Kraus-Anderson promotes Gerhardt to president, Jacobson to executive VP

From left, Al Gerhardt and Rich Jacobson.

Kraus-Anderson Construction Co. (KA) announced the promotions of two veteran executives top leadership posts. Al Gerhardt has been named president and Rich Jacobson will become executive vice president. 

“Al and Rich have had a vital impact on Kraus-Anderson Construction’s strategic growth, industry leadership, culture, and more,” said Bruce Engelsma, KA  chairman.  “Their deep experience and unflappable leadership have been instrumental in managing our business diversification in an explosive industry, while positioning the company for the future.”

Gerhardt joined KA in 1980 and gained extensive project management experience in major commercial, office, retail, healthcare, residential, hospitality and transportation construction. He rose to senior vice president in 1992, directing the Minneapolis office; executive vice president in 2005, extending his leadership to include KA’s non-metro offices; and was named chief operating officer in 2007, as company sales reached $1 billion.  Under his leadership, the company has experienced greater than 30 percent average annual growth in sales since 2014, and is on track this year to exceed 2016 sales.  He holds a B.S. degree in Construction Management from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and holds General Contractor licenses in Florida, Mississippi and New Mexico.  He is a LEED Green Associate and has served on the State of Minnesota Building Code Advisory Board, Construction Specifications Institute and is past chair of the Minnesota State University-Mankato Construction Management Advisory Board. 

Jacobson will oversee the company’s project development and preconstruction teams, operations directors and field operations of all Twin Cities and non-metro offices, including Madison, Wis., Bismarck, N.D., and Duluth, Bemidji and Rochester Minn. He joined KA in 1992 as project manager and rose through the ranks to provide oversight of KA’s Circle Pines office and non-Twin Cities offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota.  He rose to senior vice president in 2005 and has provided significant project development for the entire construction company.

Jacobson serves as co-chair of the legislative committee at Associated General Contractors of Minnesota, and has served on the boards of Woodbury Public Safety, Minnesota Construction Association and the Stout Industry advisory board.  He attended the FMI Leadership Institute and is also a member of Allied Executives, and past member of the International Council of Educational Facility Planners, International Council of Shopping Centers and Center for Educational Performance and Information. He received his B.S. in Construction Management from the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Menomonie.