WALSH Leadership Transition in the Works

When Bob Walsh and his brother, Tom, founded Walsh Construction Co. in Portland 52 years ago, they kept their accounting records in a shoe box and worked out of a 1947 Chevrolet van.

Next month, Bob Walsh will officially step down as president of the company, which now has more than 300 employees and offices in Portland, Seattle and Tacoma, Wash.

Walsh will continue to play a role in the company as board chairman and manager of philanthropic efforts. Longtime Walsh Construction employee Matt Leeding will become president.

Walsh, 68, said he’s ready for the change.

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