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About Us

Spence Brothers Construction is a general contractor in Niceville, Florida. Below you'll learn about the Spence family history, the mark they made in our colorful community and the lessons of honesty and trustworthiness still adhered to today.

Isaac Spence, the Great-Great-Grandfather

In 1850s, Isaac came to the Choctawhatchee Bay area. He began farming in the Alaqua Creek area of Walton County, near Freeport, Florida.

Sylvester Spence, the Great-Grandfather

Sylvester started a sawmill in the late 1800s, where Turkey Creek meets the head waters of Boggy Bayou in Niceville. By the end of the century their sawmill was cutting 50,000 board feet per day by the turn of the century, and it became one of the largest sawmills in North Florida. Soon, the timber was used to build railroads from east to west across the USA. He owned much of what is now the Okaloosa County, a land he purchased from the Federal government for 25 cents per acre. After cutting the timber, he gave the land back.

Walter S. Spence, the Grandfather

Walter worked in the family sawmill business as a woods-rider. He supervised turpentine operation from horseback. In the early 1930s, he started a dairy in the area where the Climatic hanger is now on Eglin Air Force Base. In 1932, he and his brother Wallace began a fish company on Boggy Bayou. They also started building commercial fishing boats in Valparaiso in the early 1940s. During WWII, Mr. Spence and his brothers refused to let folks starve in the small hamlet of Destin where food staples were dire. Regular supplies of mullet were transported by john boat feeding neighbors and friends across Choctawhatchee bay. In the mid-1940s, they began Gulf Coast Building Supply Company and millworks in Valparaiso. For 28 years, Mr. Spence served as one of Okaloosa's earliest county commissioners.

Walter Francis Spence, the Father

Walter Francis was born in the Village of Bolton. He earned an engineering degree from Tulane University, and began working with the Air Force at Eglin in the 1950s. When he became president of the Chamber of Commerce, he came up with the idea of the Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival and worked towards building the Mid-Bay Bridge in 1977. He was also the one who formed the Spence Brothers Properties. He passed away January 16, 2014, but his contributions to the Northwest Florida will be honored for the decades to come.

Jerry M. Spence, the President

Jerry continues the family legacy of servant leadership in both his business and community sercive. He believes a clients needs comes before the bottom line. Contact us today and let our services speak for themselves.

Our Principals

Jerry M. Spence – President

Jerry M. Spence – President

  • Jerry is an area native and lifelong resident, born in the Old Bay Hospital in Valparaiso Florida in 1957. He graduated from Niceville High School in 1975 and excelled in the University of West Florida's graduate courses for construction technology.
  • Jerry began working in commercial construction and development in 1973 for Spence Properties. He earned his State Certified General Contractors license in 1987 and continued gaining valuable experience. In 1994, Jerry incorporated Spence Brothers Construction and began establishing himself as a premier builder in Okaloosa and Walton counties Florida.
  • Today Jerry still lives in Valparaiso Florida, he has served as chairman of the Board of Trustees, various committees and taught Sunday School at Niceville's Crosspoint church.
Herbert H. Marthis – Vice President

Herbert H. Marthis – Vice President

  • Bert is an area native and lifelong resident, born in the Old Bay Hospital in Valparaiso Florida in 1952. After serving his country in the United States Army for six years, he returned to the area and worked in the construction industry.
  • Bert began working for Spence Properties in 1987 and joined Jerry in forming Spence Brothers Construction, Inc. in 1994. He specializes in on-site client and subcontractor relations. Bert still resides in Valparaiso Florida.

Gary A. Balinsky – Director of Operations

Gary A. Balinsky – Director of Operations

  • Gary first came to the area in 1983. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, he many years experience in engineering, construction management and owning and operating businesses.
  • Gary has also completed courses in Computer Aided Design and Engineering Graphics. He is a graduate of a leadership program sponsored by the area Chambers of Commerce to identify and cultivate local leaders, and served on the Leadership Steering Committee for five years.
  • Gary has been active in local business and community affairs for many years. He was a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader, taught middle school and high school Sunday School classes, was a youth leader and member of his church's administrative board.
Kevin Galloway - Director of Field Services

Kevin Galloway - Director of Field Services

  • Kevin has lived in Northwest Florida for many years. He started framing at the age of 24 and started his first framing contractor business for three years at the age of twenty-eight in Pensacola, Florida.
  • Kevin moved to our area in 1992 and started a second framing business from 1995 until 2012. He became a partner in 2005 and has directed field services for Spence Brothers Construction on many remodel, residential and commercial projects.