Role Model

Wesley J. Palmisano

President, Palmisano Group

Annually since 1986, YLC has selected a class of outstanding New Orleanians who serve as Role Models by actively contributing to the betterment of the Greater New Orleans region. These individuals are an inspiration to YLC’s young professional members and to the community at large.

Wesley J. Palmisano is the President of the Palmisano Group. After taking over his family’s business, Wesley set a bold new mission for the company: to build a better world. In only three years, Wesley transformed the 63-year-old business into a major commercial and civil construction firm in the New Orleans region. Since 2013, Palmisano Group has completed more than 60 projects containing approximately 3 million square feet, hired 100 new employees, and earns $100 million in revenues annually.

In addition to numerous project awards, Palmisano’s accolades include City Business’ Fastest Growing Company in the GNO region (2017), Best Places to Work, and Best General Contractor. Personally, Wesley was honored to have been named EY Entrepreneur of the Year, JA Rising Star, and Gambit’s 40 under 40 in 2016. He stays engaged in the community by serving on the board of Junior Achievement and as an active member of Young Presidents’ Organization, Urban Land Institute, Greater New Orleans Inc, and ForeKids Foundation.

In addition to building new landmarks, Wesley has instilled the company with his personal values of giving back and leaving the community better than it was found. In 2011, while serving Young Leadership Council, he helped re-establish the RECreate community service project, for which he received an award for outstanding leadership. More recently, Palmisano Group donated construction of a playground for the New Orleans Women and Children’s Shelter, addition to an outdoor classroom and play space for PlayBuild, an educational non-profit in Central City that teaches young children about architecture and construction.

Wesley and his wife Annie have two children, Wrex and Reed. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, exercising, hunting, and fishing.

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Photo credit: Gigsy Photography