Executive Edge: Dirk Elsperman of Tarlton
This week Mark Reardon spoke with Dirk Elsperman the executive vice president and chief operating officer at Tarlton during the Washington University Olin Business School Executive Edge.
Dirk is a construction leader with more than 25 years of experience and a lengthy history of service to the industry, having chaired numerous committees for the Associated General Contractors of America and the AGC of St. Louis.
As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at St. Louis-based Tarlton, Dirk oversees all company operations, the safety program, and the equipment and maintenance facility adjacent to Tarlton’s LEED Silver headquarters, also working with longstanding clients as a project executive. In business since 1946, Tarlton is an Engineering News-Record Top 400 Contractor, with 2013 revenues topping $170 million.
Serving as chairman of the AGC of St. Louis in 2013, Dirk serves on 10 different committees for the AGC of America. His committee work at the local and national levels includes construction education and training; project management and delivery; Lean construction; governmental affairs; and labor policy, negotiations and agreements. In addition, he is a member of the Southern Illinois Builders Association and the Central Illinois Builders Association.
A LEED Accredited Professional, Dirk earned his bachelor’s degree in business and economics from Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y., and his master’s in business administration from Washington University in St. Louis. He is certified through the AGC of America Advanced Management Program and holds his OSHA 30 Hour and First Aid certifications. Dirk is a member of the Washington University Olin Business School Alumni Board, the Grace Hill President’s Council and the Salvation Army Advisory Council. He is an avid runner, swimmer and cyclist who enjoys participating in races and other philanthropic events individually and as a member of Team Tarlton.