Leon Gilbert III Becomes H. J. Russell & Company’s First Director of Procedures and Compliance

Leon Gilbert III Becomes H. J. Russell & Company's First Director of Procedures and Compliance

Leon Gilbert III Becomes H. J. Russell & Company’s First Director of Procedures and Compliance

H. J. Russell & Company (Russell) announced the promotion of Leon Gilbert III from Senior Project Manager to Director of Procedures and Compliance for the construction division. In his new role, Leon is responsible for the strategic planning, execution, and continuous improvement of Russell’s operational processes and procedures, working with various departments to ensure efficiency, consistency, and alignment between compliance goals and business operations.

“Russell is intentionally focused on creating clear, easily accessible SOPs coupled with accountability tracking as a key initiative for future success, and I am excited for Leon to take this role as a long-term Russell employee who has always thrived on processes,” said Michael Swick, Vice President of Construction, Russell. “Leon has extensive experience in the many facets of our business, from joint venture projects to marketing and BD (business development), which equips him with the knowledge to define and document the way Russell executes work. Leon will ensure managers have the tools and documents they need to set clear expectations and hold their direct reports accountable.”

Russell created this new position to focus on and centralize efficiency and sees the new role as vital to creating a more stable operating environment for ongoing and long-term success.

“My experience, leadership, strategic vision and ability to identify value from a stakeholder’s point of view, combined with an unwavering commitment to operational excellence, positioned me to take on the role as Director of Procedures and Compliance,” said Leon. “I’m truly a student of the AEC (architecture, engineering and construction) industry, committed to upholding the highest standards of practices, and I’m excited to showcase my industry experience.”

Leon is an experienced seller-doer, who has more than 20 years of construction experience, 17 of which have been with Russell. Before joining the company, Leon worked at JE Dunn Construction in Kansas City, Mo.

Throughout his career, he’s implemented billions of dollars on award-winning, private and public projects across the United States. Leon’s experience includes hospitality, sports and entertainment, healthcare, criminal justice, aviation, corporate, government, wastewater, as well as beaches and coastal.

Originally from the panhandle of Florida, Leon graduated from the Florida A&M University (cum laude) with a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology. He currently resides in Atlanta.