J. Fletcher Creamer & Son Inc. (“Creamer”), a leading specialty contractor, announced the retirement of its longtime Chief Executive Officer and introduced a new senior leadership team. J. Fletcher Creamer, Jr. (“Fletch”), the company’s CEO since 2006, and the grandson of founder J. Fletcher Creamer II, will retire in September 2020. Joseph “Joe” Walsh, who joined Creamer in 1995 and has served as its President since 2006, will become the new Chief Executive Officer. Vice President Martin “Marty” Downs, Jr., who has been with the company since 2002, will become President. The changes became effective on July 1, 2020.
“I’m leaving the operation of the company that my grandfather and father started in incredibly capable hands,” said Fletch. “Joe and Marty know our company, our people and our clients. I have absolute confidence in their ability to continue growing Creamer and providing our customers with best-in-class services.”
The Creamer name has been synonymous with contracted services for nearly 100 years. The company was among the original contractors on the building of The George Washington Bridge in New York in the 1920s. Creamer was acquired by APi Group Inc. in 2016 and continues to operate as an independent brand within the APi family of companies.
“Following in Fletch’s footsteps is humbling,” said Joe Walsh. “Fletch is an industry legend, not just in the Northeast, but across the United States. The Creamer impact and legacy is hard to overstate, and I look forward to working with Marty to build upon our already strong reputation.”
“Our people truly are the differentiator at Creamer,” said Marty Downs. “Creating strong leaders is part of the culture that the Creamer family built. We are incredibly fortunate to have a seasoned leadership team, including many who have been at Creamer for most of their careers. That continuity in leadership is one of our greatest assets, and I look forward to working with all of our leaders.”