ST. LOUIS, MO – Western Specialty Contractors has promoted Sr. Vice President of Operations Tom Brooks to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO), effective Jan. 1, 2018. Brooks replaces COO Jim Rechtin Sr., who retired from Western after 46 years of service.

Brooks will utilize his more than 20 years of construction industry experience to oversee and manage all aspects of day-to-day operations, plus implement strategies for continued bottom-line growth. He plans to work closely with Western’s President Jeff Kelley to develop and propose new programs that support the company's short- and long-term objectives.

Brooks started with Western in 2012 as Vice President - Operations and Business Development. He was promoted to Sr. Vice President of Operations in 2016.

Brooks is a member of the Construction Management Association of America, Construction Users Round Table and the U.S. Green Building Council.