Press Release: 07.18.2016

Bo Calbert to Retire from McCarthy After 35 Years

Justin Kelton is Named President of the Firm’s Southwest Division  
Leadership transition to occur through years-end

Bo Calbert and Justin Kelton

McCarthy announced today that veteran construction industry leader Bo Calbert will be retiring from the firm at the end of 2016 and Justin Kelton is assuming the role of president for the firm’s Southwest Division on January 1, 2017. Calbert, who has been with McCarthy for 35 years, has served as president of the Southwest Division since 2000 and will continue serving on McCarthy’s corporate board of directors following his retirement. Kelton, who has been with McCarthy’s Southwest Division since 2001, began as a project engineer and has quickly advanced through the leadership ranks, heading various business sectors, including education and most recently overseeing the firm’s commercial, municipal, healthcare, laboratory, hospitality and airport construction operations in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Nevada as executive vice president of operations.     

Calbert and Kelton have a long history of working together. The two met while working on the firm’s largest project to date in New Hampshire, the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, a 1.2 million-square-foot hospital. Kelton was an 18 year-old trade laborer and Calbert was project director for McCarthy’s Central Division. Recognizing Kelton’s leadership potential, Calbert encouraged him to pursue a future in construction. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps, Kelton earned his degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and joined McCarthy’s Southwest Division as a project engineer. Calbert has mentored Kelton through the years and together with a talented leadership team, the firm’s Southwest Division has been one of the firm’s most successful with the development of national business groups in water/wastewater and renewable energy. In addition, the Southwest Division launched business groups focused in education as well as Job Order Contracting and significantly expanded the firm’s geographic footprint in New Mexico and Utah while opening a new office in Colorado in recent years.

Mike Bolen, Chairman and CEO of McCarthy reflected, “You’d be hard-pressed to find a better example in our company’s long history to illustrate the ways commitment and opportunity can shape a couple of careers – not to mention an entire community. As an organization, we’re so proud of the legacy Bo will be leaving us and we truly look forward to seeing how Justin uses what he’s learned from his mentor and experienced throughout the years to carve out a legacy of his own.”

During his 35-year career in construction, Calbert has built numerous buildings, including many points of pride in the Southwest. Notable Arizona projects include Hayden Ferry Lakeside, the Arizona State University Foundation Building, Desert Ridge Marketplace, Casino del Sol, Lake Pleasant Water Treatment Plant, the Desert Star Solar Plant, Banner Ironwood, Thunderbird and the Estrella tower expansion; as well as Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport Terminal 4 and its SkyTrain 1A. Current noteworthy projects that Calbert, Kelton and McCarthy’s Arizona office are managing include the OdySea Aquarium, Yuma Regional Medical Center emergency department expansion, Madison Simis Elementary School, Tempe Arredondo Elementary School, Greenfield Water Reclamation Plant Expansion, and a dozen utility solar plants located around the country, to name a few.  

Calbert has also been an icon in the community, serving on industry, civic and charitable boards and committees while also receiving accolades for his volunteerism and leadership. Thanks to his commitment in the community, Calbert was named Executive of the Year by the Construction Finance Managers Association and was named to the inaugural list of Most Admired Leaders by the Phoenix Business Journal. Most recently, Calbert learned that he is being named to the Presidents’ Circle of Distinction by the Association for Career Technical Education of Arizona for his work supporting career technical education.

“It’s been a wonderful and very rewarding career for me,” commented Calbert. “I can recall many highlights and challenges our teams have overcome and the significant evolution of the construction industry over the years. Now that my retirement is near, I am looking forward to shifting my focus to workforce development and several statewide education initiatives as well as my golf game while Justin and his leadership team take the lead on many exciting projects and growing our community’s future.”

Maintaining the firm’s culture of community engagement, Kelton is also actively involved in several important community organizations, including the American Society of Civil Engineers and WESTMARC, while taking on leadership roles with the American Heart Association’s Greater Phoenix Chapter, the Support Sky Harbor Coalition and the Arizona Builder’s Alliance.

“Thanks to Bo’s mentorship over the past 15 years and our development of such an outstanding leadership team, we’re poised for the next chapter of McCarthy in the Southwest,” said Kelton. “What’s ahead is more of the same: entrepreneurial innovation, growth and community stewardship. I’ve seen these qualities do so much for our employee-owners, our community and the industry, and I look forward to working with our teams to continue building.”

About McCarthy Building Companies
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the second largest general contractor in the Southwest, and the nation’s 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients, McCarthy is one of the nation’s oldest, privately held construction firms and one of Arizona’s premier commercial builders. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Committed to the construction of high-performance buildings, the company provides general contracting, construction management, program management and design-build services for healthcare, education, renewable energy and water/wastewater facilities, in addition to office buildings, mixed-use projects, entertainment/retail venues, government buildings and parking structures. The McCarthy Southwest Division is based in Phoenix. McCarthy also has offices in Las Vegas; Albuquerque; Denver; Newport Beach, San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Dallas and Houston, Texas; St. Louis; Kansas City; Collinsville, Ill.; and Atlanta.  McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

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