Steve Palmer Chief Operating Officer

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With more than 36 years of service to Stiles Corporation, Mr. Steve Palmer has grown with the company from its early years to its present role as an industry leader. Hired as an estimator in 1979, Mr. Palmer held such positions as project manager, construction manager, vice president and then president of Stiles Construction Co. prior to assuming his current role as Chief Operating Officer in early 1994.

As President of Stiles Construction Co., Mr. Palmer was instrumental in guiding the company's growth to become a highly innovative and sophisticated general contractor. Through his efforts, Stiles Construction Co. acquired major contracts for the construction of design/build assignments, independent contracting jobs and development projects — currently totaling more than $1 billion. Stiles Construction Co. is now widely recognized as an industry leader and one of the largest construction companies in South Florida.

As Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Palmer is responsible for organizational and strategic planning as well as directly overseeing several operating divisions, including construction, architecture, property management, realty and marketing. His experience and knowledge is valuable in achieving maximum results from each of the operating divisions.

Mr. Palmer is an honors graduate of the University of Florida's School of Construction Management and a State of Florida Certified General Contractor. He is a long-standing (30 years) active board member and past president of Kids in Distress, current member of the Executives Association of Fort Lauderdale, on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity, and serves on the Advisory Board Executive Council for the University of Florida School of Construction Management.

Mr. Palmer received the Crystal Butterfly Award from Kids in Distress for the most significant contribution of the year, which was a result of his efforts in saving more than $500,000 in construction costs through donated time and materials for their facility in 1991, and helping save more than $1,000,000 in construction costs on their campus expansion in 2003. Mr. Palmer was awarded Citizen of the Year from BOMA in 1991 as well as awarded the prestigious Spirit of Broward in 1993 by the Economic Development Council. In 1995, he received an Up & Comers Award from Price Waterhouse LLP and the South Florida Business Journal. In 2000, Mr. Palmer was awarded the prestigious Distinguished Alumnus designation by the University of Florida School of Building Construction, and in 2010 was elected into the Construction Hall of Fame.

Born in Washington, DC, Mr. Palmer has also lived in Oakton, VA and Stony Brook, NY. He came to Fort Lauderdale in 1979 after attending college at the University of Florida. Mr. Palmer and his wife Linda have three children, Sean, Tara, Cameron and two grandchildren. Mr. Palmer and Linda presently reside in Weston.