Tarlton Promotes Sondra Rotty to Chief Operating Officer

ST. LOUIS (Feb. 29, 2024) – Tarlton, St. Louis’ largest women-owned general contracting and construction management firm, has promoted Sondra Rotty, LEED AP BD+C, to chief operating officer.

Rotty joins the senior-level Tarlton executive leadership team of Tracy Hart, president, and Dirk Elsperman, executive vice president. In her new role, Rotty is leading construction operations, managing market leaders and working closely with human resources to attract and retain the industry’s top talent.

A native of St. Louis and an accomplished builder with more than 20 years of construction industry experience, Rotty joined Tarlton in 2005 as a project engineer. Since that time, she has directed or been an integral part of award-winning projects including the $90 million Olin Business School expansion for Washington University in St. Louis; the East Building addition to the Saint Louis Art Museum; the historic renovation of the Stephen and Peter Sachs Museum at Missouri Botanical Garden; and the historic renovation of 900 N. Tucker Blvd., the former St. Louis Post-Dispatch building.

She also has led Tarlton projects for St. Louis Community College; the National Park Service; and the U.S. General Services Administration (including the $90 million Personnel Records Center in St. Louis).

Rotty has earned a number of local awards in recognition for her work and commitment to the industry and community, including the 30 Under 30 and 40 Under 40 awards from the St. Louis Business Journal and a Woman in Construction Award by the St. Louis Council of Construction Consumers.

“Sondra is a natural leader whose capabilities, talents and industry experience cultivate strong, lasting relationships that resonate both inside of Tarlton and with our clients,” said Tracy Hart, president, Tarlton Corp. “She exemplifies our firm’s values and company culture as she shares her expertise and passion for building every day.”

Rotty holds academic degrees from Missouri University of Science and Technology, including

a master’s degree in engineering management and a bachelor’s degree in architectural engineering. Her alma mater inducted her into the Academy of Miner Athletics in 2020, the Academy of Engineering Management in 2023, and she was recognized with a Civil Engineering Exemplary Young Professional Award by the Academy of Engineers in 2011 and a 30 Under 30 Award in 2010.