DURHAM – Third-generation, family-owned commercial general contractor, CT Wilson Construction, has named Emily Ellis as the new Executive Vice President.

Ellis’s background in executive leadership and finance, combined with a deep passion for the family-owned community-oriented company, will help further advance the growth of the company that celebrated its 70th anniversary last year. “Emily came to work for us as a Controller, and through experience and mentorship, now oversees our company’s management team. She has worked hard to get the position she is in and done an excellent job bringing the rest of the team with her,” says Charles “Chuck” T. Wilson, Jr., CT Wilson Owner.

Ellis assumed the role last March as second-in-command after third-generation owner, Charles “Charlie” T. Wilson, III. She will now be responsible for leading the executive management team, which is comprised of departmental heads from Preconstruction, Project Operations, Field Operations, and Administration. This role provides critical support for Charlie’s position as the company’s President and visionary by creating the structure and processes necessary to make the vision a reality.

“As a Durham native, I have grown up seeing CT Wilson branding all over Durham. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to help continue the legacy of this local family-owned company as it grows throughout the Triangle and the Triad. I have a deep respect for the Wilson family and what they have built here and I am humbled to have been selected to help lead the company through this next chapter. As we move forward, it is imperative for the executive team to strategically grow the company in ways that retain the family culture and personal approach that have made the company successful for so long. Our goal is to continue to provide innovative professional services to our clients who choose us again and again while attracting new clients who also value integrity and honesty,” says Ellis.

Ellis served for seven years as CT Wilson’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and head of the Administration department, which is comprised of administration, human resources, information technology, continuous improvement, and accounting. She will continue to serve as CFO in addition to her new responsibilities. Prior to joining CT Wilson, Ellis worked for a local CPA firm as a Senior Accountant where her primary clients were contractors in the Triangle. She started working there as an intern while she completed her bachelor’s degree in Accountancy at Elon.

Since taking her Executive Vice President position in March 2022, Ellis has already filled the remaining positions on the executive leadership team and implemented a new organizational structure that has been key to improving process efficiencies and communication amongst the departments.


 CT Wilson Construction

Headquartered in Durham, NC, CT Wilson Construction is in its third generation of ownership. The company was founded by Charles T. Wilson, Sr. in 1952 to provide preconstruction and construction management services for both private and public commercial construction clients. In 2017, the company opened a second office in Greensboro, NC, to better serve the Triad market. A portion of CT Wilson’s 90 employees are skilled tradesmen who regularly add value to projects by filling in scope gaps, supplementing subcontractor labor, and ensuring CT Wilson’s commitment to quality is exceeded on every project. The company has experience with most construction types but excels on complex renovations in occupied facilities specifically in healthcare, education, commercial, and historic buildings. Community-rooted since inception, CT Wilson values teamwork, adapting with creativity, dedication, doing the right thing, and caring about the community. The Wilson family has always supported their clients and their communities through advocacy, development, and sponsorship and hopes to continue this legacy for another 70 years and beyond.