Preston Haskell is the founder and chairman of The Haskell Company, the largest privately held construction company in Florida, and a top design-build firm in the United States. Haskell is also the founding chairman of the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA). He has authored design-build procurement legislation at both the state and federal level. Haskell was honored in 2002 with the Brunelleschi Lifetime Achievement Award from the DBIA.
Haskell’s past public service includes serving as a director of the Civil Engineering Research Foundation and the Civil Engineering Forum for Innovation; on the board for the American Society of Civil Engineers; and as a member of the Florida Council of 100 and the National Academy of Construction. Over the years he has served as chairman of the Jacksonville Political Leadership Institute, the Schultz center for Teaching & Leadership, the Alliance for World Class Education, the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, the Florida Postsecondary Education Commission, and the Florida Government Accountability to the People Commission.
Haskell earned a civil engineering degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard. He continued his studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Building Engineering and Construction.