W.K. “Bill” Whitesell, Jr., is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Whitesell-Green General Contractors in Pensacola, Florida.
But in 1958 he was just graduating from High Point High School in North Carolina. He enrolled at North Carolina State University and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science and Civil Engineering in 1963. He worked for the Veterans Administration as a Resident Engineer before moving to Pensacola in 1967, to work for a local general contractor.
In 1970 Mr. Whitesell and Ralph Green founded Whitesell-Green. Over the next 24 years, the company completed more than 400 heavy and commercial projects in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.
Mr. Whitesell led his firm to multiple Awards of Merit from the Department of the Navy and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Mr. Whitesell also took on many roles to support the industry: President of the Northwest Florida Chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, President of Florida AGC Council, a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and a Life Governor of the AGC of America.
His work on National AGC committees, including the Corps of Engineers and Naval Facilities Engineering Command, improved procedures for Department of Defense Agencies and all contractors involved in federal work.
Mr. Whitesell is a long time active participant in AGC national affairs. Following Ralph Green's death in 1994, Mr. Whitesell remained to oversee the entire operation of this closely held family business. Mr. Whitesell had a tremendous impact in Northwest Florida and throughout the country. He constructed some of the most challenging projects in aid of our national defense.