Jim Ciesla, president of Brinkman Construction for the past six years, was named its chief executive on Monday. Courtesy Brinkman Construction.

Ciesla named chief executive of Brinkman Construction

FORT COLLINS —Jim Ciesla has been named chief executive of Fort Collins-based Brinkman Construction, after serving as president of the company for the past six years.

This is a new role specific for Brinkman Construction. The CEO position previously was structured over the company’s construction and real estate groups and was held by co-founder Paul Brinkman, who will be chairman of the board for Brinkman Construction.

Ciesla, one of Brinkman’s first employees, has been instrumental in the advancement of Brinkman Construction.  In the past 12 years, it has grown from $1 million to $122 million in annual revenue.  In that time, the company has worked with some of the region’s top companies, including OtterBox, FirstBank, New Belgium Brewing, Odell Brewing, Blue Ocean Enterprises, McWhinney and Poudre Fire Authority.

In October, the company announced their transition to being 100 percent employee-owned. The ownership model creates a long-term retirement plan for employees through the distribution of shares generated through annual profits.

“Jim’s leadership is felt by employees and clients, alike,” Brinkman said in a prepared statement. “He has been a huge part of crafting the culture and vision of the company, and this new role will allow him to further influence the positive impact we can have on the communities in which we work.”

Ciesla has more 20 years of construction experience throughout Arizona and Colorado. He graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in construction management.  He is a former board member for Junior Achievement Rocky Mountain and has served on the Poudre School District Long-Range Planning Advisory Committee and the Colorado State University Strategic Operating Plan Process Committee.

“I am extremely appreciative for the opportunity to lead the vision of Brinkman Construction. Paul has, and will continue to be, a valued mentor and friend,” Ciesla said in the statement. “The example he has set with his leadership has created a company that holds integrity, client relationships and taking care of our employees and their families with the highest regard.”