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Western Specialty Contractors COO Retires

Senior VP of Operations Tom Brooks Promoted


Western Specialty Contractors bid farewell to Chief Operating Officer Jim Rechtin, Sr., who officially retired from the company after 46 years of dedicated service. Senior Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks has been promoted to replace Rechtin as COO.

"I can tell you, with 46 years of experience working for Western Specialty Contractors, that it is a great place to work, with great people top to bottom, that has endless job opportunities," says Rechtin. "Going to work for Western turned into more than just a job for me, it became a lifelong career."

Rechtin started working for Western in 1971 as a laborer, then was promoted to foreman two years later, then to superintendent in 1975. In 1977, Rechtin was promoted to sales/project manager, then two years later to department branch manager, then to branch manager in 1982. In 1992, he was promoted to region manager where he served for 14 years before being promoted to Eastern division manager where he oversaw 18 branch offices. In 2009, Rechtin was promoted to vice president of operations, then to chief operating officer in 2014.

Brooks will utilize his more than 20 years of construction industry experience to oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, plus implement strategies for continued bottom line growth. He plans to work closely with Western’s President Jeff Kelley to develop and propose new programs that support the company's short- and long-term objectives. Brooks started with Western in 2012 as vice president - operations and business development, then promoted to senior vice president of operations in 2016.

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