GRW Announces New Leadership

GRW, one of the largest engineering, architecture, and geospatial consulting firms based in Kentucky, has appointed Brad Montgomery, PE, as its new president. Joining the firm in 1982, Montgomery was named a vice president in 1998, and placed in charge of GRW’s Louisville office in 2003.

As an industry leader on both a local and national level, Montgomery’s accomplishments range from serving as current president of the American Consulting Engineers Council of Kentucky to being elected to the American Water Works Association board of directors.

“I am honored that GRW’s board of directors has entrusted our 52-year-old firm to my guidance. We have an extraordinary group of talented employees and a strong client base, many of which we have worked with for decades. These assets afford me a great opportunity to focus on the firm’s short- and long-term goals,” said Montgomery. 

Ron Gilkerson, PE, stepped down as GRW’s president effective October 1, 2016, but will remain with the company as chairman of the board of directors. Employed by GRW for four decades, Gilkerson became the firm’s third president in 1991. During his tenure, he oversaw GRW’s acquisition of four engineering and/or architecture firms, and increased the firm’s average annual revenue from $9 million to $32 million.

“I am extremely proud of what GRW has accomplished during my time as president,” said Gilkerson. “We have achieved significant growth with new clients and notable projects, such as a Headquarters and Joint Operation Center at Camp Lemonnier in Djibouti, and the certified LEED Gold U.S. Penitentiary and Satellite Camp in Yazoo City, Miss. I am particularly proud of GRW’s relationships with many of our loyal, longstanding clients, several dating back to the late 1960s. Clients such as Keeneland, the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the cities of Wilmore, Nicholasville, and Versailles have been instrumental to our success.”