With three generations of experience in tow, LEKS III is a full-service construction operation that’s ready to take on the world
A third-generation contractor with over 25 years of experience, John Leksander and his wife, Amy, have built their business from the ground up into a force to be reckoned with. John, whose father, grandfather and brother all have a construction background, became an electrician out of high school and soon started his own electrical company; he hit the ground running, with his very first project a 60-unit apartment building. Throughout that job, John was unhappy with the other contractors so he quickly evolved the business into a full-service general and electrical contracting company. Given his family legacy of builders, it was an easy—and logical—jump. John’s wife and business partner, Amy Leksander, armed with an extensive corporate background in human resources and an MBA, joined the company full time in June of 2016 as its CFO.
Projects Big and Small
The family-owned and operated contracting firm takes on every kind of project imaginable—from small to large projects, ranging from putting up a shelf in a grandma’s closet to renovations of well-known hotel chains, retail chains, restaurant franchises, private businesses and more. Being busy parents to four little girls, the couple takes tremendous pride in being a one-stop shop, managing everything from design to completion for all projects—at family-friendly prices. As a family run business, in fact, they’ve been able to keep their overhead considerably low, thus passing that savings on to their clients.
The company’s main type of work these days is general contracting, and they have their own in-house crews as well as fully vetted and trusted subs. Having built and remodeled homes for investors, one investor shared their name and via that customer, LEKS III currently has approximately 15 private money investors for whom they remodel homes, do their turnover, etc.
About two years ago, LEKS III started focusing more on commercial work, including Wendy’s franchises across a five-state area, Baymont Hotels, GAP, Nike, Old Navy and all types of retail businesses. They recently were commissioned to turn two La Quinta properties into a Red Roof Inn and a Baymont Hotel. In other words, the company is growing exponentially due to its attention to detail and mission of doing things right the first time. Their old-school approach to the work allows them to see what’s going on with a given project and forecast any potential pitfalls—something that inevitably saves customers time, money and energy. As Amy says, “We connect with our clients and always go above and beyond.”
Highlighting how the company is perceived as a go-to entity for any and all challenges, one local city recently sought out LEKS III to rehab a mid-1800s caboose that resided in their park. When the unusual project was finished, which included complete lead testing, the Menasha Historical Society gave LEKS III a plaque with their name on it to commemorate a job well done.
Cultivating a Talented Team
As for the depth of the company’s resources, John credits his entire team for their success, noting, “We have an extremely talented, diverse and creative core that we are very proud of. Goal sharing and common sense, coupled with a strong work ethic add to our well educated and experienced staff, ensuring complete customer satisfaction. Our clients appreciate having excellent communication and knowledgeable people on the job.” The LEKS III personnel, John continues, “work with us, not for us. We look for people who are family oriented; they’re more reliable and trustworthy. Our four kids are number one to us and our people have that same philosophy.”
LEKS III’s main stable of work takes place near its northeast Wisconsin headquarters, but they do get around, taking on projects in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and recently Connecticut. John speaks of his goal for the company’s future not only with tremendous pride but with great confidence. “I want to grow LEKS III to be a household name, nationwide. I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t do it.”