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Mr. Wilhelm

Bill Wilhelm

President, R.D. Olson Construction

For more than 25 years, Bill Wilhelm has played a pivotal role in helping shape R.D. Olson Construction to become one of the nation's leading general contractors, commemorating 40 years in business this year.

Under Mr. Wilhelm's leadership, R.D. Olson Construction has earned an award-winning reputation across the Western U.S. and Hawaii for projects spanning hospitality, multi-unit, adaptive reuse, education and senior living. The firm has been repeatedly recognized by Engineering News-Record as a Top 400 Construction Company Nationwide and Top 40 General Contractor in California.

Mr. Wilhelm has spearheaded some of R.D. Olson Construction's most iconic projects and continues to cultivate the company's nationwide reputation as a trusted, relationship-focused builder. Notable projects completed under his leadership include Lido House, Los Angeles' NoMad Hotel, Irvine Spectrum Marriott, Pasea Hotel and Spa, Chapman University's Reeves Hall and Atria Senior Living, among many others.

Mr. Wilhelm's hands-on leadership approach and forward-thinking industry expertise has made him a highly sought-after speaker for events such as The Lodging Conference and Bisnow. He also frequently contributes his insights to Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, GlobeSt, Construction Today, Hotel Business Magazine and other prominent business and commercial real estate publications.

In addition to leading R.D. Olson Construction, Mr. Wilhelm has dedicated his career to giving back to the local community by volunteering, fundraising and building homes alongside his employees for Habitat for Humanity, Olive Crest, HomeAid, Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation and OC United. His team-oriented leadership and civic-minded approach has helped garner the company numerous awards and recognitions, including "The Olive Crest Leadership Award," Orange County Business Journal's "Best Places to Work" and OneOC's "Civic 50" - a coveted list of the top 50 philanthropic companies in Orange County. In 2019, he was recognized by Boy Scouts of America, Orange County Council, as a Men of Character Honoree.

Mr. Wilhelm graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering. He later went on to study at the University of Southern California, where he completed the university's Management Development Program followed by Harvard University's Executive Finance Program. He continues to strengthen the core of the company and attributes his leadership success to his ability to bring out the best in his associates, employees and project partners through a collaborative, team-oriented work environment.

Please visit http://www.rdolson.com/ for more information.

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bill-wilhelm-023015b7/

Mr. Wilhelm can be contacted at +1 949-474-2001 or bwilhelm@rdolson.com

Coming up in November 2020...

Hotel Design: Home Away From Home

With the rise of the sharing economy and the peer-to-peer marketplace for lodging options, hoteliers are re-thinking the look, feel and appeal of their locations. There is an emphasis on re-creating a feeling of homeyness - a comfortable, cozy and inviting space that feels like home. 'This is accomplished through the careful selection of furniture design, paint colors, lighting design, artwork, bathroom fixtures and textile accessories. In addition, some hotels are providing their guests with upscale amenities, such as a book and movie library, home-style kitchenettes, a coffee machine with locally-sourced beans and tea, or even a batch of fresh-baked cookies. Similarly, there is a growing design trend based on the concept of place-making. Travelers are searching for experiences that are unique and authentic to the locale in which they find themselves, and so hotel designers are integrating a sense of place into their work. This is partially achieved by incorporating traditional artisanal crafts and other local artwork into hotel rooms and communal spaces. Another design trend includes the creation of full-service, co-working environments within the hotel. Guests don't like to stay alone in their room when they need to work, so now they can go downstairs to the lobby-or up to the roof-to work among others. These areas encourage guests - and non-guests alike - to stay as long as they like and to partake of hotel amenities. Finally, recognizing the importance of the Wellness Movement, some designers are exploring how room design can increase the likelihood of deep and restorative sleep. Creating dark and quiet spaces, blocking excessive light, providing guests with a selection of different kinds of pillows, and the ability to control room temperature, are a few of the best practices in this area. These are some of the architecture and design topics that will be covered in the November issue of the Hotel Business Review.