Fifth generation of Larson-Danielson leaders takes the helm

Larson-Danielson has recently transitioned to its fifth generation of leadership. In recognition of this momentous occasion, Great News Life shared the story.


By: Jennifer Arzola

If there were such a thing as a perfect transition, Larson-Danielson Construction has found it.

In its 115-year history, Larson-Danielson has thrived under four generations of owners. Now, the company is marking the beginning of its fifth generation of leadership.

Larson-Danielson, a commercial general contractor and design/build firm based in La Porte, works diligently to create structures and cultures that are based on excellence and quality. This is true of its leadership as well.

“When people want a really well-built building, they come to us,” Vice President Tim Larson said. “The culture of the company, the way we treat our employees, the way our employees work, their belief in the company and their dedication has always been the same.”

Generation Four circa 1998

Generation Four celebrates L-D’s 100-year anniversary in 1998

Generation Four

In 1992, the Generation Four leaders (Tim Larson, Terry Larson, Tom Walter, and Mark Danielson) took over control at Larson-Danielson. Together, these partners successfully grew the company during their tenure as executive leaders and, today, continue to provide insights to the Generation Five leadership.

“Around 2017, Generation Four started bringing us into meetings to see big picture things,” Vice President Jeff Jensen said. “It was like getting to sit in the passenger seat. Then, over time, you pick things up and learn. Now, we are taking control of matters and decision-making, and we have Generation Four in the passenger seat for guidance and support.”

Focused on treating its clients and employees well, Larson-Danielson has created a culture of respect and dedication.

“Larson-Danielson is performing 10 times the annual volume we did before 1992, but our culture has stayed the same,” Tim Larson said.

Wanting to ensure that this high level of expectation remained, the owners approached the transition of leadership the way they do everything else–with careful planning and thoughtful consideration.

“Internally, we started planning for the leadership transition probably 10 years in advance,” Vice President Terry Larson said.

Generation Five

Generation Five

G5 leaders

Referred to as G5, the Generation Five leaders are five individuals who have spent the better part of the past 10 years learning, shadowing, and, gradually, leading.

“The process involved handing off responsibilities in steps to get people trained in what they’re doing and then taking over,” Vice President Tom Walter said. “The thoughtful transition also helps other people in the company become more comfortable with new leaders.”

Joined by Nick Larson, Jeff Jensen, David Merkel, and Pat Lockwood as the Generation Five leadership team, President, Brian Larson, sees the immense value in this approach.

“We’ve been working on a long transition phase that continues through this year,” Brian Larson said. “We’re grateful to have our former executives still on board and monitoring our performance to ensure that we make a smooth transition. We’re a 114-year-old company. We don’t do things rashly. We like to have a steady and stable environment for our workers and for our clients.”

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Best of the Best award

Larson-Danielson ranks among best Midwest construction companies

Midwest Real Estate News has released its 2022 Best of the Best issue, and Larson-Danielson has made the list of top construction companies.

The annual Best of the Best list highlights the top commercial real estate companies located throughout the Midwest. In addition to construction companies, the issue lists the top-ranked brokerage firms, developers, direct lenders, owners, property management firms, real estate law firms, and financial intermediaries.

Midwest Real Estate News is a bi-monthly publication covering the latest news and trends in commercial real estate throughout 13 states located in the Midwest. Appearing on the list of the best commercial construction companies in the Midwest places Larson-Danielson in an elite group.

A history of excellence

Best of Northwest Indiana Business, Best Commercial Contractor Seven Years RunningLarson-Danielson is not just among the best of the best according to Midwest Real Estate News. For the last six consecutive years, we have been voted the best commercial construction firm in Northwest Indiana. In fact, we have consistently appeared on Northwest Indiana Business Magazine’s Best of Business Awards list since 2005.

Larson-Danielson Construction has over a century of commercial construction experience. We work hard to instill the core values of our company into every project that bears our name.

Our goal is to produce quality work that is second to none. This ambition is what makes us one of the top contractors in the state of Indiana and throughout the Midwest.

Our team at Larson-Danielson brings the skills and experience that defines excellence in construction. We have been building upon a solid foundation of work since 1908. Our capabilities, commitment, and expertise continue to propel us to the top of the construction industry.

If you’re looking for exceptional value and quality service, Larson-Danielson is the best team for your construction needs. Contact us today to learn more.

Visit our awards page for a list of other awards and honors.

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