercial real estate publications.

In addition to leading R.D. Olson Construction, Mr. Wilhelm has dedicated his career to giving back to the local community by volunteering, fundraising and building homes alongside his employees for Habitat for Humanity, Olive Crest, HomeAid, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and OC United. His team-oriented leadership and civic-minded approach has helped garner the company numerous awards and recognitions, including "The Olive Crest Leadership Award," Orange County Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" and OneOC's "Civic 50" - a coveted list of the top 50 philanthropic companies in Orange County. In 2019, he was recognized by Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council, as a Men of Character Honoree.

Mr. Wilhelm graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He later went on to study at the University of Southern California, where he completed the university's Management Development Program followed by Harvard University's Executive Finance Program. He continues to strengthen the core of the company and attributes his leadership success to his ability to bring out the best in his associates, employees and project partners through a collaborative, team-oriented work environment.

Please visit http://www.rdolson.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-wilhelm-023015b7/

Mr. Wilhelm can be contacted at +1 949-474-2001 or bwilhelm@rdolson.com

Coming up in May 2020...

Eco-Friendly Practices: Creative Innovation

Being eco-friendly is no longer a fad. It is an urgent planetary need and hotels are actively doing their part to reduce their carbon footprint by implementing sustainable, green practices. In addition to the goodwill derived from doing the right thing, hotels are also realizing the benefits to their business. A large percentage of Millennials expect hotels to be eco-friendly and will only patronize those properties that are proudly conforming. Consequently, more hotels are realizing that sustainability is a key element in a successful branding strategy. In addition, going green can lead to a more profitable bottom line, as savings on electricity, water and cleaning materials can add up. Also, there are other advantages that come with being an eco-friendly business, such as government subsidies and tax and loan incentives. As a result, many hotels are finding innovative ways to integrate eco-friendly practices into their business. Geo-thermal energy systems, along with energy-from-waste systems, are being used to heat and cool the property. Passive solar panels, green roofs, natural lighting and natural ventilation strategies also assist in energy conservation. Low-flow water systems and plumbing fixtures make a contribution, as does eco-friendly hardwood flooring, and energy efficient televisions and appliances throughout the property. In addition, some hotels have implemented in-room recycling programs, and only provide all-natural, personal care items. One hotel has actually constructed a bee-keeping operation on their grounds. Not only is this good for the bees but the hotel also produces products from the operation which they sell. This kind of creative innovation also holds enormous appeal to guests. The May issue of the Hotel Business Review will document what some hotels are doing to integrate sustainable practices into their operations and how they are benefiting from them.