Leadership Team

At Therrien Waddell, we build teams that create uncommon solutions for difficult problems.
Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Henry Ford
Jerry Therrien

Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.

Jack Welch

Jerry Therrien

Principal

Role at Therrien Waddell

Jerry, co-founder of the firm, is responsible for the overall management of the construction company—inspiring, communicating and implementing the organization’s vision and strategic plan.

What makes Jerry tick?

Therrien Waddell’s co-founder Donnie Waddell knows Jerry well. “I’ve seen Jerry’s talents as a business strategist grow and flourish during our decades together. His focus on industry trends, technology, and relationships has been a key part of our success in growing a solid and successful business. Jerry is a Renaissance man—he likes to learn and implement, which keeps our business ahead of the curve.”

Early influences

Jerry grew up in New England and developed his work ethic as a youth, under the influence of his French-Canadian family and around his father’s residential carpentry background. After graduating from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania with a major in biology, Jerry set out for the Washington, DC area and took a “temporary” job in construction to fund graduate school. 

Why construction?

Jerry’s stint at his temporary construction job grew into a life-long love of the construction industry. For Jerry, the building industry has provided an opportunity to strategize, plan, innovate and create meaningful environments for communities. 

Serving communities

  • Past Chair/Current Board Member, Gaithersburg-Germantown Chamber of Commerce 
  • Member, Montgomery County and Reston, VA Chambers of Commerce 
  • Member, Board of Directors, Sandy Spring Museum 
  • Board of Directors member, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Metro Washington 
  • Member, Associated General Contractors of Maryland (AGC) 
  • Member, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) 
  • Member, U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) 
  • LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) 
  • 2013 graduate of Leadership Montgomery

After business hours

Jerry enjoys reading historical novels, woodworking, fine art, travel, gardening, fitness, vineyards, single malt scotch, museums, and any outdoor pursuit.