Plugging Into the Community For a Better Business Climate

Greg Wilkinson knows civic engagement leads to a better playing field for business.

Greg Wilkinson first got into construction by working summers in high school and college because he enjoyed the outdoors. A strong math and science student, he decided to pursue a mechanical engineering degree at Southern Methodist University without knowing where it would lead. 

Today, the Dallas native is the co-chairman of Hill & Wilkinson General Contractors—a role he stepped into in 1985. That’s after a long line of experiences, from subcontracting to estimating.

“Our company has a succession plan in place to where the folks that have put in sweat equity are going to end up owning the company,” he says. “It’s all about who are the folks that have paid the price personally to get there.”  

It’s that same idea of getting back what you put in that led him to the Dallas Regional Chamber’s Leadership Dallas program in 1987. He admits to having a longtime interest in city and county governments, and his experience with Leadership Dallas allowed him to explore those passions for civic engagement and education. 

“I thought it was something that would benefit me my whole life, both personally and business-wise,” he says. “I went through the Dallas public school system and know how critical Dallas ISD and Fort Worth ISD is to those big cities and the overall benefit of the area.” 

In addition to Leadership Dallas and the Chamber’s education committee, Wilkinson is involved with the Salesmanship Club, Boy Scouts, and the Park Cities YMCA—which is undergoing a massive rebuild this year. 

“Leadership Dallas makes one aware of all the different key elements that make the city,” he says. “It’s critical that business people support the Chamber for the best future business climate we can possibly have. Dallas represents that great business climate, and that’s why we’re seeing a lot of companies move from other places.”