SAN MARINO, CA–Robert M. Holmes, 86, a prominent figure in Southern California’s construction industry for more than 50 years, has died at his San Marino home after a brief illness. Holmes, who helped to establish Oltmans Construction Co. as an industry leader in his more than 45 years with the Whittier-based firm, had retired recently after serving as president, COO, chairman of the board and chairman emeritus of Oltmans.

During his tenure with Oltmans, the company rose to perennially rank among the top 20 commercial and industrial general contractors based in Los Angeles County, and regularly earned national ranking among the nation’s top 200 contractors, designations it retains to this day. J.O. Oltmans II, chairman and CEO of Oltmans Construction Co., commented on the role that Holmes played in the company’s growth.

“Along with my grandfather, J.O. Oltmans, founder of Oltmans Construction Co., my father, ‘Bud’ Oltmans, a former chairman, and Dennis Roy Sr., Bob Holmes was instrumental in earning widespread respect for our company and increasing the competency of our services for over four decades,” J.O. Oltmans said.

In addition to his executive leadership, Holmes played a leading role in professional and civic affairs. He was a past president of the California Building Industry Association and was elected a lifetime delegate in 1971. He was also a former president of the Los Angeles-based Building Constructors Association of California (now Building Industry Association).

Holmes was named “Builder of the Year” by the BIA in 1971. Additionally, he served as president of the 12th Annual Pacific Coast Builders Conference and as a life director of the National Association of Home Builders.

In addition to these industry affiliations, Holmes was active in a host of business, civic and charitable activities. Born in Los Angeles, he served in the US Navy with the SeaBees in the South Pacific during World War II.

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