About Us

Tellepsen Industrial is a member of the Tellepsen family of companies, Houston’s builder since 1909. With more than 75 years in heavy industrial construction, Tellepsen Industrial provides construction, maintenance, modularization and specialty services to customers across a breadth of industries from chemical, refining and renewables to agriculture, paper and mining. Whatever the assignment, no matter how complex or demanding, Tellepsen can marshal resources across its businesses to provide a “fit-for-purpose” solution - whether it’s a full construction solution or just the elements a project requires.

Core Values

Doing the right thing has always been an unwritten rule at Tellepsen and a hallmark of how we do business. It’s how we execute a job, support our employees, deliver value to our stakeholders and interact with each other, our customers and communities. Each of these elements are connected and dependent on the other. They all work together to power our organization and bring sustainable value to our customers, by delivering the outstanding service that helps them succeed.

The Tellepsen Story

Founded by Tom Tellepsen in Houston, Texas in 1909, Tellepsen has been family owned and operated for four generations. Over the years the company has been built some of the city’s landmark buildings and structures. Among them are the Miller Outdoor Theater, Ellington Field, Texas Children’s Hospital, Shamrock Hotel, numerous buildings on The Museum of Fine Arts Houston campus, including the original Museum building designed by William Ward Watkin and most recently, the Rafael Moneo-designed Audrey Jones Beck Building. In addition, Tellepsen has constructed award-winning infrastructure that sustains and supports communities throughout the region, including churches, educational, healthcare and hospitality facilities.

Motivated by a desire to "be part of something greater than ourselves," the Tellepsen name has been associated with leading civic organizations, non-profit organizations and philanthropic endeavors for most of its 111 years.

Leadership Team

Howard Tellepsen, Chairman

As former CEO of Tellepsen and third-generation company leader, Howard has helped change 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.

Tadd Tellepsen

Tadd Tellepsen, CEO

A fourth-generation owner of Tellepsen, Tadd 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.

Mark Parsons, President & CEO, Tellepsen Industrial

Mark has 30 years of experience in leadership positions in the construction and EPC industry, primarily in the energy, petrochemical, government and transportation sectors. His diverse experience encompasses all phases of construction and EPC, from execution of major projects to executive leadership roles of the construction and maintenance divisions of international companies. Mark’s dedication to achieving collaboration and teamwork and his belief that a project is only successful when it helps drive customers’ success has helped deliver value for many challenging, business-critical projects.


  • ABC Project of the Year - Heavy Industrial Category, XTO Energy Owl Phase 1 Central Delivery Point (CDP) Project
  • Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Diamond Safety Training Evaluation Process (STEP) Award for 2021.
  • Four-time winner “Safest in the Nation” by the American General Contractors of America (AGC) in the 700,001 to 1M work hours division
  • Multiple Landmark Awards from the Houston Business Journal for Houston-area projects
  • Recipient of the "Houston's Greatest" award