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Justin Smith

Real Estate and Development | Construction
C.D. Smith | Fond du Lac

Justin Smith was appointed president and CEO of C.D. Smith Construction in 2014, following the death of his father, Gary. He now represents the fourth generation of family leadership for the Fond du Lac-based general contractor. C.D. Smith has over 600 employees and annual revenues exceeding $500 million. Some if its high-profile projects have included the 7seventy7 apartment tower development in downtown Milwaukee and the Hill Farms State Office Building in Madison. C.D. Smith, along with Gilbane Building Co., are construction managers for the current $456 million Wisconsin Center expansion project in downtown Milwaukee.

Favorite restaurant, order: “Kaminski’s Chop house at Chula Vista Resort. The Garbage Salad followed by the best beef fillet ever.”

Career advice: “Sometimes we must take things seriously, although doing so all the time gets boring.”

Toughest challenge you’ve ever faced: “My father passed away before his time and left me with some growing up to do. Transitioning C.D. Smith Construction from ‘my dad’s company’ to one with my stamp was challenging. I didn’t get it all right. I managed to do many things wrong and learned from my mistakes. Along the way, I managed to surround myself with a great team, and we are getting it right together. I take great pride in all of our people and fully intend to continue to build a company that would make my father proud.”

Advice you’d give to a young professional: “Surround yourself with good people who are smarter than you, and be a sponge. Success will find you faster.”

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