Tellepsen Family of Companies

Tadd Tellepsen is a fourth generation family owner of a company with over a century of impact. Tadd is an adaptive leader who leverages the timeless values of Tellepsen while innovating in a high-technology built environment. Tadd holds a BS in Economics from Southern Methodist University and an MBA from Houston Baptist University, where he was honored as HBU “Volunteer of the Year” and received the “Alumni Meritorious Award” for his contributions. With a client-first mentality and a commitment to buildings of significance, Tadd looks forward to spearheading the next 100 years of Tellepsen impact.

Leadership Positions

  • Young Presidents Organization (YPO) | Long-standing member and chapter leader
  • Houston Baptist University | Director
  • YMCA of Greater Houston | Director
  • Associated General Contractors of America | Director
  • Episcopal Diocese | Director

Innovation doesn’t mean just using technology for the sake of technology. It means making smart decisions about what can help our clients and partners the most. It’s about paying attention.

Tadd Tellepsen

Charles Sommer has over 30 years of financial management experience, including seven years in the audit practice of Arthur Andersen, and nine years as the corporate controller of several publicly traded companies. For the past 19 years, Charles has provided administrative and technical direction to all financial operations of Tellepsen. Additionally, he has established and currently manages the processes for Accounting, Technology & Innovation, Human Resources and Risk Management. Charles holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Texas.

Leadership Positions

  • Houston Chapter of the Construction Financial Management Association | Previous President
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants | Member
  • Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants | Member
  • First Presbyterian Church of Houston | Elder, Former Treasurer


Terry is responsible for strategic leadership and the day-to-day direction of all Builders operations. Terry has a passion for building and is focused on ensuring the Tellepsen organization provides outstanding service to every client. Terry has spent his entire career at Tellepsen, working in or closely with every department in the business. Along the way, Terry has dedicated much of his time to the continuous improvement of the company and its employees. Developing the next generation of builders is another of Terry’s top priorities. He consistently challenges the team to improve so that Tellepsen remains the best in the business. Terry is a proud member of the Texas A&M University Class of 2002, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Science.

Leadership Positions

  • Texas A&M University Construction Industry Advisory Council | Member
  • The San Jacinto College Construction Management Advisory Council | Member
  • San Jacinto College | Guest Lecturer
  • AGC Project Manager Development Program | Instructor
  • Tellepsen Intern Program | Managing Sponsor
  • Project Manager Development Program | Managing Sponsor

Building Concrete Solutions

Trent Tellepsen is the President of BCS, where he has successfully grown the organization’s capacity to handle complex work with the utmost safety measures in place. Trent has been in the construction industry for over 20 years and has continually demonstrated his commitment to purpose-driven work. A native Houstonian, Trent graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree. Trent and his wife of 18 years, Andrea, have two sons and a daughter.

Leadership Positions

  • The Alley Theatre | Board Member
  • The Alley Theatre Annual Fundraising Clay Shoot | Chair for past 4 years
  • Theatre Under the Stars | Board Member
  • The River Golf Tournament | Chair
  • The River Celebration | Co-Chair, 2013
  • Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo | Life Member, Past Vice Chairman and Horse Show Announcers Committee Member

Cornerstone of Our Company

Howard Tellepsen is the previous CEO of Tellepsen, where he has expanded upon a multi-generational dedication to building projects of significance that greatly impact the Houston community. As “builders and believers,” Tellepsen has changed the lives of decades of Houstonians, creating shared spaces where people work, play, live, learn and worship. Howard is a member of the Engineering Hall of Fame and is the recipient of the Alumni Distinguished Service Award from Georgia Tech, where he established the Howard T. Tellepsen Endowed Chair for the School of Civil Engineering. He continues his commitment to Houston by acting as Chairman and Board Member for organizations such as the St. Luke’s Foundation, the YMCA Foundation and Boy Scouts of America.

Leadership Positions

  • St. Luke’s Foundation | Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • YMCA of Greater Houston | Life member, previous Chairman, and benefactor of the Tellepsen Family Downtown YMCA
  • YMCA Foundation | Chairman of the Board of Directors
  • Sam Houston Area Council | Board Member
  • Boy Scouts of America | Life Member, past Chairman, benefactor of the Tellepsen Scout Camp and Distinguished Eagle Scout
  • Petroleum Club of Houston | Previous President
  • American Leadership Forum | Senior Fellow
  • Young Presidents Organization | Long-standing member (YPO Gold)

“Our family has built structures that are now recognized as pivotal icons that have deeply impacted the Houston community—the YMCA, Boy Scouts of America, Episcopal Church, Texas Children’s Hospital—and countless others. That’s why we always say to do it right the first time. It matters to so many people.”

Howard Tellepsen

Over the his past 40 years with Tellepsen, Steve’s responsibilities have continually grown with the evolution of the Tellepsen Family of Companies. He has brought his valuable operations perspective along with his strong business acumen to each of his roles, including Director, COO, CFO, VP, Manager of Operations, Safety Director and Project Manager. Today, as Vice-Chairman of the Tellepsen Advisory Board, he provides unique strategic leadership and guidance to the Tellepsen Family of Companies. During his day-to-day operations leadership responsibilities, Steve was instrumental in establishing high performing teams along with proven management and technical processes including Tellepsen’s World Class Safety and Quality Programs. Steve holds a B.S. in Civil Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and an M.B.A. From University of Texas.

Leadership Positions

  • Tellepsen Advisory Board | Vice Chairman
  • Marshall Erdman & Associates - Representing Robert W. Baird Private Equity | Board Member
  • TEPSCO | Representing Churchill Capital Private Equity - Board Member
  • BILMA Public Utility District | Board Member

Tellepsen teamwork provides the ultimate competitive advantage and foundation for our long-term success. Tellepsen has built strong teams by communicating a vision consistent with the established Tellepsen Core Values and then holding our teams accountable.

Steve Peterson