Real Estate 2023: WILLIAM A. ‘BILL’ PAULETTE
CHAIRMAN, KBS, RICHMOND
In 1975, armed with $1,000 to invest, Paulette laid the foundation for what would eventually become KBS, a top-ranked mid-Atlantic construction firm. What started as a one-person company with an office in a sheet-metal shop has grown to a firm with 160-plus employees and offices in Richmond and Virginia Beach.
KBS is known for projects such as the Virginia Department of Transportation and Virginia State Police Joint Operations Center, the Northside YMCA renovation in Richmond and the Locks Tower, a 355,000-square-foot downtown Richmond apartment development with 237 one- and two-bedroom units. KBS also constructed the Rice Center, Virginia’s first LEED Platinum-certified building, an educational facility on the James River.
A 1969 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, Paulette is from South Hill and serves as a deacon at River Road Church Baptist in Richmond. He is a former member of VMI’s board of visitors and a past president of the VMI Keydet Club.