Bill Kerkhoff arrived in Chilliwack, BC, in 1966 as a 16 year old, with his parents and siblings as immigrants from The Netherlands. He has been part of the company since it constructed its first home in 1968 on a part-time basis, while still working for a local home builder. In 1970 the company was started as JC Kerkhoff and Sons Construction, with father J.C. Kerkhoff as the president. In 1977, under the name of Kerkhoff Construction, Bill became the president.
Under Bill's leadership the company expanded to include a vast array of projects across virtually the whole construction spectrum, ranging from detached housing, town home projects, low rise apartments, high-rise apartments, schools, hospitals, courthouses, library, office buildings, warehousing, hotels, bridges, tunnels, and highway construction. It also included construction of prominent projects such as Expo 86 and the Surrey-NewWestminster Skybridge. Projects were also done over a large geographic area, including nearly every significant city in BC, as well as projects in Alberta, Toronto, Ottawa, Seattle, California, and Nevada. Bill has also initiated projects in partnership with investment groups, as well as acted as development manager, construction manager, and consultant to clients in preparing project feasibility analyses.
Although Bill has no formal education in construction related business, his experience has developed by taking on challenges and opportunities that presented itself, and then retaining and hiring expertise to supplement his team to perform the task.
Management duties today are shared with partner and son Leonard Kerkhoff, who recently took over the title of President. Bill's chief role as Executive Director client development and relationships, overall corporate planning and passing on knowledge gained over more than 50 years to the next generation.
President and CEO
Partnering with father Bill in business management and overseeing of projects, Leonard Kerkhoff is the next generation of Kerkhoff Construction.
He joined the company full-time in 2007 following studies at British Columbia Institute of Technology, where he earned a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management with a focus on Economics. He is also a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS BC), Applied Science Technologist of BC (ASTTBC), participates in the Canadian Home Builders Association and the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association (ICBA).
Leonard has taken on the leadership role of Kerkhoff Construction, and is actively involved in project development, especially in the capacity of feasibility analysis on potential projects, contract administration, and marketing management.
He builds relationships with investors, clients, subcontractors, project superintendents, and suppliers, and is dedicated to innovative business growth and ensuring client satisfaction.
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